Basically. I bought a lot of books this spring/summer/early autumn. But there's a catch.
I bought them all at yard sales and estate sales and thrift stores. It's like adopting a rescue dog versus buying from a puppy mill. Which is a pretty darn good simile.
Anyway all of these second hand places sell them cheap, and by cheap I mean two dollars or less. For the point of this comparison I'll say that I paid two dollars for every book. There were a few gifts from second hand bookstores that accept store credit. I'll get into those first. Hard back books are bold.
Prisoner of Azkaban
Goblet of Fire
Order of the Pheonix
Half Blood Prince
I recieved a kindle for christmas, and if you have a special amazon account you can get some of the classic books free so I have these on there right now...
Household Tales of the Brother's Grimm
Byron's Poetical Works, Vol 1
1,001 Arabian Nights
Fairy Tales of Hans Christian Andersen
A Midsummer Night's Dream
Call of the Wild
And then I bought a book on my kindle... for one dollar.
The Count of Monte Cristo
On to the yard sales/ estate sales/ goodwill... I'll lump them all together....
The Lord of the Rings Trilogy
Gone With the Wind
The Lovely Bones
The Da Vinci Code
The Lucky One
My Sister's Keeper
Out of Africa
His Dark Materials...
The Golden Compass
The Ameber Spyglass
Sunday's at Tiffanys
The Vampire Lestat
Life of Pi
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
The Vampire Diaries...
I bought some books full price, I must digress... Well, just two...
A History of the World In Six Glasses
And amazon has a special on soft backs, I'm not sure if it still stands but there's a buy two get one deal.
The Vampire Diaries:
And I had to complete my Harry Potter set so I bought the following on ebay...
Harry Potter and the...
Chamber of Secrets
So all in all that's 40 books. So if I bought them new it would look something like this... hard backs would be $20.00 and soft backs would be $10.00, but I'm rounding everything up to two dollars (the price of hard backs at your average thrift store and leaving free things free. I'll do a little comparrison.
Full price I would have paid $490.
But I paid $65.
Technically less. Most of the books were a dollar or less which would have made that about $55... maybe less than that.
So that's exciting. It's kind of amazing where you can find books and how cheap they can be compared to their retail value. I saved four-hundred and twenty-five dollars. That's a freaking lot.
So... buy second hand, your saving book puppies from being put down, and you're saving your money... from a similar demise.
This little exercise also clued you in on some of the things I've decided to read soon. I've only read The Harry Potter Books, Sundays at Tiffanys, The Lovely Bones, Delirium, The Awakening, Wuthering Heights, Gone With the Wind, The Count of Monte Cristo, and some of the Grimm's Household Tales. Oh! And the History of the World in Six Glasses, but that was required. I've almost finished my side of the swap, so I have also read The Fault in Our Stars and Pandemonium. I'm reading the 'Curious Incident....' right now, and it's pretty darn good, but I'd like to get into either His Dark Materials or The Lord of the Rings... I don't know, either way. I have an essay to write first!
Sorry I didn't post yesterday, by the way Sam, I have to cram all of my homework in, last minute fashion and all of this math just irks me. I'm sure I miscalculated somewhere, just a little bit. Most likely counting the books. Ah, whatever! Looking forward to your post next week. It's nearly October... which means nearly one month till... NOVEMBER. o_O BYE!