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How to Buy Cheap Books

Posted by on Jan 28, 2015 in Books, Lists | 5 comments

I am a book buying addict. The first step is admitting you have a problem right?

So I want to share with you some tips for buying books on the cheap to help make your book buying habits a little easier on the bank account.


1. Amazon Prime

Ok, so there are a lot of pros to having Amazon Prime. Yes, it’s $99/year which is $8.25/month so it’s not worth it unless you use all its perks (amazon prime videos, 2 day shipping). The primary account holder also has access to “borrow” certain books. But there’s a way I’ve been buying a lot of kindle books for free. When you purchase something there’s an option to choose “No-rush delivery” and they will give you $1 credit towards an e-book/music download. We’re buying stuff on there all the time, so whenever I spot a book on my wishlist that’s on sale for $3 or less, I’ve usually got a few credits saved up and I get the book for free! Cha-ching!

2. Bookoutlet.com

Curse you bookoutlet.com! I have a love/hate relationship with them. Their books are so cheap and have a bunch of recent releases. A lot of them are scratch/dent copies, but I don’t think I’ve ever noticed any crazy imperfections on them (things like a small cover crease), but a lot are just overstock. The downside is that shipping is about $5 (and SUPER slow, I mean they’re one state over from me, how does it take so long?!), so you have to make it worth it and buy a bunch when you make an order. But they’re always having awesome sales that lure me in, like $5 off your order which helps with that shipping charge. It’s always satisfying to spend $15 and get about 7 books.


If you’re ok with used books, I recently shared this one on Samantha Lately. They’re used copies, so it’s not as shiny as new books, but the only cost is how much you spend on shipping books to other people, so a few bucks for a used book is pretty typical.

4. Barnes & Noble Membership

So I’m possibly cutting this one out when my renewal comes up, but it does save you same money on books. You always get 10% off your purchase in store. It’s not much, but it’s pretty good when you pair it with a coupon that they send out every few weeks. The biggest savings with it is when you buy online. You don’t get the 10% off, but you get free shipping. So when they send you a coupon, if you pair it with a book already on sale online and then get the free shipping it’s not too bad. But, with the membership being $25, you still have to buy a lot of books to make that back, which I have done because I’ve been tracking my B&N purchases. BUT I think that if I don’t have the membership I won’t be so tempted to buy as much. But I do like supporting an actual book store.

5. Used Book Stores

There’s a decent book store by me that has used books for a certain percentage of their original list price, and they give you even more off if you trade in books. The only downside about this one is that it’s 75% romance books so there’s not too much there if that’s not your thing. But it’s still fun to browse through the random collection.

So there are my 5 tips for buying cheap books. Anyone else have any good tips?

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The Thinset Debacle

Posted by on Jan 23, 2015 in Home Improvement | 3 comments

Ok, let’s take a look at the last time we visited this room. It was looking like this:


So way back in September (wow!) I shared this post asking for opinions on a mud room colour. And everyone was like “OMG! Too dark!” so I went back to the store and got more paint swatches and my wall looked like this for a while:


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Movies to See in 2015

Posted by on Jan 21, 2015 in Lists, Television & Movies | 5 comments

Last year I shared my list of movies to see in 2014 and I managed to catch all of them in the theaters.

It’s always fun to trailer watch, and here are some that have caught my eye for movies to see in 2015:

Cinderella – March 13

Ok, who isn’t excited for this one? It’s Cinderalla, what’s not to love? (and a very pretty Stark boy!)

Insurgent – March 20

I don’t remember much from the second book (other than snoozeville) but it looks like they’ve drastically changed this one in comparison to the first one. But I’ll still give it a go. Maybe they’ve improved on the book.

Tomorrowland – May 22

There’s still not much of a trailer for this, but I’m pretty exited for it.

Paper Towns – June 5th

This is my least favourite John Green book, but if I’ve read the book, I always try to see the movie.

Jurassic World – June 12


Pan – July 24

Peter Pan! Hugh Jackman! Directed by Joe Wright! I’m in :)

The Scorch Trials – September 18

Yay! I thought they did a great job with The Maze Runner, and I’m really looking forward to seeing the sequel.

Hunger games – Mockingjay 2 – Nov 25

It’ll be sad for these movies to end. And I’ll totally cry a bunch in this one.

What movies are you looking forward to this year? What movies have I completely missed on my list?

