Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Library Loot: 2010 Review

Library Loot is a weekly event co-hosted alternatively by Marg and Claire that encourages bloggers to share the books they’ve checked out from the library. If you’d like to participate, just write up your post-feel free to steal the button-and link it using the Mr. Linky (at Marg's this week) any time during the week. And of course check out what other participants are getting from their libraries!
I wanted to do a retrospective of all the library books that I actually read this year. Lord knows I always get waaaaay more than I could ever read so here are the books I actually read.

I've listed how much money the library saved me based on the Amazon price because that's likely where I would have bought the book; which books I later bought (bold) and the price I paid . (That's right I only paid thirty-five cents for Unholy Magic thanks to Borders Buck and a coupon!) Lastly, I've linked to my reviews (pink).

Title  Amazon Price   Bought
Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins 10.19
Lover Eternal (audio) by J.R. Ward31.49
Dark Lover (audio) by J.R. Ward31.49
Staying Fat for Sarah Byrnes by Chris Crutcher 8.99
Maybe This Time by Jennifer Crusie24.9924.99
Shit My Dad Says by Justin Halpern6.49
Unholy Ghosts by Stacia Kane7.99
Unholy Magic by Stacia Kane7.990.35
City of Ghosts by Stacia Kane7.99
Graceling (audio) by Kristen Cashore47.45
The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han9.99
The Exile by Diana Gabaldon16.17
Sharp Teeth by Toby Barlow9.99
Proof by Seduction by Courtney Milan7.997.99
Ship Breaker by Paolo Bacigalupi 12.23
Magic Lost, Trouble Found by Lisa Sherain7.99
Wolves, Boys and Other Things That Might Kill Me by Kristen Chandler12.95
Lady Isabella's Scandalous Marriage by Jennifer Ashley7.993.99
The Replacement by Brenna Yovanoff10.79
My Most Excellent Year by Steve Kluger5.345.34
The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson17.998.99
Nothing Like You by Lauren Strasnick 13.25
Salem's Lot by Stephen King25
Candor by Pam Bachorz8.99
Going Too Far by Jennifer Echols7.92
The Unwritten Rule by Elizabeth Scott11.55
Grand Total Saved319.89

Does anyone else keep track of how much the library has saved them throughout the year?

I only have one item waiting for me at the library this week:

Darkfever by Karen Marie Moning (audiobook)


  1. I often think of how much money I save by using the library but never actually made any calculations - looks like a fun project!

  2. Motheretc, Luckily I keep track of all the books I get from the library on Goodreads and then Excel made it easy to calculate it all! :D I'm a nerd like that though!

  3. What a great illustration of the value of libraries! I read around 200 library books a year - definitely significantly cheaper than if I were to buy all those books!

  4. I also haven't kept track of how much it's saved me, but that's a really good idea! I know that it's probably saved me a ton because I pretty much always read from the library before I buy a book, unless it's from a favourite author.

  5. Oh yes libraries save me so much money! Even with my overdue fees it's still nothing compared to the cost if I bought them. Plus I have room in my house to walk!

  6. Wow, that's a lot of money you saved sweets! Good for you!

  7. I'm staggered at how much you saved. I've never thought of that before but will certainly do so in future, seeing as I tend to read about 20 - 30 books a year from the library!

  8. Claire, Wow! 200 that's a lot! I'm a slow reader apparently! :D

    Ashely, I thought it was a good idea. Don't figure anyone else is as interest in it as I am but I thought I'd share anyway! :D

    Linda, Oh I didn't think to add in my library fess. You're right even with what I had to pay in fees it was sill a bundle of cash that I saved! I'll keep that in mind for 2011!

    Rowena, Yes, although I still spent way to much money on books...notice I conveninetly didn't put up THOSE numbers! :D (Not that I was keeping track either).

    Cath, It's nice to quantify my use of library resources. I got a nook for xmas so I'm looking forward to trying out my libraries e-book system this year!

  9. Man, I need to start going to the library more often! That would be my total on the left there:)

  10. Do we need to take a field trip to the library?! :D The Hard Rd. branch is pretty close to you!

  11. LOL, yeah, rub it in, Mollie!! Those are great numbers really :) It means your library system is very good and they have a really nice selection. I'm jealous.. It'd be fun if I checked what books out of your list is available at my library :)

    anyway, seeing your numbers, no wonder you enjoy the library so much! :P

  12. Nath, I'm really lucky Columbus has amazing libraries. We've consistently been rated the top in the nation, either this year or last year we were named Library of the Year so yes, I know I'm lucky! And I take advantage of it! I'm looking forward to trying out the downloadable books section of the library now that I have my nook! They have a pretty good selection there as well!:D

  13. I've never thought about doing this before. Excellent idea - I'm going to track my library loans properly and hopefully the savings will inspire me to use my library more!

  14. Hey Mollie, I just did some number crunching on my blog :) I have to laugh that the total of what you read is less than what I saved! LOL


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