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Book Review: We All Fall Down by Daniel Kalla

Book Review: We All Fall Down by Daniel Kalla

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I am coming to you will a great book review for an under hyped book. I love me a pandemic, doomsday novel and this was a great pick. We All Fall Down is just the book for those like me, it follows a modern day black plague story!!! YAY – no zombies attached. I have never read Daniel Kalla but I will def read more from him ps Canadian Author and a doctor woo woo!! Also by this author includes: The Far Side of the Sky and Pandemic.

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This story starts off with Vittoria who is in charge of a construction site. She has a wet cough and boils, passes out at work. She is supposed to tear down a monastery to build new condos and shopping centers.

Now enter Dr. Nico Olivia who is involved in caring for Vittoria. He called Alana to come and help with this patient in Genoa. Alana goes on many trips for her job to outbreaks around the world looking for the contamentent. This patient has been positive for a thought it be extinct ‘disease’ the black plague.

Now the second part of this book are journal entries from a Dr. Pasqua who treated the black plague back in 1348. He goes to the monastery that is being torn down- this is where his journal is found. Somehow Dr. Pasqua is immune to the disease and this arises suspicion from the archbishop – thinking maybe it is witchcraft.

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Present day the plague is spreading outside the construction site. It is starting to hit the community and the number of sick patients is adding up. It has now started to transfer with the briefest of contact which is different from the original strand. We see Alana’s boss is having a hard time believing it is the plague and wants to pull Alana out. It is outlines that the fast spread with even with antibiotic use is happening which brings into question possible bioterrorism. It turns out that NATO has samples of the Soviet’s plague bacteria they were weaponizing back in the day, Alana wants to help ahold of these to compare to their strand.

They find rat droppings at the construction site, which is how the original black plague was spread- fleas on small animals. It seems that there is a history between Nico and ALana- they once were co-workers who fell in love. Nico now has a family and he is drunk texting Alana causing mixed feelings that make this situation harder.

Nico and Alana start to be little detective and want to find a missing construction site worker who was supposedly sick before Vittoria- possible patient zero. They meet with Emilio who knows Yasin – he believes he disappeared as well.

Back to the journals. Dr. P finds out the same monastery which is being torn down in present in the past had these rats touched by the hands of god. These particular rats are immune to the plague. He wants to make a makeshift vaccine from these rats but the monks are not allowing this as they were ‘touched by God’. He at this time is now sick and drinks the blood from these rats. And he lives – the first vaccine ! He goes back to collect more rats and now there is a rat keeper because the monks believe they are a gift from God.

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So all the results come back in the present day. It turns out that the rats are immune to the strand but the fleas they carry are not. Is this the perfect bio weapon? We learn that the monk present at the beginning of the story sitting outside the construction site is really the person releasing the ‘infected’ rats into the city. He is releasing them into the slums because he believe God is stelling him humanity needs salvation and cleansing.

Dr. P’s journals paint a picture of hysteria among man when the outbreak was at its peak. They all wanted someone to blame, just like what Alana was seeing in present day. Dr.P. learns that the monastery set up crypts for the rats in case of a future plague outbreak thus protecting the rats throughout the centuries. For the following years the monks unknowingly fed these rats as they threw their garbage down a chute that led to their crypts.

This monk who hears the voice of God – Stefano- is receiving mysterious emails from someone telling him to follow the voice he thinks is God. God is out for vengeance because so many people have fallen out of religion.

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Alana finds out that Nico really wants to work on his marriage and ends up hooking up with her co worker on this case Byron- who has given her trouble throughout.

Enter Don Arturo who spend years are the monastery and is upset it’s being torn down. Alana learns that he is the one sending the emails to Stefano. He convinces Stefano to get off his psych meds because he worked so closely with Stefano there was great trust. He justifies this so STefano can hear the Lord’s voice more clearly and he took that the treating down of the monastery was a sign that humankind needed correcting- kind of Dan Brown’s Angels and Demons style.

