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How I Read for Cheap

Heya Bookish People! Are you ready for the summer sun? I’m not.

Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post. These are all my opinions and whatever books/apps/devices are mentioned, I have purchased.ย 

If you’re an avid reader, buying books can get a little pricey. It adds up if you’re purchasing each book on average of ten dollars, and hardcovers for way more than that. Some people do love to collect pretty and limited editions of their favorite books and there is nothing wrong with that. But I am a reader for the story. It matters not to me the way it is delivered whether I’m using an actual book or e-reader.

I have a post up which I will link why I prefer using an e-reader. That’s just my preference. And the cost factor and limited shelf space has a lot to do with it.

Let’s get right into the tips I have for lowering your cost of reading.

E-reader

I would say this is the most basic way to cut a few dollars off of your books by using apps such as Kindle, iBooks etc. These apps are all available for your devices for free so there’s no cost to download it and you don’t have to go out and purchase an actual Kindle or iPad. You can do it right there on your phone.

Libraries

I love libraries and recently so many have been closing down which makes me sad but I think it’s a brilliant way to save on books. Not every book I read, I feel the need to purchase a copy of it so this is also a good way not to waste money. Just borrow them, for free. If you don’t like it, just return it.

Thrift-store

Recently I went down to Goodwill to donate some of my children’s books, the ones we have double copies of and they have a really nice shelf with books ranging from 99cents to $3 which I think is a steal. I came home with nine books for less than ten dollars and they were in good condition. Some of them were hard cover, some were in mint condition. Find some thrift stores close by and check them out.

Bookbub.com

I have been using this site for several years now and I’ve accumulated so many free books on Kindle. I don’t know when I’ll ever get the chance to read them all. Basically, all you do is sign up with your e-mail and every day you’ll get an e-mail notifying you of book promotions. Some books you can download for free for Kindle or iBooks and some books have a major price cut. Every day for the last three or four years, I have been opening emails from bookbub.com and it’s been really awesome. I have an abundance of books so I don’t always need to go out and buy a book unless I feel a strong urge to. And also with bookbub, you can select the genres of books that you would like sent to you.

Bookdepository.com

I haven’t ordered anything yet from bookdepository.com but I recently came across it and they do free shipping worldwide so it’s not exclusive to the US/UK. And also, most of their prices are marked down from it’s original selling price so that’s a plus.

ebay

Ebay has many preowned books for sale at marked down prices and sometimes you can score big when looking for an entire series or several books by a particular author.

I hope you all liked this. I do appreciate reading for cheap and if you have any more tips be sure to leave me a comment. I’d love to hear it.ย 

Happy Summer everyone. Enjoy your weekend!

xo Kat

June TBR list

Hey y’all! What are you reading this weekend? Here’s my June TBR/haul. I’m sure I won’t be getting into all of these by even the end of July as I’m reading slowly. Investing my time in writing so bear with my slow book reviews.

The Kept Woman by Karin Slaughter

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Recently I’ve been eyeing this book at my local pharmacy. They have a bestseller section. The cover alone has a certain pull to it. ย I don’t want to spoil these books for myself so I didn’t look at any thorough reviews. From what I understand this is a thriller, there’s a murder and it might be connected to a detective’s past. Yeah, that’s what you get from me…I avoid spoilers like the plague because I know I won’t read it if I know details.

Shatter Me by Taherah Mafi

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I’ll be honest, I’m not really interested in this book but there was a hype around it on Booktube so I thought why not check it out at some point? It’s about a girl named Juliette who is locked up for murder who doesn’t touch anyone because the last time she did, she landed up locked up.

Into The Water – Paula Hawkins

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This is one I’m excited about because I absolutely loved The Girl on The Train. Not that it’s the same or anything but when I like an author, I like them a lot.ย A single mother turns up dead at the bottom of the river that runs through town. Earlier in the summer, a vulnerable teenage girl met the same fate. They are not the first women lost to these dark waters, but their deaths disturb the river and its history, dredging up secrets long submerged.

We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

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Friendship between a group of four friends turns destructive.

There are tons of books in my TBR pile that I want to share with you but as I can’t share them all at once, I break them into monthly TBRs. Happy reading and have a great weekend!

xo Kat

The Ultimate Book Tag

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  1. Do you get sick while reading in a car?

Yes, I feel lightheaded.

2. Which author’s writing style is completely unique and why?

I couldn’t choose to be honest. I do love the language of British authors from the 1800s and early 1900s.

