No New Purchases For 3 Months

I’ve set a goal to restrict myself to only reading books and watching DVDs I’ve already bought for the next 3 months. I’ll also use this opportunity to get into more webseries, vlogs, and web comics. I’m one of those people who buys large quantities of books and DVDs, only to stick them in the to read/to watch pile and then move on to other things. As I’m trying to save up to go back to college, I’m hoping this will help me be a lot more mindful of my purchases.

I noticed as I put this list together that my Netflix streaming subscription has really cut down on my pile of unwatched DVDs. Two or three years ago, that list would have been much longer.

A small fraction of the stuff I’ll be going through over the coming months:

Books:

Fiction

  • House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski
  • Good Omens by Neil Gaiman & Terry Pratchett
  • This Is Not A Game by Walter Jon Williams
  • Cryptonomicon & Quicksilver by Neal Stephenson
  • Slaughterhouse 5 by Kurt Vonnegut
  • Restaurant At The Edge of The Universe by Douglas Adams
  • The Casual Vacancy by JK Rowling
  • Rudyard Kipling’s Tales Of Horror And Fantasy
  • Jonathan Strange And Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke
  • The Dark Tower: The Gunslinger by Stephen King
  • Color of Magic by Terry Pratchett
  • Ringworld and Saturn’s Race by Larry Niven
  • Seed To Harvest and Fledgling by Octavia E. Butler
  • Tales of the Bounty Hunters: Star Wars: Book 3
  • Echoes Of The Well of Souls by Jack L. Chalker*
  • The Terror by Dan Simmons
  • How To Make Friends With Demons by Graham Joyce
  • The Outlander by Gil Adamson

Nonfiction

  • Firefly: Still Flying
  • Joss Whedon: Conversations
  • Fan Fiction And Fan Communities In The Age Of The Internet
  • In The Hunt: Unauthorized Essays On Supernatural
  • TV Goes To Hell: An Unofficial Road Map Of Supernatural
  • A Brief History of the Universe by Stephen Hawking
  • The Universe In A Nutshell by Stephen Hawking
  • Dinosaurs: A Concise Natural History
  • Write Good or Die
  • Write Great Fiction – Plot & Structure
  • Writing a Romance Novel
  • Nail Your Novel – Why Writers Abandon Books and How You Can Draft, Fix and Finish With Confidence
  • Outlining Your Novel: Map Your Way To Success
  • Delusions Of Gender
  • Sister Citizen
  • Wasted: A Memoir of Anorexia and Bulimia

*Echoes of the Well of Souls holds the distinction of being in the to-read pile longer than pretty much any book I’ve ever owned. I think it was given to me when I was 12 or so. I’m 2 months shy of my 28th birthday at the time of writing this post.

Oh, and there’s quite a few romance/erotica novels as well, but the titles are a wee bit too embarrassing to share. 😉

Comics:

  • Mouse Guard Volumes I&II
  • New X-Men Omnibus
  • Tank Girl Volume I
  • Star Wars Shadows of the Empire Omnibus Volume I
  • Star Wars At War With The Empire Volume I
  • Hopeless, Maine
  • Witchblade Volume I
  • Buffy Season 8 Volumes I through IV
  • Buffy Omnibus Volume I
  • Billy Fog
  • Joe The Barbarian
  • Chew Volume III
  • Critical Millennium: The Dark Frontier
  • Essential Amazing Spider-Man Volume II
  • Maus Volume I
  • The Walking Dead: Compendium 1

Movies/Shows:

  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Trilogy
  • The Crow
  • Stargate
  • Star Trek DS9 season 1
  • Xena Season 1
  • Nightmare on Elm St II through IV
  • Friday the 13th II through IV
  • Heroes Seasons I & II
  • Red vs Blue: The 1st 5 Seasons

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