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Saturday, December 29, 2012

My Bookish Resolution for 2013

As you all know, since I have been book blogging my book hoarding has gotten a little bit out of control.  I have one long book case in my living room that I like to have filled with books.  But as of June this year, the bookcase is overflowing and I now have medium size shipping boxes of books in various places around the house.  It didn't not help that my mother practically demanded I take several bags of books out of her garage and my childhood room as well.  Some of them I still haven't read after they've sat for years collecting dust.  Basically, I forgot about them!
I miss going to the local library and bookstore to buy a book that I know I will read within 2 days of purchasing it.  I remember back in the day (last year) when I would buy a book and read it the same day.  What happened?  Why am I holding on to all of these books?  When did and how did this hoarding start?  I feel like I woke up one day and there were more books in my place than anything else.  Literally, anything else!

Honestly, I think the blogging did it!  Memes about In My Mailbox, Staking the Shelves, Book Blast, Cover Reveals, Book Tours and just all of you great bloggers talking and reviewing about some amazing reads.  It's like a book commercial all day every day!  I am not blaming you (book bloggers) but you guys and gals are not helping one bit. 

Before blogging, I would get books from my bi-weekly trip to the library and monthly trip to a bookstore.  I hate to say it but I picked books solely on cover design and price.  Pretty and Cheap!  LOL!  SOLD!  I have so many books that I purchased over the years and never ever read the inside or back cover.  At all! 

Don't get me wrong, I love books and I love having them in my house.  But I hate clutter!  I have to say that most of the books in my house now are unread and the ones I am not going to read I plan on giving away.  They live in another medium size shipping box.  I rarely hold onto books after I read them cause I don't like re-read books at all.  Once I know the end, I'm done.   There are just to many books out there to get to.  

Anyways, I am going to pledge a new 2013 resolution here to help with my bookaholic hoarding habits.

I, Alysia Allen pledge not to purchase any new books for the year of 2013.  There is only one exception.  The book club book of the month is the only book I will purchase at the local independent bookstore.  I will not purchase books for giveaways either.  I will be giving away only the books currently in my possession.  If I bring new books into my house they have to be FREE!  I can purchase audiobooks and e-books since they do not live on my bookshelf.  

In 2013 I will only purchase 12 (book club selection) books and nothing more.  I will read the books in my house this year regardless of age, condition and public opinion.

This is my pledge for 2013.

Whew!  Ok!  I did it!  *breathing deeply*  Now the real challenge beginnings. *breathing deeply*

Here is my list of books currently on my bookshelf.
1. The Personal History of Rachel DuPree by Ann Weisgarber
2. Women Food and God by Geneen Roth
3. 1-900-ANYTIME by Tracy Price-Thompson
4. Legend by Marie Lu
5. Abigail by Jill Eileen Smith
6. The Season of Beento Blackbird by Akosua Busia
7. From the Hood to the Hill b Barry C Black
8. The Bedouin
9. ARC A Different Sun by Elaine Neil Orr
10. ARC Here I Go Again by Jen Lancaster
11. Getting to Happy by Terry McMillan
12. The Mermaid Chair by Sue Monk Kidd
13. Healer by Carol Cassella
14. True Believer by Nicholas Sparks
15. Cinder by Marissa Meyer
16. The Night of the Weeping Women by Lawrence Naumoff
17. Silver Sparrow by Tayari Jones
18. Good Faith by Jane Smiley
19. Super Sad True Love Story by Gary Shteyngart
20. Angelology by Danielle Trussoni
21. Nine Lives of Christmas by Sheila Roberts
22. Very Valentine by Adriana Trigiani
23. ARC Oleander Girl by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
24. ARC Ghana Must Go by Taiye Selasi
25. ARC The Barbarian Nurseries by Hector Tobar
26. Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil by John Berendt
27. The Forest Lover by Susan Vreeland
28. Forever Odd by Dean Koontz
29. One Fifth Avenue by Candace Bushnell
30. The Wolf Gift by Anne Rice
31. A Long Way From Home by Connie Briscoe
32. Open House by Elizabeth Berg
33. Beneath a Marble Sky by John Shors
34. The Magician’s Assistant by Ann Patchett
35. Even The Stars Look Lonesome by Maya Angelou
36. Live Your Dreams by Les Brown
37. Bo’s Café by John Lynch and Bill Thrall
38. The 19th Wife by David Ebershoff
39. Tuesday with Morrie by Mitch Albom
40. The Secret Lives of Dresses by Erin McKean
41. Here at the End of the World We Learn to Dance by Lloyd Jones
42. Dead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris
43. Soulless by Gail Carriger
44. Loving Blue by Zuri Day
45. The Sweetest Thing by Jill Shalvis
46. The Mummy by Anne Rice (not sure if I read this one)
47. Angel Time by Anne Rice
48. The Calling by Armstrong
49. Lethal Rhythm by Peter Kowey
50. Illusions by Chantilly Chanel Austin
51. Bewitching by Flinn
52. How to be an American Housewife by Margaret Dilloway
53. The Aloha Quilt by Jennifer Chiaverini
54. The Bad Beginning (A Series of Unfortunate Events #1)
55. Grave Diggers Mountain of Bones by Krovatin
56. Under Wild Wood by Melot Ellis
57. How To Die in Paris by Naturi Thomas
58. 7:33Am by Monda Raquel Webb
59. A Christmas Journey Home by Kathi Macias
60. Across the Universe by Beth Revis
61. Fire Baptized by Kenya Wright
62. Indiscretion by Charles Dubow
63. Incubus by Carol Goodman
64. The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel by Deborah Moggach
65. Stay Tuned Lauren Clark
66. Under the Never Sky by Rossi
67. Can You Keep A Secret? By Sophie Kinsella
68. Murder in Vein by sue Ann Jaffarian
69. The Christmas Chronicles by Time Slover
70. For One More Day by Mitch Albom
71. Strategic Planning for Love and War by Johnson
72. The Undomestic Goddess by Sophie Kinsella
73. Remember Me? By Sophie Kinsella
74. Origin by Khoury
75. The Impeachment of Abraham Lincoln by Stephen L Carter
76. Throne of Glass by Maas
77. ARC Three Strong Women by Marie NDiaye
78. ARC The Twelve Tribes Of Hattie by Ayana Mathis
79. What’s Left of Me by Zhang
80. UnWholly by Shuterman
81. Lucid by Stoliz and Boss
82. Sweet Shadows by Childs
83. Carnival of Souls by Marissa Marr
84. Don’t Turn Around by Gagnon
85. The Crown of Embers by Carson
86. Nobody’s Secret by MacColl
87. Unremembered by Jessica Brody
88. The Good House by Tananarive Due
89. ARC Under Shifting Glass by Nicky Singer
90. Rescue by Anita Shreve (audiobook)
91. The Shoemaker’s Wife by Adriana Trigiani (audiobook)

What are your bookish resolutions for 2013? Do you have one?  Or am I the only one?

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