Alana and Byron pursue Stefano onto a ship where he was going to release the rats into Asia. He decides to hide in the food bins on the ships so the rats have food and no one would look for him there. Alana finds him and tries to convince him that what he was doing was cruel, he was hurting children. Stefano caves as he is a good person deep down.

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Overall it was kind of your typical religious doomsday novel but I enjoyed being an old plague to haunt modern day. I will look forward to reading more of his novels in the future. Have any of you read this one? What did you think? Please feel free to leave comments below. I would love to hear from you. What are some of your fav disaster books – ps look for my top 5 natural disaster and man made disaster posts in the future!!

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Top 5: Movies that I didn’t know were based on books

Top 5: Movies that I didn’t know were based on books!

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Another top 5 for this week’s post. I thought since there are so many movie remakes coming out and a lot are based from books I would do a post that covered movies that I didn’t know were based from books. While researching for this blog I discovered way more that 5 movies but I narrowed them down to the ones I was most shocked over. Now you may have already known the following top 5 were taken from books but I didn’t so no judgment lol Also if you have any you would like to add please feel free to add a comment. I would love to add to the list. Also I would love to hear from you which ones if any shocked you the most!

  1. Jurassic Park – book by Micheal Crichton Good reads 4.01

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So I think this one I really lived under a rock for. The movie has to be one of my favourite movies ever so how did I not know that it was based on I book eludes me lol. Knowing this was one of my favs I read the book. Waaayyyy different than the movie and I have to say I’m split as to which one I like more. I think that if the movies were truly based on the book I would like the newer version of the movie more than the original. Saying that I still love the Spielburg version and will continue to re watch it as many times as I can. I just recently purchased the second novel – you guessed it – The Lost World and can not wait to see if it is as different from the movie version as the first in the series.

2. Forrest Gump – book by Winston Groom Goodreads 4.06

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Okay so many under a rock again but wow. One of the most famous movies in history is based on a book – many authors are way up there for original thinking!! So I have unfortunately not read this book yet so cannot compare it to the movie version. For anyone who has please I would love to hear your comparison! From what I could tell just why looking up the book versus the movie the character in the book is a bit different than the movie version. Which I think is kind of sad as I loved the movie for the Tom Hanks Forrest Gump portrayal!.

3. Die Hard – book ‘Nothing Lasts Forever’ by Roderick Thorp Goodreads 3.56

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So right off I want to say the movie was a movie adaptation which implies to my that it differs from the book a lot. I have not read Nothing Lasts Forever so once again I would love to hear from those who have. From what I could tell the book is a more somber version of the tale. The movie has all the fun lines that have made Bruce Willis so popular- .Yippee- ki-Yay Motherfucker!!!!! Nothing Lasts forever is the second book in a detective series. Also I know there are strong opinions out there by I do watch this movie around Christmas time lol.

4. Mrs. Doubtfire – book ‘Madame Doubtfire’ by Anne Fine GoodReads 3.65

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Oh Robin Williams, no matter how awesome the book version is I can’t help but love this movie more and all due to your amazing acting. This is one incidence where the movie is better than the book based on the actor! In my opinion no one could have made this character any better than Robin. Mrs. Doubtfire is a true classic straight from my childhood. I am glad they made this movie and I am making the choice not to read the book. I could not deal with the heartbreak of comparing the 2.

5. Clueless – book Emma by Jane Austen Goodreads 3.99

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Another movie adaptation Clueless was a breakthrough cult classic movie of its time. Clueless was loosely based on the famous Jane Austen’s Emma. Emma in her times is the queen bee of her setting. She is admired by all and is the ‘perfect’ wealthy girl. Emma than takes on a similar project to Cher making Tai popular. There are many character overlaps but Clueless was made for a ‘modern day’ audience. Love this book and love this movie for different reasons but no one can knock Jane Austen out of her social women powering pedestal. Ugh.. As if!!!

So what did you all think? Which ones shocked you and which ones did you already know. Did you like the movie better for some? Please feel free to comment!

