Books – My first love. I remember powering through the adventures of Biff, Chip and Kipper and d-r-e-a-m-i-n-g of the days when I could read whatever book I wanted from the shelves of the school library (I had my eye on The Secret Diary of Anne Frank and it was the first ‘grown up’ book I ever read – Other than that I pretty much thrived on Jacqueline Wilson and Animal Ark books). I was always a voracious reader but when I left for Australia the habit of reading daily left and I instead sought out online reading material instead (i.e blogs and online womens websites like Refinery29).
This year I’ve been making a real effort to get back into reading physical books and after a minor setback throughout March – Jody stopped working nights so I got lazy again – I’m trying to regain momentum and am trying to plough through my TBR pile so I can buy yet more books.
Reading physical books can get a little costly – And I know I should get a Kindle, but I already spend enough time in front of screens – but I’ve come up with three sure fire (and slightly obvious) ways that you can fund your bookworm habit on the cheap.
Join your local library.
As a youth I would scour the shelves of the school library looking for reading material and as a young adult nothing changed. Every time I was in town I would visit, picking up more books than I could read in the allocated time I had been given. Sadly I’ve fallen out of the habit of going to the library (I don’t even have a card anymore) but it’s something I’m going to sort out next time I’m in town and have a spare five minutes. Libraries up and down the country are being closed due to cuts so if you have one, make the most of it and help keep it open. Not only do they provide books, they also provide internet access for people who don’t have it, company for elder people and some have educational programmes for kids.
Buy second hand – Charity shops or Ebay are always chocka with pre-loved books.
This is probably my number one source of books and I will always look for a book title on Ebay (I like the store WorldOfBooks08) before buying it on Amazon. They’re usually pre-loved but as they are available for a fraction of the price, it’s worth getting one that’s a little bit battered (although on most Ebay book stores you can select what condition you wish to buy the book in). If the internet isn’t your thing try a good old charity shop – The only reason I don’t really bother with books from there is because the charity shops in my city are a bit naff and are always full of cheesy bonkbusters or sports persons biographies…Not my type unfortunately.
Start a book club with family, friends or colleagues.
Now when I say start a book club, I don’t mean all buy a copy of the same book and discuss (although you can do this if you wish, I’m not the boss of you), I mean swap your favourite reads with your friends favourite reads! Chances are if you like your friend, you will probably like their taste in books (right?!). Whether you discuss them or not is totally up to you but it’s a good way of getting some new reads without spending any money.