The climb begins


  1. City of Heavenly Fire – Cassandra Clare
  2. Every Word – Ellie Marney
  3. Skinjob – Bruce McCabe
    i.     Bloodlines – Richelle Mead
    ii.   The Golden Lily – Richelle Mead
    iii. The Indigo Spell – Richelle Mead
    iv. The Fiery Heart – Richelle Mead
  4. Silver Shadows – Richelle Mead
  5. Looking For Alibrandi – Melina Marchetta
  6. Goose – Dawn O’Porter
  7. Run – Gregg Olsen
  8. Love Letters to the Dead – Ava Dellaira
  9. Stoner – John Williams
  10. The Wrong Girl – Zoë Foster
  11. A Fatal Tide – Steve Sailah
  12. Murder in Mississippi – John Safran
  13. Elianne – Judy Nunn
  14. Being Jade – Kate Belle
  15. Martha in the Mirror – Justin Richards
  16. Shining Darkness – Mark Michalowski
  17. The Hound of the Baskervilles – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
  18. Divergent – Veronica Roth
  19. Insurgent – Veronica Roth
  20. Allegiant – Veronica Roth
  21. The Messenger – Markus Zusak
  22. Fragile Things – Neil Gaiman
  23. The Mammoth Book of Angels and Demons
  24. Eleanor & Park – Rainbow Rowell
  25. NOS4R2 – Joe Hill
  26. The Gospel of Loki – Joanne M. Harris
  27. Hades – Candice Fox
  28. Last Night at Chateau Marmont – Lauren Weisberger
  29. Thirteen Reasons Why – Jay Asher
  30. Are You Seeing Me? – Darren Groth

It is a sad, sad day, my friends. Today is the day that I have to stop buying books. At least for a little while. I decided to write out a list of all of the books that are sitting beside my bed yesterday, as you saw above, and it is twice as long as the one I had previously.
However the above list is missing a few books:

  • Eden by Candice Fox
  • Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
  • The Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon.

This is simply because I do not own them. The first two I would have to buy (and in the case of Eden, I will buy because it is the sequel to Hades and I have a compulsion to read every book in a series, as I painfully discovered when reading the Delirium and Fallen series), and the last ones I have to borrow from my mother at some point. Hopefully before the end of the year.

Even though both my debit card and Book Lovers card desperately need a break, and there is very little room next to my bed anymore, my inability to buy books is more worrying to me than the insane number of tomes I am yet to read. Buying books is my retail therapy. When I’m angry, sad, or celebrating I buy books. Now what am I supposed to buy? Clothes? Food? Shoes? Please. To paraphrase Toni Collette in In Her Shoes:

Clothes never look any good. Food just makes me fatter. Books always fit.

Of course, Toni’s character says “shoes”, but shoes have a habit of not fitting me either. I have strange sized feet.

Anyway, so from now on I will be working from this list and only from this list. If anyone sees me in Dymocks at any time with a glossy new book and my debit card in hand, please feel free to pull me out. Only, be gentle with me. I am an addict, after all.


About Bec Graham

Bec Graham, 24, was born on the wrong continent. Everything from her burns-like-paper skin tone to her inability to cope with the slightest hint of a hot day suggests she should have been born under the gloomy skies and mild sun of the UK. She hopes writing will get her to her rightful home one day. Failing that, she scans the skies for a spinning blue police box, hoping to catch a lift back to the motherland.
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8 Responses to The climb begins

  1. beckyday6 says:

    This is a sad, sad day indeed! No more books? We will pray for you, Bec, we will pray that new bestselling books will fall into your lap free of charge.

    Still, maybe it’s a good thing that you have this opportunity to get up to date with your books before it gets out of hand. I remember when I first started my blog I only had about 20 unread books on my shelf, now I have 200 and it only keeps growing! It’s a serious, serious problem but I cannot stop buying books. It’s like a compulsion dammit! And when my tbr isn’t growing my wishlist is, phaa. If only I could read faster, I can’t keep up with my own thirst for books. *Sigh.*

    Good luck with restraining yourself! At least money is a good motivating factor, right? :S

    • Bec Graham says:

      Oh, if new books only fell out of the sky. I already have a few books I need to buy on my FTBR (future TBR) list. It’s a serious, delightful, addiction.

      I am looking forward to finally being up-to-date though. I guess I just hate that I have to stop for a bit. Buying books is my therapy! There is an awesome article I read ages ago that defends our habits of buying books that we take forever to read, only I lost the URL! Essentially it just said that we are supporting authors and the publishing industry. Kind of like giving to charity, only wet get books out of it.

      I can read pretty fast but I always have to go back and re-read some pages because I skimmed them. I need to read slower!

      And I’ll definitely need all the luck I can get, Becky, thanks! 😀

      (Money is a good motivating factor, but I do love to spend it! Maybe Etsy?)

      • beckyday6 says:

        Speaking from the point of view of someone who doesn’t know what it feel like, I think having a smaller tbr pile could be really refreshing, I know I would feel less guilty about buying more books if my pile was small.
        I completely agree! Whenever something good or bad happens I congratulate or console myself by buying books. Yay for book retail therapy.
        Oooh, that sounds like an awesome article, Becky likes that thought process a lot!

        I LOVE Etsy, it’s so good for finding nerdy fangirl stuff.

      • Bec Graham says:

        I’m trying to work towards a place where I can reread some series. Especially Harry Potter. It’s been YEARS. I think I have to turn in my fangirl license soon if I don’t start Philosopher’s Stone relatively quickly!

        I am so glad I am not .the only one who does this! I shouldn’t go shopping during exam block. It leads to more books and a smaller number in my bank account. But at least I’m supporting the Arts! I need to find that article and carry it around with me so whenever I buy new books I can have it defend me haha.

        Etsy is amazing. I got my sister and my friend birthday presents from the website and they love them!

      • beckyday6 says:

        Again, we are in agreement! I get the urge to reread Harry Potter every year and for a while I have done really well at not acting on it so it’s been a long time now, maybe 5 or 6 years since I’ve done a reread. Shock horror! I kind of feel like I’m letting down the team a bit. But then I think, is it weird that I feel like a bad fangirl for not rereading recently? Should that be a thing?

      • Bec Graham says:

        I just like the feeling of re-reading. It’s like visiting old friends. I’m re-reading Bloodlines at the moment cos Silver Shadows comes out at the end of this month. Nah, rereading just makes me feel good. Some people do know those books back to front. I mean, it can be intense. But rereading is just fun, cos you find those little details you’ve forgotten? Like discovering the books all over again

      • beckyday6 says:

        Visiting old friends is the perfect description. 🙂

      • Bec Graham says:

        Yay! Nailed it hahaha

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