After endless months – actually, years – of credit card repayments, saving plans and other such uncharacteristically adult behaviour, my husband and I are finally Out Of Debt. It is a glorious feeling, and what’s more, thanks to Toby’s taking on extra work this semester, we even have some savings. Not that we’ve lived an entirely abstemious existence since moving to Melbourne – which was when The Debt first reared its head, due to the necessities of truck rental, bond payments, airfares and so on, and which was then compounded at every attempt to decrease it by sudden vet bills, overseas travel and yet more moving/bond-related payments – but in recent times, we’ve certainly tried to rein things in a bit. When my most recent advance came in, for instance, every last cent went straight on the credit cards. 2010 has been a momentous year, and as it draws to a close, the sudden windfall of a tax rebate has made both our eyes light up like candles.

For the first time in four years, we can each afford to go a little bit nuts. There’s a wildness to this feeling: a sense of joy and possibility made all the sweeter by how long it’s been in coming and how rare it is regardless. Thus, on Saturday, some expenditure will occur. Toby is getting an iPad – something he’s been craving with puppyish hope for months now, and which will bring honour to our household.

I will be buying books.

That is to say, books, plural.

Here is the immediate list:

Secrets of the Fire Sea, by Stephen Hunt

Tongues of Serpents, by Naomi Novik

I Shall Wear Midnight, by Terry Pratchett

Dead and Gone, by Charlaine Harris

Curse of the Wolf Girl, by Martin Millar

Mockingjay, by Suzanne Collins

Jealousy, by Lili St. Crow

Clockwork Angel, by Cassandra Clare

And that, my friends, is just the beginning.


  1. Brendan Podger says:

    I was worried about Pterry when Unseen Academicals didn’t seem to be quite on par with his usual outputs, but I Shall Wear Midnight is great.

  2. Enjoy your splurge! I haven’t done my taxes yet but I know I spend an average of 2-21/2 k on books per year!!! That adds up to a lot of books( unread, mostly as I can’t keep up!) & thousands in mortgage payments, but they make me so happy! Just picked up Clockwork Angel today whilst kids got their Wimpy Kid – write your own books. Looking forward to hearing what you think of Claire, Novik, Collins, Millard & Harris.

    • fozmeadows says:

      I shall! I’ve never dared calculate how much money my husband and I spend on books per year. Sufficed to say that on our 2-week honeymoon, we each bought fourteen, and during a recent trip to the UK, we had to send home two boxes filled mainly with books because they wouldn’t all fit in our luggage. Gulp.

      • Wow 14! We are off on first holiday without kids tomorrow -second honeymoon, I guess and I was worried it would be rude of me to bring 3 or 4 books along! All that kid-free reading time- how could I not?

  3. Amie Kaufman says:

    Oh, there is nothing better than a book splurge. My husband took me out for a pick-me-up dinner recently, and rounded out the evening by taking me to Hill of Content and setting me free. New I married that man for a reason.

  4. Jebus says:

    For the love of all that you hold dear, please please PLEASE use and to buy your books, you will save a TONNE of money, and they get delivered to your door, each individually packaged free of charge. I’ve been using them for the last year or two and can’t recommend them highly enough and they deliver to my work or home in Melbourne usually within about 10-14 days.

    I recently bought “I Shall Wear Midnight” for $21 rather than the usual $35 to $45 it would cost instore. I have never had a problem with books not being delivered and although half the fun of buying a book in a store is perusing the shelves, the amount of cash you save with these sites is a Godsend.

    • fozmeadows says:

      My mother made the same recommendation. I am tempted – especially in the case of the Pratchett, given the markup on his new hardbacks is always considerable – but at the same time, I do like to support our local independent bookstore. That, and buying in RL means that (a) I can start reading straight away and (b) don’t have to go to the post office to pick up the books when delivered – we live in an apartment building, and our tiny letterbox is in no way suited to parcels. Right now, it’s looking like I might get half in RL, and the others online, based on price and which I want most urgently.

  5. Jebus says:

    Forgot to say, check out for easy comparisons.

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