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“Inked” – Eric Smith

Posted by on Jan 19, 2015 in Books, Reviews | 5 comments



Eric Smith
Publishing January 20th 2015 by Bloomsbury Spark
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Tattoos once were an act of rebellion.
Now they decide your destiny the moment the magical Ink settles under your skin.
And in a world where Ink controls your fate, Caenum can’t escape soon enough. He is ready to run from his family, and his best friend Dreya, and the home he has known, just to have a chance at a choice.
But when he upsets the very Scribe scheduled to give him his Ink on his eighteenth birthday, he unwittingly sets in motion a series of events that sends the corrupt, magic-fearing government, The Citadel, after him and those he loves.
Now Caenum, Dreya, and their reluctant companion Kenzi must find their way to the Sanctuary, a secret town where those with the gift of magic are safe. Along the way, they learn the truth behind Ink, its dark origins, and why they are the only ones who can stop the Citadel.

With a shaky start, this book ended up delivering above my expectations. What was to be a book about tattoos determining your future, turned into a fun little adventure about people with special abilities. Plus, the protagonist had a unique ability, unlike the typical abilities you see in books (telekinesis, healing, etc.). Not that the other typical abilities weren’t present in the book, it was just refreshing to have a main character with something different. Plus, the idea of the magic, moving tattoos was pretty cool and original.

I think the book’s biggest flaw was the characters and their relationships. There were interesting characters, but the relationships between them felt unexplored. There was an important character to Caenum who shows up in the middle and just nothing really happens between them. Overall there was just a lack of connection with the characters as a reader and I didn’t feel any emotions for them.

The action and adventure in this book is fun. It’s an easy read that I think would work well for a younger reader as everything progresses at a very fast pace. I just wish there had been more: more world building, and more character development and growth.

I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review

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Book Haul

Posted by on Jan 16, 2015 in Books, Lists | 7 comments

Last year I had a process where I would select about 10 or so books from my gigantic to-read pile and then I would make my way through that pile before reading anything else. I kind of liked it because I only had a few books to choose from, and if one kept getting pushed to the side, once it was the only one left I was forced to give it a go.

I kind of fell out of that after my vacation to Australia and I’ve just been picking any book from my bookshelf, which is crazy overwhelming, but I think I’m going to stick to it for a while. I’ve decided to try and be better about the review copies that I have and actually reading/reviewing them within a month of them being published. So some new books I receive may need to jump ahead of others and I’m making an effort to get caught up on all of my old Netgalley books.

So with all of that, isntead of sharing my to-read piles, I’m going to just share my book hauls as I get new books. I love seeing other peoples’ hauls, so hopefully you love seeing mine!

Here’s my latest stash.


“Both of Me” by Johnathan Friesen – My latest book for review from Book Look Bloggers. I sometimes try to get something a little different from what I would normally read, and this is me stepping out of my tiny little box a little.

“Pride and Prejudice”Sense & Sensibility” & “Persuasion” by Jane Austen – I’ve used my new discovery of Paperback swap to get the pretty Dover Thirft editions of these books (Emma & Pride and Prejudice” should be on the way to me soon). I plan to read “Persuasion” some time this year.

Also, Kristen surprised me with a copy of the Lizzie Bennet Diaries edition of “Pride and Prejudice”!! I love it! I’ll be re-reading this one again soon.

“The Adoration of Jenna Fox” by Mary E. Pearson – From a bookoutlet.com purchase (yay for $5 coupon!) I got this one for less than $2. I enjoyed “Kiss of Deception” so why not give another book by the author a go?

“The Seeker” by Isobelle Carmody - This is actually the first two books of her series thrown in one “Obernewtyn” and “The Farseekers”. Basically on a previous purchase I book volumes 2 and 3 (books 3-6). But then I was ordering books and it was only $2 to get the first volume so that all my books matched… I have problems (but I’m giving away my old copies to a friend so it’s ok! right?). I’m going to re-read the series again soon because I’ve never gotten past the 4th book.

“Glitch” by Heather Anastasiu – Another cheap bookoutlet purchase, and because I want space (the stars kind, not the bookshelf kind, although I need that too cause I don’t have much of it)

“Soulless” by Gail Carriger – I also got this one from paperback swap. I recently read “Etiquette & Espionage” (read my review here) which is set in the same world as this one but for adults..

Young House Love by Sherry & John Petersik – I miss their blog like crazy! But my parents gave me this book for Christmas and I’m so excited. I know a lot of people complained that it’s mostly stuff previously featured on their blog, but that’s all from before I started reading, so it’s mostly new to me. I’ve already marked a bunch of projects to try myself.

Pride & Prejuidce & Kitties by Jane Austen & Deborah Guyol – Bascially Preide & Prejudice retold as if they were cats. Plus there’s funny cat pictures. It’s pretty amusing. Another Christmas gift from my parents.

Despite me thinking that I’ve been spending way too much on books, there wasn’t too much money spent here. Several were from paperback swap (only pay shipping to send books to others), 1 review book, 3 gifts, and 3 were purchased, but were about $10 total with shipping. So I deserve a pat on the back for that.

What books have you picked up recently?

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