The Lost Coast by Amy Rose Capetta (a magical story about queer witches)

The Lost Coast by Amy Rose Capetta (a magical story about queer witches)

the lost coast review

When Danny moved to Tempest, California, she did not expect to become a Gray, a group of queer witches, and she did not expect to be pulled into a mystery of murder and magic. The deeper Danny gets in the mystery, the closer she becomes to the Grays, and one Gray in particular. But is Danny strong enough to find the missing Gray and herself?

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Aru Shah and the End of Time by Roshani Chokshi (a fascinating Hindu-inspired fantasy)

Aru Shah and the End of Time by Roshani Chokshi (a fascinating Hindu-inspired fantasy)

aru shah review

Aru Shah starts the end of the world because she wanted to show off. And thus starts an epic tale of found sisterhood, learning to embrace yourself, and fighting evil demon monsters.

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Ten Ways to Read When You’re Broke as F*ck

Because books are expensive and I like to think of myself as a frugal person (I say as I look at the beautiful, expensive, hardcover books on my shelf) And while I love my cheap ebooks, I really, really love having physical copies of my favorite books. And I’m basically a broke college student. So when I set out to buy my favorite paperback or hardcover, I go looking for the cheapest option.

β€œYou can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me.”
― C.S. Lewis

Local libraries are the number 1 best place to read books in my opinion. They’re free and have huge selections (and often you can request books from other libraries so basically you have an infinite selection). Not to mention libraries are a wealth of resources as well. They have movies and audiobooks, they have activities and book clubs, and librarians can help you with almost anything. And libraries are a safe place where you can never get bored.

Thrift Books is my number 2 choice for cheap books. You can buy books used or new for a few bucks off the listed price. And they always have a discount going on, so you can usually get ten or fifteen percent off your order.

Book Bub unfortunately only does discounts on ebooks and I find they have more adult romance books than anything else. But I have gotten dozens of free ebooks from here (which are sitting in my TBR. oops) If you subscribe to their newsletter, they’ll send you a list of discounted and FREE ebooks in your preferred genres every week.

Overdrive isΒ a library for ebooks. You can use it to borrow ebooks from your library system. And you can download the free Libby app to read the books right on your phone. That way I can still read books even if I forget my Kindle (which I never have so far, but it’s a possibility and God forbid I have two minutes of free time where I’m not reading πŸ™‚

Book Depository’s biggest turn off for me is how it’s now owned by Amazon. While I don’t boycott Amazon, I try to buy books from anywhere but Amazon simply because I don’t want Amazon to become the only available bookseller (cue dystopian nightmare music) However, Book Depository is still a cheap option that ships internationally and if you want to use it, go for it.

Local Thrift Store is a hit or miss kind of deal. Sometimes you’ll find a gem, sometimes you won’t. It’s a worth a try, but don’t go in expecting to find the book you want (but if you’re looking for any book of the Twilight Saga, you will find it.)

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Book Outlet has a whole selection of YA books under $6 with some as low as a buck! And shipping is free on orders over $35. They also sell some used books as well. But be wary because some books may not come with the exact cover that is used on the product page. You can read more about that here.

Local Used Bookstores are a great way to support small businesses while also getting some crazy good deals on books. And you’ll meet other bookworms, so there really is no downside to this.

Goodreads always has a giveaway going and it costs literally nothing to enter a giveaway. There are both ebook and paperback options for giveaways. And if you have an account with Goodreads, it will alert you to giveaways on books that are on your to-read shelf which is a handy little feature.

Books aΒ Million has so much more than just books. They have gifts for book lovers and Funko Pops and collectibles and more. They have hardcovers for $5 which is incredible! And you can find some great deals in their bargain book section with some books as low as $3. If you live near a BAM store, you can pick up your order for free.

So that’s my list of ten cheap/free ways to read books. And something I didn’t mention was places like NetGalley where you can request ARC books for free. The only downside is you have to review them which may not work for some people. So find a method that works for you (or two or three) and get to reading!

If you know of any more options, tell me in the comments below! (because I totally need to buy more books πŸ˜‰

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Sovereign by April Daniels (an exciting down-to-earth superhero story)

Sovereign by April Daniels (an exciting down-to-earth superhero story)

sovereign review

Danny, a.k.a. the superhero Dreadnought, is back and she’s more badass than ever. Over the past nine months since Utopia’s defeat, Danny has grown into her mantel as Dreadnought and she’s more confident than ever. But she’s fighting battles on all sides, an emancipation battle from her abusive parents, Calamity’s cold shoulder, and enemies new and old.

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The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers (a fun space opera)

The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers (a fun space opera)

the long way to a small angry planet review

The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet is the found family, space opera of my dreams. It follows the ship the Wayfarer as its crew travel to a planet to build a wormhole. But traveling through deep space is anything but safe and anything can happen. Read more

Not Your Sidekick by C.B. Lee (an easy superhero read)

Not Your Sidekick by C.B. Lee (an easy superhero read)

not your sidekick review

Jess Tran thinks she’s just going to beef up her college resume when she gets an internship at Monroe Industries. But what she wasn’t expecting was to be working for a supervillain and her crush! It all seems fun and harmless until Jess stumbles upon a dangerous plot of epic proportions. Will Jess get to the bottom of it and will she make it out alive?

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Before I Let Go by Marieke Nijkamp (a chilling mystery about friendship and loss)

Before I Let Go by Marieke Nijkamp (a chilling mystery about friendship and loss)

before i let go review

Corey returns to her childhood home in Lost Creek, Alaska only to find that in a town where nothing ever changes, everything has changed. Questions pile up as Corey tries to find out what led to her best friend’s suicide. But the more she learns, the less she understands.

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Top Ten Books with Nonbinary Characters (Nonbinary Pride Day 2019)

In honor of Nonbinary Pride Day (July 14), I’ve decided to compile a list of ten books with nonbinary characters.

Nonbinary is an umbrella term for gender identities that don’t fall strictly on the male/female binary, hence the name nonbinary. The term includes: agender, bigender, genderfluid, demigender, and others that I’m probably forgetting or unaware of. Many nonbinary people use they/them/their’s pronouns and some use other pronouns.

*These are in no particular order.

symptoms of being humanSymptoms of Being Human by Jeff Garvin

YA contemporary

*The main character Riley is genderfluid*

Riley is a closeted genderfluid person living in a conservative area. Because Riley’s father is a congressman, Riley is pressured into keeping up appearances. Being “normal”. At the advice of a therapist, Riley creates a blog to vent. But when Riley’s identity is discovered, Riley must decide whether to give up the blog and the community or come out and face the consequences.

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Ace of Shades by Amanda Foody (a gritty, low fantasy adventure)

Ace of Shades by Amanda Foody (a gritty, low fantasy adventure)

Ace of Shades review

When Enne Salta journeys to the City of Sin to search for her mother, she leaves her reputation and her comfortable life behind. With the help of Levi, a street lord, Enne begins to put the pieces of her life together. But the answers aren’t what she wanted. Before long Enne is trapped and in mortal danger. With the Shadow Game, a game no one ever leaves alive, looming over her head, will she ever leave the City of Sin alive?

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Dreadnought by April Daniels (an empowering queer superhero story)

Dreadnought by April Daniels (an empowering queer superhero story)

dreadnought review

When Danny Tozer inherits the powers of the world’s greatest superhero, Dreadnought, something unexpected happened. Danny changed in the woman she always knew she was. But now there’s no hiding the fact that she’s transgender. Faced with problems at home and struggling with whether she should become a cape and with a new supervillain on the loose, Danny’s life just got a lot more complicated.

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