Borrowed Books and Secondhand Books

I don't like buying a lot of books because it can really add up and start to get expensive. Because of this I read a lot of library books and buy a lot of second hand books. If you aren't somebody who uses a library or buys second hand books often I would encourage you to do so. This last week i've picked up a few books from charity shops and from the library, so now seems as good a time as any to show them.

Secondhand Books

I think most of the books I own are secondhand, mostly bought in charity shops or some from books sales and Amazon. 

I love shopping for books in charity shops because you never know what you are going to find. I go there on the hunt for books that I am really keen to read but can't spare the cash to buy them brand new, and I also go there on the hunt for anything that looks interesting. The last few years at Christmas I have just asked my mum to go to charity shops and bring me any books she thinks are quite interesting.

It's a great way to find cheap hardback books, and if you pick up a book that you really don't like you never feel that bad about paying for it because it barely cost a thing. I am also not one of those people who loves a pristine book, especially as I make a lot of notes in my books so i'm never too fussed about owning a brand new book.

The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak
The Shack by Wm Paul Young
I picked up both of these books for 10p each in a shop that supports the London air ambulance. I've been wanting to read both of these for a while so I am really glad I found them. The Book Thief is of course avery well known successful book and definitely seemed worth a read to me, and i've been hearing a lot about The Shack recently because the film is coming out this year. It's a Christian book and I prefer novels with Christian themes as opposed to Christian non-fiction self-help-y kinds of books.

Library Books

I never go to the library just to hunt for a good book to read like I do with charity shops but it is my first port of call for a book I want to read but don't want to buy. I don't like to accumulate too many books as they take up so much space and I often take a lot of my books to charity shops when i'm done reading them if I know I will never re-read them.

My local library is really small and often doesn't have the books I want, however most of the libraries in London are interconnected so if my local library does not have a book I need it can be brought in from anywhere else in London for a mere 50p. If you are willing to wait a couple of weeks for them to bring it in, you have access to pretty much every book in London. This was done with one of the books I picked up recently All The Rivers, and also The Spider King's Daughter which I read earlier this year.

The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood
All The Rivers by Dorit Rabinyan
The handmaid's tale is a modern classic that I wanted to read since I saw Hannah Witton mention in a youtube video a few weeks ago. And All the rivers is a love story about an Israeli and a Palestinian, and I love to read any books about Israel and Palestine.