417522_10151020332211589_1679697183_nMy name is Cathy. I am a 40-something mother of 6 year old twins who buys TOO MANY BOOKS. I am addicted to buying books of all types; real proper books, second hand books, borrowed books, books for Kindle, books for iPad….
All the devices.
The madness must stop.
The challenge starts here.

The upshot of this little collecting habit is that I now have 746 unread books in my possession. Yes, 746. I counted them. It was frightening.

What is even more frightening is that I haven’t counted the unread books that are packed away in boxes in the attic and have been since we moved house, 13 YEARS AGO. Nor have I counted the books that belonged to my father that have been in storage for the last TWO YEARS. Plus, I haven’t factored in books of my husband’s that I’ve been meaning to read as well. But 746 books are what I own and can currently get my hands on.

In the last year I read 36 books. Continuing at this, let’s face it, not very inspiring rate, means it will take me 20.72 years to read everything I have in the house. I’ll be 63. Bloody hell.

It’s time to stop buying. So I’m setting myself a challenge. I won’t buy anymore books until I have read the 746. I’m not sure I can do it, but I’ll give it a go and I’ll create a book review for each one I read.

I am also passionate about Irish Literature and host the annual Reading Ireland Month in March. Click on the Irish Literature section to see news and reviews about the exciting work coming from Ireland.

I review theatre for the Irish entertainment website No More Workhorse and am a contributor to the Belfast Book Festival.

You can follow my progress on Twitter @cathy746books or email me at cmac2708@yahoo.co.uk

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  1. Hi Cathy! I landed here from Marina Sofia’s blog. I’ve not counted my unread books, but I must be in the same situation- problem is, I can’t stop myself from buying yet more, I cheat by buying ebooks so there’s no evidence… Pleased to meet you, Marina

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  2. Hi Cathy! My name is Aya, and I am a fellow book blogger. I was wondering if you’d be interested in participating in a small project that I am doing. I wanted to ask a bunch of bloggers (49, to be exact :p), to give me one of their favorite book quotes. I’m going to compile them all in one post and then post it on my blog on the 22nd of this month. It’d be fantastic if you would be a part of this. Just let me know by this Sunday, please, so that I have plenty of time to compile and/or ask someone else. Thank you!
    P.S. You are the 48th blogger to be asked!

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  3. Christ is Risen!
    Hi Kathy, just discovered your site thanks to your interview of BookerTalk, a favorite book blogger of mine. I realize you follow my Orthodox blog, which has so far so few posts… and a few other Orthodox blogs! Are you Orthodox?
    Otherwise http://wordsandpeace.com is my “profane” book blog.
    Matushka Emma

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  4. Hey Cathy, I just stumbled across your blog via your 20 books of summer challenge (I’m joining in with 10 books myself). I have also made a no-more-book-buying pledge, although mine is only for the remainder of 2017 (if I’m successful I may allow myself to buy a FEW books as a prize and then continuing the challenge in 2018). But your plan is awe-inspiring! 746 is a very large number. I hope you can do it!!

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