Discount Codes

How Much Do You Spend On Books? 2017 Edition

How much do you spend on books 2017

At the end of 2015, I started analysing how much I spend on books each year (see how much I spent on books in 2014, and how much I spent on books 2015). It’s a really popular post, and one I like to do to try and keep control of the spending situation. Typically, I prefer physical books to eBooks, and I prefer owning books as opposed to borrowing them from the library. This has resulted in a substantial TBR pile (based on my current rate of reading, it would take around 5 years to get through the books I currently own… eek!), and while I’m not a believer of Book Buying Bans, I think it’s a great idea to be mindful of what I’m spending my money on.

In 2016, I definitely started buying more books in physical bookstores (I ❤ Waterstones), and unintentionally (at least initially) reduced the amount I was buying through Amazon. As I’ve gotten older, and become less ignorant of the publishing Industry, I’ve developed a new appreciation for the amount of time and work involved in book publishing, and I’ve begun to understand how Amazon’s pricing policy undermines the Industry.

For a long time, I justified cheaper purchases because I was a student, or a recent graduate, who couldn’t afford to spend a lot on books. While I’m not exactly rolling in riches four years after graduation, I am in a position where I can spend that little bit more for a personal and physical customer experience in a bookstore, and that means something to me. That being said, I’m still a firm believer in value for money, so I rarely buy RRP.

Spending that little bit more means that, hopefully, a physical bookstore will stay part of my high street, and it usually means I’m buying books I’m super interested in, rather than sneaky impulse purchases. I haven’t tracked my in-store spend for 2016, but it’s something I really want to do this year. Surely keeping a receipt jar won’t be too much trouble? (Though it may possibly be a massive eye-opener!).

The following figures are taken from my online order histories, and don’t include gifts or books bought from a charity shop. The amount I’ve spent also doesn’t include the benefits of using discount codes and cash-back deals from Quidco to make further savings (which I highly suggest you do!).

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Exclusive Wordery Discount Code!

This week, I posted my annual Bookish Gift Guide, with 22 amazing and exclusive discount codes. You may know if you follow me on Twitter, I recently won £100 of books from Wordery. I know what you’re thinking, how are these two things connected, right?

Bear with me, they are. Because shortly after these arrived:

I decided to reach out to the friendly people at Wordery to see if they would like to offer a discount code to Confessions of a Book Geek readers, and amazingly, they said yes!


Gifts for a Bookish Christmas Collection

The Collection was created especially for the Confessions of a Book Geek Bookish Gift Guide, and includes a range of tote bags, book box sets, notebooks, and stocking fillers.

Get 10% off when you buy any 2 items from the collection with the discount code BOOKGEEK!

Discount code expires 18th December 2016. Click here to browse the collection.

I’ve gathered together some of my handpicked favourites to give you a taste of the collection! Click on an item below to open the gallery, and then click through to the website.

 Let me know if you pick anything up, I have my eye on a couple of box sets, the Talk Wordy To Me tote, and those bookmarks! Happy shopping, Book Geeks!

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2016 Bookish Gift Guide with Exclusive Discounts!

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I know today is Halloween, but I was so excited, I couldn’t put this post off for any longer!

For the past two years I’ve brought you a Bookish Gift Guide with Exclusive Discount codes. It’s a post I love to put together because I get to give my loyal readers something that I adore… a bargain! Each year the guide has gotten bigger and better, and this year is no exception!

There are 22 stores taking part in this year’s Gift Guide, all with Exclusive Discount Codes!

I’ve hand-picked a selection of items from each store below, and linked to them in the image caption. All prices are listed in GBP for simplicity. They all ship Internationally (beware of delivery dates if you’re ordering pressies!), and many of them also offer customised options – if you have any questions, just reach out and ask, I can guarantee that they’re all lovely! 🙂


Wordery

Wordery have created a Bookish Christmas Collection just for this Gift Guide!

Get 10% off when you buy any 2 items with discount code BOOKGEEK!

Discount code expires 18th December 2016. Click here to browse the collection.

Wordery have over 10 million books available for free delivery to over 100 countries. As well as books, they also sell tote bags, notebooks, bookmarks, and more.


Novelly Yours

Prices start at £3.34 BUT discount code BOOKGEEK gets you 10% off any order.

Discount Code expires 25th December 2016. Click here to be taken to the store.

Gorgeous handmade candles from our very own Book Blogger, Brittany @ The Book Addict’s Guide! I’m sure many of these names are recognisable to Book Geeks, and they’re in such cute tins!


The Blind Date Book Company

Prices start at £5.00 BUT discount code #BOOKGEEK10 gets you 10% off!

Discount code expires 5th January 2017. Click here to be taken to the store.

Have you heard of the Blind Date With A Book trend? This Etsy store offers a Blind Date with a preloved book, a Blind Date with a new book, a Blind Date Gift Box, and a special Christmas themed Gift Box! Spoil the Book Geek in your life (or yourself!) with this great surprise gift.