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Top 5: Book vs Ebook

Top 5: Book vs Ebook

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I bring to you one of the most controversial tops 5’s I have yet to publish. I know people have their preference when choosing the material they read with. I want to outline factors for each paper books and e books. Both have their advantages and disadvantages. If you don’t agree with anything that follows that a okay! I am by no means saying one is better than the other. Everything is personal preference I simply want to put out there the factors I consider when choosing which avenue to read through. If I have missed any factors please feel free to leave a comment! Also what one is your preference? Do you have different choices for different situations? I would love to hear from you!

  1. Convenience
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Ebook: they are easy to carry as they are light. You can put a whole library on them and not break your back or weight down your bag. They are my choice when I travel because they are lightweight and do not take up a lot of room in my suitcase or carry on. You can now also borrow most books in the e-book forum from the library. This makes it is convenient if you don’t have time to go pick up your book from the library. When you buy an ebook its downloaded directly to your device, no waiting for the mail to come.

Books: paper books are easier to borrow from your friends and family. It is also convenient to show off your collections if this is what your into. Also you can have the convenience of going anywhere and buying a paper book.

2. Experience

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Ebook: the new ereaders have awesome options from the colour of the paper, print size and awesome fun skins. They have great options for night and daytime reading which enhance the reading experience greatly!. You can stick to black and white book covers or some e-readers are colours now!

Book: The smell and feel of a paper book is something that no other experiences can compare to. I love the feel of physically turning the page. I also love the feel of a floppy paperback! The covers of paper books are spectacular as you can see all the textures some authors add to their books as well as cover inserts.

3. Price

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EBook: so relatively speaking e book prices are lower from the research I have done if not the same as books. I have found some amazing sites that offer free to super cheap books. Kobo has daily deals where you can find some great books for $2-5. They also offer some classics for free!. Bookbub sends you daily deals as well.

Books: We has all then there, when we are at our fav book store, we have a pile of books and have to put half back because the bill will be too expensive. Books do tend to be on the more expensive side. Now yes you can find great deals at places like the salvation army, book depository and others. Libraries are great for the people who are not wanting to spend money however the wait times tend to be longer for the more popular books.

4. Buying Experience

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EBooks: So the ebook buying experience has come a long way from when they initially came out. There are a great number of sites to purchase books from now! Even libraries like I have mentioned previously have jumped on the ebook trend and you can borrow online. This makes everything instantaneous and you do not have to wait to enjoy the book you want.

Books: One of my fav things is perusing a book store. I make it a date with my man or just a jaunt with my BFF. Looking through a book shelf after book shelf for my next read has a unique feel. It gives readers great joy to be able to physically look at something before buying it.

5. Different Generations Want Different Things

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EBook vs Books: so there is the most difficult part of my blog. I talked to a lot of people about their preferences. Younger people are torn because they like the look and feel of books but they like the convenience and ease of an ebook. The older generation was torn as well. Some find it hard to learn new technology but others like the challenge and like the instant access to magazines/ papers. They find going to the store harder for them than just clicking on a link and having things directly accessible!

So here are the factors I thought of when choosing a book over an ebook. For me it’s completely situational preference. Travelling and work I love my ebook. Curling up at home I do love me a book though. What do you all think? Have I missed anything when considering a book vs an ebook? Please tell me your preference and why!

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Book Review: All We Ever Wanted

Book Review: All We Ever Wanted

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Hello Readers!

This week I bring to you a book review by author Emily Giffin. This is the first book I have read by Giffin and I totally enjoyed it! A lot of fellow readers at work read her so I decided to jump on the bandwagon. I found the social issues covered throughout this story very prevalent and relatable to present day. I love discovering a new author- Emily Giffin is not new but new to me! I can’t wait to read more from her!

Other book by this author: Something Borrowed, Something Blue, First Comes Love

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The story starts off following Nina and her description of how her relationships with her husband has changed. Nina’s husband has made a lot of money and they live a very lush lifestyle. Their son Finch has applied to Princeton and they actually wrote a cheque to help him get in. Second family this book follows is Lyla who goes to the same private school Finch does but she does not come from money. She is a super smart kid who received a scholarship to go there. She was raised by a single dad -Tom- who is a carpenter.

