Book Haul and a Pre-Christmas Book Buying Ban

Thanks to the wonderful 4th Estate Books I recently became the proud owner of a bundle of literary delights. I won the WOM4N* competition on the Harper Collins website, which was incredibly exciting. I received a collection of non fiction, novels and short stories by talented female writers.

I received:

  • Pretty Honest, Sali Hughes
  • Bringing Up The Bodies, Hilary Mantel
  • The Bees, Laurie Paul
  • Thirty Girls, Susan Minot
  • American Innovations, Rivka Galchen
  • Snow In May, Kseniya Melnik
  • A Bit of Difference, Sefi Atta
  • The Female Eunuch, Germain Greer
  • We Should All Be Feminists, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  • A Modern Way To Eat, Anna Jones
  • The Means of Escape, Penelope Fitzgerald

It’s a wonderful collection, mostly made up of books I don’t think I would have picked up on my own – I’m so excited to read them.

Harper Collins hold competitions fairly regularly if you are interested in entering.

Along with all the books I bought this month, I realised my to-read pile was getting rather out of hand. As I perused my shelves last week little did I realise ‘rather out of hand’ was merely the tip of the iceberg.

I cleaned at the weekend, a deep clean where everything moved then returned. A pile of books had become so high I was worried it would collapse on me as I slept. I took every unread book from my shelves and put them aside. I think I had almost as much unread as I did read….. Even after clearing out all the books I knew I wouldn’t read and piled up some for a friend there were still loads.

So I’ve decided, I cannot buy any more books before the new year.

The thought brings me out in a rash, but I have many wonderful books sitting on my shelves and they need reading – I want to read them.

Wish me luck.


Have you ever had to ban yourself from buying books?


* Having read Alice’s blog, Girl, 20, I’ve realised I cited the name incorrectly. WOM4N month ran throughout October.

16 thoughts on “Book Haul and a Pre-Christmas Book Buying Ban

  1. A fun lot of books there. As for your idea to read a set pile of books, it’s good. It can be difficult but very rewarding. You’ll likely end up wondering how you managed to previously avoid such amazing books 🙂 Good luck!


    1. Thank you! 🙂

      I hadn’t thought of it in a rewarding sort of way, but you’ve got a good point there. Also, I’ll feel less guilt for buying but not reading so many books.


  2. I’m in a constant state of book ban. My to-read shelf is really out of control. And yet I still make excuses to buy more books. It’s an unhealthy addiction! Though I suppose I could have worse problems than buying too many books. 😉

    Looks like you got a pretty great bundle of books from your win! I have Bring Up the Bodies on audiobook waiting for me next and I can’t wait to dig into it. I’ll look forward to seeing what you think of it. 🙂


    1. Haha! I agree, we could have way bigger problems than buying too many books. You’re a very good minimalist though, I can’t imagine you with an overload of books – just the perfect amount.

      I’m not sure if I’ll like Mantel or not, perhaps once I get into it. I’m saving it for when I have a few days to take my time over it.


  3. I feel your giddy joy at winning such great books. The Female Eunuch is fierce! Greer is not much liked in Australia these days because she tends to say stupid things, but that book is searing.

    Also, I feel your trepidation about the book buying ban. Mine usually last a couple of days because there are TOO MANY books I need to acquire so they can sit on a shelf and gather dust. I want to just read the books I own, but I keep getting sidetracked by all the excellent books people blog about. It’s an impossible situation.

    Good Luck!


    1. I know right! I already have a list of books I want that I can’t get till Jan. On the plus side it’s pushed me to read Children of Men, which I have had on my shelves for 6 years, and I’m loving it – so it’s worked out well thus far.

      I’ll make sure I bump Greer up the list, I’m not a fan of her views on trans people, but I know she was instrumental in the second wave of feminism.


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