Books

July TBR

Am I the only person who has a massive TBR pile that only seems to get bigger?  It feels that way sometimes!  This month I wanted to share with you all my TBR, or To-Be-Read, for the month of July.

Since I have so many books (over 900!), I wanted to come up with a fun way to pick the books to read for each month instead of just trying to randomly guess what sounds good at the time.

I chose 10 books that I would try to read this month!  They’re sorted into different categories based on how they were picked for the month and where they come from!

The first books I have on my list are the ARCs I received recently that are going to be published in July or the beginning of August and so need to be read this month!

The first is a NetGalley book called The Tarot Cafe; it’s a manga collection that I thought sounded incredibly interesting and I wanted to check out what I thought of it!  The second book was from FirsttoRead, and it’s called The Boy at the Door.

The next two books are rollovers from June that I haven’t finished and want to complete in July!  The first book is I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings and the second is Mindfulness: An Eight-Week Plan for Finding Peace in a Frantic World.

Those four were the books that I had to add to my July TBR for one reason or another. The next six are all books that I had a lot of fun finding!  I decided to use a random number generator for all the books on my GoodReads to-read shelf, and find the book that corresponded with the number I chose.

Two books I got randomly were both books on my physical TBR shelf in my apartment!  I was definitely excited to see that. The first was Why Not Me? (715) and the second was My Life Starring Mum (504).  I’ve owned both for quite a while so it’ll be nice to read them and hopefully move them out!

Old Yeller

This month I only had one book that I didn’t own & had to get from the library, which was Old Yeller (190).  I’ve watched & read enough dog books and movies to know that I will cry at the end of this, but I don’t remember ever reading this before and I want to do that!

Finally, I had three books randomly selected that were all digital NetGalley books I needed to read and review.  The first is The Safe Word (673), then On Her Majesty’s Frightfully Secret Service (741), and finally Eternal Neverland: Steps Before the Fall (446).

I’m not sure if I’ll be able to get to every book this month, which means there might be some rollover to next month, but I will try my hardest!

What books are you reading this month?

July 2018 TBR

Books

8 Ways to get Free or Cheap Books

Happy Monday, y’all!

Today I wanted to share with you 8 different ways that I get my books either for free or for really cheap.  If you’re a book lover, you know how hard it is to fund your love of books; they’re expensive!  Any easy way to get a book for less than full price is a win in my book.

Some of them may be more or less relevant to you, depending on how well you fit into the criteria, but I can almost guarantee that you’ll find yourself able to do at least one of these!

1. Netgalley

If you’ve never heard of Netgalley, don’t worry about it!  Netgalley is a website where publishers post early copies of their books to readers in order to receive feedback.  The books are all digital, and can be sent directly to your Kindle App on your phone or tablet!

I love this service, and it’s how I get a lot of my new books.  The requirement for Netgalley is that you have either a blog or GoodReads account that you connect to the website, and you review the books as you finish them.  They recommend reviewing 80% of the books you receive, but I would suggest reviewing all of them!

You aren’t guaranteed to get the books you request, but if your feedback ratio is good and your profile is filled out, you should still get quite a few!  There are also “read now” books that you can immediately download without having to request to read them, which is super cool!

If you’re interested in learning more about Netgalley or signing up, the link is here.

2. FirsttoRead.com

Another website that I’ve recently found is Firsttoread.com.  Similar to Netgalley, publishers put their digital books on this website early to receive reader feedback.  This website is a little bit different, however.

You don’t have to link any social media or be a book reviewer to get signed up with this site. However, you have to earn points by interacting with the website, which can then be redeemed for a guaranteed copy of the book (limited quantities available).  Otherwise, you can enter for a chance to win instead, which is a chance win.

If I’m being honest, I don’t love this website as much as Netgalley.  The book selection is much smaller, and you have to use a special app called Adobe Digital Editions in order to get the copies of these books.  If this is a website you’re interested in, the link to sign up is here.

3. Library

One that may seem pretty obvious is the local library!  Most towns should have one, and if there’s not one in yours, there should hopefully be one in a nearby location.  Libraries are an amazing resource if you’re someone who much prefers physical copies of books to the digital ones.

A library card should be free, or really cheap, so it is well worth the investment for tons of books. Plus, libraries are always getting new books, meaning that your selection should always be fresh!

4. Prime Reading

Something that I hadn’t known about for a long time was the existence of Prime Reading.  If you have Amazon Prime currently, you have access to a decent sized library of digital books.  While this isn’t technically free, it is a perk of a larger service that you pay for.  They range from incredibly popular fiction and nonfiction, to magazines, to lesser known new titles.  There is a huge range of novels, and I have a big list of books I want to read from it.

You are given a max of 10 titles to borrow at a time, which is kind of sad but also makes sense.  When you finish a book, you simply go to your Prime Reading location and select “return” to remove it from your app, and then you can get a new one!  I personally have a private list of books on Prime Reading I want to read but can’t take yet due to the limit.

5. Amazon Kindle Free Books

If you have a smart phone or tablet and are a book lover, chances are you have the Amazon Kindle app already installed!  But did you know that the Kindle store often has books that are completely free?  I got tons of my books starting out by simply going to the search bar in my app and searching “free” or “free books”.  This will bring up those books with a $0 price tag, something I know we all love to see!

They’re not always the most popular books, but some of them do sound interesting. Plus, any classic novel now in public domain is listed as free as well, meaning you can read all sorts of classics you might not have thought of before!

If you don’t have this app, it’s a free download either in the iTunes store of Google Store.

6. Thriftbooks.com

Another website!  I personally don’t use Thriftbooks, but my boyfriend swears by it!  It’s a website that has tons of books, including textbooks, for extremely cheap.  He’s gotten lots of books from there, and usually gets free shipping as well.  There’s usually a deal going on to get some sort of discount , so be sure to check this site out next time you’re looking to get a book!  The link is here if you want to give it a try!

7. Direct from Publishers

An option that may be a little less available to us common folks is receiving books directly from a publisher. You’ll find that most times the people who are getting these are larger YouTubers and bloggers.  If you have a blog or YouTube channel, it might be worth it to reach out to companies and see if they’d be willing to send you something!  If you’re an avid reader, it might be worth a shot as well, but no guarantees. (:

8. Secondhand (Garage sales, Goodwill, Salvation Army, Thrift shops, etc.)

I’ve gotten nearly all of my physical books in the past year from the local Goodwill.  They’re priced so affordably and always had a great range of titles to choose from!  My Goodwill charged $1.49 for paperback and $1.99 for hardcover.  I’m not sure if all stores price the same way, but hopefully any local thrift shop has cheap books for you to pick up!

My grandma is a huge advocate for garage sale books.  Usually, you can find them anywhere between a quarter and one dollar, which is a great deal.  The only issue with this is that you’re usually getting older or lesser known books, not necessarily new or popular ones.  If you’re fine with reading whatever you can find, garage sales are great options!  Local “for sale” groups on FaceBook may be another great option for you to ask about garage sales or books being given away for free or cheap!

I hope that these tools made it possible for you to discover a few new ways to get books!

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8 Ways to get Free or Cheap Books