Sunday, 15 July 2012

Second Hand Book Haul / Light Reading?

I do love a good book but like most people I don't read enough. During uni time reading for pleasure makes me feel guilty and like I should be reading something academic or for my course.

On a trip to see my Grandma I took the chance to raid the local charity shops, in a town beside where she lives, to get a few books to last me a while. I've never been a one for buying books full price anyway and used to get books from my local library as it's a great way to try new authors and read books for free. Most libraries give you the option to request books for them to buy or let you reserve a book that isn't on the shelves at the moment. Lately I've realised that it seems strange to buy every book brand new as they use a lot of paper and never look brand new after you've read them once.

Charity shops are an amazing place to buy books as they tend to be a lot cheaper than the RRP and the money goes to charity. When you're finished with a book you can simply re-donate it to be sold on again, if you're not the type to keep books. Some shops are more expensive than others for example Oxfam tend to be a little more expensive than other big name charity shops and independently run shops but they do tend to have a large selection and even some shops just dedicated to books. If you're looking for second hand books at a good price I'd suggest visiting independent and less well known charity shops first before visiting the bigger name shops to get the best prices.

You might struggle to find the newest bestsellers in charity shops but after a while, shops will have multiple copies of bestsellers and hyped books that people bought and read once and are practically brand new.

*I love the smell of books that aren't brand new too. Me and Carrie Bradshaw both, 'mmm... that's an oldie'.

Nicole 'Snooki' Polizzi: A Shore Thing
Danny Wallace: Yes Man
Oxfam - £2.45 each

Snooki in Oxfam? I had to buy it even though it sounds like a really cheesy story. It's a novel about a girl and her friend who go to the Jersey Shore for the summer and the shenanigans they have, original stuff but I love this rubbish. Hopefully the weather will warm up again so I can read this on a hot day while sunbathing. 

Danny Wallace is an author I always thought I'd enjoy but I've never read any of his books. I always enjoy listening to him when he's being interviewed on TV so hopefully his books are just as funny. I think this (and Snooki) were my favourite finds of the day as his books have been on my 'to read' list for ages. This book has been made into a film starting Jim Carey, disclaimer: I promise I don't only read books because they've been made into films.

Audrey Niffenegger: The Time Traveler's Wife
Independent Charity Shop - £1

I've never seen the film of this but I want to at some point so I thought I'd read the book first and it was such a bargain.

Cancer Research: £2.25

This book has had so much hype I thought I'd give it a go. The shop I got it from actually had 2 or 3 copies of it so you should be able to find it in charity shops. The subject matter of this is a lot darker than I tend to like but again I'd quite like to see the film so I'm going to read the original book first.

Courtesy of my Grandma

The last two are books that my Grandma lent me. I don't know how long it'll be until I'm ready to read 'The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet's Nest' and 'I Don't Know How She Does It' has been made into a film starring Sarah Jessica Parker - two SJP related references in one post #winning.

I think I definitely want to do some quick reviews on books I love, as well as books I've recently read with my thoughts.

I'm always open to suggestions, I love hearing about other peoples favourites reads so leave them down below if you feel that way inclined.

Love Georgia xxx

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