5 great books, each for £1 or less (Kindle reads)

In case you haven’t already noticed, I’m not a big fan of spending money. (Quelle surprise) But in tangent to that I’m also a bit of an online shopaholic. Sometimes it’s difficult for me to balance the two. I’m also fairly certain that I’m not the only person who feels this way; at the moment I’ve not quite broken the bank. I’m still able to pay my rent and enjoy the things I like (books mostly) by using a few basic tricks to help avoid the purchase of expensive hardback books the second they come out. Aside from secondhand purchases, advanced reading copies and borrowing from friends or the library there is one other way in which I save my pennies: the e-book. I’ve ranted and raved about the merits of the Kindle before (most notably it’s convenience for travellers) but another major advantage is the reduced price of some big name books. I mean you have to pick and choose to find the good deals but they are out there. Thankfully, this time, I’ve done the searching for you (it’s tragic that I genuinely enjoy finding this stuff). Here are my favourite Kindle bargains for this week.

Caraval by Stephanie Garber

Did I tell you about this book already? Well, for £0.99 I can afford to tell you again. Caraval is a magical festival full of confusion and fabulousness and is the wicked brain child of Stephanie Garber. Caraval debuted just this year and tells the tale of Scarlett and Donnatella Dragna and their escape to Caraval and out of the clutches of their abusive father. You can find my full review here.

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

FREE/or £0.75
Kindle perk 5: Books that are out of copyright can be found for free! Little Women is just one such example and whilst the cover being sold on Amazon.co.uk is more aesthetic for just £0.75, you’re never going to see it. Kindle’s collection of free classics is one of my favourite things about it and if you have one it’s definitely a perk you should take advantage of.

American Gods by Neil Gaiman

I was surprised to find a Neil Gaiman book for £0.99. I used to think that the big names were always expensive enough that I’d have to pick and choose them. Thankfully on this, and a fair few other things, I was wrong. I’m 100% ready to get into Gaiman books now starting with this marvellous bargain and following on with my hard copy of The Ocean at The End of the Lane. Have you read any of his stuff? Let me know in the comments – I’d love some spoiler few reviews!

Angelfall by Susan EE

The trouble sometime is that the kind of books you really want to buy for the cover are just so much more affordable on Kindle. Take for instance, Angelfall at £0.99. I use a Kindle Paperwhite  so I don’t get colour covers (I’m not sure any kindle does?) but when a book is relatively inexpensive I can calm down my inner aesthetic loving psychopath and just enjoy the words. My friend and fellow blogger over at J4rming uses a Standard Kindle E-reader which is more affordable again and has buttons rather than a touch screen which she much prefers.

Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton

Another cover favourite for #bookstagram lovers is Rebel of the Sands. I’ve not read this one yet but for £0.99 I’m definitely going to give it a go. It’s the first book in a trilogy so if I end up liking it i’ll be stuck in a new fandom for all eternity. Woohoo for living in book nooks!

That’s all for now! What are your favourite e-book bargains? or do you hate the e-reader on premise? Let me know your thoughts.

 – Cat –

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Books on the move: 5 tools for managing bookish cravings whilst travelling

If you’re like me and suffer the constant struggle between reading and exploring, or are considering the latter and worrying about the former there’s a few logistical obstacles you may need to overcome. Thankfully, in the age of technology, it is doable. In fact, it’s almost easy now, as long as you know the basics. 

I’ve recently relocated to Canada with plans to travel all over the continent and have been putting a few reading tools into practice. Here’s a quick list of the five I found the most  helpful throughout…

[1] E-readers:

DSCsz01970.jpgNow, there’s a lot of controversy surrounding the old ‘e-reader’ and I was torn initially; who doesn’t love the smell and feel of well loved [or even brand new] paperback full of some exciting new nonsense?

But since moving from the UK to BC, Canada last month I’ve realised something about luggage I hadn’t previously considered. It’s not the quantity of books I squeeze into my modestly sized suitcase and accompanying brightly-coloured backpack, It’s the sheer damn weight of stacks and stacks of paper. I am forever paying out at airports for oversized baggage. I’ve already collected more books here than I could possibly hope to get home; it’s a modest collection steadily growing into a most enormous, narcissistic monster mound. Kindles and the like (of course) are a lot less dense. The only problem is the lack of bookishness it embodies, but (provided you can get over that) they can be a real lifesaver for bibliophiles packing light. Plus there’s a place that makes waterproofed Kindles now! Check it out here.

[2] Audible:

This one is a new addition to the list. Lately I’ve noticed I’ve spent a good deal of my time, on holiday and when travelling, on busses and trains. Now I might be the only one but I cannot stand reading on the move for more than about half an hour before that familiar ache of motion sickness hits me hard; that’s usually the moment I switch out books for music. Audible merges the best aspects of both by reading to you so your belly doesn’t roll when you’re moving. Plus some of the narrators are so wonderful to listen to; did you know Stephen Fry narrates the Harry Potter books? Find them here.

[3] Loved ones:

distanceNow I’m not saying you should take advantage of having your ma, pa, sibling or significant other at home whilst you’re off on your adventures, I’m just saying you can learn to love them more by insisting they ship you the books you left behind as well as any merch deliveries that tragically arrive after you depart. Keep it to only the things you miss with your whole heart though because weighty packages can get pricey! It’s worth noting however that if  you don’t have a fixed address, many post offices allow parcels to be delivered straight to them via ‘general deliveries’ – just inquire when you get there!

(and make sure you ask really really nicely!)

[4] Local libraries and thrift stores:

DSC0oo.jpgLibraries are super underrated these days if they’re not the biggest or the most aesthetic but they can be a lifesaver if you love books, have limited storage and don’t want to break the bank. They like you to have a fixed address before you join but often offer a few months membership for a set price.

Failing that, Thrift stores and secondhand book stores can also be really good fun to explore if you like getting a good bargain and digging through stacks of loved paperbacks. Last week I picked up a paperback copy of The Martian by Andy Weir for CAD$2.00 (US $1.50, UK £1.20) from a secondhand bookstore and a copy of Divergent by Veronica Roth for CAD$3 in our local thrift shop. I also picked up a Ps2 + games and cables for $25.00 so, really, anything is possible; go nuts. Viva la thrift shop.

[5] #bookstagram and Bookish social media:

pic2.jpgMiss your bookclub or bookish friends but still want to be involved with the latest book trends? No worries pal; there’s a place for you that transcends the divides of oceans and plains; the good ol’ interweb. I’ve talked about the book community on Instagram a couple of times because it’s the source of almost all my book-related-motivation (find previous posts from January, December and November here , here and here) but I really can’t stress enough how invaluable it is to have a constant source of reading inspiration. The last 2/3 of the last books I’ve reviewed were discovered through #bookstagram (Fangirl, and Eon –review pending).

The great thing about Instagram is you can get as involved as you like. You don’t even have to make posts if you’d rather just browse #bookstagram, #bibliophile or #booknerd hashtags; there’s plenty of aesthetic grammers actively posting for you to browse to your heart’s content.

So there you have it, my favourite ways to read on the move. If you know any tips or tricks that you think deserve to be on the list, or are travelling yourself, let me know in the comments below!

– Cat –