Finch and Lyla are at a party and Finch snap chatted a photo of Lyla drunk, passed out with her clothing partially off exposing a breast. Lyla is Hispanic and the caption for the photo read- Looks like she got her green card” There was a green uno card beside her.

Now in today’s social media age this is a huge issue. With the Me Too movement in full swing, what better time to read a book like this. The rest of the book follows there characters trying to figure out how to deal with the repercussions of this event on so many levels!

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When the parents of each side find how mad chaos ensues. Kirk and Nina approach this different ways. Kirk tries to throw his money around to get Finch out of trouble. Nina is more towards the moral side saying Finch should be punished. Behind this also is Nina’s experience while she was in college. She was drugged and raped so she sympathizes with Lyla. Tom is beyond furious and wants Finch expelled. Lyla tried to talk her dad out of making a big deal of this. She does not want the other kids in school to treat her different.

All these different approaches makes you wondering A) what would you do in this situation being the parent and B) Do you think all of these approaches actually happen in real life!!! It kind of makes me a bit uneasy but I believe that all these happen. I read this book back in May before the Me Too movement really took off. It just goes to show that some people in today’s society really think money and power can buy anything.

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Nina feels so guilty about what her son did she goes to apologise to Tom in person. Little does she know that Kirk bribed him to keep silent. Disgusted Nina takes Finch to apologise to Lyla in person. He then says that Polly- his ex girlfriend- took the picture and now he really wants to hang out with Lyla. Finch takes Lyla to a concert being Nina’s back. All of this covers can money really buy happiness. Nina’s son does not respect her and thinks money will solve all his problems as does Kirk.

The tangle webs we weave get deeper. It initially looked like Finch set up Lyla to win her over but now he promises to come clean with Polly and tell her to come clean about the photo. Poor Lyla is so confused but just likes the feeling that a ‘cool’ guy is into her. They all have a meeting with the principle and everything gets more confusing. Polly is saying she did not take the photo. Is Finch lying or is he telling the truth?

Nina decides to get a divorce from Kirk. She asks her top notch Lawyer best friend Julie to represent her. The end of the story Lyla finds out that it was really Finch who maliciously took the photos. He had been lying to her this whole time. She gets worried about Polly and approaches Nina. Together they go and find that Polly tried to commit suicide!!

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So it turns out that money really can’t buy happiness in Nina’s case. The epilogue is 10 years later. Lyla is a lawyer and Nina and Tom start a business together to build custom tree houses. They also open homes for abused women with some of the money. Tom and Nina do not appear to be a couple- boo I really wanted them to end up together. Lyla admits that Nina saved her life in the end. They are at an award show and Finch shows up. He finally realized his mother was right after he finds out his father gets caught up in a financial scandal.

So for those of you who have read this book about did you think. The core concepts of this book are deep and controversial! I really enjoyed how this book make me think about money, privilege and true happiness. Please feel free to leave comments below. Also I would love to hear if any of you have read other books by Emily and what are your favs!

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Review: Oleah Chronicles : Truth by Michelle Johnson

What would you do if all you knew was a lie to protect you and your sheer existence puts everyone you know in danger?
I was approached by the author Michelle Johnson to do a review for her book Oleah chronicles Truth in return for a free copy of her book. This has not affected my review which is unbiased.
So I went into this book with no expectations and come out really enjoying the story. Michelle sure does have a vivid imagination to think up the premise of the Oleah creatures.

Let me first explain what they are. A Oleah can be described as a creature with a combination of human and lion features.

