Hey! It's fall time, and I just saw one of my favourite booktubers (PeruseProject) do this tag, so I thought I would do it as well. It sounds so fun! I love tags, in case you haven't noticed...
1) Crunching leaves : a book that has reds/oranges/yellows on the cover
I wanted to choose Crown Of Midnight, because let's face it: that cover is gorgeously fall-ish. But, I'm gonna go with this edition of Safe Haven by Nicholas Sparks that I own! You should follow my bookstagram, just saying.
2) Cozy sweater : what book gives you the warm fuzzies?
This is a new read, but Carry On by Rainbow Rowell. Not only does my favourite part in the book take place at Christmas, the love story is just ... so ... CUTE!
3) Fall storm : favourite book or genre to read on a stormy day
I have two favourite books for this. The first one would be Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, because it's my favourite Harry Potter book and the dementors set the mood quite well. The other one would be Looking For Alaska, simply because that book isn't a cheesy contemporary, and I love to read contemporaries in general.
4) Cool crisp air : a character you'd trade places with
Either Simon Snow from Carry On because I'm in love with Baz, or Annabeth Chase from the Percy Jackson book because I'm in love with Percy.
5) Coat, scarves and mitten : a book you have to keep hidden in public
Breathe, by Abbi Glines. Look at the cover here. It's horribly hideous, although the book itself was actually enjoyable. I wouldn't be caught dead with that cover in public.
6) Pumpkin spice : favourite fall comfort foods
Oh boy. I like anything. Except Starbucks... Don't kill me! I just find it overpriced and not even that good. For drinks, I love the French Vanillas from Tim Hortons (wouhou Canada!). For foods, any type of hot and creamy food, like mashed potatoes or vegetarian "chicken" pie or shepard's pie. Or fries honestly. (icydn : I'm a pescatarian!)
Thanks for reading my Fall Time Cozy Time tag! I love tag posts because they're simple and fun to make, and I hope you enjoyed reading this as much as I enjoyed answering these questions!
Cheap books : someone we all look for. Being an avid reader and book collector, owning books is a must. If someone asks you why you don't "borrow your books from the library", they're wrong and you should ignore them. All jokes aside, as much as I love libraries, nothing beats having my own personal one. Over the years, I have definitely learned how to save money on books, so I'll share my tricks today!
1) Thrift Stores
Easy one, pretty obvious I must say. I have the chance of living close to a thrift store that also sells books, and I go there once a week, not gonna lie. Thrift stores always have new stock, and if you think that you won't find anything, it's not true! I have thrifted the entire Kane Chronicles, Harry Potter series, perfect hard covers and also classics. If you don't have a thrift store close to you, you can definitely find smaller used book stores.
Oh how I hate myself for telling you to do this, but it's true. I am 100% for going into a physical book store and browse, but prices tend to be a lot cheaper online. Amazon, the Book Depository, Indigo, Barnes and Nobles... Just browse.
3) ALWAYS check
See, this is another thing that I do. Before going to bed, I like to go on Indigo's online store to check their sales. There are always sales on amazing books. Recently, Eleanor and Park was on sale, but I got ToG and CoM for as low as 5$ each, and many other books. Plus, you get points, and with points come money...for more books.
4) Library book sales
I don't know how many of you have these, but my local library and YMCA both hold annual book sales, mainly on classics. I have bought an entire classics box set for 3$, and plan on going again. You just have to keep an eye on their events!
These are my four top tips for the moment. I know there are many other ways you can get cheap, even free books, but I just found these four ways to be more accessible to everyone. I hope it helps! It has definitely helped me, because honestly, if I didn't buy books this way, I'd have 0.5% of my current book collection...
Oh hey! Here's another book haul because I've been finding some great stuff online and at thrift stores, so I definitely feel like sharing with you!
This is probably the biggest book haul I've done and will ever do... But first of all, Indigo had a sale online where it was free shipping on any order, so I bought Hollow City (that was on sale for 10$!) and Frozen, because I've been wanting to read some Melissa De La Cruz.
The week after I went to the thrift store, where I found the entire Kane Chronicles for less than 3$ each, along with I Am The Messenger, by Markus Zusak. I've heard great things about this book, although I have yet to read The Book Thief...
Then, I was in Ontario this weekend for Thanksgiving break, where I got Carry On (!!!) on sale for 40% off and Clockwork Prince at a local independent bookshop in a small town in the province. I don't know why I bought it though, I don't own the rest of the Infernal Devices nor the Mortal Instruments.
AND THEN and this is incredibly exciting but Amazon finally emailed me saying that my copy of The Amazing Book Is Not On Fire has shipped! In case you didn't know, that is Dan and Phil (amazing youtubers)'s book and I preordered it back in May for my birthday, and I still haven't gotten it, which is why there isn't a picture...
So...you will not be seeing any book hauls soon I believe, mainly because my wallet is angry at me.
Hope you enjoyed this short blog post! Which book should I read next?
Hey everyone! This blog post has been in my drafts for ages, because ever since I saw this tag going around on YouTube, I wanted to do it! It just sounds so interesting and fun to do, so here it is! The book courtship tag!
Phase 1 - Initial attraction : A book you bought because of the cover
I'm going to say Love and Other Foreign Words, by Erin McCahan for this one. Although it was on sale, the simple and sleek looking cover, as well as the title, really made me want to buy it. It's still on my tbr though, shame on me.
Phase 2 - First impressions : A book you got because of the summary
Eek. Rebels : City Of Indra by Kendall and Kylie Jenner. I know, I know, you must be thinking that I'm crazy, but the summary really made it sound interesting and different. I read around 35 pages and I couldn't do it because it was getting too complicated too fast...
Phase 3 - Sweet talk : A book with great writing
Oh my god. This is easily The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald. The writing was simply beautiful, and the use of metaphors and symbolism within the colours really made me fall in love with Fitzgerald's writing style.
Phase 4 - First date : A first book of series that made you want to pick up the rest of the series
Hands down Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief. I have multiple blog posts up on why I like the series and after reading the first book, I simply couldn't read another book other than the second one. I just needed to be fully immersed in this world.
Phase 5 - Late Night Phone Calls : A book that kept you up all night
I don't like to repeat answers, but I'll have to go with Percy Jackson and the Last Olympian. I couldn't go to bed without knowing how that book ended, so I read until around 3 in the morning, which isn't bad, but for someone who sleeps at 10pm like me, it was pretty tough. But worth it.
Phase 6 - Always on my mind : A book you couldn't stop thinking about
Anna. And. The. French. Kiss. Ever since I read that book, I keep comparing every guy I meet to Étienne. It's bad, I know. And once in a while, I pick up that book and read a few pages just to cheer me up. It's so lovely!
Phase 7 - Getting physical : A book you love the way it feels
My copy of If on a Winter's Night a Traveler, by Italo Calvino. It's a book I bought for my World Literature class, and it's that rough paper material, and the lettering is shiny, so the contrast feels so nice.
Phase 8 - Meeting the parents : A book you would recommend to your family and friends?
Is it cheating if I answer the Harry Potter series? Yes? Okay, then I recommend Forgive Me Leonard Peacock, by Matthew Quick. That book really stuck with me and taught me so many small lessons, like the importance of one's words and how someone can impact one's life. It's one of those books with a messed up protagonist that you have to love.
Ta-da! I hope you enjoyed reading this, it was so fun to write!