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You can purchase Fredrik Backman’s A Man Called Ove here.
Last year, my goal was to read 25 books and I ended up reading 41. This year, I upped my goal from 25 to 40. As of today, September 8th, I have read 46 books and am expecting to finish up three more within the next few days. I hope to read at least 60 books by the end of the calendar year, but that will depend on how busy my new M.F.A. life will be, a few weeks from now. With that being said, I’ve read quite a few books this year and wanted to share my top ten 2017 favorites, in no particular order, with all of you.
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I just read this book in a little over a day and I really loved it. I’ve read quite a bit of YA fiction, which only occasionally have featured a gay relationship and when they have, they’ve always been male. While I have read a few books (“The Price of Salt”, “The Hours”, etc.) that included lesbian relationships, that has never been the case in my experience with young adult fiction. Annie on My Mind was published in 1982 and was one of the first young adult books with a lesbian protagonist in a healthy relationship with a happy ending. I really appreciated this book and thought it was well written, in addition to being extremely important and needed. I can see this book being a comforting, relatable read for teens who are queer or questioning their sexuality.
You can purchase Annie on My Mind here.
While I try to utilize my local library as often as possible and read for free, I also like to purchase books that I end up loving. I justify my book buys by telling myself that they will all fit much more nicely in my future in-home library. With that being said, when I buy books (aside from the rare brand new purchase), I like to keep it on the cheap side. My three go to websites that I always keep my eye on are Thriftbooks, Book Depository, and Book Outlet.
Thriftbooks is one of my favorite book websites because it has some of the best prices for books that I am actually interested in purchasing. I’ve come across some websites that do, indeed, have low prices, but don’t have currently popular books, classic literature, or best sellers of any kind. While the books are used, all of my orders have been in good to excellent shape. With a current deal on Thriftbooks, you can get 2 books for $7, 3 for $20, or 4 for $12. The website says, “Any book you find with a ‘Deal’ tag qualifies.” Thriftbooks is also currently offering 15% off your order if you use the coupon code “SAVEMORE” when you check out right now. The website offers Reading Rewards where you earn $5 for every $50 you spend. On a typical book website, you might rack up more $5 stipends than you will on Thriftbooks. For the sake of savings, I’d advise you to invest in additional bookshelves in advance. Thriftbooks also has a Tell-A-Friend program where those who create a free account get a 15% off coupon, as does the person the newcomer signs up under. You can sign up under my link here and we will both get 15% off our next purchases.
Book Depository has a plethora of best sellers, new releases, and top picks for readers of all ages. One of Book Depository’s signature feats is their free worldwide shipping. This website has over 17 million available titles ready to be purchased by you. Check out the Bargain Shop section on the Book Depository website for even larger savings. You can get shopping now by clicking here!
Book Outlet claims to have “read-iculously low prices” and they mean it. Just peruse their website and you’ll see exactly what they mean. All of their books are 50%-90% off the original retail price. Book Outlet, much like Thriftbooks, also has a rewards system. With every dollar you spend and friend you invite to Book Outlet, you earn points. Your points become Book Outlet credit. 100 points equates to $5. For every two dollars you spend, you get one point. For every friend you introduce to the site, you get 200 points (or, in other words, $10 credit). You can also earn points by following them on social media, creating a free account, and signing up for their newsletter. Book Outlet has free shipping on all orders over $35. You can start buying books from Book Outlet right now, right here.
I hope that you all get as much out of these discount book websites as I do. Hooray for cheap reading! Share with us what books you purchased from these websites (and for how much) in the comments section to let everyone else know how little they can spend for the books they want to read.