The top half of their faces resembles that of a lion, the bottom half human, along with a human torso and lion legs from the waist down. An Oleah also has the ability to morph into a lion. Oleahs have extremely heightened senses that are connected with the environment. They are impressive hunters and known throughout the galaxies for their agility, speed and loyalty.They’re amongst the most powerful mystical creatures throughout the galaxies.-from Oleah Chronicle website – http://www.oleahchronicles.com

So first off here is the synopsis of the book : Sixteen-year-old Angel Seriki is forced to face overwhelming truths about her so-called ordinary family when she meets Zander Black; a new student to her high school who is smart, charming and devastatingly beautiful. The revelations he uncovers to her about a danger that threatens to resurface from a past she never knew was her own, changes everything. Life as she knows it will never be the same again. In order to keep her family safe she has no choice but to trust Zander, despite his connection to her enemy. He’s the only resource she has if she ever expects to understand the true reality of who and what she is. However, things become complicated when neither can ignore the magnetic energy between them. As their relationship and feelings deepen, so do the risks involved. She must now accept her fate, even if that means giving up everything she knows, including being human.

Now let’s delve into the review.
There are so many positive aspects of this novel. I really like the angle of multiple galaxies and one king and queen to ‘rule them all’, but fairly and lovingly. This one galaxy to rule them all is called Uforika where the King and Queen live with their daughter the princess. Then we learn throughout the novel that is under attack from a sorceress (Sindrell) who is no less than Satan’s sister. We see this Christianity underlying throughout the core of the story which I particularly liked. We hear of angels and cherubs as well. Living in the jungle of Uforika are the Oleah. The King and queen flee Uforika with the Princess – main character Angel- as she is born indestructible and Sindrell cuvette her to make her own powers greater with the end goal of ruling all the galaxies. While hiding on earth they do not have their Oleah powers and look like humans. They raise Angel with no previous knowledge of Uforika and Oleah people.

Enter Zander the dashing ‘highschool’ student. As the story develops we learn that he is Sinderll’s right hand man bent on destroying Angel. As he tries to find her on earth he becomes in a way humanized. I really liked that we got to see him regain his humanity which makes us root for him even more. His back story of how vampires were evolved is refreshing. The spin that he is the result of Adam and Eve’s sins was invigorating to read verses the same old I got bit by another vampire traditional telling.

All in all Angel’s journey of her Oleah’s heritage discovery was a great read and leaving the book on a cliffhanger was a brilliant idea. I’m hooked!!!!!

I do have one thing to say which is negative regarding the introduction. Michelle so vividly described the lush jungle background in Angel’s dreams I wanted that description in the introduction. I feel like it brushed by too fast and I almost lost interest without the detail. I also did not like the portals opening with glitter from Coral’s wing. As the book reads as an older YA I found this fact did not fit in with the rest of the feel of the book. All in all though super great read and I would totally recommend to a fantasy lover!

As always if anyone else has read this and has additional comments or thoughts feel free to add a comment.

Keep a lookout for my post next Monday as I am doing a review of Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi

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Review: Then she was gone by Lisa Jewell

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I know it has been a very long time since I posted my last blog.  I am back on tract now and oh what a book to be my first review of 2019.

I read Then she was gone in 2 days.   It was a super fast, easy and page gripping book.   It is not for those who are faint of heart.  It does not have any extremely violent scenes but is more of a sick and twisted psychological thriller.

First off the point that left me the must unsettled was the way in which Ellie died.   After giving birth to Poppy she was just forgotten in the basement to wither and waste away.  For me this would be worse than being murdered.   All those countless hours with no interaction, not knowing what is to come next is psychological torture.   I would rather be shot or stabbed as this would end my suffering faster.  It is heart wrenching to think that not only did Ellie physically suffer what the psychological aspect of being ‘forgotten’ is appalling.

The second aspect that made me a bit sick to my stomach was when Laurel figured out that Ellie was in Noelle’s basement and she walked right past her daughter without knowing she was suffering.  Everyone talks about the link between a mother and a child.  In a lot of novels this link eventually leads the mother to the child and all is well with a happy ending.  This is not real life.  Real life unfortunately is more sinister.  By having Laurel walk past  Ellie Lisa made this book more realistic for the reader.

The way in which Lisa wrote this book made the event of a child being lost/ kidnapped more practical in real life.  The fact that she portrayed Laurel in the beginning as a ‘bitch’  to her family and withdrawn is probably more factual than the whole family coming together.   Everyone deals with loss and stress in different ways.   Not all tragic events bring people together.  The fact that Laurel can’t stand the way her ex husband Paul deals with Ellie’s loss is more practical and relatable.

