This is just a piece of advice for people who like to buy books online…
We’ve all been there. We checked the products online before buying them. We read all about them, how the people who’ve already purchased them before like the products. We’ve browsed through hundreds of forum posts and customer reviews just to know if it’s worth the money that we have to pay.
Just like in every product we buy, we should be careful and do our due diligence before buying books online.
We all have our different shopping habits. I actually ran across Katytastic’s video on Youtube where she discussed her book buying habits. Check it out:
Reading & Book Buying Habits! - YouTube
According to Criteo, almost 52% of consumers make an impulse purchase and that 89% of buyers are most likely persuaded by photos of the product they’re buying when they make a purchase. That alone tells me that a lot of marketing comes to play when people are trying to sell stuff. And that’s where people should be cautious.
The great thing about books is that we’re being offered content. Content is something that can be extremely subjective from person to person, but if you go through enough reviews from the readers, you’ll most likely have an idea if the book you want to buy is something that’s right for you.
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Make sure to check out some of the best review website out there to make an informed purchase. Websites such as Goodreads.com and Bookpage.com offers great insights on a large myriad of available books. Amazon also includes customer reviews directly on the product page so it’s easier to navigate.
Don’t forget that whenever you’re reading the book reviews, go through the verified ones. I’m not saying that unverified reviews are unreliable, it’s just that there’s no way of telling if these reviews are real.
With all that said, I think it’s time for me to check do some major research on the best books available right now so I can have my next batch of daily reads.
I’ve been living in the Philippines for a while now with my husband after we left New Jersey a few months ago. It wasn’t an easy transition but since his work required him to transfer to another continent, I decided that it would be a good financial move for us to transfer together.
We just bought a 3-bedroom condominium in the bustling city and since we don’t have kids (yet), I thought that it would be best to utilize the extra rooms as an office and a library.
I scoured the internet to find a good construction company in the Philippines and one that really stood out for me was Loza Builders. I went through all their projects and I was impressed with their recent works and how it aligned with my vision.
I’m planning to give them a call soon to check if they can help me out.
Since I had to leave a large part of my book collection back home and didn’t bring them with me in the Philippines, I probably don’t need a big space for my library. The room can be a library and an office at the same time. A few bookshelves here and there, a good and relaxing couch and a small coffee table would be sufficient. I need something that looks cozy. I wish I can have a fireplace to make it feel more romantic and homey but given that it’s a tropical climate, I don’t think that would be convenient and practical. Also, I live is a condominium so… there goes that dream. Maybe when we go back home and we’re able to save up money we can fully realize this dream, but for now, i’ll settle for a comfortable and relaxing library within the comfort of my new home.
Settling in a new land
Surprisingly, everyone speaks good English here so communication was a breeze. Everyone was friendly and I didn’t have a difficult time adjusting. I’m so thankful! My husband also had an easy adjustment period and we just appreciate how lucky we are.
I do love it here, I really do… But I miss home, my family and my friends. It’s great that i’m able to communicate with them regularly online. I can’t imagine if this happened a hundred years ago. A time where internet was non existent. I’ll probably have to send them a snail mail as a form of communication and wait a few months to get a 10-word reply. I’ll be so homesick if that were the case!
Anyway, time to plan some traveling around this country! I heard the beaches are amazing and I need to get to all of them asap!
As a lover of books, i’ve always had a difficult time looking for ways to perfectly stash them. I was previously using a dilapidated box where I would just pile them on top of each other which became increasingly difficult as my collection increased.
Why did I choose to get one? Well, first things first, it helped me see all the titles of the available books I have. I love it since it makes me feel like I have my own mini library. Why did I get a wooden one? I like how it looks, that’s mostly it. It has a more rustic feel to it. Kind of like how they do it in earlier eras where they have massive libraries filled with books.
The wooden bookcase I got was from a known brand and the thing I like most about it is the price. I had to assemble it myself tho, but that wasn’t really a big deal since it only took an hour at most to get everything sorted out.
Now I can finally appreciate all my books anytime I want. I highly recommend that if you’re looking for the best way to keep your books (for all book lovers like me out there), to get one as well.
It’s a good investment and it will last a long time!
There are lots of reasons why I love reading and here’s just a few of them that other people will be able to relate to:
Makes me grow
Reading takes me to a whole new journey where i’m able to use my imagination and transport myself to the world where the writers wants me to be. It opens me to a different mindset and challenges me to be more understanding.