3. Harry Potter Series or The Twilight Saga? Give 3 points to defend your answer.

I loved both series at different points in my life. I’ve since outgrown my Twi-phase but I haven’t outgrown Harry quite yet ๐Ÿ˜‰

4. Do you carry a book bag? If so, what is in it(besides books)?

Yes, I do carry a backpack purse with me. It holds basic things like my wallet, keys, phone, Kindle, a notebook and pen when I need to jot down ideas. I’m a mom so there is always spare diapers, a sippy cup and snacks in there too.

5. Do you smell books?

Indeed. It’s intoxicating.

6. Books with or without illustrations?

Funny story. When I was a child and now getting into Nancy Drew, I didn’t want books with illustrations. I felt it too babyish, however at thirty, I appreciate the artwork, and I also like to read comics from time to time.

7. What book did you love while reading but discovered later it wasn’t quality writing?

*hides face* Fifty shades of Grey. Yes, I did read it and I did like it despite having problems with the main characters and plot. I think it was the fact that it all started from Twilight fan fiction that drew me towards it. But yes, I was deeply surprised by the literary criticism that the book got. Not that I didn’t see the flaws in it myself but I thought in order for a book to even get published and create such a phenomenon, then it had to be quality writing.

8. Do you have any funny stories including books from your childhood.

Well it’s not really funny and it’s more about the time I was fifteen in high school. My friend and I discovered Mills and Boons….those Harlequinn erotic romances in the school library and boy did we read the heck out of them.

9. What is the tiniest book on your shelf?

It’s a small book about cat breeds.

10. What is the thickest book on your shelf?

Game of Thrones by George RR Martin.

11. Do you write as well as read? Do you see yourself in the future as being an author?

I do write, and have taken up with it seriously in the last year. And yes, it’s a dream of mine, however far fetched to walk into a bookstore and see my book on a shelf.

12. When did you get into reading?

From the moment I could read actually. We had these reading books in school and they were so interesting, detailing Caribbean history and other tales. And at home I was always gifted and surrounded by books so it was a natural process.

13. What is your favorite classic book?

I’ll give some authors instead. Jane Austen, Charles Dicken, the Bronte sisters. Then I also love Dracula, Dr jekyl and Hyde, The Secret Garden, Frankenstein…I could go on and on…when I started reading novels, it was all classics.

14. In school what was your best subject?

Take a wild guess….English!

15. If you were given a book as a present that you had before that you hated, what would you do?

If I’m being totally honest, I can’t hurt a person’s feelings when a gift is involved. I was taught that it’s the thought that counts, not really the gift, so I’d probably place it on a shelf and keep it there.

16. What is a lesser known series that you know of that is similar to Harry Potter or the Hunger Games?

Similarities, I’m not sure. Divergent reminded me of Hunger Games, although I didn’t keep up with the entire Divergent series. I thought the high school in House of Night Series was like a darker, more adult Hogwarts. lol, not really but the thought crossed my mind at that time.

17. What is a bad habit you do while blogging?

Social media and messaging. It’s really the death of productivity.

18. What is your favorite word?

I say basically a lot…does that count?

19. Are you a nerd, dork or dweeb? Or all of the above?

I’m assuming dork or dweeb is somewhat derogatory. I’m not as near as brilliant as a nerd. I’m just passionate about books, and stories, and characters. It’s my hobby. My personality is on the goofy side if that counts as dork or dweeb.

20. Vampires or Fairies? Why?

The vampires that I first read about existed in Anne Rice’s novels and yes I was all about vampires until they got a little glittery. I’m still undecided ๐Ÿ™‚

21. Shapeshifters or Angels? Why?

Angels! Because I love the way the TV Show supernatural portrays them.

22. Spirits or Werewolves? Why?

Spirits. I’m not a huge werewolf fan but I do enjoy a good horror movie.

23. Zombies or Vampires? Why?

The Walking Dead, that’s why.

24. Love triangle or Forbidden Love?

Forbidden Love. A person shouldn’t be confused between two loves, then I don’t feel like that’s love. Forbidden Love makes for better anticipation.

25. And finally: Full on romance books or action packed with a few love scenes mixed in?

It all depends on what mood I am in when I choose a book to read.

I tag anyone who wants to do thism tag. Hope you enjoy my answers as much as I did answering them.

xo Kat

What Cats Do Book Tag

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As cats do this when they’re happy or relaxed, what is the book that makes you happiest or relaxed?

  • Oh my gosh, this is a hard one. I like books with plots and twists…maybe a Nora Roberts book or one of those indie books on Kindle. Predictable cheesy romances are sometimes relaxing after a long book.

