I never thought I would have to make a post like this. However, since I have started my blog, I’ve accumulated quite some hard copies and review books I haven’t read. I don’t mind having hard copies I haven’t read, but I would like to get the amount down. The review copies however, that bothers me. These publishers have given me the chance to read one of their books, and I just haven’t done it. I feel so bad. So in order to get through my pile, I’m putting myself on a book buying & requesting ban. Here’s how it will go!
Hard copies: 5 to 1
Okay. I bought almost all of these books with my own money as all of the review books I receive are ebooks. And while I love gathering books, I need to read them as well. So I’m installing this system: 5 to 1. For every 5 hard copies I read, I can buy 1. That sounds terrifying to me, but it allows me to still buy some while at the same time reducing my physical TBR pile.
I ordered 4 books last week to make sure I can do this challenge to my best abilities. How does that make it easier, you ask? Well, I had a few books that were the second book in a series when I didn’t have the first one and I had a trilogy in which I owned book 1 & 3 but not 2. So for my last book haul before the ban, I bought:
- The Way of Shadows (Night Angel #1) by Brent Weeks // I already owned the second one, which I obviously couldn’t read without reading this one first.
- Ice Kissed (Kanin Chronicles #2) by Amanda Hocking // I had book 1 & 3 in this trilogy. I’ve already read book 1, but couldn’t continue without this one.
- Daughter of Smoke and Bone (Daughter of Smoke and Bone #1) by Laini Taylor // Again, I had book 2, which I obviously couldn’t read without book 1.
- The Wise Man’s Fear (Kingkiller Chronicles #2) by Patrick Rothfuss // I recently read the first book and highly enjoyed it, so I want to be able to continue this one.
So yeah, these are the books I bought before starting my 5 to 1!
Review copies: 3 to 1
This is what I feel so bad about. I need to read more of the books I got for review! I still have 2 I received from the author, and TOO MANY from Edelweiss and Netgalley. I have so many from Netgalley… My ratio is 64% so I need to get that up. I’m going along the trend of the physical copies here. I’m going to do a 3 to 1. For every 3 review books I finish, I can request 1. MAKE ME READ THEM ALL.