Favorite Reads this 2016

My book list is rather short this year. Among the 30 something titles I’ve read, only a few stood out. These are my favorite reads this year, in no particular order:

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Where to Get Your Reading Fix When You’re Poor

Not everyone can shell out money when they feel like it, but just because you can’t afford books doesn’t mean you can’t read. This list will help you get your reading fix without having to spend a thing.

1. Public domain books

Books in the public domain are free for anyone to use. Websites like Project Gutenberg, Bartleby, Feedbooks, and LibriVox (for audiobooks) offer a wide selection of titles that you can either download or access online.

2. Free Kindle books

If you’re more of a fan of contemporary novels than classics, Amazon is the place for you. The Kindle section has loads of free books in various genres. These books are being offered for free for a limited time for promotional purposes, though some stay free for a very long time. Admittedly, there are novels that aren’t well written or properly edited, but there are always hidden gems to discover.

Amazon isn’t the only place you can find these free books. Authors usually offer their books on various platforms like Kobo, Nook, and Smashwords as well. I just find the Kindle reader more convenient to use since all my stuff are already there.

3. Stories by aspiring authors

The world is full of aspiring writers. You’ll find them posting stories on their own blogs and on story sharing sites like FictionPress and Wattpad. These works may not be published (yet), but you may be looking at the next best seller.

4. Giveaways

This is not a guarantee, but you’ll have the chance to win a book. Some bloggers hold giveaways as a treat to their readers. Goodreads also has a giveaways section you should check out.

5. Gift cards

If none of the above appeal to you, your last shot is to earn gift cards from rewards apps. These applications let you redeem PayPal cash, Amazon gift cards, and other rewards in exchange for the points you earn for watching videos and completing offers. It may take a while, but you’ll be able to buy the book you want.

Examples of mobile rewards apps are:

  • SwagBucks – available for US, UK, Canada, Australia, and Ireland
  • Perk – available for US, Canada (excluding Quebec), UK, Australia, New Zealand, and India
  • GrabPoints – available for all countries

You could, of course, visit your local library. I didn’t include it in this list because it’s probably the first thing that comes to mind when speaking of free access to books.

I hope this list was helpful. If you have anything to add, feel free to leave a comment.