Monday Check-in: Making Plans

Good afternoon everyone.  Sorry for the lack of post last week but hubby was laid off for the week and that tends to screw up my schedule.  I do believe last Monday we were spending the day stacking wood inside the barn in so it isn’t even like I was doing anything exciting.  Sunday and Tuesday, on the other hand, we spent at the movies, seeing Bohemian Rhapsody and Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald.  Wednesday and Friday I worked, Thursday we had company and Saturday was spent battening down the hatches in preparation for a Blizzard that hit on Sunday.  This morning was clean up and then a few hours of just enjoying the silence of an empty house.

With just over a month left in the year and my ever-waning interest in reading, I have to consider the future of this blog.  I’m not going to close up shop or abandon it but I am going to make changes again.  To start off with no more ARCs.  I’m going to take a year off from requesting books through Net Galley and other sites and focus on reading books I already own.  I feel that too often as a blogger we get too wrapped up in the excitement of reading something before others that it can eventually suck the fun out of reading.  Next year I am also going to go on a book buying ban.  I know I’ve said this before but this time I’m serious. I’m not even going to buy cheap books while thrifting.  I’m also going to avoid borrowing library books.  The exception being book talk titles at work so I can participate.  I will also accept audiobooks which I use while working outside in the summer.

So what will I be reading instead? Books I already own.  I am going to use 2019 as a year to catch up on all the books I have sitting on my two bookcases or on my Nook.  I will make an exception for series that I own more than three books that I’ve not read as long as I don’t read past the last book I own. For example, I own books 2, 3, 6, 7, & 8 in a series.  I can borrow through the library book 1 and 4 but not book 9 that will have to wait until 2020.  I am also going to try to avoid rereading book next year.  Sure it is great when you don’t know what you are in the mood for but I really need to tackle those TBR shelves.  I’m also going to allow DNFing.  I have picked up a ton of cheap books over the years and my taste has changed some if I try it and am no longer into it no big deal.  If it is a physical book I will simply find it a new home.

So in 2019 no buying, borrowing (for the most part), and no ARCS.  Read what I own!  Have a great week everyone.

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