Bookish Life Budget ~ October 2019 Update

Posted November 4, 2019 by Tanya in Uncategorized / 0 Comments

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October brought Halloween and Buns and Roses. We did give out candy despite the craziness the dogs caused. I wasn’t planning to do it because I didn’t want to scare the kids with these beasts. With a little bit of help from my kids and distracting the dogs with food, we were able to give candy to the few kids that did come. I’m really surprised by the amount of kids that did come. There were probably only between 15 – 20. There is still candy left unfortunately. I’m curious, has anyone else noticed a decrease in the amount of children trick or treating in your neighborhood?

Buns and Roses was a lot of fun. We had seats with Donna Grant. She is so amazing and sweet. I have an incredibly hard time keeping up with this women’s writing. Donna Grant puts out so many books in a year she just fascinates me. There was also a silent auction where I bid on a Jennifer Estep book bundle. I didn’t win the 7 book bundle but I did get the 5 book bundle. Imagine my delight when I found out they were all books I was missing in my library! Buns and Roses is a great fundraiser for literacy and I never feel bad about spending parts of my book budget there.

Going over the numbers, and what I felt up to doing in the next couple of months. I decided not to go to Readers ‘n Ritas this year. My biggest reason for wanting to go was Jennifer Estep was going to be there, but even the tickets to the signing alone were too expensive to justify it. Therefore, I’ve moved my ticket budget down to books. I don’t know if there are going to be many opportunities for me to pick up new books, but I feel better having something there. Knowing I can grab a book for my library without going over. So, the numbers have pretty much come down to my Audible subscription and my book budget. Maybe if I have some book budget left over at the end of the year I can put it towards the 2020 Book Bonanza con I want to go to. If there are any tickets left. Many options to finish off the book budget this year, so we’ll see how I decide to use up the funds.

Category Amount Spent this Month Remaining Balance
B&N Membership Renewal $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
Readers & ‘Ritas 2019 Event Ticket $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
Buns & Roses + Bear $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
Boas & Tiaras $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
Readers On The River $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
Audible Subscription $146.28 $24.38 $121.90
Books (Ebooks, paperbacks & hardcovers) $255.92 $40.00 $215.92
Total: $402.20 $64.38 $337.82

My book haul this month is a great mix of ebooks and audios. I’m feeling kind of bad that there is an audio I’m listening to that I keep putting on hold and putting my new ones in front of, but there were some highly anticipated audios in my haul. My Goodreads challenge is almost complete. I’m excited about that. The last two years I thought I had it then come to find out I had duplicates in my list which always knocked me out. This year I’m constantly checking for duplicates and being very cautious when adding books to my reading list.

This month I picked up a few audios that were on a 2 for 1 sale at Audible. It’s my kick in the butt that I have to read Kevin Hearne’s books as well as start the new Jennifer Estep series. I think there are enough audios in my haul to put me over on the 2019 Audiobook Challenge, if I would just get the energy to get the reviews written for them. Anyway, let’s get down to what amazing books hit my shelves this month!

Did you all have a great Halloween? Did you dress up or do anything special? Are you all ready for November and Thanksgiving? For some reason I’m getting anxious to do Christmas decorating. I’m restraining myself, but I really would like to get started.