Day two and picking my best book bargain was a little bit easier than picking my favourite childhood book.
I think my best book bargain was probably The Ice Cream Girls by Dorothy Koomson. The was sent to me for free by Waterstones and was the first ever book I had to review back in 2010.
Since then I’ve had over 100 other books for review – at least 80 of which have been reviewed on my blog, the others I either didn’t review or I will review but received them recently and haven’t as yet (a lot of publishers
used to send books they thought you might like unannounced. I miss those days of unexpected book post but my bookshelves prefer the opportunity to say no). Plus, I’m much more likely to look out for free copies of books being given away on goodreads, facebook or twitter than I was before so overall the number of books I’ve had for free because of that one book must be higher than 150.
One of my friends described my book blogging as meaning my hobby (reading) pays for itself. I don’t think that’s exactly true because I do buy a fair few books myself and I can’t pass a bookshop without going in (although I am getting much better at resisting and walking out without buying anything). Itt definitely makes it a lot cheaper and a lot easier!
Sometimes I do wonder whether I’d like to give up reviewing and just read for pleasure. Then I remember that reviewing has lead me to authors and even genres I’d never have touched before. And those have turned out to be things I’ve loved. Plus, I just can’t be without the lure of something for fee.
The other thing I wondered about using as my best bargain was my Kindle. Because I’ve also read a lot of free stuff from Amazon and Project Gutenberg on that – stuff which in some cases cost a lot of money to by print versions of. And because I got given £100 as a thank you for something I did I only had to put £9 of my own money in. Add in the fact that I’ve had it replaced for free by Amazon three times and I’ve had it since late 2010 it’s definitely worked out as a huge bargain!