Books & Budgets


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How do you fund your book habit? Because come on people, for most book bloggers, that’s what it is…a habit. We’ll never ever read all the books we own but we still want more.

I’m on a budget,Β  I can’t afford to buy all the books that I’d love to own and have to limit myself.Β  Not all of us are able to spend x amount of pounds each week/month to buy all the books we want, so how do you prioritise what you’ll buy?

Us book lovers are unemployed, low-waged, students, retired, or we just don’t have an excess of disposable income; so until we win the lottery there’s always:

  1. Libraries – we should all support our libraries more before they become a thing of the past. In fact, today, here in the UK is National Libraries Day. Why don’t you pop in to your local library and see what they have to offer?
  2. Charity shops are a great source for pre-loved books, ok you might not get the latest best seller but just look at all those other gems waiting to be read that need new homes
  3. Swap with friends, relatives or even other bloggers. I’ve swapped with Book Addict Shaun and for the price of the postage you have a new book
  4. ARC’s – a perk for a reviewer and blogger is getting advanced copies for free! However, a review and some promo I think is a minimum to be expected in return
  5. Look out for giveaways on social media; not only will you find new blogging buddies but you may just win a book or two and can help spread the love
  6. There’s always your Christmas / Birthday wish list….

The last book I bought was A Notable Woman by Jean Lucey Pratt. It was Β£20.00 from Waterstone’s but I was lucky enough to have a voucher for Christmas otherwise I wouldn’t have spent that much.

Do you set yourself a book budget or are you lucky enough to buy as you please?

Jera's Jamboree/Talk of the Town


  1. 6th February 2016 / 1:40 pm

    My 19yo has just got into reading again (think primary was the last time he picked up a book when we used to go to the library every week) and I’m taking him on Monday to our local library to sign up. I’ve bought him 4 books recently and it’s hard enough funding my own habit Lindsay!

    Must admit I buy Kindle when they’re reduced, swap with other bloggers, browse Netgalley often (although don’t click often – limit to 10 on my shelf), pre-order paperbacks on Amazon and slip a novel into my Tesco online shopping basket. Oh and enter giveaways from publisher newsletters/Twitter or other blogs.

    I do browse in bookshops (yesterday had a fab time in WHS and Waterstones) but very rarely buy because it’s cheaper online. I know we should be supporting the independent bookshops but mostly funds don’t allow. We’ll be visiting the library much more too very soon πŸ™‚

    Love this post.

    • 7th February 2016 / 6:05 pm

      I do all these things too. I must admit my book buying has decreased over the past year, I have so many to read already it’s just a frivalous expense! It has to be really special for me to buy at the moment.
      Thanks for your well thought out comment x

  2. 14th February 2016 / 1:47 am

    Love my local library. I use it way more than I ever used to now, and I have a GoodReads shelf for things I know I can get there. It’s a very rare occurrence for me to have an empty record anymore.

    I’m more likely to buy ebooks than physical now, just because I have three full bookcases and live in a small two-bedroom flat with my partner and we really can’t fit any more. Though I’m fussy about how much I am willing to spend on an ebook, and I get quite peeved when the publishers set the prices quite close to the hard copy price. I got an email from Amazon yesterday about the sequel to a book I read last year. I was interested in continuing, but the original was only a 3.5* read for me, and spending $9.99 on a sequel that I might only just enjoy… no.

    • 17th February 2016 / 9:18 pm

      Thank you for comment Emily πŸ™‚
      I use my library alot more than I used too. I almost feel obligated because I live on the same street and also because I don’t want it to close!

      I’ve seen cases where the Kindle version of a book has been more expensive than the paperback and I just don’t get that at all.

  3. 16th February 2016 / 12:03 pm

    I used to consume (inhale??) the books in my local library, but now mobility issues tend to keep me away. I do buy (or get given as birthday gifts) most of what I want but I still try to exercise willpower because – as you intimated in your post – I don’t have enough YEARS left to read everything I ALREADY have! (Sob!)

    Where I can rein myself in, I try now to stick to series I’ve already begun, or to supporting fellow authors whose work I enjoy and review, or books that I just know I won’t be able to resist. But apart from Game of Thrones books, I can be swayed away from a Kindle purchase if I think the price has been set too high.

    The trouble is, all these lovely reading/reviewing bloggers I know keep showing me new books and blurbs … sigh …. πŸ˜‰


    #TalkoftheTown – 6 Feb

  4. 17th February 2016 / 8:59 pm

    Thanks for stopping by and commenting Joanna!
    It’s a real shame you’re restricted from getting to your library; I feel for you!
    If I’m going to buy a book it has to have been highly recommended, time and pennies are in short supply especially when the book shelves are already fit to burst πŸ˜‰

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