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When I was in middle school, I proudly read through the young adult section in my local library. Since then, my interest in reading hasn’t been nearly as persistent. As I was finishing out my college career a few months ago, I finally started picking up books to read for pleasure and I’m so glad I did. One thing that has changed since I was thirteen is the price of books. I’m currently trying to save as much money as I can before we move and buying multiple books is not in the cards. Today, I’m going to be sharing with you how I’ve been able to save money while reading new books and share some of my recommendations.
I first learned of this website from Tuck’s older sister, Ally. She would tell me about how she would send and receive books, essentially for free, to and from people all over the country. At first, I was skeptical – I constantly asked myself “What’s the catch?” Over spring break, I went through my bookshelf full of books at my parents’ house and pulled out about 10 books I wanted to get rid of. I posted them all on the website and within 10 minutes I had two people who wanted two of those books. For every book you post to swap, you get a credit. Each credit is good for one free book for you! Seriously, it’s so easy and I love this website.
Remember the post I wrote a while back about commonly forgotten free resources? Well it’s about time I hit y’all over the head with that again. The library is great not only for free books, but often museum passes, DVDs, and magazines. But back to the books. Libraries are amazing resources not only because they are a free resource (with a current, valid library card), but because of the sheer multitude of volumes they have. In my experience, libraries are great at stocking newly released titles from all different genres. The same applies to university and college libraries. My student ID served as my library card (and is still valid a few months after graduation) and gave me access to the thousands of titles and textbooks that they had in one of the many libraries on campus.
I first discovered this retailer around the same time I spent many hours after school at the library. I’m in no way sponsored by Half Price Books – I really love a good deal. As you can tell by the name of the store, Half Price Books sells gently used books, records, CDs and DVDs at at least half their retail value. Now, you can shop directly from their website which I find incredibly helpful since before you could only shop in store. As with the library, Half Price Books make a conscious effort to buy newer releases and resell them to you at discounted prices.
This website is targeted for my fellow bloggers and online content creators. This website will send you recently released books from a range of genres (even cookbooks are included!) in exchange for your review! That’s it, seriously. When setting up your account, you include a link to your blog and select your genre preferences. Here are some of the book titles I’ve received from this program: Legend and Performing Under Pressure.
If you’re an avid reader, I hope you’ve heard of Goodreads. Goodreads is a magical online platform that connects readers with each other and book recommendations. You can rate books you’ve already read and distinguish your favorite genres. After doing that, the platform will recommend other books you may enjoy – it’s weirdly fun.
Without further ado, here are some of my book recommendations.
For the Adventurous Spirit
Wild by Cheryl Strayed
The Shack by William Paul Young
Legend by Eric Blehm
For the One Who Loves to Learn
Your Inner Fish by Neil Shubin
The War of Art by Steven Pressfield
Stiff by Mary Roach
For the Romantic
If I Stay by Gayle Forman
Perfect Chemistry by Simon Elkeles
The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
For the Curious Observor
The Girls by Emma Cline
In Cold Blood by Truman Capote
The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larson
What are you currently reading?