This weekend, it’s time for the annual Boekenfestijn again, in Utrecht that is. Boekenfestijn has been around for years, and it’s traveling throughout both the Netherlands and Belgium for the entire year. In September, it arrives in Utrecht, the location closest to where I live. I’ve been there last year, and the year before as well! This year, I decided to go with a couple of friends of mine, instead of with my mum, and I bought another pile of amazing books. I didn’t really make a list at all this year, though I did look for one particular trilogy.
Like with the previous two years, I will share with you the amount I paid for these books at the Boekenfestijn, and the amount I would have paid if I bought them all new (from Bookdepository or Bol.com). I got a total of thirteen books, one of which was a free one (with the coupon you get every year). So twelve books that I actually paid for.
Angels & Demons & The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown – €3,50 (each)
Fortunately, the Milk by Neil Gaiman – €3,99
Parallel by Lauren Miller – €2,99
The Forest of Lost Souls by A. Plichota, C Wolf – €2,99
The Knife of Never Letting Go + Monsters of Men by Patrick Ness – €3,99 (each)
Unsolved Mysteries of Amsterdam by Martijn J. Adelmund – €0 (w/ coupon)
Growing Pains by Billie Piper – €2,99
The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller – €3,99
The Burning Shadow by Michelle Paver – €4,50
Cathy’s Book by Jordan Weisman – €3.99
Ms. Marvel: Civil War – €6,99
I’ve bought thirteen books in total, four of which are hardcovers, nine are paperbacks, and one is a graphic novel/comic. On my receipt, you can see I paid €47,40 for these books in total. My most expensive one was the Ms. Marvel comic, but honestly that’s still cheap for a comic! I would have loved to get The Ask and the Answer by Patrick Ness as well, but I couldn’t find it anywhere (I later found it on their website, but it wasn’t available anymore apparently.. *sighs*). Anyway, I will now show you how much these books would have cost me, had I ordered them from either Bookdepository or Bol.com. (This time I’ve decided not to add Amazon, because I am never ordering from that website so it wouldn’t really be ‘real’ I guess).
Three of the books weren’t available in the editions I bought them in at the Boekenfestijn, so I ended up going for the paperback editions. Growing Pains wasn’t available at either of these websites (though I did find it on Amazon for not more than 10 cents). Anyway, I added a screencap of how much it would have cost me had it been available. Let’s take a look, shall we?
You can click the image to see it in full size! Out of these, only The Song of Achilles and Cathy’s Book weren’t in hardcover while I did actually buy them in Hardcover. In total, buying these books new would have cost me…
Which is a difference of €84,98! Wow, I love Boekenfestijn so much! Did you buy anything this year, or are you still planning on going? On their website, you can find their schedule, and you can also order books from their webshop if they don’t come anywhere near you. (Psst, another great website with cheap books is Awesome Books! I’ve bought from them several times in the past couple of years, and they have books as cheap as a couple of euros for hardcover books! Shipping is usually around 3 euros, so that’s great as well!)