Monday, January 6, 2014

Library Ban 'Challenge.'

As I mentioned in this post, I am banning myself from the library. I realized about a month ago when I was cataloguing my collection (I will post about this soon), that there are dozens of books on my shelves that I have yet to read. Even though I was mostly getting my reading material from the library, I was still buying and collecting books, which resulted in about a billion books that are collecting dust but deserve to be read.

I am only six days into it, but so far so good. Currently, Chicago is sitting in -16 degree temperatures with -35 degree windchill, so I definitely don't want to walk even three blocks to the library. Then, with Christmas having just happened, and I just received a huge box of books as a prize from a giveaway hosted by Justine @ Paperback Heart, I have a billion more books that I am really excited to read. I also have more of a variety on my shelves now, which was one of the things I loved most about the library: I never got bored with one particular genre because there are obviously thousands of other ones to choose from.

Here are the books I hope to read over the next two months:
Actor's Anonymous by James Franco: I don't know very much about this book, and it actually has pretty terrible reviews on Goodreads, but it's James Franco! And it was like, a dollar on Amazon. 
The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion: This was a Kindle Daily Deal yesterday, I think. It was only $1.99 and I was so stoked because I keep hearing really incredible things about this novel. 
We Were Liars by e. Lockhart: Another one that I keep hearing AMAZING things about. I snagged this one on NetGalley, and have been itching/dying to read it ever since. 

And We Stay by Jenny Hubbard: Another one that I got from NetGalley about a girl who is sent to a boarding school after her boyfriend comes to school with a stolen gun, threatens her, and then kills himself. The plot + the uncomfortable looking cover is making me think this will be a very powerful and intense read. 
Orange is the New Black by Piper Kerman: Because every time I see a gif or still from the Netflix show, I want the new season so bad. Hopefully this will hold me over. 
Obsidian (Lux, #1) by Jennifer L. Armentrout: I need to see what the hype is all about surrounding this series. Something tells me it will be in the same vein as Twilight, but with aliens, so I'm kinda excited. It's also a series so maybe I will actually read/finish a whole series this year!

Real Books: 
The Diviners by Libba Bray: I bought this a while ago after hearing a zillion good things about it, and obviously haven't read it yet. But I really want to!
The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken: Another muchly hyped book that I have also had for months and that I also want to be on the bandwagon of. 
The Cuckoo's Calling by Robert Galbraith: Does this really need an explanation?!
The Shining by Stephen King: This could be the cabin fever setting in from boyfriend and I spending the past two days indoors to avoid -45 wind chills, but this seems appropriate.
Night Film by Marisha Pessl: Another one I am SO STOKED about. A friend of mine had an ARC from the bookstore she worked at and didn't want it she gave it to me! Huzzah!
Once Is Not Enough by Jacqueline Susann: It's been a couple of months since I've read one of my favorite dramatic authors, so now might be the time. I love Valley of the Dolls and The Love Machine, so I'm sure this story about an actress who searches for a man just as perfect as her father will be just as good. 

I have a lot of books that I hope to get through over the next two months. Who knows, maybe I'll have to tack on March to my library-free life. 

Do you ever feel like you use the library too much? Do you also have a book hoarding problem? 


  1. Good luck with the library ban challenge! I know I forget about the books I own too.

  2. I love the Obsidian series! Gosh I'm so excited for the final book to come out =D I hope you enjoy it and the other books on your challenge list!

  3. Chicago has been AWFUL this week! I didn't leave the apartment once on Monday haha (sadly school on Tuesday forced me to). It looks like you've got some good books to read while dealing with all this weather though - I'll be interested in seeing what you think about The Diviners!