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5 ways to buy books on a budget – book blogging

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I started this blog to allow myself to get back into reading again. But books are expensive! Especially if you are after those brand new releases that all the bookish community are talking about (or that keeps popping up on Instagram). And with a rapidly growing to be read list, the total price is rising pretty rapidly too. So today, I’m going to tell you 5 ways in which I buy books on a tight budget.

The first way is by reading free books. Ok I know that sounds silly. but both Kindle and Google Play Books carry lots of free ebooks. Kindle is great for the classics and I have downloaded a good few free ebooks on Google Play Books. Now I know what you’re thinking, because I thought the very same thing, if they are free, does that not mean they are rubbish? My answer to that is, sure download it and give it a chance. It is free after all. If you don’t like it, then you haven’t lost any money. If you did like it, then that’s great, you’ve probably just found a new author you can look out for. And anyways, I’ve paid for books before and ended up not looking them, so just because you’ve spent money on something, doesn’t automatically make it good.

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I’ve come to really like reading ebooks, either on my kindle(mine is so old now) or on my phone. It’s so handy, I can have a load of great tales at my fingertips and I can read them anywhere. As a mother of two kid’s, I can stop reading at the drop of a hat, when I need to and I won’t lose my page. Then I can pick up where I left off, super simple. Google Play Books is my choice for ebooks on my android phone. My way of buying books on a budget with Google Play Books is by using up my leftover credit. Ok, clearly I’m very anti-social, but I don’t usually need to make many phone calls during the month. So instead of letting my credit get eaten up at the end of the month (I’m on a pre-pay plan), I treat myself to a new ebook. So depending on how much credit I have left over, I get to pick a new book from my wishlist (or sometimes even two!).

Another way is to just re-read books on your shelves. If your like me, you’ve been collecting books for years and years. You probably have quite a substantial collection growing. And if your like me, if you dig through your collection, you will probably find a hidden gem that you have forgotten about. I love re-reading my old books, especially ones that I have fond memories of. Books can be so nostalgic and personal. And guess what? These books are free! You already own them!

Reading borrowed books is another great way of getting free books. In a time before all the craziness happened, I would be promoting going to your local library. But due to all the different lockdowns going on all over the world, you mightn’t have access to your local library at the moment. That’s where your family amd friends come in! (Please practice safe and practice social distancing.) Did you notice your niece has a little stack of graphic novels in her room? Maybe your brother secretly/not so secretly, loves a cheesy romamce novel? Oh and that little old lady at the end of your street is really into her murder mysteries. Ok, maybe they aren’t the genres that you would normally pick, but beggers can’t be choosers. Maybe it will broaden your horizons and you might discover something new. A genre or author, that you previously wouldn’t have given any attention to, could be your new favourite. Don’t forget to lend them something from your collection (I’m sure that little old lady would love an epic sci-fi saga…) #ShareTheBookishLove

So that’s how I get books on a tight budget. Have you any tips for books on a budget?

Well that’s all from me today. Don’t forget to, Read You Fools 😉
Charlie

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T5W- Home Sweet Home

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February 3: Home Sweet Home
When reading, do you ever pause and say to yourself, “I want to live there”? I know I do at times! For this week’s Top 5 Wednesday, what are your top five bookish settings that you would like to move to? Worlds outside of our own are preferred, but if you want to say that New York sounds like home sweet home, go ahead! Credit to Laura for the idea behind this prompt!

For those of you who don’t know what T5W is, it is a blog post topic prompt in a group called Top 5 Wednesday on goodreads. Each Wednesday there is a new prompt and you talk about your top 5 of that topic.

Ok, so I know this topic was for the 3rd of February, but I couldn’t resist not writing this one.

