Blogger Confession: This will be my first real attempt at balancing the book budget against my “want the book” budget! It is going to be hard!
Reason this needs to be done: Go check out my Goodreads shelves! They are accurate and not at all exaggerated. It really is pretty out of control!
My Plan: I am going to lay out my plan so that I can be held accountable. I will be tracking all my purchases on Goodreads and plan on having a monthly post on how I did! This is very self-indulgent so please feel free to skip over these posts. I just need to visually call myself out sometimes to really make changes!
- I can purchase 2 books a month (Either Kindle or Paperback form)
- I can use my audible credits (2 a month). So if I hit a 3 for 2 sale score for me but I will not be purchasing additional credits in a month.
- I can use my Discover a New Love credit every month. (I actually have 2 saved up that will be used at some time too)
- I can make 1 book club purchase a month. I had to add this in because I don’t always read the same books my book clubs do. I have 2 book clubs so this does pose a bit of a problem as they don’t often pick the same book and one of the 2 I run. However, I did not want to add 2 books to my purchase total. Sometimes I will have to go strictly for the social aspect or get the book from the library.
- I can download free books but must track them.
- I can receive books as gifts or win them but must track them. (This is includes giveaway books from blogs, contests, Library Thing, and Goodreads)
- I can request/receive no more than 2 (paper or kindle) books per month for review. Once I am caught up from last years requests I might up that to 3 but right now I need to catch up.
- I can continue to request Brilliance Audiobooks for review but no more than 5 of those. I knock these out pretty quickly and audiobooks are something that I adore.
- I will keep track of total dollars spent on all book related activities: dinners for book clubs, conventions, book related expenses, ect.
Potentially that means a total of 13 books a month that I can add to my shelves. I tend to read about 15 to 20 books a month. It means I am not chipping away at my TBR as much as I would like BUT it does mean that I can reevaluate down the line to see if I could cut more. It may also spur me to read more during a month which isn’t a bad thing.
Have you ever had to do the balancing the book budget dance? If so, how did you pull it off?