Join A Book Club And Get Free Books
I have always been an avid reader since early childhood, when I would nag my mother to take me to the library so that I could read free books to my heart's content. As I got older, I started to get into paperbacks, especially classic books and began to purchase them in local book stores and supermarkets. My reading has outpaced my purchases and I needed to find new ways to buy books. I was on a bit of a shoestring budget, so I was willing to get free books or to buy used books to save money. There were quite a few online book stores that caught my attention and I decided to order a couple of best seller books to expand my collection. Some of these stores were actually discount book stores where I could get great books for discount pricing, including Waterstones books.
After talking to my friends who I knew from college, I decided to join a book club. They recommended that I join the Mosaico book club to start with, but I was more interested in the crafters choice book club. I didn't know a whole lot about these clubs or how they worked, but I figured it out quickly and found that it was worth my time and money. I looked online for book club guides without much success, so I decided to call the club directly to find out the real scoop. I had to commit to buy books a few times a month. To do this, the club would send me a new read every three weeks and I had to decide whether or not I wanted to keep it before the next selection was shipped to me. It took some getting used to, and you really need to make sure that you stay on top of this to ensure that your money isn't wasted on reads that you're just not interested in. One of the nicest things about joining these clubs was my exposure to different kinds of literature, including romance novels, fiction pieces and even erotic books, which I had never read before.Â Okay, well maybe I've read one or two, but it was a long time ago, and I can't even remember what they were about.
Anyway, it was great to be able to step outside of my comfort zone and try something new. Of course, there were a few items that I had no interest in purchasing, like some of the horror books and Stephen King books. Sorry, I've just never been a huge fan of the blood and gore. Fortunately for me, I was able to send these books back using the free shipping label and wait for my next book selection. No Waterstones books were ever sent during the time I was subscribed, but that's okay; I can request them next month and see if they are available.
The concept of reading books online for free is still up and coming. There are a few sites that offer free books online to read but they are very limited in quantity and the advertisements to get to the books can be cumbersome. I don't mind advertising, but spyware? For downloading a book online? I don't think so. I'd rather enjoy the discount books and savings offered through my book club and pay for the books that I want. Sometimes, free isn't the best price.
I've considered looking into Red House Books, mainly due to their availability of unique books, such as out of print books that are rare or difficult to procure. They have many different literature options in stock and can give even the largest public library a run for their money any day of the week. I love the selection, but I need to finish my commitment to my current book club before I buy new books. Reading shouldn't be stressful, it should be a beautiful and relaxing past time that provides pleasure to the reader. I am also considering looking further into the Rhapsody Book Club, which I hear is quite popular.
One of my favorites is a children's book club. I have seen children book clubs have some wonderful Sesame Street series, Berenstain Bears and Dr. Seuss books. These book clubs make a great gift for your child or grandchild. What a great way to instill the love of reading in a child close to you. Books are far better than any of the junk that we watch on modern television- there's safety and a certain amount of wonderful predictability in books!