SLEEP

What is a book that put you to sleep?

  • Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. I understand it was a book loved by many so don’t hate me for my opinion. I just felt it lacking. It was predictable and felt it was a huge build up. Even as part of a series, each book should have a proper ending. I did rave on the amazing writing though, I like the author’s style. That being said, it’s a very appealing book for younger readers.

TWITCH WHILE DREAMING

Have you ever dreamt of a book you read?

  • I’ve dreamt of the heroes of the books I’ve read ๐Ÿ™‚

SEEMS TO PLAY NICE

….until the claws are out. ย Which book had the biggest plot twist?

  • Thrillers usually have great plots twists. The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins, Dark Places and Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn.

CUDDLES

Which books character would you give a hug to?

  • Jack, the little five year old boy from the book Room by Emma Donoghue.

CATNIP

What’s a book that made you have warm and fuzzy feels?

  • Most recently The Tycoon’s Revenge by Melody Anne. I like romances with family elements, they make me smile.

CAT BREEDS

What are your favorite books?

  • The Book Thief by Markus Zusak hit me right in the feels and it’s definitely one I’d read every few years. But I appreciate books in all genres, really. Thrillers, Horror, Romance, Fantasy, Children’s Literature.

THE VET’S OFFICE

Your least favorite book.

  • There are many books that I couldn’t get through but since I have short term memory, I’ll answer this based on my 2017 reads. The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon and Miss Peregrine’s.

BEING PLACES THEY SHOULDN’T

Least favorite cliche.

  • Love triangle.
  • The chosen one who has to save the world. How about a chosen lot? Like the power rangers.
  • Ohhh one I really dislike is the billionaire trend…can’t the less fortunate fall head over heels in love?

THE GOOD OLD CARDBOARD BOX

Most underrated book series.

As it so happens, two of my favorite series are underrated.

  • The Sweep Series by Cate Tiernan. It’s based on Wicca and I absolutely loved it.
  • House of Night Series by PC & Kristin Cast. (Vampire and Wicca themed)

I tag anyone and everyone to do this tag.ย 

xo Kat

 

 

The Secret Life of A Book Blogger Tag|Book Tag

This is another tag that I stumbled upon recently and thought it’d be fun to do. Like always, I tag everyone and anyone to do this tag.

1. How long have you been a blogger?

Since 2013 or 2014 I think but I’ve only been doing it seriously for about six months now.

2. At what point do you think you’d stop blogging?

I honestly don’t think I can say. Blogging is my way of relaxing, offloading and I meet incredible people with the same interests on here.

3. ย What is the best thing about blogging?

It’s my hobby, something I love do to. I write stories and want to make a career in that but blogging gives me that unstructured writing, a way of off loading and I also interact with other awesome bloggers.

4. What is the worse thing? What do you do to make it okay?

The worse thing about blogging is that I don’t always have time to do it…how I make it okay is putting multiple posts out when I do sit down to write ๐Ÿ˜€

5. How long does it take you to make/find pictures to use?

I don’t do all that fancy shmancy stuff like other super awesome bloggers, I just use pixabay.com for free images. But that’s because I don’t blog about travelling etc If your blog calls for it, I suggest you invest in good equipment and software.

6. Who is your book crush?

It changes so often that I don’t even know hehe. A decade ago, I liked Edward Cullen, before that, maybe Lestat and although he is an older character in Dan Brown books, I quite liked Professor Robert Langdon. Then there’s always the highlanders and dukes in historical romances.

7. What author would you like to have on your blog?

Stephen King, JK Rowling, Anne Rice

8. What do you wear when you write your blog posts?

As I don’t have a specific time to write and I do write in the comfort of my home, my attire ranges from pajamas to yoga pants to jeans.

9. How long does it take you to prepare?

It varies. It depends on when and how long my kids give me a minute.

10. How do you feel about the book community?

It’s awesome. I feel like I’ve finally found my tribe ๐Ÿ˜€ It’s great, and it’s a very accepting space. No hate, no drama, just books, books, books.

11. What do you think one should do to get a successful blog?

I myself don’t even have a successful blog lol but I think one should just be consistent and write relatable content. Find your voice, whatever you want your blog to be about and just start. You should also be passionate about what you’re putting on your blog because believe me, some days you’re really fishing on what to write about.

