Millennial Money: A Reader’s Guide to Saving Money

I think we all know that I love reading. I have a lot of books, and I read an average of 2-3 books per week.

With that being said, reading can be an expensive habit. However, it doesn’t need to be. There are so many different resources that I have found that you can use to get major discounts on your books. Today, I am sharing them with you so you can learn my methods of madness and save some money — without sacrificing the quality or quantity of books that you read:

  • Use the library: The library is a great resource for a number of reasons. With your library card, you can access an unlimited number of books for free. And, if your local library does not have the book you want, you can request it through interlibrary loan and have it shipped to your local library. However, in the current pandemic, the libraries are still closed. But, many apps such as Libby and Overdrive offer e-books and audiobooks for you to check out. I love using Libby versus Audible because I can access audiobooks without the $15 a month price tag.
  • Become a Book of the Month Member: I love Book of the Month and I have been a member for almost two years. It’s $14.99 a month, and for that price, you can get one hardcover book. Normally those cost at least $20 — even if you get it from Target. What is also really cool is their add-on feature. For the price of $10, you can add up to two more books to your box — so if you can’t decide which book you want, or want another book from another month, you can do so as well. Finally, what I also love about Book of the Month is that there is so much variety. You can discover so many books that are not even released yet, and you can venture out of your comfort zone.
  • Ebooks: I have a Kindle and a Nook (accidentally). Ebooks as a whole are a lot less expensive. Typically, they are about 40 percent off of the regular list price, and if you subscribe to sites like BookBub, you can get emails daily of ebook deals. I have a large ebook library, but that’s because I paid less than $3 for some of the books in my collection. The initial price of one can be super expensive, but it definitely saves you both money and space in the long run.
  • Local Used Bookstores: I love going to my local bookstore for books, because you can find so many goodies for less. I love going there to find a backlist title, since many of the books they offer are a little older. Furthermore, most of the books are at least 50 percent off, and if you trade in your books, you can actually get a few extra dollars off as well. Another great resource is the library booksales/stores as well, as funds tend to go to your local library, and the books are cheaper than $5.
  • Book Outlet: Last but not least, Book Outlet is something that every book lover should check out. I love their selection of recent reads, which is something that I often struggle with other sites. And, they often have coupon codes as well, which only adds to the savings.

I’m Participating In Another Readathon

Last month, I participated in the Peruse Readathon, where I was able to get two books — one of them on my TBR for a while — off of my TBR list. After finishing it, I was so excited to do another one, seeing as I completed two books.

A few weeks ago, YouTubers Ariel Bissett and Raeleen Lemay announced their Stay At Home Reading Rush. Usually, the duo hosts a week-long reading rush in the summer. The event, according to the website encourages participants to stay home and have bookish fun as a community.

Now, the event has some challenges. These challenges are:

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Source: Reading Rush Website

 

I am going to be honest here — I am not going to follow most of them, just because I have a ton of books on my TBR and I want to try to make a dent during this time.

And just like the last time I participated in a Readathon, I know that I am not going to be reading the entire time. Other than work Thursday and Friday, this weekend is my boyfriend’s mom and my boyfriend’s birthday, so I am sure we are doing something to celebrate. Furthermore, I also get a lot of headaches when I do read nonstop, so I’d like to give my eyes a bit of break.

I also plan during this readathon to use the power of audiobooks borrowed from Libby to use when I do other things I enjoy, such as crocheting, playing Animal Crossing, walking Lucy, and other adulting things.

That said, here are the books I hope to complete during this challenge. If they do complete the challenge, I will be sure to mark it below.

  • Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens
  • Yes, No Maybe So by Becky Albertali and Aisha Saeed– Read a Book that Will Make You Smile
  • The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
  • Falling by Jane Green (if I have time)

I have no idea whether or not I’ll be able to get through all of these in the rush. However, I like that I have options to choose from, which is good.

Note: If you’re interested in participating in the Stay at Home Reading Rush, be sure to click here for further information. 

February Reading Wrap Up

While February was a short month, it was a productive one for me in terms of reading. This month, I’ve read a grand total of nine books. What is extremely awesome is that some of the books that I’ve read were actually on my Mashed Potato reading list, which makes me extremely proud of myself.

