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If you know me or have been following me for a while, you’ll know I love reading and I’ve had a goal for four years now to read 100 books in a year. I’ve gotten to 95,96, and 90, going on my fourth attempt now. I read a lot. And I tend to read the same type of books: travel, YA girly things (think Pretty Little Liars), murder/horror/mystery/thriller, and dystopian things.
I’ve been branching out in the last year and have been reading a lot of YA (Young Adult) fantasy and sci-fi and FINALLY reached my goal of 100 books! As of December 2019 (when I’m updating this page) I’ve blown it out of the water and have read 125 books this year.
This page is going to be my all things book hub. Here you’ll find my favorite places to get books, my favorite apps and devices for reading, and my book posts. I’ll only be talking about services and products I’ve tried here, but may mention other options I know of as well.
Here you’ll find the pages for all of my favorite books separated by broad genres. If you want more specific posts about countries, regions, or topics, head over to this page.
My Favorite Places to Get Books
While I do love a good book deal and will get most used or on sale at this point, it’s still good to buy new books to support authors and bookstores alike, especially local/indie bookstores. I know it’s not realistic to expect everyone to buy new all the time though. Cheap and free books are the best.
This is my favorite place to find great Kindle deals. Well, e-book deals in general. Here you can find free books and books that are on sale for $0.99-$3.99 for limited time. There are some random books on there but you can occasionally find new releases or really popular books on there too. They have all the genres and will send out daily emails with deals in the genres that you like.
We have a BAM at home, so this is where I go a lot. I love looking at the bargain section, especially the YA section in it. They also have used books in the regular book stacks, but you have to look for them. Our store has a few used clearance sections, but most are just mixed in with the regular priced books, so keep your eyes peeled for those. They will either have a gold USED sticker on the front and if they don’t, then on the back over the barcode there should be a sticker with the price.
While I’m out west, Barnes & Noble is my store option. I don’t usually think their bargain books are quite as good of a deal so I find myself buying more regular priced books here. But they do have good sales throughout the years, so keep an eye out for those.
If you like cheap books and are fine with used books, this is the place to go. You can find books of all genres here for$1-$10. I really don’t remember seeing anything over like, $8.50, but I just may not have looked in the right place. I haven’t ordered from here yet, but I’ve only heard good things and will be trying it this year. Plus, they usually have a Black Friday sale so it’s a sale on sale! They don’t have everything on here but you can find new releases and older books. You can get $10 off your first $25 purchase with this link!
This is similar to Book Outlet, but I think the website is a little clunkier and slow. But hey, for cheap books, it’s perfect. I know you can get books from them on Amazon as well and they have an app you can buy directly through.
Of course, if you have access to a library, I would highly recommend using it. Not only can you check out paper books, but you can borrow CD’s, movies, magazines, video games, and even e-books. Plus, they’re fun to just wander around and find new books to read. They usually have a book sale or two throughout the year so you can buy cheap books and support your library that way, too. Check out apps like Lippy, Overdrive, and Hoopla for ebooks and audiobooks through your library.
You’ve probably seen these around and maybe not even known it. They’re little house-shaped boxes (usually) on a pole in someone’s yard. They’ll (hopefully) be full of books that you can exchange with your own when you don’t want to keep them anymore! Some are mostly adult books while others are mostly children’s books, but they’re always worth checking out when you see them. They’re just like hotel or hostel book exchanges but probably cuter.
These can sell either all new books, just used, rare, a specific genre, or a mix of all of those. Some buy books and give you book credit, others don’t, but whatever they do, you should support them if you can.
My Favorite Apps, Websites, and Devices for Reading
If you’ve been here for a while, you already know that I’m obsessed with my Kindle. It goes almost everywhere with me. It’s perfect for reading in the dark or bright sunlight (like on the beach) and is really light so it’s easy to hold. I have an older version, but the newer ones are even waterproof so you can read in the bath with no fear.
I recently discovered Scribd and fell in love. This is a website/app with over a million books, audiobooks, sheet music, documents, and magazines. It is $8.99 a month with unlimited reading. If you’re a voracious audiobook listener and devour too many ‘top’ books, they might limit your options (I’ve heard it’s two or three a month before they limit) but I’ve never heard of this happening for reading the books, not listening.
There are so many new and old books available on there and the selection is always changing. I’ve got 132 (418 as of July 21 and 485 as of December 2019) books saved to read as of writing this and that number is growing quickly. If you want to try it, you can get two months free here and I would highly recommend it. I got a free month and will definitely continue to pay for this.
Anyone can use the Kindle App on their phone or tablet, even if you don’t have a Kindle. And if you do have a Kindle, you can sync them up and download the books to read on the app. This is great if you don’t want to bring your Kindle with you everywhere or if you just don’t want one but want to use the app. The app is free, but you can buy books to read on it. You can find free ones on Amazon, too.
I love using Goodreads to keep track of what I’m currently reading, want to read, and have read. I really just mark things as one of those three things. I don’t have tons of categorized shelves or anything though. You can set reading goals on here so it’s really fun to see your progress towards that throughout the year. You can also enter giveaways to win books, which I love doing. There are giveaways for print books and e-books. I’ve won quite a few doing this. You can follow me here to see what I’m currently reading!