So last year, #ctbs was born. A group of us decided for a month that we would not buy new books, we’d try very hard to read only the books we had on the shelves and not give in to the temptation of the new books. As a group, last year- we did pretty good. Our results ranged- from just a few books read to more than 20- but any book off the shelf is a score! Most importantly- none of us perished from the not buying books for a month (even though it was tough at times!)
Since it worked out so great last year- it’s time to start this back up. Some of us have been discussing for months possible time frames of #ctbs, but it’s been hard to come to a consensus simply because everyone has wide and varied schedules. For me, I wanted to post this post the first of June, but due to BEA and the next weekend being out of town- time slipped away. So, thanks to Ivory Owl Reviews mentioning having 2 months of #ctbs- I decided that “why not?” Have the rest of June and all of July- and hopefully, that’ll work nicely.
Truly, there aren’t “rules”. It’s not a contest. It’s just a way for you to focus on reading things on your own shelves and perhaps becoming a bit more mindful of the cruising the bargain book aisle at Barnes and Noble & buying all the books (or wait.. is that just what I do?)
If you want to join in, join in. Just comment and have fun. If you desire to use the button in your post, do link it back to my website– while I did not create it, I did have it specifically made for this event.
You say: “T, I so want to do this. But- XYZ author is coming to town and you are saying to not buy books- only read what is on the shelves”- Ahhh, a major point of discussion from last year. Listen, T understands. Truly. If XYZ author is coming to town and you are dying to meet them and get their book signed- go! Buy the book. It would be rude to not to attend the event!
For the not buying books, use your judgment. Can you wait? Is it an author signing or the daily deal that you have been waiting months for? It’s ok.
Just have fun.
For me, I’ll be posting my game plan soon- and weekly (or bi-weekly) updates. If you have any questions/comments/concerns- just ask!
Happy Reading and Bookishly Yours,
T @ Traveling With T