Hope you enjoyed this tag as much as I did. Now go do it on your blog ๐Ÿ™‚

xo, Kat

Seven Bookish Sins Tag

I saw this tag on Instagram actually and thought it’d be fun to do on my blog, so here goes….I tag anyone and everyone to do this tag! Enjoy ๐Ÿ™‚

1.Gluttony (A book you devoured)ย 

Ugh this is so difficult, I’ve devoured so many books in short spaces of time. If we’re talking recently, I really liked this book called The Nightbird by Brian Freeman.ย 

2. Greed (a book you don’t lend)

I’ve learned my lesson with lending books and as of date, I don’t trust anyone that much ๐Ÿ˜‰

3. Sloth (a book that has been on your shelf too long)

Eighty percent of the books I own is unread and it’s not because I don’t read a lot, I just keep adding to my pile. But if we’re talking physical book and not ebook, it’d have to be Innocence by Dean Koontz.ย 

4. Lust (A boxed set)

I don’t own any boxed sets but I have huge single volumes of The Lord of The Rings and The Chronicles of Narnia.

5. Wrath (a disappointing book)

Okay, I know I’m going to attract some hate here, but I’m basing this tag off of 2017 reads and so far I couldn’t get through The Sun Is Also A Star by Nicola Yoon. There’s a huge hype around this book and although, I think the reviews on it was good enough for me to check the book out, it was just not my cup of tea, sorry.ย 

6. Pride (the prettiest book on your shelf)

That’s like asking me to choose between my two kids ๐Ÿ˜›

7. Envy (a world you’d like to live in)

I love bookish worlds but my choice would always boil down to Narnia ๐Ÿ™‚

I’d love to hear your answers to this tag!

xo Kat

 

 

 

The Goodreads Book Tag

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  1. What was the last book you mark as read?

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Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens.ย 

2. What are you currently reading?

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American Gods by Neil Gaiman.

3. What was the last book you marked as TBR?

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I honestly can’t remember, my list is so long but I will be reading Confess by Colleen Hoover next.ย 

4. What book do you plan to read next?

Since I already said Confess by Colleen Hoover, I will say after that I’ll probably continue with The Mortal Instruments Books 3-6 or The Dark Artifices.ย 

5. Do you use the star rating system?

Yes I do, however I feel like it’s not fair. Some books are well written but with a weak plot and characters, and some books aren’t that well written but have an awesome plot. But I guess that’s why we get to write reviews, right?

6. Are you doing a 2017 reading challenge?

At the beginning of the year I did set a 50 book reading challenge for myself but I’ve since brought it down to 25. I have been reading slow since I’m writing a lot in my spare time.

7. Do you have a wishlist?

A TBR is the same, no? Well whatever I plan on reading is going to get read at some point in time ๐Ÿ™‚

8. What book do you plan to buy next?

I have my sights set on End of ย Watch by Stephen King, and also The Cousins O’Dwyer Trilogy by Nora Roberts.ย 

9. Do you have any favorite quotes?

There’s many but these days I like, “A done something is better than nothing.” It helps me with writing. Oh another one by Neil Gaiman is, “If you only write when inspired, you may be a fairly decent poet, but you’ll never be a novelist.”

10. Who are your favorite authors?

All of them? To name a few that I absolutely loved their writing are: Anne Rice, Dan Brown, Nora Roberts, Jodi Picoult, Dean Koontz, Steve Berry, Stieg Larson, George RR Martin, Jk Rowling, Darren Shan, PC Cast….Just to name a few ๐Ÿ˜‰

11. Have you joined any groups?

So far, Booktastic Bookaholics.

I tag everyone who loves books to do this tag!

xo, Kat

 

My Reading Story

I don’t know why I thought this topic interesting hehe. If you’ve read my blog before you’ll see that at a young age, I was gifted books a lot and we always had tons of them around so reading came natural to me. My love for reading developed mainly because I grew up in the nineties, being born in the late eighties. And I didn’t have access to internet, TV time was also limited during the school week so reading was my little form of entertainment until it became an escape. My parents put no restrictions on my reading so it just elevated into an obsession…I mean addiction…no I meant hobby!

I’d get so wrapped up into these stories and at about the age of seven I felt like I was too big for picture books. I’d really hate talking to seven year old me now hehehe. I remember being a snob to someone who asked me what I wanted for Christmas and I said a book(of course), expecting to get a brand new Nancy Drew, I got a little kids picture book.

In elementary school, I was all bad to the bone with the book open in my lap during class, and in high school, I skipped classes to live in the library. You know at the time, it was awesome. Telling this story now, I seem like a bore fest. During my escapes to the library in high school I really broke out with the content I was finding, Mills and Boons, and witches. It was awesome, yeah I keep saying that but it really was.

