My Post Book-Buying Ban Shopping List

On April 3rd, I was forced to confront myself with a harsh reality: I was rapidly accumulating books and then not reading any them.

I’ve always had a space for book I have yet to read, but I currently have two and a half shelves and a bright orange storage bucket full of the yet-to-be read. At the moment, I have decided that I must submit to a book buying ban and work through my To Be Read piles.

This ban was enacted on April 3rd (the day after I purchased my final book for awhile- a collection of Oscar Wilde short stories) and will last until July 3rd, upon which I will assess my progress and decide if the ban must be extended.

Now, while I cannot buy anymore books during the period in which this ban is in effect, I can still look. I have acquired, for future reference, a short list of works I would like to purchase upon the successful end of these next few months.


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Source: Goodreads

I’ve been in the mood to read more science fiction lately, yet I don’t quite know where to start. I haven’t read very much of the genre at all. While researching, I decided that I would pinpoint a few elements from other genres I enjoy and see if I could find any science fiction that incorporated them as well. The two I chose were “unique and unusual settings” and “overall weirdness.” Space Opera seems to fit the bill.

I also find the last line of the Goodreads summary greatly amusing.

And the fate of their species lies in their ability to rock.

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Source: Goodreads

I try not to repeat authors when I make book lists, but I’m making an exception here.

I’ve said before that I like unusual books. I also like decopunk and alt-history, which Radiance promises to deliver. This novel should continue to feed my unexpected hunger for science fiction. Plus, the cover is gorgeous!

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I’m a relatively new Oscar Wilde fan and I want to become better acquainted with his work. I’ve read The Picture of Dorian Gray and a number of his short stories, but none of his plays. The Importance of Being Earnest seems like a good place start. I’d appreciate any other suggestions. I want to read all of his fiction, plays, poetry, and essays eventually. What are some of your favorites?

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Source: Goodreads

I want to start reading more literary fiction and I’ve heard a lot of interesting things about Han Kang’s books. I also really enjoy learning about other cultures through their fiction, and South Korea is a place that has interested me for a long time.


What is the lengthiest book-buying ban that you have enacted on yourself? Was it difficult to make it all the way through? Let me know in the comments!

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