I don't buy many books, so I'll adapt your resolution a bit:
Allowing exceptions for the books I've already requested from my local public library, I'll resolve to read at least one of the books I already own for every book I bring home from the library. That's going to be harder than it sounds -- I work at the library, so I see "new" books that catch my eye almost on a daily basis!
I share your pain. I'm a middle school media specialist and there are so many great looking books I see every day it's tough to leave them on the shelves for the kids.
Happy new year, and happy reading.
lol I used to work in the libraries as well and I certainly used to have to add new books to my list all the time.
I'm just going to try to read at least one book I have for any new books I do buy; but in the same vein make a note of any new books but not just go out and buy loads. Just try to give myself the best chance. I'll also switch genres to give me a break from each style vary my reading.Good luck to everyone though with whatever book based resolutions you make.
I need to work on my own books too, in 2010 I read 28 of my own books out of 111, almost exactly 25%, and the rest from the library. My problem, I buy the books for the library, so they always have what I want to read. I only bought two new books of my own this year, though; but I have about 12,000 on my shelves, at least 10,000 unread. . .
I have a friend who suggested I only buy one book for every five I read and get rid of. It must be of comparable format: 5 hardcovers, 5 trade, or 5 mass market for every 1 of each I buy. The good thing (?) is it’s harder to buy books. Chain stores are at least an hour drive one way, and small bookstores are closing in my area due to an increased online buying power. I don’t have a computer at home and won’t bring my credit card to work to order online—I’ve been reduced lately to Edward Hamilton and Daedalus mail orders. Right now the resolution is to out do the previous year. My average is 105 books a year. I want to see if I can read more.
I like the concept of read it and get rid of it. I tend to hold on to books for no real good reason. I loan them when I think someone will enjoy it, but otherwise I seem to make an annual pilggrimage to the 2nd hand bookstore with a giant bag to trade in.
Outdoing 105 books is a lofty goal indeed, and I wish you much success.
Unless a book is one that I want to share with friends or family, when I finish a book that I've purchased, I donate it to our library's Friends group for their triannual book sale. I get another book out of the house, and the Friends get more inventory!
First of all, I’m really cheap. If I can sell a bag of books for $20 vs. donate it to a non-profit organization I tend to go for the $20 because that’ll go towards another book to buy. Secondly, I’m a librarian and I’ve worked for a plethora of non-profit organizations that have book sales as fund raisers. I see what happens to the stuff that doesn’t sell. Thirdly, as a prison librarian with no budget, I tend to be on the receiving end of a lot of real doozies! I once got a 1964 “you and your hysterectomy” for an all-male population. Neither a borrower nor a lender be: if I lend it I expect to never get it back. If pressed I’ll “loan” a second copy mass market. I spend all day in a library (noisy, loud, filled with convicted felons) the last thing I want to do at the end of the day is go to a library. I like bookstores because the books I take home I can keep indefinitely and read when I want at which ever pace I feel comfortable with. I don’t want to always engage in book discussions. Some books I loved others hated, or vice versa. I lose steam and disengage.I really need to resolve to fine tune what I buy, and not be so impulsive. With all the talk lf Nook’s and Kindles it’s depressing. So much for my own used bookshop someday with those non-electronic moveable type “screens….”
I'm resolving to read at least one book in my "stockpile" at home for ever title I pull off the library shelf!