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Exclusive Discount Codes

I’m always on the look-out for a great deal on books, and bookish related items, and every Christmas I put together a Gift Guide with Discount Codes from selected Etsy sellers, and other stores. I’m working with some sellers to provide permanent discount codes to Confessions of a Book Geek readers, which will be posted here for you to browse.

Happy shopping, Book Geeks!


Novel Creations

Prices start at £32.42 BUT discount code BOOKGEEK gets you 15% off!

Discount code does not expire! Click here to be taken to the store.


CS Literary Jewelry

Prices start at £10.50 BUT discount code BOOKGEEK10 gets you 10% off!

Discount code does not expire! Click here to be taken to the store.


Lipsy Lost and Found

Prices start at £2.99 BUT discount code BOOKG33K gets you 30% off any purchase!

Discount code does not expire! Click here to be taken to the store.


Sazel Gifts

Prices start at £3.50 BUT discount code Bookish16 gets you 5% off!

Discount code does not expire! Click here to be taken to the store.

If you have a book-related store, and would like to offer a discount code to Confessions of a Book Geek readers, I’d love to hear from you!

How Much Do You Spend On Books? 2016 Edition

2016-Discussion-ChallengeLast January, I put together a post that analysed how much I spent on books throughout the year, and I’ve decided to bring it back for a 2016 edition. I personally prefer physical books to eBooks, and I generally prefer owning books as opposed to borrowing them from the library. This can result in a toppling TBR pile (literally – my sister used to call it my wall of books, now she calls it book-Jenga), and it can also result in a large spend if I’m not careful. I’m a great believer in hunting down deals and bargains (see my previous posts Book Buying Bans and Me and Buying Books As Cheap As Possible), and I’ve always believed that while I do spend money on books, I spend a reasonable amount, and make sure I get a lot for my money.

Last year was the first time I actually tried to add up what I’d spent over the course of a year, and I was pleasantly surprised when I worked it out (£205 for 110 books). This year, I wanted to try and reduce my spend, by reducing the number of impulse purchases I made. Overall, I think this worked well, but 2015 was also the year of the charity shop comeback for me too. Let’s see how I got on…

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Bookish Gift Guide with Exclusive Discounts!

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I love some retail therapy, and I really love Christmas shopping – I work on a “two for you, one for me” ratio, and always hunt out the BEST deals. Last year, I put my deal-hunting skills to good use and put together a post offering exclusive discounts for Confessions of a Book Geek readers. It proved to be quite popular, so this year I’ve decided to bring it back, and make it even BIGGER!

These sellers all ship Internationally (beware of delivery dates if you’re ordering pressies!), and many of them also offer customized options – if you have any questions, just reach out and ask, I can guarantee that they’re all lovely! 🙂


Litographs (US)

Prices start at £15.75 BUT discount code BOOKGEEK10 gets you 10% off!

Discount code expires 31st December 2015. Click here to be taken to the store.

 

Let’s start this post off with a bang, shall we? Bags, totes and posters cleverly designed using the text of your favourite story!


 Mind the Book (UK)

Prices start at £4 BUT discount code MINDTHEGEEK gets you FREE INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING!

Discount code expires 31st January 2016. Click here to be taken to the store.

I absolutely love the cute and quirky originality of these pieces, for something a little different that’s always unique, and never ordinary!


BeedooTO (Canada)

Prices start at £1.30 BUT discount code BOOKGEEK gets you 15% off, no minimum order! Orders over $10 also get a free random bookmark (excludes shipping and discount codes).

Discount code is valid until 31st December 2015. Click here to be taken to the store.

I have my eye on far too many of these (how amazing is Celaena Sardothian?!) – beautifully illustrated, and very reasonably priced, what’s not to love?!


PaperFuryInk (Australia)

Prices start at £3.83 BUT discount code XMASJOY gets you 10% off across the store!

Discount code is valid until 31st December 2015. Click here to be taken to the store.

Our very own Book Blogger Cait from Paper Fury is taking part this year, with her beautiful handmade decorations and mini book necklaces.


Scribbelicious (UK)

Prices start at £1.25 BUT discount code DICKENS10 gets you 10% off your order!

Discount code expires 10th January 2016. Click here to be taken to the store.


 Ben McFuzzylugs (Scotland)

Prices start at £8 BUT the discount code GEEK20 gets you 20% off SPLAT bookmarks!

Discount code is valid until 31st January 2016. Click here to be taken to the store.

Pam makes astonishing needle felted sculptures and the famous SPLAT felt animal bookmarks – they are actually amazing and I can’t wait to get one!


BookishBitsandBobs (UK)

Prices start at £5 BUT the discount code BOOKISH15 gets you 15% off all purchases!

Discount code is valid until 31st January 2016. Click here to be taken to the store.