There are slow days when there aren’t much to do, and rather than entertaining myself with other things such as watching television, I read.
It’s amazing because it sets me free from moments that otherwise would’ve been dull and lifeless.
Not exactly physically travel but my mentality is able to travel to far beyond where the physicality can go.
There are times when i’m having difficulty sleeping, I grab myself a book to read and just enjoy the moment until the time comes that I start feeling sleepy.
Serves as an escape
When everything else feels like a hustle and bustle, reading books gives me an option to escape and just feel like i’m in a whole new world with endless possibilities. All I need to do is a pick a book of where i’d want my mind to wander into.
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Review: Listen To Me by Kristen Proby @Handbagjunkie @InkSlingerPR
April 12, 2016 Uncategorized
Kristen Proby is known for writing heartfelt characters with deep connections and sizzling passion. In her brand new series from William Morrow Paperbacks, Fusion, she will seduce readers’ senses with the sexy, contemporary romance, LISTEN TO ME, in which five best friends open a hot new restaurant together. Today, we are thrilled to bring you this first book in the Fusion Series. Available now, LISTEN TO ME finds a hot former rock star looking for a steady gig at the restaurant, but he’ll have to convince the prickly front-of-house manager to take a chance on him—with her business and her heart.
“Listen to Me is a phenomenal start to a new series
that will hook the readers to the point of no return.” -Fiction Fangirls
About LISTEN TO ME:
In New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Kristen Proby’s brand new series, five best friends open a hot new restaurant, but one of them gets much more than she bargained for when a sexy former rock star walks through the doors—and into her heart.
Seduction is quickly becoming the hottest new restaurant in Portland, and Addison Wade is proud to claim 1/5 of the credit. She’s determined to make it a success and can’t think of a better way to bring in new customers than live music. But when former rock star Jake Keller swaggers through the doors to apply for the weekend gig, she knows she’s in trouble. Addie instantly recognizes him—his posters were plastered all over her bedroom walls in high school—he’s all bad boy…exactly her type and exactly what she doesn’t need.
Jake Keller walked away from the limelight five years ago and yearns to return to what’s always driven him: the music. If he gets to work for a smart-mouthed, funny-as-hell bombshell, all the better. But talking Addie into giving him the job is far easier than persuading her that he wants more than a romp in her bed. Just when she begins to drop her walls, Jake’s past finally catches up with him.
Will Addie be torn apart once again or will Jake be able to convince her to drown out her doubts and listen to her heart?
“The story is fresh, the characters are hot, the chemistry between
Jake and Addison is through the roof, and the picture that
Ms. Proby paints is vivid and energetic.” -Literati Literature Lovers
Proby first book in her new Fusion series didn’t disappoint. There something about her writing that draws you into her work and she has been a favourite of mine but I never seem get the chance to read her books. She there always at the back of my head and this contemporary romance was the perfect way to get back into her work.
This book is the typical Proby that fans have come to now for and won’t disappoint one bit. As who doesn’t like a tattoo musican. Well that only part of the story but Jake Keller is a book boyfriend that you want to meet in a hurry. As he is perfect and cocky.
Jake isn’t one of those broody men, he may have baggage but this man knows how to keep things light despite the baggage. He was the perfect guy who knew how exactly to push the button although it may have been a flaw as well. It just made him endearing as he wasn’t just after just any girl
But the it girl for him, who isn’t fan over the fact that he is a musician. It may actually go against him as Addison has own baggage when it comes boys like Jake. She may banter with him and give him as good as serves. But she wants to find some one and Jake may be the answer for her.
However with baggage comes issues and Listen to Me is a fun book that has it moments that will leave you swooning and the next moment have a grin on your face. As Proby knows how to play with our heartstrings whilst giving a fun book about five friends who own an restaurant together mash up the two to give this entertaining story.
As whilst the focus is on particularly Addison and Jake, Proby does give this book a slight chick-lit feel with the comradeship with the girlfriends. I love how they are close knit and live life to the fullest together , as family. It makes for some interesting times and I can’t wait to see where Fushion goes as this series is perfect for those summer days or winter nights when you want some thing light and fun but with heart.
About Kristen Proby:New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Kristen Proby is the author of the bestselling With Me In Seattle and Love Under the Big Sky series. She has a passion for a good love story and strong, humorous characters with a strong sense of loyalty and family. Her men are the alpha type; fiercely protective and a bit bossy, and her ladies are fun, strong, and not afraid to stand up for themselves.
