Books . Books. Books.
When I was younger I, in a good week, I would read a good three to four books and couldn’t wait for Saturday to come so I could search the library for my new best book.
Then I got old… things like assignments and exams started to pop up and suddenly I felt like I was busy all the time. And lets not forget… the internet. The black hole of lost time. The wasted hours I have spent on YouTube haven’t gone unnoticed so I figured ‘why not cut down my time online?’
So last week I did two things: I bought a new book and I got myself a new library card.
As a graduate, I need to make money stretch and sometimes buying books didn’t seem like the best invest to make with my money but I think I’ve found a way around it.
Second hand books are the way forward. When you look online you’ll find a plethora of places to buy and give new love to old books with a lot to give (Amazon etc.) but there are different even cheaper ways to get your hands on a good book.
Now, I haven’t ever done a book a book swap but it’s definitely been on my mind. A quick Google search brought me to readitswapit, an online book swap, but what really interested me was the Carnaby Book Exchange.
You don’t just get a book, you get somewhere that allows you to have a bit of me time and comfort. It also makes me feel like maybe you can get a little social in there while you relax *wink*. (This definitely on my list of places to go in 2015.)
There are a TON of free ebooks online and my way to find them is through BookBub which is a really easy (lazy) way to find ebooks.
However, an even better place to look is Wattpad. You’ll find a lot of up and coming authors and I like my books the way I like my music. Raw. However, I do have a couple of tips to help wade through the faff.
- Try to only read books by authors who complete books. There’s nothing worse then getting attached to characters that you will never hear from again
- It’s a place where numbers are a good indication of quality, the more people have read them the better
- Good writers tend to recommend good stories (but don’t quote me on that)
While on the subject check out Germansam if you like a little romantic drama.
And Library Cards
The old trusty library card, my introduction to books. It’s the community’s literary hub. All I can say to this is… it won’t hurt if you get one.
Happy Reading 🙂