Bookish Life Budget ~ February & March 2021 Update

Posted April 5, 2021 by Tanya in Book Haul, Budget / 0 Comments

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Bookish Life Budget 2021

I know I’m still in the slump when I’m actually putting two months worth of updates in one post. I’m working on my scheduling so hopefully there will be more posts coming up. I’ve switched jobs and am in the process of putting my life into a space where I feel mentally and physically better. There might be some ups and downs while I adjust to this new normal for me, but I already feel so much calmer and less stressed. It was a big jump but in the end, I think I made the right choice.

I am working on finding more time to read. My fight is to be able to work and listen to my audiobooks at the same time. I feel like it slows me down and I’m missing some of the story, but I think I can get used to it. Now that I have given up my commute I’m really scared I’m going to get behind on my audiobooks again.

So many changes and I’m just settling in so things will be picking up around here. Hopefully I’ll be able to put a dent in some of these reviews I have backing up. It is possible that I could just give them a quick star rating on Goodreads and be done, but I feel like I should give them more than that. I’ve been doing it for this long, I would hate to just skip some. Plus, I like to be able to look back at previous reviews on the blog to compare where a series is going or reminders of what I feel like I may be missing in current books.

So that is what is new with me. I have bought some books, catching up on series on my shelf. I will say, I am disappointed in both the Shifters Unbound series by Jennifer Ashley and the Elemental Assassin series by Jennifer Estep. Nothing to do with the stories themselves, just that since they have become self-pubbed, their paperbacks are now trade sized. Meaning they have to go on a different shelf than the rest of the mass market series books. It KILLS me! I still bought them! LOL I can’t give up on the physical copies of my favorites series because of their placement on my shelves. They may just take me longer to find. No biggie.

Also, my book spending for the last two months may seem a bit excessive, but there was a virtual signing for J.R. Ward’s Lover Unveiled in February as well as a virtual signing for Darynda Jones’ A Good Day for Chardonnay. I am such a sucker for virtual signings. Since covid has made conventions impossible for the last year, I haven’t been able to get any books signed. Just another disappointment over the last year.

This is my spending for February and March. I hope to get back to monthly after this. I just hate doing a joint post like this!

Category Amount Spent this Month Remaining Balance
B&N Membership Renewal $25.00 $25.00 $0.00
Audible Subscription $268.18 $48.76 $219.42
Books (Ebooks, paperbacks & hardcovers) $567.58 $207.87 $359.71
Total: $860.76 $281.63 $579.13

It may seem funny that I talk about having to adjust to listening to audiobooks while I work, and so many books in my haul are audiobooks. I am also disappointed in some of my audios. I had too many Audible credits and needed to use some up. The picks I made were definitely not thought out. Considering audio is slow going for me, and I have the ebooks of these books, getting the audios was kind of a waste because I’m not likely to listen to them. One of those “what was I thinking” moments. There were so many others I have been wanting that I could have chosen. Oh well, there are still a lot of credits to use, so I can make better choices next time.

How is everyone’s spring going so far? Have you gotten that vaccination yet? I’ve gotten my first and will be getting my second when this is posted. To see the vaccinated numbers rising it gives me hope, but then I am also disappointed by the people I see that are choosing not to vaccinated or wear masks or continue any of the recommended things to try and contain the spread. Don’t they want to get back to normal? The faster we do these things, the faster we can get control. There, I’ll get off my soap box now.

I’m interested in how others listen to audiobooks while they work. Do you feel like you are absorbing enough of the story? Getting as much work done as possible? I really hope I can adjust!