Wrapping Up The Year 2022: I “spent” $546.94 On Books This Year!

I have read 58 books this year for FREE from libraries. How did I do it? How did I hold strong? That’s a post for another time. In short, it isn’t that hard to stop buying books once I have a steady stream of ebooks on hold.

To calculate my mid-year “total,” I went to Amazon and looked up each title’s ebook price. I am doing the exact same thing to get the total for all of 2022. Since e-books go on sale throughout the year, these prices might change. Normally I buy ebooks from Amazon and hardcopies from B&N, but over the years I have shifted to mainly reading ebooks which is why I based these stats off of ebooks prices.

Here we go, the full list for 2022.

Ebook Price List for the year

Bringing the grand total to $546.94.

I am definitely getting the most out of my library cards! All of this reading was free! I cannot stress the importance of a library card when it comes to reading for free. I do recognize that it is not easy to read for free, without access to three libraries I would not have been able to read as much as I did this year. When I first started this journey it was after I calculated how much I had spent on books in 2021, I was shocked. It dawned on me how expensive reading and books, in general, can be. While reading is an enriching hobby it comes with a hefty price tag. Often, I feel the pressure to buy a book box, special edition, or pre-order the newest hyped books–these costs add up. After a year of not buying books, I am here to say you do not have to spend hundreds of dollars on books to enjoy reading. If you are willing to put in the time to take advantage of your local library you will be able to cash in on some savings.

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