My Book Buying Ban Is OVER! | Everything on My Wishlist Now I Can Purchase Books Again

My Book Buying Ban is OVER!

Hello everyone! I hope you’re doing well. Today I bring very exciting news – the book buying ban that I have been on for over a year now is finally over! This wasn’t a time limited thing – I’ve had to work for this. The deal I made with myself was that I couldn’t buy another book until I’d read or unhauled most of the unread ones I already owned (which was an overwhleming number at the time). I’ve been working on getting this number down for a while, and by the middle of April my TBR had 24 books on it. Since this lockdown is making me crave new stories, I made a deal with myself that once I halved my TBR – down to 12 books – I was allowed to start buying new ones again.

So, as soon as I dangled this tantalising prospect in front of myself, what did I immediately begin doing? Deciding which books I was going to buy, of course! I have spent a long while thinking about this list, scrolling through a variety of online bookstores to compile my perfect haul. So without further ado, here are all the books I’m planning to buy now I have reached the end of my ban.

The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson

The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson

This book has been on my radar for quite some time, but it wasn’t until a recent video I watched where Hailey in Bookland explained the plot (oh yeah, I’ve started watching BookTube now) that I decided I had to read it. The book follows Princess Lia, who runs away on her wedding day, as she meets two men – one is the jilted Prince, the other an assassin sent to kill her. Both men’s identities are kept secret until the end of the book, so you don’t know who is who. I’m not sure about you, but that sounds super entertaining to me.

Famous in a Small Town by Emma Mills

Famous in a Small Town by Emma Mills

This is a super sweet, fluffy contemporary novel and look at that cover 😍 Emma Mills has been on my radar for so long, everyone says how amazing she is at writing adorable friendships. There’s three of her books that I am most interested in, and this recent post from Veronika @ Wordy and Whimsical helped me to decide that I should go for Famous in a Small Town first. I’ve heard many people say Foolish Hearts is her best work, so I’m saving that one until last.

Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton

Rebel of the Sands by Alywn Hamilton

I have wanted to read this book for two years, yet never gotten a copy of it. TWO YEARS. Well, no more. I will buy this book, I will read it, and I will hopefully enjoy it as much as I enjoyed the Kindle sample I read back in 2018.

The Thief Who Pulled On Trouble’s Braids by Michael McClung

The Thief Who Pulled On Trouble's Braids by Michael McClung

This is another one I read a Kindle sample of two years ago and decided I simply had to read. It seems like a really funny, high-stakes adventure, and fantasy with a sense of humour is my ultimate genre.

Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

If you read my recent post where I did the ‘I Should Have Read That’ book tag, you will know that this is the oldest book on my Goodreads Want to Read shelf. Sooo, it kind of feels like it ought to be one of the first books I buy. If I don’t get to it now, when will I?

Cinder by Marissa Meyer

The Lunar Chronicles new covers

I have to admit, this may be sliiiightly influenced by those GORGEOUS new covers. I mean, can you blame me? Look at that artwork! I’m drooling. My shallow, book-cover-judging nature aside, this series is pretty much a staple in the bookish community, and I know it’s a favourite for a lot of people. I’m all for a good series, and I’m interested to see how this futuristic fairytale retelling works. (And just look at those covers…😍)

Kings of the Wyld by Nicholas Eames

Like I mentioned earlier, I’ve been watching a lot more BookTube lately, and this video from Piera Forde is 100% the reason why this book is now on my must-buy list. Please watch, and also be convinced.

Loveless by Alice Oseman

Loveless by Alice Oseman book cover

I’ve actually already preordered this one. It’s not out until June so it doesn’t count as breaking the ban!! I have been incredibly hyped for this book ever since it was announced. I love Alice Oseman’s other work so much, and – being on the ace spectrum myself – when I found out this was Own Voices aro-ace rep I knew I needed it in my life. I even managed to snag a signed copy from Waterstones! I keep wondering when my parcel’s going to arrive, then having to remind myself it’s months away.

So, that’s everything on my immediate wishlist now I can buy books again. I’m sure this list will only grow, but I’m holding myself back to prevent ending up on another ban in future. My physical TBR is now never allowed to go over 15 books – I have learnt from this experience! Hopefully that limit will mean that I save my book buying pennies for the stories I’m most excited about, rather than splashing the cash on every title I see mentioned a couple times on Goodreads.

I’m super happy that this lockdown (and my TBR Jar) has given me the push I needed to finally slash through my physical TBR. Having my books picked at random has pushed me to get to those titles I’ve been putting off, and either love them or get rid of them for good. I’m currently reading The Priory of the Orange Tree, a monster-sized fantasy novel that I was slightly intimidated by. Now I’ve only got 140 pages to go and I’ve been absorbed and wowed by every second of it. If you’re craving indulgent, slow-burn F/F romance, I highly recommend.

