Do book buying bans work for you? I am so curious to know because I have never put myself on a book buying ban. I have seen others do it with varied results and would love to know your experiences with them.
I am one of those people who gets overwhelmed when their physical TBR is over a certain number of books. Now, my Goodreads TBR is an entirely different story, but we won’t talk about that. Anyway, I used to keep my physical TBR under 20 books, but that number has definitely increased since I started blogging, as you would be able to tell simply by looking at my two book carts… That said, I don’t buy books every week and my book buying tends to happen in waves. There are weeks where I buy fives books and then many weeks where I don’t buy any. I am also lucky enough to receive ARCs, so they make up a decent percentage of my physical TBR. I feel like I am rambling here, but I have never felt like I needed to be on a book-buying ban, but I can see its merits.
I recently watched a booktuber speak about her goals for 2022, and something she was going to do was buy herself a book for every 10 books that she reads. I think that is an interesting strategy and a nice way to reward yourself! It seems like less of a punishment than a book-buying ban, and you can adjust that number to whatever works best for you. I think often what happens with bans is that we spend the entire time coveting books and hyping them in our minds because we can’t buy them, so that when the ban is over we overspend and it defeats the purpose of the ban in the first place. There has to be a better way!
I also think that audiobooks, ebooks, and using the library have helped me with this. I am getting to a point where I only want to buy books after I have read and loved them. I want my shelves to be full of my favourite books!
So, let me know if book buying bans work for you! How long do they last? What is your motivation for them? I would love to know!