Book Bargain Hunting

Being a Fangirl is expensive. PERIOD! I cannot tell you how many times I’ve gone to a book store with the intention to buy only one book and left with 4 or five books in my hand . Its not until I get home that I remember I have bills to pay and shit like that. Its not that I regret my book binge, it just means my phone bill wont get paid till the following pay day and may or may not be turned off temporarily.

I’ve been more conscious when buying books and have gotten pretty darn good at bargain shopping.
So here are a few tips on how to save money when buying books.

Used book stores

Used book stores are magical! Seriously. I know they are hard to find but once you find one near you it becomes your new favorite place. There is a used book store near my house. Only a few blocks up and all the books are Half off the regular priced books. I bought a Really gorgeous hard cover copy of The Lost Hero for only $5!

& inside was this really awesome patch just hanging out between the pages.

Here is another mini haul $5 each.

My favorite thing about my local used book store is the massive “Fire Sale”. They hold this sale every major holiday. The hardcover books are priced at $2 and the paper backs are $1. The Young Adult and Children books are $1 for hardcover and 50 cents for Paperback. WHAT A DEAL RIGHT? There is also a sale section with books priced at 50 cents-25 cents. &&&&.. on top of the cheap sticker price… the first 100 people in line get $5 off their purchase and they receive a pretty awesome tote bag. You know I want that Tote bag… & the $5 off is quite nice too.
Here is a few book hauls from the sales.

The bottom ones are from the library.

I paid $6 for these books

$5!!!! Guys.. $5 for all these books. I even bought some for my nephews.

& here is my most recent Haul from Labor day. I paid a total of $14.50.

These are just some examples of the things you can find at your local used book store.  Its really all hit or miss. Sometimes they have really great books for cheap and sometimes there is nothing.  Also.. if you are really particular about the condition of the books this may not be the best place since most books are used.

Library

My local library has 2 racks full of books they sell.  Of course they are not always in great condition but they are very cheap. Again this is a hit or miss but it never hurts to look through them right? Especially if you’re already visiting.

I found this copy of Girl with the Dragon Tattoo for only $1.

I went to a Book Swap hosted at the Pasadena Library and came home with this haul.
Basically people bring their books & lay them out on the table & then its like the Cornucopia in THG & you just grab what you want lol ;) very dangerous. BUT A LOT OF FUN! & its FREE!!! See if your local Library does something similar.. if not maybe suggest it or get a few book nerds together and host your own.

Here is another look at the very dangerous Book Swap.

Online Shopping

This is probably the best option for you picky book owners. Because you can find new books in great condition for really cheap. Online shopping is DANGEROUS!!!!Don’t even get me started on Ebay. Especially from private sellers. Because I have found complete sets of series for very very cheap. Walmart, Target, B&N all have a private sellers sections…I found a paper back series of Narnia for $2!!!! and the shipping was only like $3. You cannot go wrong with that.. Again these books are not always in great condition but just read the description before you check out. Most of the time if you buy a certain amount of books from one seller you get free shipping.
Also.. AMAZON PRIME IS MAGICAL! I think we can all agree that Amazon is already really REALLY cheap.. but when you get Amazon Prime.. you automatically get free 2 day shipping.. DUDES THE BOOK COMES TO YOU IN 2 DAYS!  And if you are a college student you get 50% off. You just need to register with your college email.

Thrift Stores/Yard Sales/Flea Markets Oh My?

 Another hit or miss but you know what they say “One mans trash is another mans treasure.”  or some shit like that. ahahaha I really enjoy going thrift shopping anyway so going through a book pile is so much fun for me.. I’ve found some really cool books for only 10 cents each. BARGAIN!! Yard sales are a lot of fun but you do have to wake up quite early… whats that one saying… “early bird gets the worm.” yea that one. 6AM early. There is an app called Yard Sale Treasure Map that is synced with Craigs list and finds local Yard/Garage/Estate sales near you and in the description it tells you what they have available that way you do not waste your time. It also maps out your route. Speaking of Craigs list…. Its full of BOOKS!!!

I found an Insurgent book Listed for $5!

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GOOGLE

When all else fails.. GOOGLE!!! GOOGLE is my best friend.. I have no idea what I would do without GOOGLE… GOOGLE doesn’t judge you. Its beautiful… So… just GOOGLE.

If you have any other tips on bargain hunting for books please leave your suggestions in the comments below!!!

~Sylvia

August Wrap Up

I’ve read very little this month so I thought I would keep this post Short & Sweet. #MiniReview?

Opposition (Lux #5) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Weakest book in the series. I wasn’t invested as much as I would have liked to be. Most of the time I was pushing myself to read it so it can just be over. It was a reasonable ending. I was just REALLY BORED. Also… The Epilogue was RIDICULOUS! JLA could have done SOOO much more! The smutty scenes were a bit annoying. I love Lux as a series.. but this book was kind of a disappointment. BUT not as bad as COHF!

Overall 3.5/5 Stars

Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare

THIS BOOK!!! This book defines pure beauty. I have no Idea why decided to put this book off for so long… Also I thought I was spoiled going into the book… turns out.. I WASN’T SPOILED!!! EVERYTHING WAS EXTRAORDINARILY STUNNING! Best ending to a series EVER! Infernal Devices is in my top 5 favorite book series! Never have I felt so many feels.

