A couple of years ago, I reviewed Robert Galbraith’s debut novel The Cuckoo’s Calling, followed by The Silkworm. This year, I rounded out the trilogy by reading Career of Evil. The J.K. Rowling (under a pen-name) series of mysteries, geared towards an adult audience, never […]
Fiona Davis’s first novel, The Dollhouse, weaves together two stories: the story of Darby, an aspiring secretary, and Rose, a journalist who becomes obsessed with Darby’s mysterious past. Davis links these two women and their respective experiences of New York City, portraying both the glamorous world […]
Great literature is priceless, but the fact of the matter is that books cost money. Any bookworm knows that there is no feeling like the feeling of holding a brand new book in your hands. Unfortunately, that hardback habit can put some pressure on your wallet. Libraries provide a wide selection of literature for free, but the latest bestsellers often come with extended waiting lists. If you long for the latest literary phenomenon, or if you love to add to your bookshelf, this is how to save money buying books.
- Online Vendors: Most millennials know that books are available online at reduced prices. Sites like Amazon sell books for less. While Amazon itself sometimes sells new books at a slightly lower price, the best bang for your buck is to look for used books sold by other Amazon users. Barnes and Noble offers a similar service through Barnes and Noble Marketplace, where customers can purchased used books for small prices. Other sites, like Thrift Books and Half.com, are dedicated to the resale of literature. If you buy multiple books at a time, you can sometimes acquire free shipping.
- Used Bookstores: A great place to find the latest bestsellers for less is at a local used bookstore. Best sellers are circulated out of mainstream bookstores and into secondhand bookstores pretty rapidly (that’s why they are called best sellers). If you don’t desire paying $25 for a book that’s hot-right-now (but may not be so hot in a year), look for it at a secondhand bookstore. There’s no guarantee that it will be there, but in my experience the most popular books are the easiest to find. Used bookstores are also great if you want to browse for a new book, but you are hoping to save some cash. As a bonus, used bookstores often have a cozier environment than larger chain stores, so go ahead and ask for a recommendation!
- Thrift Stores: Thrift stores primarily sell clothing items, but sometimes they have a great selection of books. I was recently at the Goodwill, and I was amazed by the large book section, which had a number of popular books. While it may not be as well organized as the used bookstore, I have found some of my best buys at thrift shops. Often thrift shops sell books for even less money than used bookstores.
- Library Sales: Libraries usually have a shelf of books for sale. While library booksales often have a limited selection, if you are a true book lover you will probably be stopping by a library in the new future, so you might as well take a peek at the library sale shelf and see if anything jumps out at you.
- Barnes and Noble Sale Section: Peruse the Barnes and Noble sale section (in stores or online), and you will be shocked to find many high-profile titles on display for about $6 or less. Sometimes these books are publishers overstock, sometimes they are bestsellers that have been discounted. The bottom line is that the Barnes and Noble sale section is a treasure trove of brand-new books that are marked way down. Bookworms rejoice!
After pouring over Big Little Lies, I knew I had to pick up another book by Liane Moriarty. Of course, I was a little concerned that The Husband’s Secret wouldn’t live up to Big Little Lies, because I loved it so much. Now that I’ve […]
Given my status as a French student, my frequent trips to France, and my general love of French things, I often receive France-related gifts. Paris-themed journals, jewelry, trinkets, and decor all find their way into my collection. I acquired Paris: The Novel by a similar means. […]
Tamara Drewe is a one-of-a-kind book, written and illustrated by Posy Simmonds. The story takes place in a sleepy English town, a town that is turned upside down when Tamara Drewe returns to her family home. Tamara is an ugly duckling turned bombshell thanks to a nose job, which she wrote about in her self-titled newspaper column. Tamara’s return to the countryside lights some hearts aflame, while breaking others. She captures the eyes of several men, but her romances entangle more people than she originally expected.
Simmonds’s illustrations are relaxed and pretty, perfect for the buoyant story. It is a quick read, but I was engaged the entire time. The plot never drags, though there are moments when the characterization is a bit lacking. The plot has many twists and turns, and it is impossible to guess where it might be headed. Character development definitely takes a back seat to plot: many of the characters, even Tamara herself, have unclear motives. Nonetheless, the fast-paced narrative is much of what makes the novel enjoyable. Simmonds uses a wide range of narrative techniques. Not only does she show us what the characters are doing and saying, but she also gives us glimpses into their thoughts. I loved how she incorporated newspaper clippings, flyers, and memories into the narrative. Tamara Drewe is captivating and entertaining, and I loved every minute of it. As a bonus, there is a film adaptation of the novel, which is also enjoyable (even more so if you have read the book and can “spot the differences”).
Tamara Drewe examines relationships in the modern era, transforming blunders into a playful and pleasant romp. It is a completely unique novel, and I thoroughly enjoyed it.
For over a year, I have been honing my craft as a writer, submitting to literary journals, participating in creative writing workshops, and more. Just a few days ago, I received a copy of Wake the Artifacts, a collection of student writing prompted by objects related to […]
Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty is a fantastic read, a page turner to the fullest extent. It takes place in Australia, a fun location for any land bound Americans like me. It follows the drama of elementary school life, the cliques and feuds formed […]
I knew as soon as I read the back of this book that I had to read it. It’s dangerous going into a book with expectations, but Shotgun Lovesongs met every one– and gave me a few surprises. I loved this book, which follows the different perspectives four friends who grew up in the small town of Little Wing: one became a famous musician, one became a successful businessman, one was injured during his rodeo career, and one stayed to become a farmer. They reunite for a wedding, drawn together by the gravity of their hometown and their history with the one woman who has touched each of their lives. The rural Wisconsin setting is breathtaking, and the characters were likable, but I didn’t feel like I had to relate to them to enjoy their story. It is a peaceful novel about the conflicts, strife, and pleasures of everyday life, filled with wistfulness and memory. Shotgun Lovesongs is a reflection on first love, friendship, and growing older. It is one of my current favorite books, and I highly recommend it.
Gone Girl, Gillian Flynn’s dark novel, has made waves in the book world as well as on screen. The mystery follows the disappearance of a beautiful woman named Amy. Where is Amy? Is she dead? Who did it? The book is full of surprises and twisted […]