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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

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Non-Fiction Aversion

I’m one of those people that read to escape, to get immersed in a world that’s not mine, and think about things that aren’t something I actually have to worry about. I like it. It’s relaxing, and I love getting caught up in relationships, and craving the next page because I JUST HAVE TO KNOW WHAT’S GOING TO HAPPEN. I like the creativity of books, and the worlds I would have never otherwise thought about. Also, the characters, God, the characters I never would have experienced, fell fictionally in love with and been best friends with.

I don’t read Non-fiction. Non-fiction is scary:

It’s real life, where I can’t escape. It takes up precious reading time, when I could be reading about Celaena Sardothien or St Clair. The covers aren’t very pretty, and you can’t leave it thinking “jeez, I’m glad this isn’t actually happening and the world isn’t secretly getting taken over by Strigoi”.

I’m interested in world affairs. I read, discuss and form (very strong) opinions. I deal with it all-day everyday, and so this isn’t something I want to read at 9 at night when I’m trying to de-stress myself (because life can get SO STRESSFUL sometimes).

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I feel like I’m doing it wrong. I’m sure there are a lot of Non-fiction books that I would be really interested in, but don’t get the chance to hear about. They don’t have to be about a heavy topic, but simply something I would enjoy reading about. Pottering about in a Fiction orientated bookish community, I have Fiction books I want to read coming out of my earlobes, but I hardly ever, ever, hear anyone talk about Non-fiction. Perhaps because people don’t want to clash their views with others, or because you guys don’t read it either. I don’t know.

I feel like I should make an effort to look for some Non-fiction, and you know, read it. Learn something that isn’t the language of Elvish in the Lord of the Rings series.

What about you guys? Do you read much Non-Fiction, or do you think it takes the pleasure out of reading? Feel free to share your recs, I’d love to hear them!

Níniatha n’i lû n’i a-govenitham!

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The Perfect Valentine’s Day Reads

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Crash into You: People should know by now how much I loved this book. It gives the bad-boy image a shake-up and there’s an awesome drag racing plot-line, which I’ve never come across before.

Romancing Mr Bridgerton: There are no words for this series. It’s amazing! This is really the only Historical Romance I’ve ever read (although I’ve dabbled), and this is my favourite book in the Bridgerton series. If you want to try out HR or you’re looking for a new HR series–this is it. They’re so sweet and simply brilliant.

The Distance Between Us: The witty heroine in this really takes the cake for me. The main guy is rich, the main girl is poor. Together they deicide if love conquers societies constraints caused by money differences.

Anna and the French Kiss: This is so fluffy it filled me with warmth and fluffy goodness! Perfect Valentines read if you want a hilarious main character and *swooon* overload. (Plus a romantic setting in Paris!)

Skin Deep: If you want something emotional, thought-provoking and real. The main girl is scarred from a car accident and is living with the emotional effects. People treat her differently now…but not Ryan.

My Life Next Door: Literal boy next door. That is all.

Just One Day: A book in which accidents happen, and the main character goes on a journey of self-discovery.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Contemporary Kick!

I was never a major Contemporary fan. Before I started blogging I though it was boring, depressing and uninteresting. I liked to stick to Paranormal Romance, Urban Fantasy and all the Paranormal books in YA. I’d read Contemporary before and found it so disappointing.

Last year however, this all changed. Other bloggers started recommending me books outside of Paranormal, and I started to read out of my comfort zone. I was really surprised, because I found I was enjoying myself! Even though I read so much more Contemporary last year than I ever have, I still wouldn’t say I read it regularly. However, this year (even though Paranormal will always be my fav!) I have been in a complete Contemporary kick. I’ve read so many more than I usually do; including Skin Deep by Laura Jarratt, Where the Stars Still Shine by Trish Doller and so many more. Mostly they have romance in them, because that’s the way I like them, but it’s still surprising for me.

I will continue to read this genre until I get bored, and I’m really enjoying all of the recommendations people are giving me! It also makes me want to read some Adult Contemporary, something I’ve read but never enjoyed. This just leads me to think that I haven’t found the right book yet. There is still a lot in Contemporary that I’m not ready to try yet, books that I might never like, but as long as I’m stretching myself, I’m okay with that.

Do you have manic phrases where you read loads in one genre? Can you give me some Contemporary rec?