Monday, September 8, 2008

How Much Money?

So I'm wondering how much money is too much to spend on books? $50 a month? $100 a month? I guess it all really depends on your income and expenses and of course your book obsession.

When organizing my books over this past weekend it hit me how many books I own that I haven't read. It's closing in at 200 and at the rate I've been buying books it won't be much longer before I pass that mile marker. I do get lucky and find most of my books used and pay anywhere from .50(library) to half price(UBS).

But really, things have gotten out of control...

So I've decided to find out how much I really spend in a given month. I'm keeping a book buying log. It's nothing fancy just a list of what books I buy, where I buy them and how much I pay for them. I'm keeping it on my spreadsheet with my budget since that seemed like the most logical place. I've also started keeping track of my grocery spending since that has gotten out of hand as well. (Sam's Club is dangerous I tell you, dangerous.)

So how much have I spent so far this month? $6.48. Want to know what I got?

The Gaiman(0.50) was mass market size, the Lackey(1.00) was hardcover and the rest were trade paperbacks(Kostova 1.00, Setterfield 1.99, Tzu 1.99). All used, all in good shape with very little creasing and little or no fading.

The only new books I'm planning to buying this month are Faefever (hardcover, ouch) and King of Sword and Sky. So not too expensive and IMO well worth it.

I'm going to try to keep the spending under $50. We'll see if I can do it or if I totally blow it.


  1. Dude, that pile is amazing. Is that really yours or is it like an example/metaphor. And if it is yours, how do you get a book out when you want to read it?

    Seriously, I'm fascinated with that structure. . . and kinda green with jealousy. :)

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  3. Hi Lorelie,

    It's just an example that I found here:

    I wouldn't have the patience or space for that pile of books. : )

    It is really cool though isn't it?