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Top Tips: Buying Books without Breaking the Bank {IMA BACK GUYS}

*I have not been blogging as much as I want to at the moment, because I’m about to do my GCSE’s. I’m scared, and not out of the woods yet. But, afterwards, I have an extra long Summer holiday and can hopefully blog until my hearts content. I have also been going through a huuuuge book and life slump where my motivation is null and I’m in a rut all the time. I’m still going through that but I’m trying to get myself back on track :’(  SO TALK TO ME ABOUT BOOKS*

Okay, so we all love books here, right? We all hear about them on a daily basis. “Read this, it’s the best” “OMG, THIS SERIES THOUGH.”  ”You simple haaave to read this book”. It piles up and the next thing you know you have 50 books in your Amazon basket and no idea which ones to delete. We’ve all been there. That’s the whole thing about books, you don’t know which one is going to be the better read.

Below, I have compiled some top saving tips on buying books. Maybe you know them, maybe you don’t. No matter what, it’s always good to be saving as much so we can buy more books. I know that publishers and authors etc deserve their money, but I don’t have that kind of money to spend all the time. A year ago, I relied solely on my mum’s money, but now with a part-time job my money is more flexible, thankfully. I always feel like that girl from Confessions of a Shopaholic, in books format. The books speak to me!!

Also, some of these will only apply to the UK, I’m not entirely sure how much books cost other places around the world, I would guess they’re around the same though.

Friend: Tilly, you have a freaking massive-arse bookshelf and you haven’t read half of them. Put that book down.
Me: But, it’s so pretty and I want it.
Friend: No *snatches it away*
Me: GIVE IT ME.

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Waterstones is the leading book shop chain in the UK, and it’s pretty much the only book chain there is. It’s everywhere. Books on average cost £7.99. Even the teen section which annoys me to no end. Encouraging teens to read, are we? What normal teenager has enough money to spend so much on ONE book? Amazon generally is £1/2 cheaper, and if it’s an older book, even cheaper. I know, I know, it’s not supporting bookstores, but logically, people who buy so many books don’t have that money. You do have to be careful though, sometimes it’s not as cheap as it seems when factoring in postage, so don’t get caught out.

 

twoThere are three websites that I use to look at reduced books. They are The Book People, The Works and Book Outlet In fact, I just saw they have Eleanor and Park reduced and I have been wanting that FOR AGES I’M BUYING IT NOW (it’s the pretty cover)! Similarly, shop at your local supermarkets, places like Asda have their books massively reduced, so does Walmart I hear. I bought a copy of The Immortal Rules from Asda for £1 the other day!

 

threeAt all the sites I shop at, the prices can vary by not much money, but considering the amount I buy it might be worth it to take the extra time and look around other sites to compare prices. It’ll take two seconds.

 

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As much as you can, there are always great books out there. Especially YA at the moment–it’s everywhere.

 

 

fiveIt’s easy to want a book RIGHT NOW. That’s fine. But most of the time, I buy books and add them to my never-ending book tower. If a book has just released or is in hardback, it’s going to be expensive. If you like hardbacks, fine, but for people like me who don’t care either way, it’s better to wait. Also, I cannot tell you how many times I’ve bought a book on Amazon, only to find it at a charity shop, or reduced somewhere, which is SO frustrating.

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The cover may be pretty and look nice on your bookshelf, but if it has a 2.45 rating on Goodreads, it’s probably not worth it.

 

Thanks for reading guys, it feels good to be back! Come and talk to me as I miss talking about books. Recommend me a good one, I haven’t read a decent one in a month and it’s making me so so sad. *Cries* I’m going insane.

I have not forgotten about your blogs! I have been reading them and will make the effort to comment very soon! <3 <3