In 2018 I read a total of 38 books, but I actually bought 66 books. Almost all of the books I bought were used (to save money) and very rarely do I buy new books (with the exception of author events). However, even by buying second hand books, the total cost of books can add up.
Similarly to what I did last year, I decided to review all of my book purchases to find out exactly how much I've spent on books in 2018.
In 2017, I bought 52 books which totaled $414.61 or $7.97 per book. Let’s check out the stats for 2018.
Here is the cost of Every book I bought in 2018:
Book review: "A Billion Wicked Thoughts” by Ogas & Gaddam
$4.99 A Million Little Pieces
Book review: "Subliminal” by Leonard Mlodinow
Book review: "Discipline Equals Freedom" by Jocko Willink
$6.04 Tao Te Ching
$10.95 The Road to Wigan Pier
$10.19 The Alchemist
Book review "The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari” by Robin Sharma
A great book about life in North Korea: "The Aquariums of Pyongyang"
$10.71 The Compound Effect
An excellent book, learn more here: "The Compound Effect” by Darren Hardy
$12.09 Unit 731 Testimony
A horrifying book but necessary to remember: UNIT 731: A Book About Evil and War Crimes
$4.99 The Fault in Our Stars
$8.94 Man and His Symbols
One of my all time favorites, read more here: "Man's Search for Meaning" by Viktor Frankl
$10.47 The Book of Five Rings
$4.99 Rogue Warrior
Book review: "Smarter Faster Better” by Charles Duhigg
Book review: "On Writing" by Stephen King
Find Stephen King’s favorite books here.
$9.37 Writing To Learn
$10.39 The Power of Myth
Book review: "The Power of Myth" by Joseph Campbell
Book review: "The Dragons of Eden" by Carl Sagan
Book review: "Wild At Heart" by John Eldredge
Book review: "Make Your Bed" by William McRaven
An excellent book about productivity and time management, read my takeaways here.
A great book about POWs in WWII, read more here.
Highly recommend this book, read my takeaways here.
Total Cost: $ 493. 22
Number of books purchased: 66
Average book price: $7.47
Most expensive book: $19.19 The Director's Manual: A Framework for Board Governance
(Of course the most expensive book is a college textbook…)
Least expensive book: $3.00 Essential English for Journalists, Editors and Writers (Pimlico)
Well there you have it, I spent a little over $493 on books last year.
Keep in mind that the cost listed does not include shipping. In total, I think it’s safe to say that I spent $500+ or so altogether.
It may silly to spend this much on books, but I consider books to be an investment, not an expense.
Instead of spending cash on cable, beer, drugs or other hobbies, I spend my money on books. All hobbies cost money, but very few will give you a positive return and improve your life.
That’s why I recommend more people should start reading books, you won’t regret it!
Before you go:
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If I’m able to turn this into a full-time career, I’d be able to read a lot more books and share many more important lessons learned from books. I also promise to keep the site ad-free and strive to provide interesting and educational content.
Thanks everyone! -Alex
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