Yesterday in the comments Beachcomber asked me this ... "Have you a long booklist waiting for January 1st?" ... a clever question.
The answer is yes, of course I have .... after all I'm a bookaholic!!
But, and it's a huge big bold BUT, I won't be dashing out and buying all the books on my list in January of next year. I have found that through doing this challenge, although I do the usual 'ooh look there's Jamie Oliver's new book .... I don't have the urge to take it straight to the checkout and bring it home from the shop with me as I would have done this time last year pre-Challenge.
I have browsed through the just released books that have appeared on the shelves in the supermarkets and our local Waterstones, and even on occasion ran my fingers over the spines of the books on the shelves and pulled the occasional one down for a closer look. I have felt a real pang of wanting to buy a nice new book but it has passed quickly and once home I don't dwell on what I might have owned as I once, not so long ago, would have.
I have parted with books I thought I loved at the car boot sale we did, after finding that in fact although they were full of lovely pictures, the recipes in them were not for me and would most likely never have been made, so they simply would not be earning their place on the shelves.
And we have made a decision over the last weekend that YES we will be doing a fresh Challenge next year, although it will be incorporated on my main blog not on a blog of it's own. Part of that will mean we finally get round to joining the local library. So because of that the books on my list of 'must see, might own' will be picked up from the library first, and only if they fulfil the criteria of being very necessary for one reason or another will they be purchased and added to our bookshelves.
Today is a No Spend Day