Lately while I have been reading discovering new to me Authors to add to my TBR list and then falling and buying an entire series thanks to an ARC that is coming soon.
I have been thinking a lot about book budgets lately (maybe because I’ve been on a slight spending spree). We all have them but how do they really work? Do you have a set limit every month? Or for the year? And what does it take for a book to be good enough to be considered book budget worthy?
For me start with My Favorites. If they have a book coming out then they are put to the top of the list or are automatically pre-ordered. For the record, I currently have fifteen books on pre-order. Then come the covers my god what a good cover can do for a book. I will refer you below for some of my favorites.
Let’s talk about these covers before I go on. Look at the Sabrina Jefferies cover. I mean look at him, If that look doesn’t make you want to buy the that book … or at least give you pants feeling I don’t know what will. After reading that I can’t look at the cover with out remembering what he did in the garden….. So worth the naughtiness.
Next we have Scot in the Dark. Firstly let me say I am guilt of judging heroine only covers and I am not normally a fan of them, however this cover is just striking Not only with the colors but the angle it’s done in makes you wonder what you walking in on or what you are about to see.
The last book is When He was Wicked. This book was one of the first romance novels I ever bought on my own not the ones I used to sneak in with the other books my mom would buy me on our trips to the book store, but not just that it’s one of my all time favorites. While the cover doesn’t have the hero or heroine center stage, it’s simple and the only thing standing out is the title, which is certainly an eye catcher. If you have read this book then you know the title fits it perfectly. While the cover is subtle the title not only makes a promise but it delivers.
So, after the cover lust sets in the blurb is the next to catch my eye, you have an interesting story line, you have a kinky story I am here for that. However, if I have never read anything by the author the price is what determines where on the book budget they land. Do I buy the book? Does it land on the TBR list to be saved for when I need a something new to read? Or a pick me up?
For me personally If the book meets the great cover and blurb qualifications, and is $0.99 -$2.99 for a new to me author I will pick it up without hesitation. Because this will not put a dent my book budget should the book fall short of my expectations. Plus, prices like that are just plain budget friendly let’s face it. That is not say that new to me authors are not worth the $4.99 or $7.99 price that it’s just that I feel authors need to earn my trust ( and money) Give me a good story, make me fall in love, make me feel something and leave me wanting to read more of your work . Make me want to tweet you and say write faster, I need more!
So how do you spend your book budget? Do you even have one?