My Biggest Ever Book Haul | Exposing how much I spend on books 😱

It's A Book Haul

Hello, my lovely lemons! I hope you’re doing well! I may have gone mildly stir crazy in lockdown and bought, uh, far too many books. So I thought it would be fun to share them all with you in a post! If there’s anything watching BookTube has taught me, it’s that I love having a good snoop at other people’s book collections. So I figured some of you might enjoy doing the same! I’ve also decided to share each haul individually, showing you where I buy my books and how much I’ve spent on them. I never really see people discussing prices in book hauls, but I’ve always enjoyed budgeting and I thought it could be quite interesting! (All prices will be in GBP in case you fancied converting them!)

So, let’s get into how this big haul came about. It all started with my TBR jar. You know, that TBR jar that I promised myself would stay below 15 books. Well, lockdown had me smashing through my owned books. And here’s the thing: turns out 9 little pieces of paper in the bottom of a cup doesn’t look like much. Since I was doing so well at getting through my owned books, I decided I was allowed to buy a couple to top up my shelves.

Now, I love shopping. And I haven’t been able to go physically shopping for months. So I went online and I ordered a book. Then another one. And it was quite addicting, so I ordered a few more. Then I found a really cheap bundle on eBay of signed books by my favourite author, and ordered 21 more. (Boy do I wish I was kidding, but nope, 21 books in one go.) (It really was a great deal though!!!)

So, for your reading pleasure, here are all the books I’ve bought over the past month; along with where I bought them and how much I spent!

Rebel of the Sands, The Way of Kings, Do You Dream of Terra-Two?, The Ruin of Kings

Okay, this first little haul was actually done just after Christmas, but I never got chance to share it so I’m sticking it in here. I was lucky enough to be able to pick these books in person, in a real shop!!! (I’m so sick of lockdown 😭) I got these in Waterstones, my favourite bookstore. Rebel of the Sands has been on my TBR longer than any other book, so I was very happy to finally pick up a copy of it. While these were all books I’d heard of before (no magical bookstore-exclusive discoveries, sadly) I only went in specifically looking for The Way of Kings, so I was happy to walk out with so many exciting reads.

  • Shop: Waterstones (bought in physical bookstore)
  • Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton: £7.99
  • The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson: £14.99
  • Do You Dream of Terra-Two? by Temi Oh: £8.99
  • The Ruin of Kings by Jenn Lyons: £8.99
  • Subtotal: £40.96
  • I had accumulated £10 from the Waterstones rewards scheme, and been given two gift cards for Christmas.
  • Final cost: £0.00
The Henna Wars by Adiba Jaigirdar

I ordered this one from queer indie The Portal Bookshop, at the same time I preordered the author’s next book Hani and Ishu’s Guide to Fake Dating. Have you ever seen a cover so sapphic? I love it.

  • Shop: The Portal Bookshop (ordered online)
  • The Henna Wars by Adiba Jaigirdar: £7.99 £7.19
  • There was a discount code for Valentine’s Day when I ordered this, so I got 10% off!
  • Delivery cost: £3.00
  • Final cost: £10.19
Scarlet, Graceling

I didn’t actually order both these book at once, but they’re from the same store so I’m grouping them. I’ve recently read Cinder, and I really enjoyed it so naturally I had to order the sequel. Then, there’s Graceling. I tried the audiobook years ago and didn’t get along with it, but since the beautiful new covers got released I’ve been thinking about giving it another try. I was finally convinced by the lovely Margaret @ Weird Zeal so I went ahead and ordered a copy! (There are new UK covers too, but I totally fell in love with the US one so that’s what I ordered.)

  • Shop: Blackwell’s (online order)
  • Scarlet by Marissa Meyer: £10.99 £8.99
  • Graceling by Kristin Cashore: £10.99 £8.78
  • Blackwell’s always have really random discounts on everything, so I don’t know what these sales were for but I’m not complaining!
  • Both these editions are imported from the US, so I think these prices are really good.
  • Delivery cost: Free
  • Final cost: £17.17

Fun fact: as with all Amazon subscriptions, you can get a free Audible trial once a year. My trial renews yearly in January, so that’s one free book a year! And this year, I returned two books that I bought last year and never even started listening to. So, three free audiobooks! I spent a long time deliberating over these choices, since like I said: I never even opened the two books I picked last year. Memento was a no-brainer, since The Illuminae Files is one of my favourite series ever. Then, I decided to go for a big and highly-recommended space opera, and a magical sapphic historial romance. Hopefully I’ll really enjoy these ones!

