Thursday, October 2, 2008

September Book Spending Results

For the month of September I kept track of my book spending. I made a list of each book and how much it cost. I wasn't too surprise by how much I spent. I think it would have been more had I not been keeping track. The number of books did surprise me. Now I know why my TBR pile has become a monster.

The numbers:

The most spent on one book ~ $2.99.

The least spent on one book ~ 0.50.

Total number of books ~ 40.

The grand total spent ~ $50.46 USD

All are used but in good shape, some look like new, some like they've only been read once. A few are a bit yellowed with age and have a bit of that "old book" smell. I did plan to buy C. L. Wilson's King of Sword and Sky which would have put me close to $60 but I still haven't made it to the bookstore.

Some of my favorite finds:

Hawkins Heart by Suzanne Brockmann. I have been looking for this book for a very long time. It's part of Brockmann's Tall, Dark and Dangerous series about SEAL Team Ten. It's one of the few in the series that I didn't have.

A Long Fatal Love Chase by Louisa May Alcott. I've read Little Women and it's one of my favorite books as well as a favorite movie (the 1933 version with Hepburn) but I've never read A Long Fatal Love Chase. I don't remember what blog I read about it only that someone posted that it was one of their favorite books. The title stayed with me so when I saw it I grabbed it.

Forever in My Heart by Jo Goodman. First, Jo Goodman is one of my favorite authors. Second, on our last move I lost at least one, maybe two boxes of books (damn movers). Yep, Goodman's were among them. Also among some of the missing were books by Jo Beverly, Cynthia Wright, Laura Kinsale and Kathleen Woodiwiss. I'm slowly replacing them so I was please to find a Goodman that I didn't have.

A Rose in Winter by Kathleen Woodiwiss. Same reason as the Goodman.

Irresistible, Slightly Dangerous and Under the Mistletoe all by Mary Balogh. They're Baloghs I don't have and I want them all. : )

Three Weddings and a Kiss. Stories by Woodiwiss, Kleypas, Chase and Anderson. Talk about some wonderful writers. Although I haven't read any of Chase's. I have all but one of her books. Need to get to those.

Here is the final list for books purchased in September. The few duplicates I will either take to the UBS or give to friends.

American Gods, Neil Gaiman
The Historian, Elizabeth Kostova, TPB
The Serpent's Shadow, Mercedes Lackey, HC
The Thirteenth Tale, Diane Setterfield, TPB
Art of War, Sun Tzu, TPB
Don't Let Go, Marliss Melton
How to Propose to a Prince, Kathryn Caskie
In Bed with the Devil, Lorraine Heath
8 Sandpiper Way, Debbie Macomber ~ duplicate
Forever in my Heart, Jo Goodman
An Honorable Thief, Anne Gracie
Dying to Please, Linda Howard, HC
Venetia, Georgette Heyer
Into the Fire, S. Brockmann, HC
Long Fatal Love Chase, L.M. Alcott, HC
Slightly Dangerous, Mary Balogh
Pretties, Scott Westerfeld, TPB
Hawken's Heart, S. Brockmann
The Edge of Desire, Stephanie Laurens
A Fragile Trust, Helen Kirkman
The Duke Next Door, Celeste Bradley
Agnes & the Hitman, J. Cruise/Bob Mayer
Love Letters from a Duke, Elizabeth Boyle
Under the Mistletoe, Mary Balogh
Midnight Rainbow/Diamond Bay, Linda Howard
The Bean Trees, Barbara Kingsolver
A Rose in Winter, Kathleen Woodiwiss
Crazy for You, Jennifer Cruise ~ duplicate
Irresistible, Mary Balogh
One Perfect Rose, Mary Jo Putney, HC/pb size
Born in Shame, Nora Roberts
Three Weddings & a Kiss, Woodiwiss, Kleypas, Chase, Anderson
Somebody's Lover, Jasmine Haynes, TPB
The Velvet Chair, Jennifer Stevenson
Once a Pirate, Susan Grant ~ duplicate
After Glow, Jayne Castle
Draycott Eternal, Christina Skye
Before the Scandal, Suzanne Enoch
The Macgregor Grooms, Nora Roberts ~ duplicate
Morning Comes Softly, Debbie Macomber ~ duplicate


  1. Hi Leslie!
    Thanks for visiting my blog and entering my contest!

    I'm so impressed that you bought all these books for only near $50! You're such a savvy shopper! I think the key is a used bookstore. I keep thinking there's got to be one around here but I can't find any! :(

    Happy reading! :)

  2. Wow, you do really good!! You're soooooo lucky!! I'm definitively jealous. That's why it sucks to live in a French province like I do... even the UBS are a joke T_T

  3. Hi Christine ~ I'm really lucky when it comes to buying used books. My library sells donated books, 50 cents for paperbacks and I get a lot of like new books there. I have 3 UBS nearby and Goodwill is a good place to find books too. I'd go broke if all I bought were new books. lol

    Hey Nath ~ if you ever make it to Phoenix, Arizona I'll take you to my favorite UBS. It's called Bookmans and it's about the size of a Barnes and Noble. The first time I went there I swear my eyes glazed over. It's dangerous to the wallet though. I can easily spend $50 in one trip.

  4. Wow, what a list, but you only spent $50! That is amazing. I wish I had a used bookstore in my city where I could buy inexpensive books.

  5. Awe Brie ~ I'm sorry you don't have UBS near you. I had no idea how lucky I was to have so many places to get books.

    I won't mention the ten books I got today. *ducks head*