Top 3 Places to Purchase Affordable Books

 “Two dollars? No way!” I said in utter disbelief. How could I not believe it? It was right in front of my eyes: two dollars for the entire Lord of the Rings series (and it was in mint condition). Let me rewind. Summer hadn’t ended, and I was still determined to buy as many books as I could. So, I zipped down to Books-a-Million (my second home and safe-haven), in my blue Cadillac convertible. Actually, it was more like my Toyota-not-convertible-car, but a girl can dream. Right? I envisioned the delightful depiction of the swiping of my credit card, the plastic bag filled with books that swung between the spaces of my fingers, and the satisfaction of placing my 500 books perfectly onto my bookshelf. Ok, so the reality is, I only left with one book, but that’s my point! Why must the demons of book prices deem books expensive! Maybe the price of one book isn’t so bad, but for a book nerd, one book is sadly disappointing. That’s when I discovered the solution to my dilemma. Over the course of about a month, I have accumulated more books (classic and popular) than I could ever imagine. The best part is, it has probably costed less than the price of 3 brand new books. Want to know my secret? Keep reading. These are the top three best places to find affordable books.

#1 The Thrift Store
                “Well, what do ya know!” I’ll be honest, I used to dread going to thrift stores, but now it has become a completely different experience for me. I cannot explain how absolutely astonished I am, at the fact that most of the books on my shelf, come from the thrift store (Goodwill to be more specific). Not only can you find popular YA fiction, classics, series, and even current dystopian novels, most of them are is good condition! Obviously, they are not the equivalent of a bookstore cover, but they’re very similar. If the series you want costs a million dollars, and your budget has condemned you to a life of one book per year, I highly recommend you check out your local thrift store. Bookstores still have very good prices, but buying books in bulk can supersede your bank account and/or budget, which is never a good thing…even for a book nerd.  Still, we can’t stay out of bookstores forever. The indescribably wonderful smell of printed books won’t allow it.  

#2 The Library
                I know what you’re thinking. “Sabrina, I don’t have time to rent books. My TBR list is already piled skyscraper high!” I understand. I have the same problem. In fact, a melancholy sentiment floods the inner workings of my heart when I think about the fact that I will not be able to read every book in the entire world, before I die. Sorry, that escalated quickly. Wipe those tears away and forget what I just said, because things are about to get brighter. The greatest thing about most libraries is, they will sell their books and/or the books of others in a nook or room inside of the building. A lot of my books come from the library’s nookstore (books/nook/store…see what I did there...ha-ha…ok I’ll stop) as well.  I’ve found everything from Lemony Snicket’s “A Series of Unfortunate Events” to Alison Larkin’s “The English American” and back. Some of the books are outdated, and tend to be the sort of novels that are unheard of, but there are many that are popular and very well-known. Overall, I encourage you to check out your local library for affordable books.

#3 The Interweb
                Even Amazon is not that bad. Did you know you could find new and used books for a cheaper price than marked on Amazon? If a book must be shipped to you from another country or a bookstore is willing to sell their books for cheaper on Amazon, one can get a pretty good deal on the price of books. Another great website to check out is Though, the books may take a while to reach your mailbox, and though you may receive one or two books slightly damaged based upon what condition you bought them in, you can find modern and classic books at for 3.99 and up and sometimes even cheaper. Obviously, I don’t know all the places you could buy books but with a few taps of the keys and the click of a mouse, it shouldn’t be difficult to find affordable books in your area and online.

                Thank you, guys, so much for reading this blog post! I am so excited to be sharing where I get my books, because I know it’s been a huge help in my book buying process. If you did like this post share it with your friends and family, and tell me where you buy your bulk of books in the comments section below. Check out all of my social media links below to keep up with the latest and subscribe at the top to never miss a blog post from me. I love you guys and I hope you have a beautifully blessed day! 😊

“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves do not break in or steal; for where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” Matthew 6:19-21 (NASB)

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  1. Wow this is actually a fun thing to do. It becomes a treasure hunt of some kind. I also like to buy books at garage sales. I find that if I spot one good book, chances are the seller is in to the same types of books I like. Just food for thought. Great post!


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