  • Shop: Audible (digital purchase)
  • Memento by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff: £0.00
  • Leviathan Wakes by James S. A. Corey: £0.00
  • A Curse of Roses by Diana Pinguicha: £0.00
  • Final cost: £0.00
A Dark and Hollow Star by Ashley Shuttleworth

This was a pre-order that arrived last month, which I was very happy about! Urban fantasy, faeries, queer cast of chracters? What more could I ask for?

  • Shop: The Portal Bookshop (online order)
  • A Dark and Hollow Star by Ashley Shuttleworth: £8.99
  • Delivery cost: £3.00
  • Final cost: £11.99
Touch of Power, Daughter of the Pirate King

Okay, I hate myself for doing it but I comitted the ultimate sin and ordered physical books from Amazon. I normally try to avoid it at all costs, but I was getting desperate and the Prime delivery was too appealing. In my defence, I actually couldn’t find these books anywhere else, so I don’t think it’s the worst thing in the world.These two have both been on my TBR since the very beginning (when I joined Goodreads in 2018) and I’m so happy to finally have them on my shelf. Hopefully that means I’ll get them crossed off my list very soon!

  • Shop: Amazon (online order)
  • Touch of Power by Maria V. Snyder: £7.31
  • Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller: £6.99
  • Delivery cost: Free
  • Final cost: £14.30

It’s the one you’ve all been waiting for! Here’s the 5 kilogram parcel of 21 books that arrived at my house (there are 6 Morganville books not pictured). This is by far the most impressive part of this haul, and also the most impressive bargain I’ve probably ever found. Bless the lovely eBay seller who listed her entire collection of SIGNED Rachel Caine books. Rachel has been my favourite author since I was 13, and when she passed away at the end of 2020 I was devastated. One of the worst things about it was knowing that I would never get to meet her, and have her sign my favourite book. It’s not the same, but I’ve been looking for signed copies of her books ever since. Obviously, I jumped at the chance to get two full series that I’ve never read before, signatures and all!

  • Shop: eBay (secondhand seller)
  • The Weather Wardens Series by Rachel Caine: £16.00
  • The Revitalist Series by Rachel Caine: £12.00
  • Delivery cost: £12.00
  • This was such a heavy parcel, so I’m really not mad about paying a lot for delivery. It was still a bargain!
  • Final cost: £40.00
  • If you’re interested, with the Morganville books added in this worked out at £2.83 per book including delivery!!!

Alright, I couldn’t add up all those prices and not give you a total at the end. Here we go!

  • Total number of books: 34
  • Total book cost: £84.24
  • Total delivery cost: £18.00
  • Total money spent: £102.24
  • Cost per book: £3.00

Right, so obviously my eBay haul severely affected those averages, but I’m pretty happy with that! I had so much fun putting this post together, and I really liked adding up the costs and averages. Being an adult may have its downsides, but I do love earning money and being able to buy things when I want. Now I think it’s time I take a break from buying books for a while!

I really enjoyed making this post, so I hope it was fun for you too! What’s the most recent book you’ve bought? Most books you’ve ever bought at once? Let me know in the comments!

Love and lemons, Abi

8 thoughts on “My Biggest Ever Book Haul | Exposing how much I spend on books 😱

  1. Ooh so many beautiful books!! Cannot blame you for buying all these—I’ve also been Coping by doing probably too much online shopping lately. You gotta do what you gotta do, right? I’m very glad I could convince you to give Graceling another try. Plus, those new covers are just too beautiful to pass up. And I’m so glad you were able to get all those signed Rachel Caine books! ☺

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    1. Glad I’m not the only one ordering too much! Honestly, nothing fills the void like a parcel turning up at your door 😅 Ever since Graceling arrived I’ve been super excited to read it, so I think it was definitely the right time for me to try it again! Thank you! ❤️

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  2. I really liked seeing your book haul and found it so interesting to look at your stats! Since getting a Kindle last year I have always been on the lookout for some good e-book deals. But when I see a good deal I love getting my hands on physical books! I also couldn’t resist immediately buying Concrete Rose when it came out this year, as I was so excited for it 🥰

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