Feature: The Newbie’s Guide to Book Blogging Part 3 – Books, Libraries, and Stores..oh my!


Great, you’re all set-up! Now what? Well here comes the fun part! You start finding books to read! I’m sure you have some books to read, but if you don’t you can always get some. Here’s how.

Head to your local library and borrow some books

If you don’t have a library card, go get one. Libraries are constantly updated with new books so finding the latest best-seller won’t be a problem. You might have to wait a while to read it though. They even have eBooks, and audio books available to read.

Borrow from someone

Bookworms tend to hang out with fellow bookworms, so head on over to your friend’s house and peruse their book collection. You might be surprised they have a title or two you’ve been dying to read. Just make sure to keep it in great condition. Handle them with care!


Buy books from the store

Chapters/Indigo is Canada’s largest book store, and they’re located everywhere in Canada. You won’t have a problem finding a Coles, or an Indigo Spirit that’s for sure. They also have the iRewards program where you can get 40% off bestsellers in-store, 10% off of purchases in-store, and up to 5% off books online. There is an annual fee of $35, but I believe it’s worth it. Another program they have is called the plum™ rewards program where you collect points and are eligible for discounts and rewards. You can earn 10 plum points for every $1 you spend in-store, and you get up to 5% off if you buy through their web site. I currently have both and I use it to my advantage whenever I can.

Wal-Mart has a great selection of books with a 30% discount off. Some locations have better selections than others so make sure to check them out.

Costco has a great book section. They’re mostly the latest books, and a very limited selection, but it’s worth the discount if you do find a great read there. The only downside is that you must be a member of Costco and they’re not free.

Second-hand stores
Goodwill and Value Village stores also have some great prices and if you don’t mind having a used book, and then go for it. Look for the ones in great condition and you’ll definitely be pleased you took the time to browse.

Buy books online

The easiest way to get books is to shop online. You choose, pay and wait until the lovely package is shipped straight to your home. The only problem is that it might take longer to receive your package, but you can afford to be a little more patient if you’re buying them at these prices.
I’ve been using Amazon ever since I owned a credit card. They have great prices, usually 5% less than in-store purchases, and they package the books so well they never arrive damaged. My purchases usually come in within two-three days from when I ordered it, unless the book I’m buying isn’t in stock, and then I have to wait longer. Shipping is free for orders over $25.
I heard about this site from the book blogging community, and I quite like it. The site has a wide selection of books, particularly from the UK. If you’re looking for that UK cover, you can find it here. Their shipping is free internationally which is wonderful if you’re hosting a giveaway. My only inkling with them is their packaging could be upgraded to higher quality because I received some books that were bent, and thankfully NOT damaged. I also wait about three weeks for my package which was really long.

This site is a bargain hunter’s dream for books.. Books are always cheap, and their shipping isn’t priced too high. They may have old titles, but they do have a great selection. My books came in great condition. I did wait longer than my Amazon purchases, but it was worth it. A big plus is that they also sell autographed copies.
Great for finding those rare books that aren’t sold anywhere else. You need to be careful when buying from sellers in Ebay. Check their rating, because sometimes they rip you off. I usually don’t have the patience to bid for a book and wait until the auction ends, so if the price is right I end up buying the book as is. I was fortunate enough to pick a great seller which sold me the book I was looking for.

Grow your library

You have some great places to check out books and more importantly, grow your own library. Now what do you do? Well, it’s obvious isn’t it?

Start reading!! Just remember that you’re a book blogger now, so you can’t just forget about the book and move on to the next title. You will have to start writing those reviews sooner or later.


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  1. Caitlin Vanasse (@CaitlinVanasse)

    January 21, 2015 at 5:27 PM

    If I’m only buying a single book I always use it’s a search engine that finds the cheapest price for a book, new or used, including shipping. It works really well for single books and especially for textbooks (although that’s not what a book blogger would be ordering.

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  5. Lynn K.

    September 21, 2012 at 2:25 AM

    Out of all those lovely places above, The Book Depository is my only option. I do agree their packaging needs to be upgraded (hardbacks are fine because it comes in a good cardboard box but the paperbacks and smaller books often arrive smushed) It’s not that the local bookstores here don’t have books but the choice is limited and the new titles only come after months or even a year after it’s been released. =/

  6. Krystianna

    September 2, 2012 at 10:33 PM

    Also, thanks so much for telling me that the Wake cover had a poster on the back side of the dust jacket. I had no clue until you told me! I can’t believe I hadn’t noticed! It’s so pretty. 😀

  7. Krystianna

    September 2, 2012 at 10:31 PM

    I wish that my library had recent reads! I almost feel like I should ask the librarians to order some recent books for the YA section. The most recent book in the YA section of my library is from 2011.

    I always purchase my books online from Amazon. I think that they have amazing deals… especially their bargain section! I haven’t been disappointed yet by the quality of the bargain books. I bought Sister’s Red recently for $6 and it’s in perfect condition! There’s no marks on the pages or the cover!

    Krystianna @ Downright Dystopian

  8. Luna

    September 2, 2012 at 5:44 AM

    Where I live there are 9 charity books, 1 children’s bookshop, 1 secondhand bookshop and a high street chainstore (WHSmith) that sells books. There are actually only about 30 shops in total so those are really good odds in my favour. 🙂

  9. Kimmie

    September 1, 2012 at 10:56 PM

    Me again, LOL. Just wanted to let you know what I just purchased through Scholastic. I bought The Forests of Hands and Teeth trilogy, Shiver trilogy, The Maze Runner, Abandon, Anna Dressed in Black, Matched, and The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight and two other children’s books for only $65. That’s $4.99 per book.

  10. Kimmie

    September 1, 2012 at 10:49 PM

    I’m a teacher and I get great deals through Scholastic. Don’t laugh, they have a teen catalog 🙂 I get my YA books on the cheap and sometimes I can get the “exclusive” paperback version. If you know of a teacher, ask if you can order for them. I teach elementary school, but my cousins and I all order from Tab, BookBeat, or TRC (Teen Reader’s Club). Just another option I thought I’d post.

    • Giselle

      September 13, 2012 at 4:22 PM

      Thank you so much for the suggestions! I will definitely add those in for the ebook!

  11. Stella C

    August 31, 2012 at 1:34 PM

    Love this post! I’ve heard of but never bough anything from there. I might check it out soon.

  12. Jenn@OwlReadIt

    August 31, 2012 at 12:20 PM

    <3 Chapters!! The iRewards card is totally worth it for me 🙂

    I never pass an opportunity to check out the book selection in Costco or Walmart. I'm going to Costco tonight to buy groceries, so will be having a look and see if I can talk my husband into letting me buy some (I am allowing him to build himself a new computer!!)

    I am waiting on an amazon order currently and I actually really love TBD, I haven't had any issues with them yet, sooo… and I like the wait, it gives me something to look forward to 😛

    I wasn't aware of, but thanks, I now have an order waiting for me to buy when I get paid 🙂

    These posts are awesome!

  13. Natalie

    August 31, 2012 at 12:19 PM

    Libraries and used book stores are always my go to places to get book! Although that doesn’t stop me from visiting Chapters at least once a week to see what’s hit the shelves…although its always a struggle to fight the urge to buy everything in sight once I’m in the store! Love the header you created for this post! Its gorgeous!

  14. Kate

    August 31, 2012 at 8:54 AM

    awesooooooome! <3 Mooooooore! HAHAHA! i wish we have Chapters here in the Philippines!

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