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Anybody quarantining and looking for some good books to read?
I love to read, and I love that there’s more downtime to read in this season of staying home and social distancing.
What I don’t love is spending a ton of money on books. I am frugal, and I like to get them as cheaply as possible. If that means an e-book, I buy an e-book. If that means a paperback, I buy a paperback. (I read both, but I’ll always prefer physical books…what about you?)
Although it’s fun to browse, you won’t find me at most brick-and-mortar bookstores, for the sake of my budget alone. Sometimes their products are three or four times the price of online retailers! I don’t know about you, but I’d rather buy four books somewhere else than spend that kind of money on a single paperback.
Enter: my favorite book retailers.
I can’t leave out Target and Walmart. I usually find better prices elsewhere, but I have to mention these two because once in a while they surprise me. Last Black Friday, Target had a buy-one-get-one-free deal on ALL books, and I’ve also found some great deals at Walmart – physical books for $6 or $7 apiece! Both offer free shipping when you meet a certain threshold, and at the moment, Target also has a 10% coupon for books on its app.
I recently learned about the app Libby, which allows you to check out e-books for free on your device of choice through your local library. This almost sounds too good to be true! (For me, I guess it is, because I can’t seem to get it to register my library card. I’ll have to work it out in person after the stay-at-home order ends.) But it’s for real, and this app comes highly recommended from others I know.
Okay, now that I’ve shared my favorite places to shop for books, I have to share a few of the books I’ve actually been reading and enjoying while quarantined.
Next up on my reading list: Strengthen Yourself in the Lord: How to Release the Hidden Power of God in Your Life by Bill Johnson. I just snagged this one for free on Kindle as well, and I’m excited to read it!
Your turn: What are YOU reading right now? And how do you find the best deals on books? Where’s your favorite place to shop?