Bookish Life Budget ~ August 2021 Update

Posted September 13, 2021 by Tanya in Book Haul, Budget / 0 Comments

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Bookish Life Budget 2021

As you may have noticed, I have been taking an unintentional break. I have found now that I am working from home, that my home office has become a place of work. I kind of avoid it when I’m not actually working. This means not a lot has been getting done on the blog or the online course I’ve been trying to take. I don’t think people who haven’t done it, realize how much working from home screws with your whole life and schedule. I’m not complaining, I love working from home. I just haven’t gotten all my ducks in a row yet. It is more like mini steps. I went from working weekdays, full out without barely leaving my chair, to getting on the treadmill three times a week. I’ve also nailed listening to audiobooks while working. So there is progress. I just need to find a way to fit in my hobbies and some down time too. Hopefully, as time goes on, I’ll get into a rhythm where I can get everything in. A big complaint I have is my ear buds. I’m a Samsung girl so have Galaxy buds. They are just not making it through the day. I’m having to charge them mid-afternoon. Very frustrating. It doesn’t take long, but who wants to have their reading/listening interrupted by anything??

Now, I have found a problem with being able to listen to audiobooks while I work. Despite increasing my Audible plan, I am running low on credits. This is the main reason I continue to run up my book budget. I have been buying the audiobooks that I feel are priced too low to use a credit on. However, at the speed I’m listening, that is starting to add up. I’m listening to older series right now so I’m finding the audiobooks are priced pretty good. I am debating buying my Audible membership for a year instead of doing month to month. That way I’ll have all my credits up front and can judge what I’m doing better. Another problem with how fast I’m listening is that I can’t keep up with what I have in line to be reviewed. I’m just going to have to scatter my reviews instead of going in order read. The newer reads are way beyond release dates and need to be reviewed sooner rather than later. I’d like to get my audiobooks reviewed so they show up in my audiobook challenge counter.

Below shows my numbers for August. As you can see, I’m pretty low. I guess now I will have to see how far in the hole I end up going this year. I think my initial numbers were just too unrealistic. But also, the new job, Covid, all that stuff has caused me to dig into my book budget a little more than I normally would have. Definitely legit excuses!

Category Amount Spent this Month Remaining Balance
B&N Membership Renewal $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
Audible Subscription $138.90 $24.38 $114.52
Books (Ebooks, paperbacks & hardcovers) $-37.31 $46.71 $-84.02
Total: $101.59 $71.09 $30.50

I am currently on a Suzanne Wright kick. I’ve been listening to the Phoenix Pack & Mercury Pack series. I was a little thrown off when I realized the author was going back and forth between series, so I’m having a bit of trouble staying in sequence. I’m really enjoying it though.

Breaking Badger was an audiobook and a physical. I have to say, I’m really disappointed with the physical book. It isn’t in the same style as the first three books at all. Of course I’m going to want a gorgeous man on the cover, so I missed that. It also doesn’t have the same sort of spine at all. I will have to remember to post a pic on Instagram to show the difference. I was not happy, but I had to have it on my shelf to go with the rest of the series, even if it didn’t match.

I also got Dragonblight, but I should have checked it out first. In the reviewer’s list, it showed as first in a series. But when I got it and looked up the info in Goodreads, I found out that it is really a kind of spin off from two different series. Now I’m scared to start it as one review said a newbie would have a hard time. If anyone has read this, or any of MacAlister’s previous series that would be related to this, let me know what you think in the comments. For now, I’m shying away from it.

Here are the additions to my virtual & physical shelves. Let me know your thoughts! Have you read any of these? What did you think?

Heartless Gena Showalter

As a side note, I would love some advice. My daughter-in-law has gotten totally caught up in books about the fae, and I’m trying to direct her to a good adult fae series. Right now, she is in love with Sarah J. Maas. I thought about the Fever series, but I remembered that there was a big trigger scene and she needs to avoid those. Do any of you have some recommendations?

Now that we’re coming into fall, how was your summer as a whole? Did you go on vacations or staycations? How much of your TBR did you get read?

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