Book Lovers Day is Today!

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In case you’re not aware, August 9 is Book Lovers Day. What is it you ask?

Well, basically an excuse to read all day, and that sounds pretty good to me. It’s an unofficial holiday (celebrated in the US and I assume elsewhere though I’m not sure) promoting reading and celebrating bookworms and their voracious appetites for books.

Here are 5 ways to celebrate:

  1. Stay in and read (an obvious one)
  2. Visit your favorite bookstore and/or local library
  3. Buy a gift for the favorite bookworm in your life
  4. Reread your favorite book
  5. Spread the word about Book Lovers Day!

I’m lucky because I’m on vacation in Emerald Isle, NC, and get to read on the beach all day. It’s also why this post is extremely short because who has time to blog when sitting on the beach? ūüôā

So, tell me, how are you celebrating?

Alexa M.

The First Thing I Ever Wrote

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(This is from last month but published again after it was lost while updating the blog. So much for making sure everything was prepared before updating¬†ūüėȬ†)

Okay, so it’s not the first thing I wrote. The first thing I wrote was likely on the back of a horribly uninterpretable picture of a cat made of macaroni. However, below is a snap of the first page I ever wrote on a book.

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In March of 2010, my family was going through tough times from illnesses to unexpected events. At the time, I did what I spent much of my childhood doing when stressed: reading. In that case, I was reading Lord of the Rings for the first time.

Let just say I got really inspired by Tolkien’s classic series.

I’d never wanted to write a book, but that night at midnight I picked up a pen and scribbled away in a notebook. By the end of the next day I had a dozen pages, and two weeks later I had handwritten some 70 pages.

I didn’t know it at 12 years old, but three years later that crappy beginning would become Black Forest.

20 Sites with Free and Discounted Books and Ebooks



In this post, I list sites with used and discounted books and ebooks. ¬†I’ve split them up below into those two groups for easy searching because I realize some people don’t like ebooks.

Have fun shopping! ¬†I’m headed over to some of these sites to spend some of my remaining Christmas money.

Free and $0.99 Ebooks

1. BookBub

They send a daily email with four or five popular¬†ebooks deals between free-$2.99. ¬†They are by far my favorite site for cheap ebooks. You do have to be a member, but it’s free and they have a lot of bestsellers and even some self-published titles.

2. The Fussy Librarian

They will email you ebooks they think you will enjoy.  They have an entire free ebook page with hundreds of titles.

3.Read Cheaply

They offer all genres of ebooks for %50 or more off the usual price.

4. Read Freely

They offer free and discounted kindle books, as well as have a large selection of self-published titles.

5. Free Booksy

When authors offer a promotional discount on their ebooks, Free Booksy lists it. ¬†They don’t have a lot of bestsellers, but it’s a great place to peruse for a new read.

6.Ereader News Today

They offer only Kindle ebooks, so if you have a Nook or another device, this site is not for you. You can subscribe to their newsletter, enter genres you like, and they will send you suggestions.

7. Project Gutenberg

It houses over 53,000 books all completely free. ¬†It’s operated by volunteers and though you won’t find many recent titles, you can find a lot of classics.

Used and Discounted Books:


They have hundreds of discounted books including a great selection of recent bestsellers for $0.99.  They also have music and movies at low prices, but their music selection is very limited.  Definitely, recommend their books and movies, but go elsewhere for music.

9. Thriftbooks

This is my favorite place for cheap books. Though they are more expensive then Alibris, all the books I have ordered from them are in pristine condition despite being used.  Most of their books range between $3.99 and $7.99.  They offer free shipping on orders of $10 or more within the US and they have a recent deal that for every $50 you spend you get a $5 coupon.

10. eBay

I love eBay because you can find so many affordable things. ¬†There’s the regular eBay¬†and then another website they operate called ¬†You can get new, used, or like new books¬†from a variety of sellers.

11. Amazon

Always a good choice. ūüôā

12. Powell’s

They sell new and used books. ¬†They aren’t the cheapest, but they are a favorite in the reading community.

13. Swap sites

There’s a lot of sites that allow you to give a book in order to get one. ¬†All you have to do is pay for the postage to send your book back. ¬†A few of these are:


14. Better World Books

They donate a percentage of their profits and books to promote literacy. ¬†It’s a great site and I highly recommend it.


This site has millions of books. ¬†They’ve been in business since 1980 and carry music, movies, and games as well.


This is a UK company, so if you’re in the UK, check this site out. ¬†They have a great selection at reasonable prices.


It searches Wordery, Amazon (several different countries), and the Book Depository to bring you the best price.

18. Book Depository

They have millions of discounted books. While they aren’t the cheapest site listed here (most of their books range between $7-$12), they do have a great selection and free, worldwide delivery.


Available in many countries, their prices are some of the cheapest in this list. ¬†I’ve never used them so I’m not sure about the shipping situation or the condition of the books, but they come recommended from other fellow readers.

20. Bonavendi

Like, Bonavendi searches numerous sites for the best price.  I will say, their website is a little confusing, but has some great deals.

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21. Thrift Shops

I love searching through thrift shops for books. ¬†I’ve found a first edition, signed copy of Something Strange and Deadly and an ARC of The Silent Wife (both for under $5). I’m lucky to have a great thrift store, Gift and Thrift, not far from my house and The BookShop in Morehead, N.C., where I go on vacation. ¬†Search online for the ones nearest you. ¬†You’ll be amazed by what you can find!