Saturday, May 15, 2010

Good Book Sites by Natalie {Guest Post}

If you know anything at all about me, then you know this: I LOVE TO READ. Couldn't imagine life without it. For as long as I can remember, I've always loved to read. Even as a little girl, other kids would be out playing, and I'd be in my room reading. That's how I remember it anyways.

Hubby bought me the Sony Reader (similar to the Amazon Kindle) a few years ago for Christmas. It was one of the best gifts I've ever received because as a reading fanatic, it was a gift from the gods! I haven't had a chance to take it with me on a vacation yet, but oh! The thought of putting a bunch of books on that little-less-than-a-pound Reader is thrilling! No more lugging (literally) a bunch of books in my suitcase! There's nothing worse than running out of books to read on vacation (if you're an avid reader, that is).

I can't think of anything I'd rather do than curl up with a good book. Before children, I would stay in my pajamas and read all day. Of course, that never happens anymore; I guess in another 20 years or so I may be able to do it again. But I still read just takes me a lot longer to get through a book. Hubby will watch tv, and I will read. The kids play outside, and I'm out there reading. At doctor appointments, I don't mind the wait because it gives me a chance to read. Before I go to bed, I read. If I have 5 spare minutes, you guessed it, you'll find me with a book in my hands.

A lot of friends ask me for book recommendations because I read constantly. My sister H and my friend Diana probably hit me up the most for recommendations. Friends also ask me where I find all these books to read, sometimes obscure or unknown books or authors, and so I thought I'd tell you a couple of my favorite sites to find good books, authors, suggestions, recommendations, etc... - Goodreads is an awesome site that my friend and fellow avid reader Tonya introduced me to a couple of years ago. It allows you to catalog books you've read, books you want to read, search for similar books, write reviews and rate books, learn about authors, join book reading groups and contests, enter contests to win free books (I've won a couple!), keep track of what you're friends are reading, and meet other people that love to read. A few of my "friends" on the site are just random people across the country that sent me friend requests so we can follow each other's readings (A 13-year old girl from India sent me a friend request, so we send each other messages about life in our countries, etc!). - Really cool site that allows you to search for books that are similar to books that you've already read and liked. You type in the name of the book and author, and it'll spit out names of other books that are similar in style/genre that you might be interested in. - Check this site out the first couple of days of every new month. You can enter for a chance to win free books. Of course, the premise is that you will "read it forward", and pass it along to someone else when you've finished reading it. I won a book the first month I entered! - As I'm writing this, I click on the link to make sure it works, and I just added 3 more books to my "to read" list! Anyways, great book suggestions, features, and deals on both new and used books. Plus, if you preorder books before they're released, you get a guarantee of getting the lowest price. - I just realized that ebay is a very cheap place to buy books! I have bought three books on there for a total of twelve bucks (including shipping!). The books were each $1, and then shipping was another $3. They were used, but in perfect condition. They were each bought from different sellers. I have found my new favorite book-buying place!

So yes, I'm a total bookworm and I'm proud of it!

What is your favorite book?

Favorite author?

Do you have another go-to website that I should know about? And so it goes...

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Sportys 01.08 Natalie is a stay-at-home mom to a toddler and 8 month old twins. She loves to read, cook, and garden. She also writes a blog Mommy of a Monster (I Mean Toddler) and Infant Twins in which she discusses her life as a stay-at-home mom and the chaos that comes with raising three children under three years of age.

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  1. Ooooh I love Goodreads too although I haven't updated my books there for err 2 months. Amazon was one of my favorite place besides Ebay to buy books when we were still in the States. Sadly prices for English books here in Indonesia are double (sometimes triple) what it would cost back in the US.
    Thanks for the other website recommendation will check them out. :D

  2. I've never heard of goodreads. I'll have to check it out.

  3. Thanks for all the book sites, I need to check those out!

    As interested as I am in Kindle (and anything like it) I just can't get over the feel of an actual book in my hands. And I love OWNING books - walking into my guest room / office and seeing my bookcase full of lovely books.

    But I will admit, it'd be nice to not have to lug a ton of books around on vacation!

  4. i am your newest follower, I love your book picks. I also do
    you swap your books with other peoples books and just pay media rate shipping I love it I have been a member 4 years.
    if you have time visit me at
    Wasabi mommy
    I am a huge book person too- i am giving away 3 book next friday.

  5. Look at you, natalie! I didn't know you were an avid reader, nor did I know Trench Mommy had a second site! Both of you ladies impress me!

    I'm NOT a reader. At all. But my parents, brother and SIL are addicts, and it'e because of my bro and SIL that I am part of goodreads. I think I have 4 books on it!

  6. Nice guest blog, Natalie! Love it! You asked about favorite authors...I have one that I have gone back to over the years..Catherine Cookson. All of her books were set in England (usually turn of the century) and I love the way she turned a phrase. She wrote until she was well into her 90's and in a nursing home. She had someone handwrite all her scripts out at that point. Also, an old book, one of the best I have ever read is Apple Tree Lean Down by Mary Pearce. My daughter adn I have both read it 2 or 3 times.


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