I’ve never thought of books as a luxury, more of a necessity. I made frequent visits to the library as a child, and it began a lifelong passion for books. When I had H I started building a library of Children’s classics, as I think reading to your kids is SO important. He’s 2 and has started reading his favourite books back to me (Sue Hendra books – Barry the Fish with Fingers, No Bot etc, and Julia Donaldson’s Toddle Waddle) so it’s clearly paying off!
I now tend to read non-fiction because I don’t have time to read a full book, and I find none-fiction is easier to dip in and out of. I like self help books but also books on philosophy and history (I do read the ‘Beginners…’ series! I have covered Slavery, The Vietnam War, The Tudors, Quantum Physics through these books!).
Yes, I have a kindle – I have 2 kindles and the kindle app on 5 devices. But I still like physical books.
Anyway – this is NOT a sponsored post or anything like that but I wanted to talk about The Book People!
I always thought of them as being some man in a van driving around schools and offices trying to get you to spend some pay day cash on books you never wanted.
I always used to buy my books from Amazon – I thought they were cheap (compared to the retail price) but then I realised that The Book People is even cheaper!
I have a look every few months to see what new books they have. There are LOTS of new books (at least 3 of the ones I ordered were released this year). They can’t compete with the vast Amazon library but I’ve found some gems. Here’s my most recent haul:
1. Sewing Maching Basics
I got this because we have been trying to empty our storage and I found my old sewing machine. I have totally forgot how to use it so this book will come in handy – I am sure I may have to do some sewing what with a kiddy and another on the way!
2. What I Know for Sure
I do like a bit of Oprah, and watching her talk sometimes, you can’t help but feel more uplifted. This book is a collection of her writings which I can dip in and out of. I believe this book is fairly new…
3. Modern Crochet
I can’t buy books without adding to my crochet collection. To be honest it looks a bit basic from the preview but there’s some nice ideas in it, and also a guide on how to do pixel crochet when is when you can do a ‘painting’ using crochet (or you could transform a photograph into a crochet piece!).
What I don’t like so far is that the Author is Finnish so a lot of her Yarns are only available in Finland! And they’re hard to get even online so thats annoying if you don’t want to find a substitute yarn.
4. 1,000 Dot to Dot Masterpieces
Why did I get this?!
I like the idea of a dot to dot that takes someone a whole hour to complete (so the blurb says!). Not that I have time but sometimes I do feel like I need to clear my mind and if I can do this for a little bit, perhaps it will be quite relaxing!? Here is an example:
It’s quite big, about A3 size.
5. Julia Donaldson Set
H is reading Toddle Waddle by the same author easily, and these four books appear to be in the same category/age group (very simple) so I thought I’d get the full set – this was only £4.99 for 4 books!
The Book People ALWAYS have some kind of code floating about and they let you stack them! This time I stacked one for 10% off and a free delivery code. If you make 4 orders per year you get the free priority shipping upgrade too!
Total spent: £20.65.
As a comparison I went to Amazon and added the same books to the cart and got the grand total = £60.30
I kid you not! Technically speaking The Book People is slower than Amazon at delivery IF you have Prime. I no longer have mine (boo!) and I ordered from The Book People on Friday and it came on Sunday!!! So not bad at all.
Anyway this is not an advert, but if you do like a ‘real’ book is worth a search before you pay 3 times the price elsewhere.
What was your last book?