How to Afford Books When You’re a Broke Bookworm 101 – Announcing Giveaway Winners!

by | 7 September 2018 | Books | 28 comments

We’ve all had the struggle: having a hundred and three books being waved in our face and only five dollars in our pocket. It’s a sad life. But it doesn’t have to be!

There are plenty of ingenious ways to get a book for free or to earn some more money or even to just moan about not having the book.

If you’re having second thoughts about why you’re even following this blog, don’t worry. Sometime I have second thoughts about my sanity too, so at least we’re in this together. 😂


1: Stalk authors to try get an ARC (advanced reader copy) of their upcoming book.

ARCs are the best. They’re early, and they’re free. Win-win.

I may have joined Jill Williamson’s street team just to see if I could get an ARC of her next release. Unfortunately she is not doing arcs. 💔 It’s always worth a try though.

Note: I also do help out on the street team with marketing and spreading the news about her books in other ways too. I’m not only there for the ARCs. 😛


2: Look at the book cover and moan.

This is particularly good if the author isn’t doing ARCs. You’ve been denied the chance to read it early, so now you just have to look at the cover.

And moan. Loudly.

It’ll help, trust me.

For example: since I discovered that Jill Williamson’s next book, The Profile Match, isn’t going to have ARCs, I’ve sobbed in my bedroom and moaned at the cover ever since*. I will probably still be doing it until the release day on the 15th of October.

*This may or may not be an exaggeration. I will leave it up to your discretion to work out which.


3: Double check your wallet.

You never know. Your money might’ve taken pity on you and multiplied while you weren’t looking. That moaning could have done wonders.

This hasn’t worked for me yet, but I’m still trying.


4: Learn an instrument and go busking on the streets.

You don’t even have to learn the instrument, honestly. Pick up a guitar, start strumming away and howl at the moon about your love for books. At least one person will pay you to shut up, and then you’ll have a little more cash stored up for a book.


5: Remember that card with the twenty dollar note from your grandmother and dig it up from the depths of wherever you left it.

Speaking from experience, this is a really good way to suddenly have more money than you thought you had. 😝

Quick, go search through your drawers just in case there’s a card you forgot about.


6: Win a bookish giveaway!

This is a perfect way to get a book for absolutely no cost. Cool books posted right to you for no other reason besides the fact that you’re awesome…


And on that note. I’ve kept you waiting for so long now, (unless you just scrolled to the bottom of the post to check, tsk tsk) but the time has come to announce the GIVEAWAY WINNERS!

*dramatic pause*


Rae is the winner of the first prize: a book of her choice and a glow in the dark pendant! And Adora has won the notebooks and pen!

Excuse me while I go and scream with excitement for you. 😱 I will be emailing both of you today so I can get your prizes to you as soon as possible!


It was so fun doing this giveaway and I can’t wait to do another one! Thank you all for being amazing. Watching your entries come in was so fun. A special congratulations for those of you who tried for the trivia questions! Some of you got the right answers. Some of you didn’t. But it was good fun anyway.

For the record, the first novel I ever finished was indeed the novel I wrote for One Year Adventure Novel, and the title is The Bridge of Anskar.

As you may have noticed from the photo above, I also own (and play) five musical instruments! This way I can go busking with all five at once and earn five times as much money. It’s a flawless plan. 😛

And in case you wondered, my shirt says “kind of a big deal.”


Thank you again for being so amazing, everyone! It’s an honour to know you. Here’s to another year of writing heroes and hope! 😄


Chat with me! What was the last book you bought? If you had fifty dollars, which books would you buy with it? Congratulations again to the giveaway winners!

Jane Maree

Jane Maree

Jane Maree is an Australian writer, adventurer at heart, beloved daughter of the King of Kings, and believer in at least six impossible things before breakfast. Raised on fairy tales, scraped knees, and makeshift swords, she has yet to outgrow any of them. In her day job, Jane teaches music and freelances as an editor, but by night she crafts daring stories of broken heroes overcoming extraordinary odds.


  1. Janice Verhoog

    Last book I bought… digital was Ronie Kendig’s Discarded Heroes and the Bell Mountain Series by Lee Duigon. Physical was several from the second hand store (also a good place if you don’t have much money!!).
    If I had fifty bucks… I’d buy the Sophie Snow series, the Story Peddler, find the Out of Time series and buy it… cry over the fact that Profile Match isn’t out yet… oh yeah, there’s lots I’d buy with it. It’d go poof quickly.

    • Jane Maree

      Second hand bookstores are great! (Probably should’ve included them, haha. xD)

      Ooh yes. I approve of all those books! It’s only a little longer than a month left before The Profile Match Releases! *screaming* It’s going to be awesome, I can already tell.

