This year comes with a lot of conditions. Don’t worry, it’s nothing as serious as it seems. ? It’s all about books and my small pact to explore and clear a part of my TBR!
I was busy piling up my Bookshelf that I forgot to pick one and start reading it. Well, that’s the story of the last two years. So this time I have come up with some terms and conditions to abide by. After deciding this around November 2019, I bought my last book in the first week of December 2019. That’s it.
I figured a lot of other blogger friends also have a similar pact this year. Well, ain’t we all buying books all the time.? I was initially shocked to see almost everyone I know were ready to slay their TBR list. So I’m now part of this movement as well. I’ve decided on these 7 conditions at the moment.
I’ll tell you here I’m not a lists person at all, but these lovely, organized blogger friends have made me good at making lists and also accomplishing them. It’s all about seeing and learning. Also, I can proudly say, I have the best lot.
Here goes my list of conditions that
1. No-Buy Pact
Honestly, this is the first thing I realized was the hardest to break. I was on the verge of uninstalling my Amazon app. However, I realized I need it for other things. So, I’ve decided that I will instead add books to my wishlist and buy them next year or if anyone wishes to gift me, let it be books. Did you know that I didn’t go to the book fair this year because I knew I am still not strong enough to resist buying?
2. Now, it’s All in the TBR
So, just like my bookshelf and Kindle are overflowing, it’s time for my TBR wishlist to overflow. If you know me, you’d know I’d rather buy books than dresses. I’ll tell you a secret here, if you see my cloth cupboard you’ll figure out it’s the bookshelf that I clean often. I’d rather have a huge list in the digital form than in the physical form. Now, I’m almost a nomad, running between mom’s and in-laws. So I’d prefer to build the new list for later.
3. Borrow, don’t Buy
Isn’t this the only way now? I’ve decided I’d borrow books, either from the library (mostly) or from friends instead of buying. We all have a thing for our books. I’d actually love to be possessive of my books, but somehow I believe more in sharing books, because not everyone can buy books. I was there as a young reader, so I’d love to share, however, I have terms and conditions for that too. In case you want to know,
A) How you maintain your school bag/books and pencil box is something I must know.
B) Where you carry the books with you matters to me! Bathroom reading is strictly prohibited.
C) Folding the book is not allowed
D) If you have a kid(under 5), I’d take a guarantee beforehand that you’re supposed to keep my book strictly out of their reach.
E) No scribbling, no underlining, no marking anything on the book. If you want to do something, you are free to note it down in your notebook.
F) If I’m sending you the book by post(I pay), it’s your duty to send it back to me by post and you pay. If you’re coming back to give it in person, I’d be honored too.
G) If you end up loving the book so much that you plan to buy one, I’d be happy.
Just a small list actually. Going by the drama of sharing, I’d improvise my terms and conditions.
This is my small set of conditions. For books like Atomic Habits by James Clear or Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert, I’d just gift them the copy instead of sending mine.
4. Gift More Books
I have always wanted to do this and I will do it this year. Be it to family or friends, I want to gift more books. I want to give away a few more to the library too. It gives me a nice feeling to give back to the local library which has been my constant support to explore.
5. Explore Genres
I’ve hardly read a lot. I must accept that. I’m not a fan of romance, it’s been a while since I touched a thriller. Personally, most hyped books bore me quickly. I’m not talking much about awarded novels. It has been ages since I read a regional book. So, this year I am going to slowly open up to more variety.
It has been a while since I sat down with any book for a long time. This year is not going to be about the number of books, but variety. It’s going to be a different reading year. My daughter demands I sit and read to her or narrate the story we read once in a while. So it’s more about “Amma close the book and come and sit with me” time. Let’s see how I fare. ?
6. Giveaways, Contests, this and that.
I’m not buying books this year because I want to read the lot I already have. If at all any giveaway shares a book I’ve wanted to buy, I’d be a part. Otherwise, I’m not going to be joining every other giveaway, contest, this and that to just pile up more books. I’m honestly taking a break from buying books that’s all.
7. I love Reading Challenges
When Corinne started the WriteTribe Reading Challenge last year, I was excited and thought it would be a breeze to complete 24. When Shalz and Sou came up with Slaying The TBR, I really wanted to be a part of it. This time I sat again writing down the prompts and listed the books. I really thought I’ll manage 20. In 2019, I managed to read 15 instead of 24 and I hardly updated on Goodreads. This year, I didn’t want either of us to feel disappointed so I didn’t participate. I’ll tell you that I figured I love Reading Challenges. It’s all fantastic when we map books to each prompt. It’s just I need more time to stick to the list and manage to complete them.
That’s all folks! That’s it about my book pact. Do you have any terms and conditions for your books? Above all, do you share your books? I’d love to know.