The one aspect of this book that I could have done without was the character Blue, Laurel’s son’s girlfriend.   I found that as the reader my suspicion of Floyd was growing enough without the use of psych and aura seeing.   I found that her ‘warning’ Floyd was hiding something was tacky and not needed – my opinion only.   Lisa could have had Laurel increase her suspicion another way.

As characters go I really liked Poppy.   She started off as an annoying single child syndrome character, whom I did not like in the beginning.   As the story progressed her character grew and she went from being a daddy’s needy girl to a girl who wanted larger family interaction.   She was a nice relief from the other intense characters of Laurel and Floyd.   I also liked Noelle was the ‘villain’.   She was someone you loved to hate.   I went from loathing her selfish craziness to feeling sorry for her when we learned of Floyd playing her for his sexual satisfaction.   As for Floyd I have mixed feeling about him.  My views change depending on who is narrating.   In the end though I did feel sorry for him and almost didn’t want him to blow his brains out.

All in all what a slimy sick thriller that kept me glued to the pages.   I will definitely be reading more from Lisa Jewell as I feel we all need to experience the uneasiness that Then she was gone dishes out!! As always feel free to leave any comments and/ or Lisa Jewell recommendations below.

 

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How to get cheap books!

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I thought today I would go over a few resources that I have found to feed my book addiction for cheap.  I hate spending full price for books.  Reading can become a very expensive hobbie.  Hopefully these resources can help ease the pocket book but still allow you to enjoy your craving for reading

  1. Libraries– so the obvious first choice is to support your local library. They are a great source of all type of reading options whether it be physical books, ebooks or audio books.   The only downfall is the timeline they give you for new releases – which generally have to be back to the library much sooner than other books you sign out.  Another option your library may offer is through the app called overdrive.  You just download this app and sign in with your library number and you can sign out ebooks and audiobooks right onto your ereader.  Libraries often have books sales as well so you can get used books for pretty cheap.untitled.png
  2. Thrift stores/ second hand books stores- thrift stores offer a great price on used books.  I do understand though that some of the books they offer are quite old and they do not often have new releases.  The thrift store is somewhere you can go if you are looking for books that are not main stream and usually really good finds.  Also local second hand books stores are a gem for decently prices gently used books.  The store owners often can get in books you are looking for and are a great resource for book suggestions.  If you are in the Hamilton\ Burlington area in Ontario may I suggest a book store called J.H. Gordons in Hamilton.  The owners are amazing and are able to pretty much find any book you may be interested in. 81d09f3ac600b68b7a43b852c99b623b
  3. Bookoutlet- I know a lot of book tubers have suggested this site and I must admit I have found a lot of great book deals on new and older releases.   Sometimes the only catch with this website is the amount they charge for shipping.  Sometimes when you include the shipping fee the book is just as expensive as in store.  You just have to be careful and when figuring out the price always include the shipping price as part of the book price.

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4. Paperbackswap- this is a new website for me and one that I have not used a lot.  The premise is that you sign up, post a book that you would like to swap for.  You pay the shipping fee to the person requesting the book from you.  Then you go back onto the website and pick a book that will be shipped to you for free- in the same manner.  This is a pretty smart idea and a good way for bookies to connect with one another.

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5. Boobbub- this is a website I probably use the most.   It is for ebooks only so for those who do not like ebooks this is probably not an option for you.   You make an account and then select the genres that you are interested in reading.  The website then sends you daily deals for books that are within the genres you have selected.  Some of these books are for  FREE and some are insanely cheap.  Also not a website to use for new releases but has some amazingly good finds on other books. This website has expanding my reading repertoire and I have found some of my favourite reads on this site.

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I hope these resources  may help you guys in saving some money but allow you to still enjoy a good read.  If anyone has any other suggestions or have any comments on the sites I have listed please feel free to leave a comment.   Happy Reading !!!