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The Year of the Zero Budget

The Fiery Cross - Diana Gabaldon Magic Burns -  Ilona Andrews Lorna Doone - R.D. Blackmore Changeless - Gail Carriger The Name of the Wind (Kingkiller Chronicle, #1) - Patrick Rothfuss The Redbreast (Harry Hole #3) - Jo Nesbo Silver Lies  - Ann Parker Sarum: The Novel of England - Edward Rutherfurd Appointment with Death - Agatha Christie Master and Commander (Vol. Book 1) (Aubrey/Maturin Novels) (Hardcover) - -Patrick O'Brian-

Some of you all have heard me bemoaning the state of my TBR pile/personal library, which is many hundreds of books. My husband was complaining teasing commenting on the amount of money I spend on books when I already own well over a thousand unread books.


So, I'm making a New Years Resolution this year, and it is this: I am reading from my own shelves for the next year.


Now, to specifics:


First off, I belong to a book club that contributes $25.00 per month to a book account. This is a longstanding agreement, it is in the top ten most fun things in my life, and I'm not going to bow out of it. So, I will continue to contribute to the bookclub, and I will continue to read the books we buy. My general plan is try to buy all of the gift cards that I will need for the entire year with my Christmas money before January 1, 2014, which will maintain compliance with the spirit of the project, if not compliance with the letter of the law.


Also, my mother is on my amazon account. If she buys a book with her money, it's fair game. :)


Finally, I have a book club that I participate in on GR that reads a lot of public domain fiction. If I can get the book club book for free, or at the library, I consider it acceptable to participate so long as it costs me nothing.


My general intention is to reduce my book budget to near zero for 2014, except for books bought as gifts for friends and family. And, along the way, read a bunch of those books that I bought, but haven't gotten around to reading.