One of my “resolutions” every year since about 2016 has been “buy less books”. And I say “resolutions” in quotation marks because I almost never adhere to it.
I do only occasionally go out of my way to buy books – such as in the case of new releases, or if I’m looking for something in particular. Normally, I’m just browsing and think, “Ooh, may as well.”
With that in mind, this year I thought I would tackle it differently, and allowed myself 3 purchases a month. Well, that backfired very quickly and now I have bought over 20 in the first three months the year!
When I saw “Project 10” floating around on Instagram, I thought it might be fun to try. But what actually is it?
Essentially, Project 10 is a challenge to yourself. Create a list of 10 books that you have to read before you are allowed to buy anymore. For me, that used to be about 2-3 weeks of reading; this month, I’ve read about 4 books, so it’s going to be a bit more of a challenge. But it’s still achievable, in my mind, so I decided to post about it, which nowadays is the equivalent of a binding contract.
Unfortunately, I have already broken my word. I bought a book called The Artist’s Way after losing some creativity, which I don’t necessarily see as “breaking Project 10” for 2 reasons. 1) It’s a workbook rather than a novel, and 2) it follows a 12-week programme. Also, 3) it’s more of an essential read than another fiction novel. Which I also picked up, breaking Project 10 yet again. This time, it’s the Assassin’s Apprentice by Robin Hobb, which, in my defense, was only £2.69 on Amazon.
So, despite this, I’m still going to aim to complete my Project 10, as all of the books on the list are ones I do want to read.
Aah, the list. What am I actually aiming to read?
- The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock by Imogenn Hermes Gowar
- The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman
- Down Among the Sticks and Bones by Seanan McGuire
- Amsterdam by Ian McEwan
- Game Changer by Neal Shusterman
- The Art of Dying by Ambrose Parry
- The Corset by Laura Purcell
- We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson
- Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young
- The Downstairs Girl by Stacey Lee
So with this Project 10 being ignored already, what should I do next? Stick at it, or scrap it?
Like I said above, I do want to read all of these books, so I am going to attempt to keep up with it, and I am going to try and stick to Project 10 once again, by not buying any books until I’ve read these 10! It’s an achievable but still rather daunting challenge… We shall see!
What do you think of Project 10? Are you going to take part?
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