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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Crazy and Best Search Terms 2016

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Last year, I brought you the Crazy and Best Search Terms of 2015 and I’ve decided there are some posts I like redoing as a bit of an annual review, so today we have the Crazy and Best Search Terms of 2016!

First up, lets check in on those unknown search terms. Last year I had a total of 6,089 unknown search terms, this year that figure has grown to 12,723, and as ever it still really, really gets on my nerves! Search terms are a fantastic way to figure out how people are finding you on the Internet, and all these unknown ones are completely useless. That being said, there were also some entertaining and humorous phrases…

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Review: Seven Steps to Happiness

seven-steps-to-happiness-book-coverSeven Steps to Happiness by Stella Newman, published October 2016 by Headline Review.

Read: January 2017
Genre: Fiction/Contemporary
Source: Publisher
#Pages: 342
Get It Now: Wordery

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Goodreads Synopsis: Is there such a thing as a formula for happiness? If it’s Netflix + 2 for 1 Malbec + the perfect toasted-cheese sandwich, Lenny Dublonsky has it covered. Even if she works for a tech company where her colleagues ride scooters round the office, and is in a relationship with a man who doesn’t do relationships.

Lenny’s friend Juliet never planned to be pregnant and married at nineteen, but since then she has been the perfect wife with the perfect family. Until her husband Matt drops the ultimate bombshell… Lenny is determined to save the day. So when she’s asked to test an app that enhances happiness, she puts scepticism aside and persuades Juliet they should give it a go. Could it really be that happiness is only seven steps away?

A funny and moving novel of friendship, heartbreak, and the restorative power of melted cheese.

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Top Ten Tuesday – Favourite Books of 2016

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Favourite Books of 2016

I am STRUGGLING to believe another year has passed already since I last did a Favourite Books of the Year TTT. However, I can legit confirm that my Favourite Books of 2015 post was ON POINT, because looking back they have all stuck with me in massive ways. That’s great, I hear you say, but I’m ignoring the elephant in the room, right? Where have I been for the past month?! No excuses, life just got really busy in December and I was noticeably absent in the blogosphere. Fear not, fellow Book Geeks! I haven’t disappeared, I just decided to prolong my absence and take a break until the end of the year, and I intend to schedule a TON of posts to get 2017 off to a great start.

But for now, back to my favourite reads of 2016.

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1. The Dark Days Club by Alison Goodman – This was a slow burner, that really took some time to get going, but once it did – I was hooked. I can’t wait for the next instalment to see where this story goes. Think Pride and Prejudice meets Shadowhunters! My Rating: 4/5*

2. Reconstructing Amelia by Kimberly McCreight – I loved the writing style, plot, and the variety of formats used to tell this story (email, text, timeline hopping). Completely immersive and gripping, I finished it at 1AM on a work night! My Rating: 4/5*

3. The Double Life of Mistress Kit Kavanagh by Marina Fiorato – Possibly my absolute favourite book of the year. This was an INCREDIBLE read that I thoroughly enjoyed, and would happily reread many times over. Based on a true story, you won’t believe the strength, fortitude, and feisty-ness displayed in this novel. I loved it so much, I reached out to the author – check out my interview with Marina Fiorato. My Rating: 5/5*

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Review: Dreams From My Father

Dreams From My Father Book CoverDreams From My Father by Barack Obama, published June 2008 by Canongate Books.

Read: January 2016
Genre: Non-Fiction/Biography/Politics
Source: Purchased
#Pages: 442
Get It Now: Wordery

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Goodreads Synopsis: The son of a black African father and a white American mother, Obama was only two years old when his father walked out on the family. Many years later, Obama receives a phone call from Nairobi: his father is dead. This sudden news inspires an emotional odyssey for Obama, determined to learn the truth of his father’s life and reconcile his divided inheritance.

Written at the age of thirty-three, Dreams From My Father is an unforgettable read. It illuminates not only Obama’s journey, but also our universal desire to understand our history, and what makes us the people we are.

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Top Ten Tuesday – Books I’ve Recently Added To My TBR

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Books I’ve Added To My (massive) TBR

I can’t remember what life was like before Book Blogging, when I bought books to read them right away, and when I only owned a handful of unread books. When I didn’t know about loads of the latest releases, and wasn’t getting tons of recommendations from awesome bookish people. Now that I am involved in this community, I’m consistently adding to my TBR pile. So here are 10 books I’ve recently added to my TBR, which sound pretty awesome.

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1. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood: I feel like one of the only people left on the planet to have not read this. It’s often referred to as a brilliant dystopian and feminist text, which sounds right up my street. When I saw this gorgeous cover, I couldn’t say no.

2. Nina Is Not OK by Shappi Khorsandi: This is supposed to be a fantastic contemporary novel, and I’ve seen it around a lot in the community. I won a copy of this through Goodreads First Reads.

3. A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson: Now and again I love to sink my teeth into a great non-fiction book. I’ve started a few with high expectations over the past few months, and none of them have blown me away. I read a couple of pages of this in the bookshop and instantly fell in love with Bryson’s witty writing. Expecting great things from this.

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Stacking the Shelves & Wrappin’ It Up October 2016

Stacking the Shelves

For some reason this year, the gap between Halloween and Christmas feels like no time at all. Work is incredibly busy and will continue to be so right up until the 23rd of December, but then, THEN, I get 2 weeks off, and right now I honestly can’t wait. I love Christmas shopping and buying presents for loved ones, and I’ve made a good start already. Hopefully, I’ll have 80% of it sorted by the end of the month.

In other news, I’m really struggling with the dark evenings and increasingly darker mornings. I used to think I was a Winter person, but I take it back, I’m so not. I just want to hibernate. I’m still going to the gym, and I’ve started going three times a week instead of two, but going after work when it’s already dark? The struggle is real, guys.

The Books:

Nope, your eyes aren’t deceiving you. In October I won £100 worth of books from Wordery! I went through my wishlist shelf on Goodreads, and asked you guys for recommendations on Twitter, and finally chose:

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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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