So... things have been tight around here lately. No more overtime for my hubby, I haven't been working hardly at all and we got health and dental insurance. So we have to adjust our money situation a bit. First thing to go is the book buying. I have books coming out my ears, so it really only makes sense.
In order for it to be successful I have to have exceptions because I know better then to expect myself to buy NO books.
I go to lots of book signings. So I'm going to allow myself to buy books at them. However, they must be books for the authors signing and I must keep it limited. For example, I'm going to a signing the end of July with like six authors. Several of them I have books for already but one or two I don't. So I'll buy one or two books at the signing. I will also try to limit the signings I go to. It not only costs money to buy the books, but the gas to get there is a bit spendy.
Another exception along the same lines is that when my friends go to signings I can buy books. But once again, I have to limit it. I have to be careful with this one, it's so easy to go crazy when an author you love is having a signing and a friend is going. I tend to want all their books!
Also, I am allowed to use the 40% off coupons. I get these from Borders once in awhile (once a month?) and this can be used to get the books I HAVE to have. Like from series that I'm caught up with and dying for the next one.
I will have to keep myself out of the book sections, away from clearance racks and as far from bookstores as possible. I should also get rid of my amazon app on my phone... Maybe I'll spend more time at the library. I just love books so much that I want to be around them all the time! When I get me time I tend to go to bookstores. So... hello library!
My ereader broke!
Okay, the next business at hand. My kobo broke! I'm in a conundrum about this. I didn't love reading on it. I much prefer a real book. My review books on it tend to be pushed aside unless they were ones I was DYING to read. But now that I don't have it I feel lost! All of a sudden there are all these books on NetGalley and Galley Grab that I'm DYING to read and I can't (like The Iron Knight, Vanish and Tris and Izzie)! I tell myself that this is my chance to play catch up. To read the books I have, to get through my TBR piles. But I still feel a little sad.
So I'm planning ways to save the money to get a new one (ereader- not sure what kind). Being on a book buying ban will help. When I'm good I'll hide money away for it. $10 here and there will eventually add up.
I thought maybe telling the world I'm going on a book buying ban will help me stick to it (it did before) and talking about not having an ereader anymore will make me feel a bit better. If I do buy a new one what kind do you suggest? I was leaning toward a Nook. They have a touchscreen now and I know a few people who love theirs. However LOTS have kindles and love them. Plus I love the gelskins you can get for them. I might be more likely to read on it if it has a pretty gelskin. BUT- I just use it for review books and you can't get galley grab books on it and I know for awhile netgalley didn't have a kindle button. Yeah, I'm definitely leaning toward the Nook. But can I put Galley Grab books on it? Is there a different ereader I should consider? Maybe I'll stop by Borders and see if there's a discount or something since my kobo broke... They have much more updated ones that I might like better then my old one.
I heard the news about Borders after I wrote this up. I'm very sad about it. That's the closest bookstore to me. Luckily there's a Barnes & Noble not far from me.
I've decided a kindle definitely won't work for me. I use the ereader FOR review books and since you can't even get Galley Grab books on it it's kind of stupid to even think about going that route. I'm thinking a Nook Color because the whole family can enjoy it and the kids can 'read' their books on trips. I'm considering the ipad as well but the size is what worries me. Would still be nice to have for other things, but reading on? I'm not sure. Also they are more expensive. But I'm going to start saving and we'll see.
Because so many are asking about my library I'll throw that in here too. I have a fantastic library. They've had every book I've wanted within the system (which is several libraries) as long as I request before hand it will be at the library I choose. The waiting list for the 'good' books is generally long though :( They do interlibrary loans for free but I've only had to do that once before. They have most all books in their system already. I'm not new to the library in any way. It was the main source of my books until about a year ago.
I actually have enough books to keep me busy for a year or more. It's just the new books that come out and the series I already own that I would like to keep owning that I want to buy.
I also borrow from my blog friends and get some of the new releases, and even ARC's, that way. So getting books isn't hard. It's just that I LOVE buying them, owning them, having them for ME!
Thanks for all the awesome comments!