New iPhone 14 Pro? Nah, I’m About That Bookish Life

I can’t be bothered with the new iPhone 14 Pro, but I can be persuaded to spend that money on books and bookish items! Here’s some of what I’d buy with that cool grand.

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Okay, it’s no surprise that Apple has released yet another iteration of their phone. Bigger! Better! More technology in the palm of your hand! Honestly, it sounds like something that you would hear playing over the loudspeakers in Disney’s Tomorrowland. Some people don’t gawk at the price point of the new device; I am not part of that variety of people, however. So, I’m going to put it in the context of all the bookish things I could buy instead of the new iPhone.

How Much Are We Able To Spend?

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Now (surprisingly), there wasn’t a price increase from the iPhone 13 to the iPhone 14. You’re still looking at a flat fee of $999 for the iPhone 14 Pro and a whopping $1,099 for the iPhone 14 Pro Max. Is this an outrageous price point? …of course, it is, but people are going to pay it for the newest and sleekest technology. (People being my father, by the end of the month, my dad will have one of these in his pocket).

For our purposes, we’re going to go with the more expensive version of the two. So we’ve got 1,099 bucks burning a hole in our pocket and a TBR list that is screaming at us to relieve it.

What Are We Going To Buy?

Books, books, books! Book-related items! Support small bookish businesses! Literally, anything that we can think of! Possibilities are quite literally endless. If it were me (which it is) I’m going to be buying all of the romance books that are haunting my TBR… it’s really scary in there, y’all.

With My $1,099, I’m Going To Buy:

Kindle Paperwhite


Y’all, I’ve been getting by with just having the Kindle app on my phone. I know, woe is me, right? But look, if I’ve got the (un)limited funds like this, then I’m going to splurge for the actual Kindle!

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The Make-Up Test by Jenny L. Howe

Paperback (obvi) $11.50

I love reading books that feature a main character with an addiction to academic validation (because same), so I’m really hyped for Jenny’s debut novel! It’s also a second chance romance? I was already preordering, there wasn’t a need to sink the claws in deeper!

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The Complete Works of Jane Austen

Specifically, this pretty version, $86

My roommate loves Jane Austen and has a bad habit of spending all her money on the Penguin Classics from Barnes & Noble. I feel like just sweeping them out in one go would do her some good, plus I’ve got all this extra money now!

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The Body Keeps the Score by Bessel van der Kolk, M.D.

Paperback, $12

As I grow older in this chronically online society that I’m developing in, I think that it’s important to keep in touch with myself. One vital aspect of that is dealing with trauma, and the way that I process it best is through learning everything I can about the thing stressing me out. Really this would be one of the healthiest things I’d ever buy.

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This Silly Little Rolling Cart For My Physical TBR


Currently, I don’t have anything to differentiate my finished reads from my physical TBR! What. A. Tragedy. And it must be pink because I’m going through a thing right now. I mean, if I want to call my life a ‘thing,’ that’s cool, but there’s no need to lie to strangers on the Internet.

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Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones


Now they don’t have a reading light attached, but you can’t pass up the opportunity to buy a really nice set of headphones. Plus, my room is right beside our unit’s washer/dryer, and it would just be so nice to be able to actually escape into my literary worlds.

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Boyfriend Material by Alexis Hall

Duology Total Price, $23

I loved Boyfriend Material and was so excited when the second Husband Material was announced! It actually just released this past August, but I haven’t bought my physical copies yet! If y’all think I’ll just be hoarding this on my phone, you’re sorely mistaken!

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My Mechanical Romance by Alexene Farol Follmuth

Hardcover, $15

I love academic romances. I love academic romances so much. The trope of one of the main characters being completely done with their academics being the other being the only one that really understands them. Yes, it’s just everything.

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This Fancy Ass Bookshelf


I live in a tiny apartment, and I’m a broke college student who wholly subscribes to retail therapy when it applies to books. I am always in desperate need of more storage. And I don’t know, this bookshelf is giving me good vibes.

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Drunk on Love by Jasmine Guillory

Paperback, $14

I’m all for reading about Margot and Luke’s steamy relationship; just waiting for the sparks to fly. Jasmine Guillory never disappoints with her works, and I’m all about diving headfirst into some fantastic POC romances. Especially after learning how disproportionately BIPOC authors are published.

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This T-Shirt From Probably Smut


I already have one of their sweatshirts (it’s the Romance Reader), and I adore it! I’ve gotten so many compliments on it, so I definitely wouldn’t mind dropping some serious cash on more of their merchandise!

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All Of Tessa Bailey’s Books With Cartoon Covers

In Total, $125

I mean specifically the cartoon covers. Like, look at the one for My Killer Vacation! The graphic designers that are working with Tessa are top-tier. I adore every single cover they churn out, and we all know how important aesthetics are to me.

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A Really Good Lap Desk Thing


As I mentioned before, I’m a college student. And taking a page out of our very own Joanne’s book (not literally, don’t get your pitchforks yet), I’m leaning toward this lap desk. The vast majority of my homework, reading, and writing articles to entertain the masses is done either on my bed or on the floor. I’m weird (#different), but this would definitely elevate my studying and reading habits.

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The Upside of Falling by Alex Light


I usually tend to stay away from like high school! romances, simply because I feel a little weird reading them at the age I am. However, there’s something so deliciously calming when it comes to revisiting this time. Personally, I was in a loveless relationship all throughout high school, so it’s nice to imagine this is what my relationship was like during that time. Was that TMI?

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This Posion Heart by Kalynn Bayron

Duology Total Price, $23

I adored Kalynn’s Cinderella Is Dead, and the first of this series, The Poison Heart, was so gut-wrenchingly awesome. I have yet to find the time to read the second one, but I have no doubts about the fantastical status that it will live up to.

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Nessie Tale Book Mark


“You nicknamed my bookmark after the Loch Ness Monster!” Yes, Bella. If it looks like a duck, and quacks like a duck then it’s a duck. And this here is a Loch Ness Monster bookmark that I absolutely LOVE. I have a little ring that has a T. Rex on it, and this little Nessie Book Mark would bring me so much serotonin every time I opened my book.

At this point, I have $237 left over. That’s still a lot of money that I can put toward more books, or pens, or sticky tabs, or tote bags, or a one-way ticket to New York, or literally anything that I can imagine. I think, for now, I’m going to take my winnings and escape with my two hundred dollars. No Whammy’s here!

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