A Year Without Books

It’s been months again, but it hardly seems any time has passed since I last posted. The last few months have been hellacious, physically and emotionally. Suffice it to say, writing has been far from my mind because of it. I was in a huge downward spiral of depression and angst with no sign of letting up.

Then my doctor put me on a thyroid medication and it was spook how, in less than 24 hours, I turned 180 degrees and started putting one foot in front of the other again. I’ve known for a long time that I had thyroid problems, but the doctors insisted because my blood tests were “normal,” I couldn’t possibly have a thyroid issue. But the results of taking this new medication prove them all wrong.

Now I’m slowly getting back into a writerly groove and I’m thankful. I’ve missed it.

But I’ve also spent FAR too much money on books this year. People may say that’s impossible, but when I’m feel down or blue or anxious, buying books is my sanity. Especially spending an hour or two browsing through a huge bookstore. Very little is more calming to me than that.

However, I know I’ve spent far and away what I should have, and I need to get it under control.

So, beginning October 1st, I will be giving up buying books for a whole year.

How is this possible? Won’t I run out of new books to read. *scoff* Hardly. I have a couple thousand books for my shelves and haven’t read at least 1/3 to 1/2 of them. Not to mention all the books on my Kindle. And this will get me at least a tiny bit caught up on my TBR list. Not all the way, but at least making some headway.

But I’d like to get your advice: are there any books you know of that are coming out soon, will be forthcoming in the next year, or any favorites you recommend that I just won’t be able to live without for a year? 🙂 I have a wide range of tastes in reading, so I’m fairly open.

Shoot ’em at me before I go cold turkey in a few weeks.

Happy writing and reading!


“Sometimes, looking at the many books I have at home, I feel I shall die before I come to the end of them, yet I cannot resist the temptation of buying new books. Whenever I walk into a bookstore and find a book on one of my hobbies — for example, Old English or Old Norse poetry — I say to myself, “What a pity I can’t buy that book, for I already have a copy at home.”
Jorge Luis Borges, This Craft of Verse

“How many cities have revealed themselves to me in the marches I undertook in the pursuit of books!”
Walter Benjamin, Illuminations: Essays and Reflections

“To build up a library is to create a life. It’s never just a random collection of books.”
Carlos María Domínguez, The House of Paper

9 thoughts on “A Year Without Books

  1. Have you read any of the Flavia de Luce books, written by Alan Bradley? I think there’s eight in the series, and I’ve read and re-read them, along with about 34M people worldwide. Amazing, because they’re about the life of a 12 year old girl, living in a deteriorating manor house in post-WWII England, just outside the small village of Bishop’s Lacey. She happens to be a chemistry whiz, with poison as her specialty, and murders happen to crop up around her. The specialty comes in handy in the torment of her two older sisters, too, despite her stern father still in mourning for her missing mother, believed killed when a plane she was flying crashed in the Himalayas. I’ll stop now, but know that they are a lot of fun to read.

  2. I just bought the final Jackaby book (eeeee!!) and won a book from the Mysteries of the Cove series by J Scott Savage. I haven’t read those yet, but they look amazing!

    Also, I haven’t been on WordPress for monthssssss and was very happy to see a blog post from you on my feed. 🙂 I’ve missed the blogging world, so I’m trying to get back into it. And I’m so glad you’re feeling better!!

    • Rachel!!! It’s been so long.

      Sadly, I am nowhere near finishing my stash. I don’t think a year is enough to get through my TBR list entirely. But I’m making good headway.

      My thyroid is better, but I still have to take meds for it. I had surgery on my ovaries in January and that’s going well, too, but it’s still a long road.

      I hope you’re doing well! I really need to get back on the blogosphere and catch up with my peeps.

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