Kristen lives in Montana, where she enjoys coffee, chocolate and sunshine. And naps. Visit her at KristenProby.com.
Being young is all about the experiences: the first time you skip school, the first time you fall in love…the first time someone holds a gun to your head.
After being held hostage during a robbery at the local convenience store, seventeen year old Edie finds her attitude about life shattered. Unwilling to put up with the snobbery and bullying at her private school, she enrolls at the local public high school, crossing paths with John. The boy who risked his life to save hers.
While Edie’s beginning to run wild, however, John’s just starting to settle down. After years of partying and dealing drugs with his older brother, he’s going straight—getting to class on time, and thinking about the future.
An unlikely bond grows between the two as John keeps Edie out of trouble and helps her broaden her horizons. But when he helps her out with another first—losing her virginity—their friendship gets complicated.
Meanwhile, Edie and John are pulled back into the dangerous world they narrowly escaped. They were lucky to survive the first time, but this time they have more to lose—each other.
It’s no secret that I love Kylie Scott and her writing. She gets the real woman and she never shies away from being brutal honest about life and its ups and downs. It is the reason why she is adored by many for her stories in the romance genre. She makes her stories accessible and relatable even though they involve rockstars. But who can blame her as she gave us countless of boyfriends and plenty of entertainment. Despite all this I was slightly hesitant when Trust was announced . Even though my gut knew I wouldn’t be disappointed, there is a fine difference between romance and YA.
The language, emotions and life experiences are different in YA. What you may experience and enjoy in a romance novel may not work in YA novel. I didn’t know how her brand of writing would translate to YA. Don’t get me wrong Scott can write. But she has a particular kind of writing that not everyone may love in YA. Needless to say I didn’t have to worry and Scott has written a book that has instantly become one of my favourite OZ YA novels to date I have read.
Not shying away from her roots and being the writer that I have come to love and adore . Scott tells the story of highschool senior Edie. A plus size teenager who lives an ordinary life in a North California town until her life is changed by a robbery in the local convenience store . It is a life changing needless to say and that night things happened that leaves Edie shaken and changed. She no longer wants to live life half full and decides its time to make a stance. Trust is her story, her journey to that place. But when you have an experience that takes away trust from you in the most heartless way. It isn’t going to be easy. Lucky for her, this experience isn’t a one person affair.
That night didn’t only touch her and we soon cross paths with John who was there by her side trying to get her through the whole ideal. His life is a total opposite from Edie’s. Around here he isn’t a boy with goals or dreams. He is the boy who runs wild , partying and dealing . Leaving life to the fullest the only way he knows how. Until that night. Now they find themselves on the opposites sides once again as they forge new paths in their lives their senior year.
With the only person keep them sane is each other as life keeps on giving them challenges. Even so they are drawn to each other and bonding over things. Trusting to keep each other going, but when the lines are cross and their world just get complicated once again. Who are they going trust?
A very teenage affair,Trust is coming of age story told Scott style. Not holding back , Scott tells the highs and lows of life through Eddie and John. The typical teenage problems along the cruel real world problems peppered in that add a air of honesty and reality to this story. Scott doesn’t paint a pretty picture of substance abuse or shy away from the bullying and problems of being a plus woman. She makes it a matter of fact like other things in this novel which I enjoyed especially when it came to a certain point in the novel. It was a very accepting novel from a teenager point of view . Yes we had the parents who questioned and nag their kids but I loved how the teenagers in this novel were very accepting about things and didn’t push views on to us as readers.
Told over a few months , Eddie journey is a story of firsts and honest and real. She doesn’t relent any second and I loved her and John for who they become. How they embraced the best and worst bits of themselves and rose again the experience that set them alight and made them want to change.
Scott has done it again in a different genre and I couldn’t be more thrilled and hope this isn’t the last from her YA. We need a voice like her’s in YA as well. Dealing with the tough issues and being these are facts of life
Kylie is a New York Times and USA Today best-selling author. She was voted Australian Romance Writer of the year, 2013 & 2014, by the Australian Romance Writer’s Association and her books have been translated into eleven different languages. She is a long time fan of romance, rock music, and B-grade horror films. Based in Queensland, Australia with her two children and husband, she reads, writes and never dithers around on the internet. You can learn more about Kylie from http://www.kylie-scott.com/