Birthday Books!

Many of you will know that when I started this blog last December, I vowed not to buy another book until I had read all 746 unread books in my possession.

I can’t quite believe it, but I have stuck to that and haven’t bought a single book for myself in the last 11 months. Probably the longest I’ve gone without buying a book in 30 years!

As with all good challenges though, I did give myself a bit of a get-out clause in that I am happy to accept books as gifts, so on my birthday yesterday my husband didn’t have to think too hard about what to get me.

Lovely Books!
Lovely Books!

I got books! Lovely, new, shiny books! Oh how I’ve missed them!

David Mitchell and Sarah Waters are two of my favourite authors, so there was no question that I had to have them. A few weeks ago we went to the Abbey Theatre in Dublin to see Our Few and Evil Days by Mark O’Rowe (starring Ciaran Hinds, Sinead Cusack and Tom Vaughn-Lawlor) and as I studied Drama for my M.A. I do like to have a copy of a play to read once I’ve seen it. I’m also a big Grayson Perry fan and his latest Channel 4 show Who Are You? has been enthralling me for the last few weeks, so I’m interested to see his take on how we consume and react to Art.

Have you read any of these? Which should I start with?

I’m planning my Christmas list already 🙂



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I am a 40 something book buying addict trying to reduce the backlog one book at a time!

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  1. First of all, Happy Birthday. Second, congratulations on sticking with your plan so far – it’s quite the achievment. Third, I’ve not read these books but do plan to tackle both the Bone Clocks and the Paying Guests quite soon, so I’ll be interested to hear your comments when you get to them.

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  2. The Paying Guests is also in my TBR pile. I read the Bone Clocks and didn’t like it as much as I’ve liked other David Mitchell books. In your birthday stack I’d start with the Grayson Perry ’cause I know nothing about it!
    My birthday stack: The Complete Cosmicomics; Just a Human Being and Other Tales from Contemporary Cambodia; The Museum of Abandoned Secrets 9kindle); Toronto Noir (kindle). Since three are short stories, I’m reading them all at the same time!


  3. Ohh such lovely books! I read The Bone Clock just two weeks ago and ahhh, they don’t have a copy of The Paying Guests anywhere in my state or that would be read by now too!! You have such control, you absolutely deserved this. Happy reading!! 🙂


  4. Happy Birthday! Wow, this is very exciting! All 4 of these would certainly be on my shopping list but I haven’t read any of them yet. I wanted to go see that play in the Abbey but it was all sold out when I went to try and book a ticket. Heard great reports about it.


  5. Happy birthday! Man, I am so impressed with sticking to your ban for 11 months – that’s amazing willpower! I tried to ban myself for a few months, and funnily enough it was The Bone Clocks that made me break it! So, naturally, I say read that one first!!


  6. Must have been so exciting finally getting new reads!! And well done you! I really don’t think I could have gone 11 months! If you can do that, you can do anything!!

    I only bought one book last month, which was David Mitchell, how gorgeous is that cover?!

    R x


  7. Very cool gift. Happy belated birthday. Suggestion for you: having tackled my bookshelf and taking 3 years to do it, my advice would be to read those new books now. Don’t put them on the shelf to where you’ll forget 5 yrs from now why you wanted them. Read them while you know and are excited by them. Then they don’t become part of the tbr pile. And who cares if you already have scheduled books from the pile. New books first.


  8. Happy belated birthdya, Cathy! You’re husband is a keeper, you have some great books there. As for your 746 project, I had no idea where the number came from, but it is an inspiring and very intelligent way to approach non-read books! Can’t wait til we both read ‘The Bone Clocks’ and share some thoughts.


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