Since I started the blog, the one thing I have always said is that books are my treat, and I spare no expense. I did cut way, way back on my buying last year, but that was because my TBR pile was getting on my nerves and I knew that I was heading to the point that I was going to have more to-be-read than read pretty soon. For that reason, I got way more selective in what I bought, and things have been going pretty well. Between what I managed to read and the hundred or so I gave away, I dropped from well over 300 in the 100+ range. Yay.
But, like I said, I haven’t blinked at buying a book at all, and I have always been really glad to get them. A favorite series release is an absolute no brainer. Gimme. Money has never, ever been an object.
I went to order Kresley Cole‘s newest, Sweet Ruin, and the re-release of Sherrilyn Kenyon‘s Seize the Night in hardcover (which I already have on Mount TBR in paperback), and I just couldn’t do it. Nope. No way. Both Amazon and Chapters have Sweet Ruin listed at $28.48, and Seize the Night as $28.92. Plus tax. And that is not happening.
I just can’t do it. It isn’t that I can’t afford it, it is just that it feels like a rip-off. I don’t know if prices are staying high because of Christmas, or what, but I refuse to pay that much for them. Authors have absolutely no control over pricing, so it is either the retailer or publisher keeping prices elevated. Maybe it is the crap Canadian dollar exchange rate, too. But either way, I hit my enough is enough point. I will wait until next week and see if prices drop, and if they don’t I will be picking Sweet Ruin up for Kindle, and Seize the Night can wait until it hits the bargain bin.
Have you hit your “not happening” point with a book? The point where you just say enough, and you can’t justify it? How much do you think is too much?