I knew I was awful at reading my TBR in 2014 when I was going through my books to make the end of year posts and realized that I read WAY more review copies than anything else. I also knew that I had purchased a ton of books this year (not even counting the books I got for review/library/gifts & giveaways) and that I read a small amount of them. I had to figure out how to change that somehow for 2015. My TBR bookshelf is so full that I actually had to start another one. That’s not good, I do have a lot of room for books and I love owning a lot of books but why am I buying them and not reading them?! It’s not even about the spending for me, because there is little else that I spend disposable income on besides books, it’s just the fact that it does seem like a waste to me if I’m just staring at their pretty covers without reading!
I always make charts at the end of the year to show myself fun statistics (because I’m weird like that and love stats haha) but this year I decided that I was going to share some of those stats to give a little bit of an idea of how bad this really is. Public embarrassment folks, I feel like it will work wonders for me 😛 I have seen a lot of other bloggers sharing their stats and charts and those are some of my favorite posts to read. I have also seen a big trend of cutting back for 2015 so I decided to share my plans with you as well!
Out of my incoming books (which will be in another post), I purchased 108 books. ONE HUNDRED AND EIGHT. Well, my math skills are poor and I know that since I read 76 books in 2014 and over half of them were review copies, there is no way I even put a dent in this pile.
And yes… out of the books I purchased, I read 7%… which is 7 books. Umm… wow. That’s not even funny. 9% (10 books) of the ones I purchased I had already read so that’s fabulous, but I didn’t read 84% of the books I had purchased. Why am I purchasing more books when I have a load on my shelf?!
Those figures alone shocked me so I took it a bit further and wanted to see what the actual monetary figures were going to be.
So one thing that does thrill me, is that I am really good at purchased discount and used books. I think it’s some of the reason why I did get so many books, because they were there and on sale. I know when I place a Book Outlet order, it’s cheaper for me (with shipping) to order a bunch at once than order one or two, if I’m just going to do it again a short while later. But the part that really shocks me, is that I paid full price for 30% (32 books) of those books and do you know how many of those full-price-have-to-have-now books I read?
That’s right. 9%. Which sounds like it might be ok, but it’s in fact 3 books. THREE. What the heck?! I didn’t count some of them as I had already owned them, they were speciality books that I probably won’t read (Harry Potter) and one was a cookbook but that only accounts for 4 books. The ones I didn’t read? 25 books. 25 full price books.
I read 40$ of full price books… and I spent $359 on full price books that I didn’t even read! That is absolutely shocking.
So what am I going to do to change this?!
I know I spent WAYYYY more on discount books, but I will probably still do that this year. The reason being is that the books I pick out on discount, I am going to read but grab it when it’s on sale or I spot it used because it will eventually save me money in the long run. I don’t mind that, but I do want to curb that spending down a bit as well. The real issue I have, is the ones I am buying at full price, because those are ones it seems I need right away and should be reading them right away! If I’m not going to read them, why don’t I hold off to see if it goes on sale? As a matter of fact, some of the books I did spy on sale after the fact!
- Only purchasing full-price books when I’m going to read it straight away.
- This includes books in the series. I live in a major city. There is no issue with me getting my hands on the next book in a series once I finish reading the previous one. There is no need for me to buy the first 4 books in a series until I’m certain I am going to read the next book.
- New releases of books that I need to purchase, need to be read immediately.
- Only purchasing discount books that are already on my TBR list
- I know I won’t stop purchasing discount books, but it’s getting ridiculous that I hunt out NEW finds on the discount sites. I need to stick with ones that I have previously been wanting
- Utilizing the library more
- New releases from non auto-buy authors
- Books from an author I haven’t read before (includes debut authors)
- First book in a new series
- Books I’m unsure about
I think utilizing the library more is going to be a huge help. I keep forgetting that if I love a book after reading it, and want to continue with the series/add it to my shelf, I can still purchase it. I have access to two huge library systems, and pretty much everything I want is at my fingertips (or at least a few weeks hold away) so I need to really focus on using them more.
So that’s my book spending plan of attack for 2015. I really want to focus on this a lot, and I think by resisting the urge to BUY BUY BUY, it will subsequently help me whittle down my TBR in the process!
Are you changing your book buying habits in 2015? Did you spend also spend too much on books you didn’t read? Please, tell me your thoughts too!