Without further adue, here are the books that I read this month:

  1. Heartstopper, Vol. 2 by Alice Osman: Five out of Five Stars
  2. Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult: Four out of Five Stars
  3. Field Notes on Love by Jennifer E. Smith: Five out of Five Stars
  4. Opposite of Always by Justin Reynolds: Five out of Five Stars
  5. Cruel Prince by Holly Black: Four out of Five Stars
  6. The Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory: Five out of Five Stars
  7. The Proposal by Jasmine Guillory: Five out of Five Stars
  8. The Wedding Party by Jasmine Guillory: Five out of Five Stars
  9. Again, But Better by Christine Riccio: Five out of Five Stars

Christmas Book Haul

This Christmas, I went a bit nuts at the bookstore. This reason is because Barnes and Noble had their 50 percent off on book sale, and so did Amazon Kindle. And, let’s add in the fact that I had some gift cards and some coupons.

Yeah, I went a little overboard.

Here’s what I walked away with. These books were all books that I purchased from the day after Christmas to Saturday, January 4th:

  1. After by Anna Todd
  2. After We Collided by Anna Todd
  3. Everything is Figureoutable by Marie Forleo
  4. Super Attractor: Methods for Manifesting a Life beyond Your Wildest Dreams by Gabrielle Bernstein
  5. Full Circle: From Hollywood to Real Life and Back Again by Andrea Barber
  6. Whisper Network by Chandler Baker
  7. Everybody, Always: Becoming Love in a World Full of Setbacks and Difficult People by Bob Goff
  8. First Mistake by Sadie Jones
  9. I Believe in a Thing Called Love by Maurene Goo
  10. The Night Tiger by Yangszee Choo
  11. The Best Lies by Sarah Lyu
  12. Bloom by Kevin Panetta
  13. High School by Tegan and Sara Qui

Needless to say, I will be doing a lot of reading in 2020. What is really exciting, for me anyways, is that all of these books are different in terms of genre. I am excited about the nonfiction reads, as I am looking for more self help books, which is something that interests me. I want to grow a lot in 2020, and I am excited for these reads.

What books did you get for Christmas — or with your Christmas gift cards? Let me know in the comments below.

Top Books I Read in 2019

I still can not believe that this is the end of 2019. I also can’t believe that it’s the end of the decade.

2019 was an exceptional year in terms of reading. I’ve surpassed my Goodreads goal by over 20 books. As we close yet another year, here are some of my favorite reads. All of these books are those that I highly recommend to those who are looking for a great book to read in the new year:

  • The Last Mrs. Parrish by Liv Constantine
  • The Book of Essie by Meghan MacLean Weir
  • Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy
  • On the Come Up by Angie Thomas
  • Daisy Jones and the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid
  • Hopeless by Colleen Hoover
  • It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover
  • The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon
  • The Last Time I Saw You by Liv Constantine
  • The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid
  • When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon
  • There’s Something About Sweetie by Sandhya Menon
  • The Rest of the Story by Sarah Dessen
  • Windfall by Jennifer E. Smith
  • Things You Save in A Fire by Katherine Center
  • Ghosted by Rosie Walsh
  • Girl Wash Your Face and Girl Stop Apologizing by Rachel Hollis
  • After I Do by Taylor Jenkins Reid
  • How to Walk Away by Katherine Center
  • Say You Still Love Me by KA Tucker
  • Frankly in Love by David Yoon
  • Attachments by Rainbow Rowell
  • Twice in a Blue Moon by Christina Lauren
  • When Stars Lead to You by Ronni Davis
  • 10 Blind Dates by Ashley Elston
  • To Hell With the Hustle by Jefferson Bethke
  • The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren

Blogmas Day 5: 13 Authors That Have Become An Auto Buy For Me

img_4721As you can tell, I love reading. I love reading on Kindle, I love reading physical books, and I love listening to them via audiobook.

Naturally, I’ve become obsessed with a few authors over the years that have become my favorites. So, here are some authors that I automatically buy without thinking about it whenever they come out with a new novel:

  • Christina Lauren: 

Christina Lauren has become an auto buy for me this past year. I discovered this from my bookstagram account, and I definitely don’t regret it. They definitely are the queens of new adult romance, and I love each and every one of them that I’ve read so far. As you can tell, I am a huge fan of romance novels.

I’ve read Love and Other Words, The Unhoneymooners, Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating, My Favorite Half Night Stand, and Twice in a Blue Moon. I have a few of them that I have yet to read, but I definitely want to read the rest of their books in the new year.

  • Colleen Hoover: 

Do you like crazy Lifetime movies? Well, Colleen Hoover is that. I’ve only read a few of her novels, but whenever I do read them, I am hooked. All of her novels have a twist in the end that you never see coming. She actually has a new book coming out next week that I have on preorder called Regretting You that I am so excited to read.

  • Sarah Dessen

Sarah Dessen is the queen of young adult literature. I have been reading her novels for several years now, and I’ve read each and every one of her bibliography. I actually even met her a few years ago when For Once and For All came out.

