Week #23 | What I spend my money on

The answer to this is pretty easy: BOOKS.


It’s no secret that I’m a book addict – in fact, it’s in my site’s tagline. I try to read at least 30-40 books a year and I honestly wish I could manage to read more. I’m happy to switch between genres: I read classics, sci-fi, fantasy, children’s books, horrors, crime, historical novels, romances, young adult contemporary… you name it, I’ll try it.

Obviously, such a huge reading habit requires money… on top of reading the words, I’m also a bit of a collector. I like libraries and have always wanted my very own since I saw Beauty and the Beast. I have a love of fine, leatherbound books and beautiful regular covers too… and I try to keep all of my purchases as pristine as I can even whilst re-reading them to death.

I allocate about £30 a month specifically towards buying books (Waterstones loyalist), but occasionally I will find a must-have that costs substantially more than that. This usually happens if I spend any length of time on the Easton Press website.

My library of books is constantly increasing, so much so that I have had to double-line my downstairs bookcase and get my partner to build me a modular bookcase upstairs so that I can add shelves to it whenever necessary. I even have a collection of Discworld books in the downstairs bathroom (safely away from any water, don’t worry!). There have been talks of getting a bookcase in the bedroom as my partner understands this is a sickness that is not going away! For instance, I currently have 141 books on my TBR list… I long ago accepted the fact that I will never be wealthy, except in terms of paperbacks.

I’m still in the process of moving some of my books from my parents’ house to my new home, but here is what I have managed to transfer so far:

Obviously books aren’t the only thing I spend my money on. Food is a big part of my paycheque, along with a mortgage, household bills, pet insurance for my various fluffies and travel. I also enjoy gigs, theatre tickets, treating my nephew and nieces to days out, going to the cinema with the Boy or with friends and buying materials to make craft like pillows and blankets for my family:

… but it’s mostly books.

Week #10 | Oh, to win a million pounds…

Part of the 52 Week Blog Challenge

giphy (1)Whenever I imagine myself rich (and we all do at some point), it is because I’ve earned my money from writing, and thus am able to financially support myself on the strength of my wonderfully popular novels. I would continue writing, however, regardless of how much money I had earned.

The likelihood of that happening in reality is actually poorer than winning the lottery, I think, but the same principle applies. I’ve never wanted to be obscenely wealthy, because I don’t see the point to it. So, if I won £1,000,000 British sterling, I would split it up as follows:

  • £200,000 would go to my parents, for everything they’ve ever done for me.
  • £100,000 would go to my sister, for whatever she’d like to spend it on.
  • £100,000 would go to my brother, for the same reason.
  • £60,000 would be split between my nephew and nieces to go towards their university educations.
  • £250,000 would pay off my mortgage so my partner and I could enjoy whatever money we earned from then on.
  • £30,000 would be spent taking my best friends on a trip around the world, wherever they wanted to go.
  • £100,000 would be put into savings and investments to prepare for mine and my partner’s retirement, because I’m pretty sure the government is going to diminish our state pension…
  • And the remaining £160,000 would be given to charity, namely the following: Great Ormond Street Hospital (for everything they did for me as a baby), Moorfields Eye Hospital (for everything they did for me as a child and are still doing for me as a woman today), Dementia UK, Reach, the Royal National Institute for the Blind and Crisis.

It’s a nice dream… 


Oh well, back to the day job!

If you’d like to find out more about the charities I mentioned, the links to their websites are below: