Booksish Discussions

Reading On A Budget

So many books so little money! Every month there are so many amazing books being released and I want to buy them all but my bank account is not so keen on buying them. But there is still ways to feed your reading habit without going bankrupt! And I’m going to share some tips that I’ve found to be really helpful in saving money.

1 Buy second hand books – I’ve found some great bargains buying second hand books both online and at book stalls. One stall in my local market sells books for 75p each! And they often look practically brand new!

2 The clearance or sale section at bookshops – here you can often buy newer books at a much cheaper price. I’ve often found hardbacks for £4/5

3 Bookbub – this is a website that is completely free to use and once you register with them they will send you daily deals on ebooks. Some are free and others are 99p or £1.99 This is the link to the website

4 The library – going to your local library not only helps support keeping it open but they have a wide selection of books from older books to new releases available. They can even get books in for you if you request them. My library also has a great online selection of ebooks and audiobooks that I can borrow.

5 Charity shops – I love having a look through my local charity shops for books and I also donate there. The money goes to a good cause and you can find books for a couple pounds

6 Ebook bargains – I use ibooks and they have a lot of books for cheap on there for a limited time. They also have a free ibook of the week and I’ve downloaded books like Throne of Glass and To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before. I’m sure there will be something similar for android users

7 Shops like Poundland or B&M – they may not seem like places to find books but they do have a selection in their shops. You never know you may find a great bargain searching there.

So these are some ways in which you can read when you’re on a budget! Is there any tips I’ve missed do share in the comments! I always love a good bargain! Especially when I buy as many books as I read a month!

Top 10 Tuesday

Top 10 Tuesday – Longest Books I’ve Read

Hey booknerds! I’m taking part in another week of Top Ten Tuesday!

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. You can find more information here

This weeks topic is the longest books I’ve ever read.

Sometimes I put off reading a book because of the size of it. Long books can be so intimidating! But they are also some of my favourite books! And sometimes a book can honestly feel like it’s never going to end because I’m not enjoying it.

So here are some of the longest books I’ve read or own:

1 Empire of Storms by Sarah J Maas

2 Winter by Marissa Meyer

3 The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson

4 Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare

5 Iron Gold by Pierce Brown

6 The City of Brass by S.A. Chakraborty

7 Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K Rowling

8 A Conjuring of Light by V.E. Schwab

9 The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan

10 A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J Maas

So these are some of the longest books on my shelves. I’ve read most of these but some I’m still putting off because of the size of them and I know that they will leave me an emotional wreck!

Do you like short books or long books?

Fiction Books, Middle Grade Books

No Fixed Address by Susin Nielson – Book Review

I picked this book up at the Northern YA Literary Festival and I’m glad I did because I really loved this book! This story deals with a topic that is so relevant in todays society and it was really well done!

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Rating: 5/5

You can read the synopsis here from Goodreads:

Felix Knuttson, twelve, is an endearing kid with an incredible brain for trivia. His mom Astrid is loving but unreliable; she can’t hold onto a job, or a home. When they lose their apartment in Vancouver, they move into a camper van, just for August, till Astrid finds a job. September comes, they’re still in the van; Felix must keep “home” a secret and give a fake address in order to enroll in school. Luckily, he finds true friends. As the weeks pass and life becomes grim, he struggles not to let anyone know how precarious his situation is. When he gets to compete on a national quiz show, Felix is determined to win — the cash prize will bring them a home. Their luck is about to change! But what happens is not at all what Felix expected.

This story is both heart breaking yet it still makes you smile. It deals with homelessness, mental health and friendships and it does it really well. It is told from the point of view of 12 year old Felix who lives with his mum Astrid and due to a lot of different issues in their life they end up homeless and living in a van. He has to navigate a new school and friends without letting them find out that he is homeless and that comes with lots of problems and him having to lie about where he lives.