Books are these things that people ignore, don’t even give a second glance to but inside them lives all kinds of magic and feelings and people(ahem…I meant characters). I absolutely love being emotionally invested in a story and sometimes I get anxious because I just can’t keep up.

Leave me a comment and let me know what fun reading you’ve been up to ๐Ÿ™‚

xo Kat

The YA Book Craze

I’ve always seen book reviews online, on Youtube, on blogs but recently I’ve been subscribing to more of them on Youtube. Little did I know there’s an entire community online called Booktube. At first I thought it brilliant, as I myself love to share reviews and talk about books. Most of my spare time is spent writing or reading books so finding Booktube was amazing to me until I realized that the same books were being talked about over and over and over until it lost its appeal. Most of these books were also in the YA category.

Now don’t get me wrong, from time to time I enjoy a good YA novel, like most recently History Is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera. And some of my favorite books are YA, such as, The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. I also enjoyed series such as The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer and The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare. But most books that are hyped aren’t always worth the hype. I couldn’t get past a few pages in a lot of YA books. Not that they were bad, but because I am no longer a young adult and I enjoy reading a wider range of content.

Come to think of it, I’ve always enjoyed books with older characters like those of Dan Brown, Steve Berry, Nora Roberts, Jodi Picoult, just to name a few. I also like darker content, for example Anne Rice or V.C. Andrews and of course the man himself, Stephen King. I read these novels quite early on so I connect with these type of stories better.

So while I do think that Booktube is amazing and I love it, there is lack of diversity in its genres. It’s largely because there is an abundance of young people making videos on Booktube. Another factor to consider is the marketing part of it where publishing companies send out copies for them to review. Which I have no problem with at all. But I’d like to see some older characters being talked about in crime fiction, historical fiction, action and adventure, romances etc.

I’ve been heavily considering making videos to share my world of reading and thoughts but since I’ve discovered Booktube, I feel like I wouldn’t fit the bill. Maybe I will, at some point in time because I know there are tons of people who read the same books that I do.

What genres do you read? Leave me a comment, I’d love to hear.

xo Kat

Benefits of Reading

I have an addiction and it’s one I can’t stop and won’t stop. It’s a thing called reading. I love all things books and stories and have been crazy about it since childhood. I think the lack of computer availability and no such thing called social media(I wasn’t even using the internet in the early 90s) gave me a lot of time to engage in reading as well as develop a love and habit out of it. It was our way of entertainment back then.

I wrote a previous post about what I read as a child so if you’d life to check it out and see what content I put into my head early on use the search bar and type in “What did you read as a child?”

Enough about my little reading history(as if I don’t talk about it enough on this blog).

Of course there’s evidence that reading is beneficial to humans all over the internet. This is just my personalized views on how reading has played an important role not only in my life but those around me.

Knowledge. Well obviously! Anything you read provides some sort of information and you don’t only have to read novels. There are tons of non-fiction books, the newspapers, magazines.

Broadens your vocabulary. Learning how to articulate your words can help you in many aspects of your life, whether it’s having a conversation, writing a letter or doing homework. Sometimes we just can’t find the words to express what we mean. I have experienced first hand on how reading can help with that. And you don’t have to own a brain like a thesaurus…if you read my blog you’ll see that I use the same words and expressions over and over and over.

Better conversation. This goes together with knowledge and vocabulary. If you’re knowledgeable about a topic you can teach someone about something new or have a decent amount of input during a conversation without stars spinning in your head.

Imagination. This is my favorite. If I didn’t have a wide imagination with me throughout my life because I still use it extensively, I’d have gone mad and cracked under the pressure of being a human. Books really were my escape from negative things and when I read, I live within the pages.

Manages Stress. I have an entire post about managing stress and I don’t think I’ve listed reading as one of them. Oops! Reading is how I wind down after a tiring and chaotic day which is basically everyday in my house. It’s the few minutes of the day I can call my own and it does lift the heaviness of the day off of me. Try it!

Diminishes Ignorance. Very simple. If you want to learn about something, read about it.

Goodbye Boredom. A reader is never bored. I used to hate waiting in offices to be tended to, now I don’t. I just always have a an e-book on my phone or my kindle with me.

Helps your school performance. Reading at a young age can really help you focus on material in books. Your understanding of sentences and what they convey come easier if you read extra. It can help you research or writer a paper properly.

xo Coffee Doll

How has reading benefited your life?