“My name is Janani and I’m a book-buying addict”

I buy books. A LOT of books. So many, many, MANY books. Along with library books, audiobooks, and borrowed books, it is impossible for me to catch up with my TBR stack at the moment. I live in an apartment with a roommate, my room is relatively small, we don’t really have a lot of shelf space in and around the house. As a result, there is a corner of my very small room that looks like this: 



Yeah, it’s starting to become a problem. The growing pile of unread books is stressing me out (especially in the last few days because I haven’t had any time to read). These aren’t just backlist bumps, these are books that are out now that everyone is reading and talking about, and the longer it takes me to get to them, the more it stresses me out because “I want to read all the books and talk about all the things!”. Also, I have a significant move coming up in the near future (either in or out of the country), and the last time I had to move I spent an indecent amount of money moving my books, so I would like not to have to do that this time. 

The solution? I am going to actively participate in #ReadMyOwnDamnBooks, courtesy the fabulous Andi. The rules are pretty straightforward:

  • Read my own books. 
  • Try to knock off 100 in 2016 by either reading them or ditching the ones that are DNF. 
  • I can’t buyyyy myself any books until I’ve read a significant amount of my own- This part of the challenge is something I will be tackling monthly (shaping that behavior and all that). 
  • If I’m itching for newness…use the library- Or reach out to my amazing bookish friendships. 


Putting it out here means accountability, so I’m relying on you guys to help me out. I’m going to be realistic about this, and check progress monthly. I know we’re a week into April, but this is the first month I will be making a sincere effort toward this challenge. If anyone out there is already participating and needs cheerleading via the internet, let me know! I love being an interwebz supporter. 

Wish me luck!


Author: Janani @ The Shrinkette

Speed reading aficionado. Unapologetic book pusher. Point me to the nearest bookshelf. My blog is dedicated exclusively to supporting and promoting marginalized voices. Pronouns: They/them

16 thoughts on ““My name is Janani and I’m a book-buying addict””

  1. I am pretty terrible at remembering to utilize my library for book acquiring purposes. I blame it on the fact that I used to work at B&N, so did most of my friends. So when we need our book fix that’s where we go, we already know the layout like the back of our hands and we know 90% of the people who work there anyway. Since I got a new library card last year I’ve been better about using to get books I can’t find at the store or am hesitant to buy. And I’ve been focusing on reading more books that I already own this year as well, rather than buying new books to read all the time.

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    1. Oh man if I worked at B&N or had friends there I wouldn’t be able to stop myself. I’m glad you’re working on using the library though, it’s such a great resource!


  2. I’m a few months into reading my own damn books and guess what? It’s OKAY. Stay strong because I promise that after a while, you tune out of the new-book-hype and you focus on what you feel like reading… and you can usually find it in your own, well-stocked TBR stack. Who knew?! 😉

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  3. I could only convince myself that I could do it for a month. I hope to learn something from the month-long book buying ban, but we shall see. I do’t have the fortitude to commit to a year long challenge, but I think it’s an admirable endeavor on my part.
    But you have gained my sincerest admiration. Good luck and have fun!

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    1. Oh yeah, like I said, I’m taking it one month at a time. I’m making a serious commitment toward this now only because I think I bought nearly 50 books in March (I wish I was exaggerating). Thanks for the wishes, I’ll need it! I would love to compare notes on the book-buying ban at the end of the month for sure 🙂

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