Felix has had to deal with so much in his life that it has made him mature for his, sensible and has learned how to cope with everything that is thrown at him better than I think most adults could handle. He always puts on a brave face and is so resilient. As their living situation gets worse they have to resort to things which he is uncomfortable with. He has moral dilemmas about having to steal food but ultimately has to be able to eat. He is a good person and he always wants to do what is right. I felt so bad for him as he was put in horrible situations that no child should have to deal with but I also admired the way he handled everything.

His mum, Astrid has a lot to deal with too, she has mental health issues and although we’re not told directly, the way she was indicated that she had depression as she would suffer from what Felix called “slumps.” Although she isn’t a horrible mother, she isn’t the best mother either. She is unable to hold a job because she tends to be rude to customers and has to lie in her job interviews to be able to get another job. But it is clear from their relationship that she loves him very much and he loves her.

Reading this book made me think about everything that we take for granted, from a safe, warm place to sleep to hot food and access to a shower and bathroom. We don’t realise how important these basic necessities are to having a good quality until we don’t have them anymore and it makes you appreciate these so much more.

Another thing I loved was the friendships in this book. Felix has some wonderful friends, both Dylan and Winnie are supportive and even though they may not always know what to do they are always there for him. They don’t judge him or make him feel like he should be embarrassed for his situation, instead they subtly bring more food in their lunches to share with him. I also loved that a teacher noticed that something was wrong with Felix’s situation and he tried to help Felix too along with other members of the community once people find out about their situation.

I enjoyed the inclusion of the game show in the story and how it gave hope to Felix to be able to solve their money problems and it did result in them getting the help they need but not in the way they had initially imagined.

This is a book that is relevant in todays society with the increase in homelessness and this book makes us think about how people can become homeless and that we should have more compassion and not make assumptions about them.

Top 5 Wednesdays

Top 5 Wednesday – Favourite Magic Systems

Hey booknerds! It’s another Top 5 Wednesday post! This is hosted by Sam over on Thoughts on Tomes where you share you top 5 for the chosen topic for that week. You can check out each weeks topic over on Goodreads.

So this weeks topic is favourite magic systems

There’s so many ways that magic is incorporated into book and I love discovering all the ways that magic works in that world. They all work so differently from each other and some of my favourite books have magic in them.

1 Harry Potter by J.K Rowling – okay you knew I would mention this one! I mean who hasn’t wanted to go to Hogwarts?!

2 The Last Magician by Lisa Maxwell – I read this book recently but I quickly fell in love with the magic system in this world!

3 A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab – the system in this story is so unique and I just really want to go to Red London!

4 The City of Brass by S.A. Chakraborty – the way magic works in this world was so different to what I’ve seen and I loved it!

5 Everless by Sara Holland – I really loved the way magic was incorporated into the story especially as it played such a central role to the plot

So here’s some of my favourite magic systems. What books do you love that have unique magic systems?

Top 10 Tuesday

Top 10 Tuesday – Books By My Favourite Authors That I Still Haven’t Read

Hey booknerds! I’m taking part in another week of Top Ten Tuesday!

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. You can find more information here

This weeks topic is books by my favourite authors I still haven’t read

So I always try to read books by my favourite authors as soon as they release but sometimes I’m too busy at the time they release to read them and then they just get pushed further and further down my tbr. But I do want to read these sometime soon!

1 Renegades by Marissa Meyer

2 Bright Ruin by Vic James

3 All the Crooked Saints by Maggie Stiefvater

4 The Book of Dust by Phillip Pullman

5 Notes on a Nervous Planet by Matt Haig

6 How Do You Like Me Now? By Holly Bourne

7 Iron Gold by Pierce Brown

8 A Reaper at the Gates by Sabaa Tahir

9 Obsidio by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman

10 The Extinction Trials Exile by S.M Wilson

Each of these books have been highly anticipated releases for me this year and I really want to read them soon! My tbr is crazy as I’m sure you can all relate and I sometimes wonder if I will ever get through all of my books!

However these are books that I definitely want to read hopefully by the end of the year. So lets see how I get on!