  2. Antonella Rose

    I love how much rosin is on your violin! 😉
    And that is a super awesome picture of all your multiple instruments. 🙂

    • Jane Maree

      Ahaha yep. I only noticed that afterward, but it was too late to clean it. xD

      Yess, all credit goes to my photographer of course. 😛

  3. J.A.Penrose

    Eeeek! PROFILE MATCH!!!
    *flails forever and joins in with moaning over the coooover* My precious…

    Fifty dollars? Suddenly appearing? Hmmm…Probably should buy Tales of Goldstone Woods before I get strangled…Or something by K.M.Wieland…SOMETHING. 😀

    And very good advice. *nods*. I should at least do some busking…good character research in the least!

    • Jane Maree

      YES!! I’m so excited for October 15th. 😯

      Ooh yes! Those are both great choices.

      Same, I really should. I’ve never actually done any yet but I plan to at some point.

  4. Nicole Dust

    *rechecks wallet* Dang. Really hoping my cash would take pity on me. I’ll check again in two hours. XD

    Such a true post! We bookworms usually end up broke and with “too many” books. (Although, can you really have too many?? 🙂 )

    • Jane Maree

      Keep checking, one day you might get luck. xP

      I’m pretty sure there’s no such thing as too many books. 😉

  5. Sam Kowal

    Another tactic to get books if you’re broke is steal them from your friends. Not that I endorse stealing at all *cough* jus’ throwin’ that out there

    • Jane Maree

      Shh, I can’t endorse that on this website. (But also YES. 😂)

  6. Angela Watts

    Agreed — it is unfortunate the bank account doesn’t grow by itself. 😛

    I only have some experience with a keyboard, even then, I just play around with Twenty One Pilots and other bands. 😛

    God bless!
    – Ang

    • Jane Maree

      As I said, you don’t need experience. You just need to howl at the moon, Angela. Embrace your inner moon-howler. XD

  7. Kendra Lynne

    Congratulations to the winners of the giveaway! I thought you might have five instruments… 😉

    If I had fifty dollars I would buy all of the Tales of Goldstone Wood series and the 100 Cupboards book. I have read Heartless (from the ToGW) and it was AMAZING!! Now I need to buy it, since I only borrowed it from the library…

    • Jane Maree

      Good guess! I’m stuck with five for now, until I can get enough money to buy another. 😛 But I also want to buy books. It’s a never ending struggle. XD

      Yes! Great choices–I love those books. I liked heartless, but I absolutely ADORED Veiled Rose. You must read more of them!

      • Kendra Lynne

        It certainly is! I can relate.

        I have requested Veiled Rose from our local libraries and I cna’t wait to read it! 🙂

        • Jane Maree

          Ooh, I hope the library has it available for you soon!

  8. Brie Donning

    This is one of the reasons I started beta-reading. Free books! They may be in rough form, but they’re still books.
    I now only beta-read for a couple of people, but I’m vary glad I did it. It’s how I found one of my best author friends, and how I discovered I like editing.

    I’ve turned down an ARC once, and I’m likely to do it again. I got an e-ARC of Samara’s Peril by Jaye L. Knight and though it was exciting to be part of the initial buzz, and to read the book before everyone else, I have developed a compulsion to only read Ilyon in paperback. So with the next book, I saved my money and bought it on release day.
    It’s only Ilyon though. Anything else I’m okay with e-ARCs.

    • Jane Maree

      That’s another genius way to get free books! I love your logic there. 😉

      Nice! There is a certain sort of magic that an ebook simply can’t have, compared to reading a book in paperback.

  9. Laura A. Grace

    One and two are my favorite! LOL! Great and fun post! (Also, I’m very guilty of doing number 6. Hahaha)

    • Jane Maree

      Moaning over the book cover is an infallible method! Tried and tested by yours truly. 😂

  10. Jeff Reynolds

    Here’s another technique I use. My library allows the readers to suggest a purchase. I have a pretty good success rate of their purchase of suggested books, and I’ve helped develop their Christian fiction and non-fiction collection. Plus, you never know – somebody might see the book in the library and check it out and the author has a new fan.

    • Jane Maree

      That’s a brilliant idea too! Your library sounds great. 😛

      Yes, the bonus of libraries is sharing the books around! And making new fans is the best thing ever.

  11. Liz - Home with the Hummingbirds

    Fun post! I wish I could have more books! *moans*
    *whispers* come on, wallet!! 😛

    Congratulations to the winners of the giveaway! 🙂

    • Jane Maree

      Haha, don’t we all? 😛 Books are the best inventions ever.

  12. Bri

    So much love for the humor in this post 😂😂😂.

    • Jane Maree

      Every time I sit down to write a post I get so many good ideas for a satirical ‘101’ post, and it’s getting to the point where it’s hard to write a post that’s actually useful. 🤣

  13. Lilian

    Hilarious blog post, Jane. >.< 😛 and also you're a Nadine Brandes fangirl too! I joined her Street Team. xD

    I found out about your blog (indirectly) through Gray Marie and I like love? the? aesthetic? ness? of? it??? like wowwwwwwww your blog is beautiful. *heart eyes*

    Lilian |

    • Jane Maree

      NADINE BRANDES FOREVER. 😛 I’m on her street team too!

      Aw, that’s so cool! I’m so glad you like the look. 😊

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