So, last year when I was thinking about how I wanted 2019 to look and what I wanted to with my reading, one thing I realized is that I have TOO MANY BOOKS. And a lot of them end up sitting unread because I’ve fallen into a Kindle Vortex for the past year and read almost ebooks exclusively. I really wanted to fix this in 2019, so I cancelled all of my subscription boxes except for Book of the Month, which saved me money and also stopped the influx of books coming into the house that I might not actually want.
January was month one and it was….less than successful😂. The first books that made it into the house were my BOTM purchases. I had thought about skipping the month entirely, but then I saw that they had the new Lisa Jewell book and the newest Nicholas Sparks book as add ons and I didn’t want them to sell out if I waited until February. So I ended up grabbing two of the January selections too. In total I bought 4 books ($49.96):
- The Night Tiger – Yangsze Choo
- The Silent Patient – Alex Michelides
- Watching You – Lisa Jewell
- Every Breath – Nicholas Sparks
After my failure at BOTM, I tested my strength at Target. I did have a gift card that I had received for Christmas so I was at least not spending all my own money. Target is always a little high on their book prices, but they do price match, so often times I’ll look the books up on Amazon and get the lower price. I was doing ok, until I saw a few YA and Adult Contemporary that I’ve had my eyes on and then basically all hell broke loose. I walked out of the story with 5 books ($70.06 -I used a $35 GC to cover half the bill so I spent roughly $35 out of pocket):
- Skyward – Brandon Sanderson
- Fire and Blood – George RR Martin
- My Favorite Half Night Stand – Christina Lauren
- The Tattooist of Auschwitz – Heather Morris
- A Very Large Expanse of Sea – Tahereh Mafi
At this point I was at 9 books, which actually was a pretty small month for me when it came to books. I was proud of myself. But then, I got an email from Book Outlet and they had some YA books that I had really been wanting right there in the front of the email, and I just had to look. Fun fact – I use to order all my books for pre order and have them delivered on release day. But I never read them on release day, and they’d sit on the shelf for months, or even a year before I read them. So last summer I cancelled all my pre orders, and now I keep a list and order them off of Book Outlet if they come up. I’ve gotten books that I would have paid $18 for on release day, for less that $6! It’s saved me a lot of money. You just need to be patient and take the time to go through all their stock. And they have free shipping over orders of $35 along with a points program to earn gift certificates. I ended up ordering 7 books, all HC but one, for $38.53. It ended up being a savings of almost $80 from the original sticker price. THAT’S HUGE!
- Brink of Darkness – Jeff Giles
- Lizzie – Dawn Ius
- The Outcast – Taran Matharu
- A Prom to Remember – Sandy Hall
- The Traitor’s Ruin – Erin Beaty
- Whisper of the Tide – Sarah Tolcser
- Outrun the Moon – Stacey Lee
I may or may not have placed 2 other orders from Book Outlet, but if I did, they won’t be here until February so you’ll just have to wait and see!
Lastly, I got a few ARCs for Instagram tours and reviews in the mail. I’m super excited about all of these, so look for features over the next few weeks!
So that’s it. Right? I just bared all my secrets….Okay, okay. There might have been one small Amazon order🙈 . It was only four books…(I say that like four is the same as zero or one). Total on the order was $44.16 but the one book was on sale so I just had to get it. It was destiny…LOL
- Falling for the Playboy – Kennedy Fox
- Falling for the Cowboy – Kennedy Fox
- Hating to Love You – Erin Rylie
- Stripped – Zoey Castile (This one was a rebuy because I accidently sold it to the used book store. It happens!)
Ok, I promise this time that that really is it! I’m hoping February will be better. But if it’s not, March is a new month. My February ARC list is minimal so I’m hoping to read some of these before the month is up!