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, I can’t afford to buy all the books that I’d love to own and have to limit myself. 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:
- 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?
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- There’s always your Christmas / Birthday wish list….
The last book I bought was A Notable Woman by Jean Lucey Pratt. It was £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?