Reading is very expensive. If you do it a lot, you probably know that! That is one of the reasons why I got a Kindle, and from time to time I get cheap e-books and feel very content with it! So, if you also want to go book shopping but don’t want to spend too much, here are some cheap books!
These prices are valid as per now (June/18), so maybe if you’re reading it much later, they won’t be applicable anymore.
$2 and under
It’s summer!! A lot of us are going on vacation and it’s a perfect time for a light read. When going to the beach, I like having a fast-paced book, and I leave immersive, giant fantasy books for colder days. Here are the ones I recommend for a nice, relaxing time. 🙂
Foolish Hearts by Emma Mills
This cute YA was so much fun to read, and I think it’s perfect for a light summer read with romance and Shakespeare!
Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson
Or, if you still want to keep it YA but prefer a mystery, this book is quite awesome and has all the elements of classical mystery, and it’s quite charming.
The Extinction Trials by S. M. Wilson
This one has dinosaurs, death, some gore and it’s a super cool YA book. Also, the second book just came out, so if you love it like I did, you can immediately pick up the next one! Continue reading
So, literary fiction. The big, bulky books that talk about how we’re all sad and lonely. I LOVE ‘EM.
Joking aside, literary fiction gets the bad rep of being sort of a snobby genre, because it’s supposed to be so verbose and nothing ever happens and it’s always depressing. So, to read this kind of book, you obviously must be one of those people who love bragging about the books they’ve read to impress people.
Literary fiction tends to look too scary for people, who stay away from it like the plague. But it’s one of my favorite genres ever, and I’m here to defend it! With my life, if I must (hopefully not)
Things I love about literary fiction:
- Deep, thoughtful characters with realistic flaws
- Character-centered stories are very revealing about our own nature
- Forces you to look at yourself and at others through a more empathetic light
- It touches on subjects other genres are normally too shy to talk about, or they talk about it in a shallow way
- Beautiful, immersive writing
- I find it’s an antidote to the pressure of being perfect that social media makes me feel – it’s okay to be sad, depressed and flawed. It’s okay to be deeply imperfect and lead a less-than-perfect life. You’re fine and you’re going to be fine.
There is no exact rule about what to expect from a literary fiction work, although mostly they are contemporary works centered in one character, or maybe a small group of characters. But really, you can find literary fiction mixed with other genres too – YA (albeit rarely, but they exist!), mystery, fantasy, sci-fi… they do tend to be denser in content and can be hard to read sometimes, but ultimately, it feels like taking a deep breath. You face the truth of yourself and the ugly (and beautiful) things of the world. You appreciate what you have a little more.
Can you tell I love it?
I’ve been recently bitten by the bug of Spring Cleaning, and have been frantically throwing things for donation or directly into the trash. This weekend I included my books on this and, while I actually clean my shelves regularly, I came up with quite a pile:
(my Wintersong books look so beautiful next to my Court books)
I will not be doing giveaways with these books, because the last one was so recent. So we’ve donated them to the local library, which really needs a boost on their English section, anyway (I didn’t see any YA books!!!). A few of those I’ve given to friends and family. Continue reading
Hello book lovers!
Today I am giving you guys a few recommendations on YA books I have read and really enjoyed, but I don’t see people talking about much! Some of these don’t even get to 1000 ratings on Goodreads (!!!), although they are so, so good. I love discovering hidden gems, so please leave in the comments recommendations of books (doesn’t have to be YA) that are underrated and you love.
Airman by Eoin Colfer
Oh, this book is so awesome! I read it when I was a teen, and it quickly became my favorite book. It was so different from other YA and children’s books I had read, with a touch of steampunk that I now realize was what attracted it to me so much. It’s set in 1890, and Conor is a boy who loves the science of flight. One day, when he discovers a plot to murder the king, he is branded as the actual traitor and sent to the mines as punishment. His only way out of the mines is to find a way to fly and set things right… Continue reading
Summer is almost there and, although it’s still technically late Spring, it very much feels like Summer here in Germany! As per usual, the hot weather tends to put me in the mood for lighter reads, not so much fantasy and thrillers, but more contemporaries and YA. I’ve selected 10 books I want to read until the end of August.
My list from last year: Summer 2017 Reading List
Autoboyography by Christina Lauren
So, I’ve heard pretty amazing things about this books, and it does sound pretty cool!! Also I love the cover so much. And Summer is such a great time to read contemporaries.
This post was so much fun to write. Tropes are things that happen so much in book that become cliché. They normally get an eyeroll and a sigh, but some particular tropes are REALLY annoying, and others are actually… kind of fun?? So below are the bookish tropes I either can’t get enough of in my books and also the ones that make me want to throw the book through the window!
5 Tropes I Like
Tall, Dark and Handsome
I love the quiet, mysterious kind of love interest, who maybe doesn’t show much emotion but on the inside is burning with love for the main character. SO MUCH LOVE.
The Journey Continue reading
So, I thought it would be very fun to recommend a few books for each Hogwarts house today! I myself belong to Ravenclaw, so it was a mental exercise not to put all my favorite books in that house. I had many ideas for each house, so I will do 5 recommendations today and 5 more another time, so this post is not super long!
Write in the comment section what is your house and which books you recommend for it!
“You might belong in Gryffindor,
Where dwell the brave at heart,
Their daring, nerve, and chivalry
Set Gryffindors apart“
Hello readers! Guess what!
On my last Anti-TBR posts, I said I wouldn’t read The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare and would probably not read Turtles All The Way down by John Green either. I have read Turtles and added Infernal Devices to my TBR. *sigh*
As usual, a clarification: this post doesn’t mean that these books are bad or that I think they suck. It’s just that I will probably not read them, for a reason or another, but don’t be upset if your favorite book is in this list.
The Hunger Games
I don’t think this book is bad at all – from what I heard, it’s actually pretty amazing and it was the book that started the YA dystopia wave with strong female main characters. Which is awesome! But I’ve seen the movies, was not terribly impressed and, by now, I’ve read so many dystopias that this one lost its shine a bit… maybe in the future if I have time to read it I will, it does look very good! I’m just not very interested at the moment. Continue reading
Hello book lovers!
I am back with a second post on this series! You can read the first one on this link: Books I’m Not Sure If I Should Add to My TBR #1. I ended up adding a lot of those books to my TBR, so let’s see what this second part of the series will do!
The Passenger by Alexandra Bracken
I have heard much about this book! Some love it so much, and some were quite disappointed. The Passenger got so much hype some couple years ago, but now and then I will see reviews popping up, and most are of underwhelmed readers. Have you read it?? Should I pick it up? Continue reading