Hogwarts

This may be a fairly obvious or popular answer, but I have always dreamt of going to Hogwarts. Stroling down to Hagrid’s hut and walking with him and Fang into the Forbidden Forest. Climbing the moving stairs to the astronomy Tower at night. Oh and the library? A giant magical library? With a restricted section? Yes please! Then of course the dungeons and the potions lab would be next. I may be a Hufflepuff but who wouldn’t want a potions lesson from the Head of Slytherin? Diagon Alley would be next. I would love to peek into all the windows and peruse all the magical shelves. Harry Potter Boxed Set: The Complete Collection (Adult Paperback): Contains: Philosopher’s Stone / Chamber of Secrets / Prisoner of Azkaban / Goblet … Phoenix / Half-Blood Prince / Deathly Hollows

The Shire

The Shire is probably another obvious one but who wouldn’t want to visit here. To walk through all the rolling hills. Looking at all the different doors to all the hobbit holes (does anyone else love looking at front doors? No? just me?). To be at a hobbit party, eating all that amazing food. To watch Merry and Pippin get up to hilarious hijinks and to watch Gandalf’s explosive fireworks display. The Hobbit & The Lord of the Rings Boxed Set

Redwall Abbey

Old castles and churches buildings fascinate me. So to be able to wander around Redwall, looking at tapestries, talking to the mice and other animals. To be able to taste honey cakes and the other yummy sounding treats. Although, I would prefer to visit when they are not being invaded by rats, no thank you. Redwall

The Old Kingdom

The Old Kingdom. To cross the wall from Ancelstierre. To travel to the Abhorsen’s house and eat food while hanging out with the sarcastic Mogget. Maybe visit the Clayr in the glacier, except I don’t think I’d like to travel in a paperwing though.Old Kingdom Trilogy Box Set

Wonderland

Ok, there seems to be a common theme for me and visiting these places for the food. But I have always wanted to try a cake or mishroom that makes you as small as a mouse. To go to a tea party with the White Rabbit and the Mad Hatter. However, I’m sure she’s lovely and all but I’ll skip the visit to the Queen of Heart’s, thanks. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass (Penguin Classics S.)

What about you? Where would you love to visit and why? Is it for the food like me?

Well that’s all from me today. Don’t forget to, Read You Fools 😉

Charlie

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Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman – book review

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Ok, let’s kick this new year and new blog off with Neil Gaimans Neverwhere.

I first started this book ages ago, by listening to an audio book version that was read by Mr. Gaiman himself. However, I only ever managed to get a third of the way through. So I restarted reading this story from the very beginning. The version I have, is an e-book version and is ‘The Author’s Preferred Text’. I’m not sure if this version differs much from any others but I thought it important to point out. Also, I never knew this book was based on the story of a T.V. series he wrote for the BBC, and I now want to get my hands on it somehow. Although I will try not to include any spoilers, I will warn readers that there might be the odd spoiler here or there.

London Above, London Below, rats, rat-speakers, doors; the world building in this is phenomenal. It’s very immersive and captivating. You are fully pulled into the city of London and then dragged down into the Underside. The contrast between the two is apparent. London Above is the London that we would be accustomed to. It’s described as a sort of dull, dreary, almost lifeless place. Whereas the Underside or, London Below, seems to be a more vibrant and colourful place even though it’s based in underground railway systems, sewers and other strange places. There seems to be more life in London Below.

There is a good few chatacters in this story but not too many that you’d get confused or overwhelmed with. I thought that Mr. Vandemar and Mr. Croup were described very well. They sound like a right slimey amd nasty pair, that you wouldn’t want to run into in the dark of night. I also liked the Old Bailey. That even though his character is associated with the London Below, he prefers to be up on the roofs.

I’m so glad with Richards redemption arc. I was really worried it was just going to end with him as back in London Above, back to the exact same life as before he met Door. Thankfully it didn’t end there.

I do feel that Richard’s character was lacking in places. I just wanted a bit more of him, or for him to be more prominent in some scenes. Also I realy wished that Door’s powers with doors (haha, Door’s doors,) was explored more. What’s it’s limits? Why does she have them? Is it hereditary? Do other families have these or similar powers? I want to know more. Give me all the magical systems!