Contrary to popular belief, we can’t ALL carry our favourite book around with us! But what if we could carry a piece of them with us? To remind us to be courageous, kind, daring or curious…


Frostbeard (US)

Prices start at £4.55 BUT use discount code FREESHIPPING50 to get free shipping on US orders $50+, INTERNATIONAL50 for $5 off $50+, and INTERNATIONAL100 for $10 off $100+

Candles to make every booksniffer’s dreams come true!


Up Shirts Creek (Canada)

Prices start at £6.74 BUT discount code BOOKGEEK15 gets you 15% off regular priced items!

Discount code is valid until 31st December 2015. Click here to be taken to the store.

Us Book Geeks love nothing more than wearing our passions, and these tees give a slightly more subtle nod to some of our all time favourites.


Novel Creations

Prices start at £32.42 BUT discount code BOOKGEEK gets you 15% off!

Discount code does not expire! Click here to be taken to the store.

Hardback and leather-bound books are up-cycled like you have never seen them before!


Knob Creek Metal Arts (US)

Prices start at £10.12 BUT discount code WINTER15 gets you 10% off!

Discount code expires 31st December 2015. Click here to be taken to the store.

Something a little more quirky and original for your bookshelves – bookcases can display so much more than books, you know!


DotsandDashCo (US)

 Prices start at £1.02 BUT discount code BOOKGEEK20 gets you 20% off, no min. purchase!

Discount code expires 1st January 2016. Click here to be taken to the store.

Planners have taken the world by storm, and the Book Blogging community is no different! From Erin Condren’s, to Foxy Dori’s, we’re planning our blogs in style.


PlannerGlamGirl (US)

Prices start at £1.64 BUT discount code fabulousbookgeek15 gets you 15% off! Spend $5 in November, or $10 in December (not including code), and receive free Teddy of the Month clip!

Discount code expires 1st January 2016. Click here to be taken to the store.

Cute and quirky paperclip bookmarks, perfect for readers and planners!


MyBookmark (Ukraine)

Prices start at £10.13 BUT discount code BOOKGEEK gets you 20% off!

Discount code expires 31st December 2015. Click here to be taken to the store.

Something a little quirkier for those of us who refuse to dog-ear!


LiteraryInspired (Digital Downloads)

Prices start at £4.04 BUT discount code BOOKISHCHRISTMAS gets you 20% off!

Discount code expires 31st December 2015. Click here to be taken to the store.

Beautiful digital downloads you can print on your choice of paper, and frame how you please!


The Sticker Alley (Australia)

Prices start at £1.20 BUT discount code GIFT20 gets you 20% off purchases over $10!

Discount code expires 31st December 2015. Click here to be taken to the store.

Jazz up your planners and journals with these cute well-known character stickers. I’m spoiled for choice and want need one of each!


 The BookwormPrints (UK)

Prices start at £10.00 BUT discount code BOOKGEEK20 gets you 20% off!

Discount code expires 31st January 2016. Click here to be taken to the store.

For inspiration, decoration, or simply a beautiful gift, you can’t go wrong with a good quote.


BookQuay (Philippines)

Prices start at £8.10 BUT discount code THANKSGIVING2015 gets you 15% off!

Discount code expires 31st December 2015. Click here to be taken to the store.

I love coffee, so had to include that fab mug, but this store specialises in book cover replica pouches, perfect to use as snazzy pencil cases and tablet covers.


The Raspberry Finch (UK)

Prices start at £1.25 BUT discount code BOOKGEEK gets you 20% off!

Discount code expires 31st December 2015. Click here to be taken to the store.

From cute badges, to colourful key rings, totes, bookmarks, and notebooks, this store has you covered!


Sazel Gifts (UK)

Prices start at £3.50 BUT discount code Bookish16 gets you 5% off!

Discount code does not expire! Click here to be taken to the store.

The book art from this store is the main feature! Add a personal touch to an original gift for the Book Geek in your life.


Thank you to all of the sellers who have offered a discount code to Confessions of a Book Geek readers! Please let me know in the comments if you plan to, or make any purchases! Happy shopping, Books Geeks!

Sync – Free Audiobooks for 2015!

audio books syncSYNC was super successful in 2014, so they are back with a *bang* for another year! Starting May 7th 2015, SYNC will give away two complete audiobook downloads for free each week – a current young adult title along with a thematically paired classic. Sign up for email or text alerts and be the first to know when new titles are available to download! Each title is only available to download for 7 days, but the best bit is once it’s downloaded, it’s yours to keep!

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Bookish Deals and Discounts #4 Discount Codes and Flash Sales!

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When I calculated what I spent on books in 2014, I was pretty proud of the result, and it became apparent that I’m a bit of a bargain hunter – so when I was contacted by a major discount code provider with some codes for my readers, I was more than happy to post them for you all to benefit from.

Waterstones

Get 15% off when you spend £30 at Waterstones with the code CE1530 (valid until Sunday 8th February 2015).

Check out up to 30% off bestsellers and all other online offers.

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