Even though I am no longer in high school, these novels are a sense of nostaglia for me. They always remind me of high school summers. They are so easy to read and well-written, which is why I will always buy a Sarah Dessen novel.

  • Emily Giffin:

Emily Giffin is the reigning queen of chic-lit. Her novels talk about relationships, and their complications. During my senior year of high school, I’ve read Something Borrowed for the first time and I couldn’t even put it down. Since then, I’ve read each and every one of her books — often the week that they come out. Yup, they are that good.

  • Taylor Jenkins Reid:

Taylor Jenkins Reid has such a huge variety of subjects in her bibliography — some romance, and some history. The first book I read was Daisy Jones and the Six, and I knew right then and there that I had to read everything that she ever wrote. There are a few that I still have yet to read, but I know that I will be reading them in the next year.

  • Liv Constantine

The sister duo has only written two books — The Last Mrs. Parrish and The Last Time I Saw You. Both novels are suspenseful thrillers full of twists — up until the very end.

Also, I was lucky enough to meet these two at my local Barnes and Noble, which was very awesome. These two have definitely become my favorites over the past year, and I am so excited to read more.

  • Angie Thomas

Like Liv Constantine, Angie Thomas wrote two books as well — On The Come Up and the Hate U Give, and I love both of them. They were authentic and real — and that’s what I love about them.

  • Becky Albertalli

I discovered Becky Albertalli last year when the movie Love, Simon came out. Since then, I read all of her books. I love the stories, because they are not only swoon worthy young adult romances — still my favorite reads at 25 — but they are authentic to how high school is today. It talks about the journey teens go on if they are trying to figure out their sexuality — and celebrates it. And, I think that’s awesome.

  • Morgan Matson

I discovered Morgan Matson while I worked at the library. Since then, I’ve read all of her novels as well. And, whenever she comes out with new novels, I instantly buy them. Like many of the young adult books I love, many of her novels are romances. But, they often have a deeper twist. For instance, in Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour, it talks about Amy overcoming her fear of driving while she is riding cross country with one of her mother’s friends son. I like it, because it talks about the hard stuff that teens deal with. They are also just well written, which I love.

  • JoJo Moyes

I loved JoJo Moyes since Me Before You. I’ve read the sequel, and knew that I wanted to read the rest of her bibliography. I’ve red a few of them, and they have become some of my favorite books. My goal for the new year is to finish the Me Before You trilogy because I need to know what happens to Lou Clarke.

  • John Green

John Green was one of the most popular authors when I was a freshman in college. Everyone was talking about The Fault In Our Stars. Over the next year, I read all of his books, and then I got Turtles All of the Way Down when it came out.

If you like young adult literature, you love John Green. And there is a reason for that. His characters are quirky, but they are real. His novels are classics, and I will forever be a ran. Okay? Okay.

  • Sophie Kinsella:

Sophie Kinsella is one of the best romance writers that I’ve ever read. Her novels are the best to read when you’re in a bad mood, because they are fun, and they always have a happy ending. Kind of like a Hallmark Movie, but much better. She’s written the Shopaholic series, as well as several romance reads and a young adult novel. She’s also written novels under the name Madeline Wickham, which I’ve only read one of her novels under that name. However, I love her novels and they will continue to be favorites of mine.

  • Liane Moriarty 

I found Big Little Lies at TJ Maxx, and once I started to read the book, I couldn’t put it down. It wasn’t long before I’ve read all of her books.

There is always some sort of twist with Liane Moriarty books. Her characters have several layers to them, and as you go on, you learn more and more about them. Once you think the story is going one way, it goes another. It definitely makes you not want to stop reading until you’ve reached the last page.

Which authors are your favorites? Let me know in the comments below!

 

November Reading Wrap Up

As many of you know, I am an avid reader. Recently, I came up with the idea of posting a monthly list of what I read for each month, along with a rating. I love blogging about books, so I thought that this would be something different to blog about. So, without further a due, here’s what I read this month:

  • From Twinkle, With Love: Four out of Five Stars
  • Verity by Colleen Hoover: Five out of Five Stars
  • The Grace Year by Kim Liggett: Three out of Five Stars
  • Twice in a Blue Moon by Christina Lauren: Five out of Five Stars
  • Get a Life, Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert: Five out of Five Stars
  • When the Stars Lead to You by Ronni Davis: Five out of Five Stars
  • What If It’s Us by Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera: Five out of Five Stars

This month is considered a slow reading month for me, but I am hoping to finish the year off with a few more great reads. What did you read this month that was awesome? Let me know in the comments below.