I really like this story, the characters are good, the world building is amazing and the magic is really interesting. It is definitely encouraging me to go read some more by Gaiman. Now I just have to decide which one to read next.

Charlie

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To Be Read 2020

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Happy New Year! It’s nearing the end of new years day. So as 2021 is only just beginning I’ve been thinking about what books I want to read this year. Some have been on my TBR (to be read) list for years, some I’ve only found recently. It’s probably going to be considered an eclectic mix but that’s me in a nutshell. Now then onto the list.

1. Trudi Canavan – The Ambassador’s Mission Trudi Canavan is my all time favourite author. The Black Magician trilogy was amazing. I love those books. This book is from the Traitor Spy trilogy which continues the story from the Black Magician trilogy and I can’t wait to see what happens next.

2. J.R.R. Tolkien – The Silmarillion Have you ever seen that Lord of the Rings meme where if you have read The Silmarillion your mind is blown? I want my mind to be blown, but I know damn well this book is going to require alot of concentration to get my head around. It will be worth it hopefully.

3. Neil Gaiman – Neverwhere . It’s Neil Gaiman, enough said. But really, how could I not have him on my list. I’ve heard about a third of this on audio book but I haven’t finished it so I’m looking forward to reading this from the beginning.

4. Oliver Bowden – Assassin’s Creed: Renaissance. I remember playing these games when I was younger and been amazed and enthralled by the beautiful aesthetic of them. So I hope the novels will paint an equally beautiful picture.

5. Leigh Bardugo – Six of Crows . I’ve been seeing this everywhere in the last few months, so I’m going to jump on the bandwagon and give it a go too.

So let’s start the new year. Let’s read, you fools.

Charlie

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Why am I here? An introduction to me.

Hiya, my name is Charlie and this is the exciting start of my book blogging adventure.

I was always reading as a child. I consumed and devoured books in the same way that some people eat chocolate (ok, in the same way I eat chocolate). I’d read and re-read books in bed every night before going to sleep. I loved going to the tiny bookshop in my nearby town, looking at all the pretty covers. Or going to the library, where at one stage, I was eventually allowed to read from the older section as I had read through all of my age group.

To be honest, I’m starting this blog as an excuse to begin reading again. Which sounds silly really, who needs an excuse to read? Just grab a book and dive in. But over the years I fell out of reading fiction. I just don’t make reading a priority anymore.

I used to read so much. For instance, I remember when a new Harry Potter book would come out and as soon as I could get my hands on it I would read it fully in one sitting. Just to take in the story. Then I would start to re read it the next day but slower and not all in one day, so i could appreciate and soak up all the little details.

So now as we are nearing the end of a crazy year I have decided to begin this brand new enterprise. To start this blog. To read new books and old ones. To write reviews and other book related posts. I have never blogged before. I have never run a website before. I have never sat down and wrote book reviews before. Oh this will be so much fun (she says, sarcastically). But in all seriousness, I really want to pursue this endeavour and give it a good shot.

As you might have figured out from the name I chose for this blog, I love fantasy. Read You Fools, is derived from a quote from one of my favourite books and favourite films, The Lord of the Rings, ( The Fellowship of the Ring, to be exact) by J.R.R. Tolkien. Whereas in the book its “Fly you fools” but in the film I remember it being “Run you fools” (although it seems its dubbed over in the dvd?). So I took it, and changed it to “Read You Fools “, as I see myself a fool for having to go to these lengths to get myself to do something I love to do, which is read.

Since I clearly have a great fondness for reading fantasy books, my posts will no doubt be mainly fantasy based. However I don’t want to limit myself either, if a book from a different genre picks my fancy, then I’m going to read it (or at the very least add it to my to be read pile). So don’t be alarmed if there’s the odd, random (insert a genre) flung into the mix. I’m here to broaden my horizons, discover new things and rediscover my love for books. To lose myself in a world, to get caught up in a story, to fully immerse myself into someone’s creation.

So now I just need to get off my phone, grab a book, and read, you fool.

Charlie.