5/5 Starts

Fucking Cassandra Clare….What went wrong with COHF?

The Spiral Arm Ep 3 by Peter Boland

 I cant put my finger on it… but I really enjoy this story!
I love Wren, I love Space… I love Wren In Space.

4/5 Stars

Spirit Bound by Richelle Mead

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I have about 200 pages left &….

WHATS WRONG WITH ME??? I cannot get into the story.

Hopefully I Finish VA.. SO I CAN MOVE ON TO BLOODLINES!!!
But who knows.. my book moods are on crack.

FOLLOW ME ON INSTAGRAM & TWITTER!!! As I’ve said before.. my life is kind of crazy busy… I am still trying to figure out this whole time management thing but I am constantly on IG & Twitter so follow me there & see what I’ve been up to!

Here is my recent Used Book Store Haul!!!
I spent a total of $14.50!!!

Until Next time loves!

~Sylvia

I work, I read, I fangirl.

GUYS!!!!! I have risen from the dead!!! I found myself laying in bed with nothing to do & then I was like.. I HAVE A BLOG!
& I’d thought I’d update you. So here’s whats been happening the past 2 months.

I WORK:

Its still peak season so I’m working at least 5 days a week.
NBD.. the worst part is that I take the bus… so it takes me about an hour & a half to get to work… #TheStruggleIsReal. So mostly I’m like…

But after work I’m like…

& by the time I get home I’m like…

So most of my reading takes place on the bus.

Me reading on the bus…

I READ:

Here is what I’ve read in the past 2 months.

Me trying to read everything….

The Prince by Kiera Cass

Shadow & Bone by Leigh Bardugo

Where She Went by Gayle Forman

The Giver by Lois Lowry

100 Sideways Miles by Andrew Smith

The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen

What I’m Currently Reading:

Opposition (Lux #5)

The Spiral Arm (Ep3)

also…I’ve bought soooo many books these past months that my shelf is like…

I Fangirl:

& here are some fangirl adventures I had these past two months.

Disney day!!!

MY FACE DOE! #NotImpressed

Went to a Nerd concert & Met HANK GREEN!

FANGIRL DISNEY DAY!!!!
We celebrated books! & met Belle!

Other than that I’ve been watching Bobs Burgers every night before I go to bed… seriously.. Tina is my spirit animal.

Tomorrow Is Fangirl Beach Day!!!! & Friday I will be meeting Gayle Forman & Getting my books SIGNED!!!
& thats my life.. you know what I mean?

Follow me on SOCIAL MEDIA!!!! I’m always on there!

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~Sylvia

Review: City Of Heavenly Fire

  Title: City of Heavenly Fire

Author: Cassandra Clare

Genre:  YA, Fantasy, Paranormal

Length: 725 pages

Series? Yes, Last of 6 books

How Did you Read it? EBook & Hardcover

Viewpoint: Third

Find the Author: GoodReads

Where to buy it? B&N|Amazon

Goodreads Summary: In this dazzling and long-awaited conclusion to the acclaimed Mortal Instruments series, Clary and her friends fight the greatest evil they have ever faced: Clary’s own brother.
Sebastian Morgenstern is on the move, systematically turning Shadowhunter against Shadowhunter. Bearing the Infernal Cup, he transforms Shadowhunters into creatures out of nightmare, tearing apart families and lovers as the ranks of his Endarkened army swell.
The embattled Shadowhunters withdraw to Idris – but not even the famed demon towers of Alicante can keep Sebastian at bay. And with the Nephilim trapped in Idris, who will guard the world against demons?
When one of the greatest betrayals the Nephilim have ever known is revealed, Clary, Jace, Isabelle, Simon, and Alec must flee – even if their journey takes them deep into the demon realms, where no Shadowhunter has set foot before, and from which no human being has ever returned…
Love will be sacrificed and lives lost in the terrible battle for the fate of the word in the thrilling final installment of the classic urban fantasy series The Mortal Instruments!

*Before you read on.. there may be spoilers.. so if for some ridiculous reason you have not finished this book… or have not started the series… leave now and come back later… BE GONE!!! *

My Review: After reading that summary I was pretty sure this book was going to kill me! Like… Legit I had prepared myself for some serious heart brake… ook… I’ve been trying to find the right words to explain how I feel about this book but I have found none sooooo….

Let me put this in Gif form…

This is how I expected to feel after reading 725 pages written by Cassandra Clare…

But instead… I was more like this..

& This..

Like seriously….I was not satisfied!!!! WHY didnt ANYONE DIE??? It was waaaay too happy!!! Like… WTF NO ONE DIED!!! They were all in hell… in HELL how the fuck is it possible for a group of teenagers to enter hell & NOT DIE? SERIOUSLY??

If I wanted a happy ending I would have watched a Disney Movie. Fucking Cassandra Clare. If Simon would have just remained memoryless.. THAT would have been a Solid ending.  but no…

Anyway.. that is basically the only issue I had with the book…

ALSO…

I AM REALLLLY EXCITED FOR TDA NOW!!! WHOS WITH ME???

Shortest Review EVER!!! #HOLLA

Rating: 4/5

*****

Favorite Quote:
Basically anything that came out of Alec’s mouth was perfect!

~Sylvia

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