What books are on your wishlist? Do you dare tell me the size of your TBR (owned copies or otherwise)? Have you ever put yourself on a book buying ban? Talk to me in the comments!

Love and lemons, Abi

14 thoughts on “My Book Buying Ban Is OVER! | Everything on My Wishlist Now I Can Purchase Books Again

  1. I’m sure it is very exciting to be able to buy books again after banning yourself! I also am trying (not officially) to not buy books this year, and first to lower my unread books in my shelf. Enjoy splurging on these beauties!

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    1. It’s so exciting, as soon as I finished that last book before my goal I was straight online to place an order. I only wish I could go out to an actual bookstore! Good luck restraining yourself from book buying – it’s challenging but definitely worth it as you get to watch your TBR shrink! ❤

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  2. Oh yay, congrats on reaching the goals you set for your book buying ban! 😀 I’ve owned The Kiss of Deception for AGES, but I still haven’t gotten around to it. I definitely want to, though! I just have no motivation. 😦 If you want to we could try buddy-reading it? But no pressure, it’s okay if you don’t feel up to it! 🙂 Shatter Me is one of the oldest physical copies I own, and me not getting around to it is just ridiculous at this point. 😅 I’m definitely interested, but also weirdly scared I won’t like the love interest? IDK.

    I love The Lunar Chronicles!! The characters are so precious and incredible, and so are the relationships. Also, the plot is pretty cool as well. And the way Meyer incorporated the elements of the original fairytales is A++. Hope you’ll enjoy Cinder & the rest! 🙂 I’m happy my post helped you choose Famous In a Small Town! 🙂

    I… don’t like the talk about the size of my TBR. 😅 My digital library is fine – I prefer reading ebooks, they are just so convenient – but my physical library has over 100 books, and at this point I’m relatively sure I’ll never conquer it. I’ve basically stopped purchasing physical copies, though, so there is that, at least it’s not growing. 😅

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    1. Thank you! I would love to do a buddy read for The Kiss of Deception – I just ordered a copy and I’m hoping it arrives soon! 😄

      I honestly don’t really know what Shatter Me is even about, I just like the covers and think the writing style is really cool with sentences being ‘crossed out’.

      Ah, that’s so good to hear! I actually ordered Cinder and Famous in a Small Town along with Kiss of Deception so hopefully I can read them all soon! (I’ll just be staring out of my window waiting for the post until they arrive 😅)

      Haha, TBR sizes can be a very touchy subject 😆 Look at it this way, at least you’ll never run out of things to read! Thanks for your lovely comment ❤

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  3. Congrats on reaching the end of your book buying ban! And for reading so many of your owned books, that’s definitely impressive 😀 I hope you love all of the books you plan to buy – the only ones I’ve read are the Lunar Chronicles, and you’re right that the new covers are impossible to pass up. And AHHH I can’t wait for Loveless!! The release date can’t come soon enough 😀 I’m so happy to hear that you’re enjoying Priory of the Orange Tree – I hope your reading continues to go well!


  4. There are two books I really want to be (new releases) but I dislike buying them new. Wish the libraries were open so that it could be a little more sustainable. Well done on finishing your book buying ban though! Must have been hard to repress yourself from buying such amazing titles.

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    1. Oh no! I sadly don’t use my library as much as I should, but I know how hard this must be for everyone who relies on them for their reading.

      Thank you! It was difficult, but it just makes finally getting to these new titles so much more rewarding!

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  5. YAY!! I’m actually so excited for you because all I wanna do right now is buy new books but I’m telling myself I have to finish all my physical ones first (which tbh isn’t that many I’m just being lazy) so I’m totally living vicariously through you 😂

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  6. How exciting that you are off your book buying ban! And a really, really long one no less! I’ve never put myself on a book buying ban, but I’m not one to buy tonnes of books in the first place. I think my “owned copies” TBR is around 30 books (I have a Goodreads shelf for it, which I’m pretty sure is up to date).
    The Thief Who Pulled On Trouble’s Braids sounds like something I would enjoy so I will have to look into that one 🙂
    Ooh I hadn’t seen the new covers for the Cinder books but they are stunning! I’ve only read the first book and I liked it well enough, but I don’t know if I’ll ever continue with the series at this point.
    It must be so satisfying knowing that you have got so far through your physical TBR! Congratulations and I hope you get at least some of these books soon 🙂

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    1. It’s very exciting! It wasn’t that I bought loads and loads of books to begin with, I just became more obsessed with buying them than actually reading them. I was buying copies that I didn’t even really want to read, just because I’d seen them recommended or they were cheap somewhere.

      Ooh, I never see it mentioned anywhere so I’m glad I could bring it to your attention! 😄

      It might be a bit shallow of me to finally decide to read the series now they have pretty new covers, but I’ve always been a visual bookworm 😅

      It’s really satisfying – I’m down to 10 unread books now! I’ve ordered The Kiss of Deception, Cinder and Famous in a Small Town so far 😊

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