Today’s Book Blogger Hop question is: Do you buy all your books? If yes, do you keep them all? If no, where do you source them?
I buy almost none of my books. Virtually everything I read comes from my local library. I’ve said for years that I could never afford my book habit if I had to actually pay for my books. Last year I read around a hundred books, and it was a serious drop-off from most years.
Shall we run some math? I’d guess at least a third of what I read last year were audiobooks, which are typically more expensive than print ones. So let’s say I got really good used book deals on the paper books and spent an average of $5 per book. If I went the ebook route, I think that’s still realistic. Audiobooks, I think we have to say $15 to be even faintly plausible. So that’s…[calculator on my phone]…approximately $1,000. I could buy a signed L. M. Montgomery book for that. Let’s assume that a decent number of those paper books were new books I had to buy at higher prices, call it a $15 average for the paper books too, and we’re up to $1,500. And remember, I’ve typically read twice that many books. Some are coming off of my own shelves, especially when I’m reading at a higher quantity, but I think we can still conservatively say that a typical year of reading, if purchased, would cost me around $2,500. That’s most of a trip to England, right there.