5 (online) Book Shops to Support Instead of Amazon (UK)

Happy Saturday!

Since the on-going pandemic has lead to a rise of us all online shopping, I thought it’d be nice to help out some indie /small bookshops, instead of Amazon which makes enough money, quite frankly. I am guilty of shopping at Amazon, it’s too easy and convenient. However, I am trying to support some other bookshops now too, I want my money to go to better companies instead.

UK Book Shop launches in the UK | Books Ireland

I recently discovered this company, I will definitely use them to buy books in the future! Bookshop UK supports local, independent bookshops financially. By purchases through their website you can help small business stay in business. You can also search for indie bookshops near you.

I have an affiliate page here with my picks! If you shop through me you’re support my blog + an indie bookstore!

A Great Read

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This is an independent book shop that definitely rivals Amazon. I recently purchased a book from here and it came super fast. They have free UK shipping and give you a free bookmark with your order. What more could you want?


The University Of Derby Study Resource Voucher – Blackwell's Online Bookshop

Blackwells has a great selection of books, including many signed editions. They also offer free UK delivery. They have an affiliate program, similar to Amazon, so if you’re an influencer/blogger etc, you can sign up to become an affiliate.
You can support my blog by shopping through my affiliate link here.


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Wordery is owned by a larger company, the same as Waterstones, I believe. Still better to support than Amazon, in my opinion. Their delivery is pretty quick and their orders come with a free bookmark! They have basically every book you could want in their selection.

World of Books

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My favourite place for secondhand books! I’ve been shopping here for years now and I can strongly recommend this company. They have free UK shipping, express delivery for a small fee and they’re always pretty quick even with the normal free delivery. The condition of the books can be a bit hit and miss, but that’s secondhand shopping for you. Generally, everything arrives in decent condition – I always make sure I go for the books that are stated in ‘very good’ condition as that’s the best it’s going to be.

What’s your favourite indie bookshop?

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Books · Haul

Collective/ Long Overdue Book Haul!


Hey guys!
I’m finally posting my first book haul of 2019?! Crazy. I just kept putting off writing this post and taking pictures, which ended up with me collecting more and more books over time. Oops!
These are all the books I bought/received from January onwards.

Skyward by Brandon Sanderson

Jane Austen books:

Pride and Prejudice
Northanger Abbey
Sense and Sensibility
Mansfield Park

I got these beautiful editions at The Works. £3 each and I had a discount code!
Such a bargain

The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch

The Grisha Trilogy by Leigh Bardugo

Shadow and Bone

Siege and Storm

Ruin and Rising

*The Near Witch by V.E Schwab

[Gifted to me by Titan]

*A Girl Called Justice by Elly Griffiths

[Gifted to me by Hatchette Children]

*Holy Sister by Mark Lawrence
* One Word Kill by Mark Lawrence

Big thank you to Mitriel who had these dedicated and sent to me!
It made my entire week!!

[Gifted to me by Mitriel Faywood + Mark Lawrence]


What books have you bought recently?

Books · Haul

Summer Book Haul!


Hey Guys!
Hope you’re having a great weekend!
Today’s post is just going to be the books I’ve bought/received over the last month or so. I’ve have been really lucky and received quite a few books to review!

Let’s get on with the haul!


Firstly, I bought:  Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte using my birthday money. I’ve been wanting to read more classics so I picked up these gorgeous editions.


*Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik
Thank you to Jamie @ Tor UK for this gorgeous copy!

Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor
Thank you to PythiaReads for the trade!


The Woman Who Stole My Life by Marian Keyes
Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari
These two I got at a local summer fayre for 20p each! Such a great bargain and they’re in pretty good condition.

*Ascension by Victor Dixen
Thanks to Hot Key Books for a copy of this! Can’t wait to read and review it!



Nevermoor by Jessica Townsend
I got this second hand from World of Books on the Amazon Marketplace. It was in near perfect condition and super cheap!

*The Light Between Us by Katie Khan
Thank you to Doubleday books/Penguin UK for an early copy!

*The Hallowed War by Tim Akers
The Pagan Night
The Iron Hound
The Winter Now
Thank you to Titan books for sending me this series!

*Books marked with an asterisk (*) were sent to me for free, this does not affect my opinion in any way. All views are my own.

Let me know if you have read any of these and what you thought!


Books · Tips & Tricks

Reading On a Budget: Where To Find Cheap Books



A great way to get books cheap would be to buy them secondhand. New books, especially new releases can be pretty pricey, when I can, I always buy my books used/secondhand. You can save so much money by buying used books, yeah okay sometimes you can’t get new releases but unless I’m super desperate, I’ll wait until I can get it secondhand or the price drops.

Have a browse through your local charity/secondhand/thrift shops for books, I’ve have found some really cheap books from there. In one of my local charity shops, they have a deal of 3 paperbacks for £1!
Another way to find secondhand books would be at any local fayres or car boot sales, they’ll be dirt cheap! I recently went to a summer fayre at a local church and the paperback books for just 20p!
The best thing about buying secondhand books in person is that you can see the quality and condition they’re in for yourself. Whereas online, they can say it’s in ‘very good condition’ but it could come a bit damaged.

Online – If you don’t fancy going rummaging around charity shops and car boot sales, you can always buy secondhand books online.
My favourite places to shop for secondhand books online are; World of Books, Amazon Marketplace, eBay and Music Magpie.

From World of Books, I ordered Dreams of Gods and Monsters by Laini Taylor and it came as a first edition SIGNED copy. I was so excited, I had no idea when I ordered. You can really get some hidden gems when buying secondhand!

With places like Amazon Marketplace and eBay make sure you read the reviews/feedback of the sellers, so you know they’re legit. Also, make sure you check the location of the seller and the delivery charges so you aren’t caught out! If you’d rather stick to big sellers go for World of Books or Music Magpie, I’ve never had any trouble ordering from them (+ the delivery is free!).

Amazon Marketplace is good for both new and used books, you can compare prices and find the cheapest option available, usually, there are places cheaper than Amazon themselves.

amazon-marketClick underneath the Amazon prices to look at the Marketplace prices and compare, as shown in the picture above, you can save a lot by buying from other sellers on Amazon.
Amazon usually has some sort of deal on paperbacks, sometimes the offer is 2 for £7 or 3 for £10, if you prefer to buy your books new, this might save you some £££.

Other places to buy cheap new/ unused books would be The Works, they have a decent book selection and always have deals and offers going on. I’ve seen deals like 6 paperbacks for £10 online and in my local store, it’s 3 for £5.
My local WHSmith has a clearance section with hundreds of discounted books, I have got brand new books there for just £1. It’s worth seeing if any of your local bookstores have a clearance section too!

That’s all my tips for now! The next post in this Reading on a Budget series will be how to get books for free! Stay tuned for that!

**Disclaimer – This post is NOT sponsored, all the companies mentioned are ones I personally use and my opinion is based on my experience using them. 

Comment and let me know your favourite places to buy books!