Bookstagram Tips

Buying Books Online (How To)

How do you buy your books?

Visiting the stores does have its perks but there’s something about being all comfortable at home or office, via your PC or mobile, comparing prices and ordering books online.

I’ve compiled a few sites below, giving some information which could help you if you plan to shop books (and bookish stuff as well!) online.

I am always exploring new sites, comparing prices here and there and I will be updating this post to add them!

*Please also note that when I speak of shipping and prices, I’m talking about UAE ones.


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Book Depository
  • Mostly find the lowest prices and just about any book.
  • Free shipping to UAE and Worldwide.
  • It takes about 3 weeks and over to reach.

Would I recommend?

I would probably.  You would definitely find the cheapest prices in there. This was one of the first sites I used to log into to get books online. It just frustrated me that they took quite a long time and sometimes my order gets lost in the mail which they need to resend again.


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Barnes and Noble
  • Shipping fee included.
  • It takes about 3 weeks and over to reach.

Would I recommend?

I guess I would. Something about their editions that just makes me want to get them. You might find that the book prices are cheaper, and they are, but if you include shipment prices (to UAE), it will probably be the same as the rest with a slight difference in prices.


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Amazon
  • Shipping fee included.
  • It takes about 3 weeks and over to reach.

Would I recommend?

Only if you can’t find what you are looking for. Sometimes I would love certain covers/editions and I can only find them on Amazon.


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Magrudy’s
  • Free shipping to UAE
  • It takes about 5-7 days to reach.
  • Cash on Delivery option available. (UAE)

Would I recommend?

That’s usually where I get my books from. When I can’t find what I’m looking for, they order on my behalf with exactly the same price. It takes away the hassle to look for the book myself.


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Virgin Megastore
  • Free shipping over 200 Dhs
  • It takes about 2-3 days to reach.
  • Cash on Delivery option available. (UAE)

Would I recommend?

I love ordering from here because they have one of the fastest delivery options. If you are ordering multiple books, that’s the one to go to. It’s only free shipping after 200 Dhs.


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Kinokuniya
  • Free shipping
  • It takes about 1-2 days to reach.

Would I recommend?

They have free shipping and they are the fastest when it comes to delivery. The only drawback is that you may not always find what you are looking for. And they do not have a “cash on delivery” option which sometimes I prefer to use.


There you go!

Hopefully, this could give you an insight on where to go to when you feel like book shopping online. *we always feel like book shopping! D-uh!

You can always drop me a comment below or email me and I’d be glad to be of more help! 🙂

Bookstagram Tips

Tips and Tricks 1

Are your photoshoots as messy as mine?

I have not come across a Bookstagrammer who have not complained or dreaded that part where we have to re-shelf our books and put everything back again as it was.

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Behind the scenes!

That’s you too, right?

Well, that’s bookstagram life right there for you.

You wouldn’t get the kick out of it if you didn’t feel like you are bombarded with books, bookmarks, and just about everything else you can make use of to get that perfect shot!

Anyhoo, I’ve assembled together some basic tips and tricks in this post so as just to give you an idea of what one can do while taking pictures.

TRICK! So you’re taking time with your current read, and you’ve taken more than one post about it. You feel like peeps are getting sick at looking at the same cover over and over again.

  • A trick I do is take a photo of an open book and talk about my current read.
  • Another thing is to open that first page where the title is. That way peeps can know what you are reading and wont have to look at that cover again.
  • Take a pic of the book spine. Along with a cup of coffee or something and you’re good to go.

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TIP* Use Props! It can be just about anything. My favorites are bookmarks, pens, coasters, candles and a coffee or tea mug.

TRICK! It always seems that I’m drinking coffee at some cafe because most of my pictures have a cup of coffee in them but in reality, I take multiple shots with that cup I order, from different angles, save them on my iPhone and post one every once in a while.

TIP* Flowers makes the perfect picture. I know it’s not everyday you get flowers but when you do, don’t throw them out when they wilt. Instead let them dry and use them.

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WARNING!! Expired Beverage, use with caution.

TRICK! Those friendly looking Starbucks drinks are expensive. But just my luck – a good one! I had one expired and I’m keeping it as a prop for my pictures which also seems I’m always having some. Coffee addict or what! *Sheepish smile. So yep! It’s just the one which I keep re-using over and over again. But, I make sure to put an expired label sign on it! I don’t want anyone dying on me for the sake of my bookstagramming.

 

So what are some tricks that you use and would love to share as well? Comment below!

 

 

Book Blog, Book Reviews, Bookstagram Tips, Other Reviews

Book Review: I Let You Go

Book Title: I Let You Go

Book Author: Clare Mackintosh

My Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5

Publication Date: November 9th 2014

It is not always easy to pick up that book that had been lying, on which seems like forever, on your TBR (to be read), but at the first chance to do so, I was glad to finally pick it up.

I let you go follows the story of Jenna Grey who after a terrible incident, walks away and hides on the Welsh Coast. As soon as she thinks she is safe and that she can have her happily-ever-after, her past with all the fears that haunted her catches up with her and she starts living that nightmare again.

This was a slow read at first. It started with a hit and run involving a five year old and then nothing made sense after that for the next 150 pages. I was this close to calling it quits and pick up another book. Perks of a buddy read is that they encourage you to stick it out a little more or until the end. Oh, was I happy to have done so!

Things started to fall in place (well as much as it could), events started happening that I needed to catch my breath on every page or so and we had our fast pace thriller!

I was not able to predict or guess correctly about what really went on. I had a zillion predictions on what might be and how it would end.

I would totally recommend this book for all lovers of Thrillers, like myself, and especially if you are a fan of ambiguous endings, where the author gives us the chance to interpret and make up our own conclusions.

 

Bookstagram Tips

Pimp That Photo! A guide to Photo Editing

So after some hundred zillion clicks, you finally have what you think is the perfect picture, but oh wait! It still doesn’t look as great as those you have seen around on Bookstagram.

Bummer!😪

Hey, cheer up! It’s just because most of those photos are edited. And for me, editing is the most fun part of the whole Photo sharing process!

There are lots of apps you can use to get started with, but I will personally be talking about IPhone editing and apps that I use to do so. I’m quite sure they are available on other phone platforms. Psst, Google is your friend.🤓

  1. Instagram! That’s the number one source of all filters and you have a bunch to use from. In case you don’t want to use a filter, you can still play around with the other tools presented there. Like adjusting the brightness, Saturation, warmth, etc… 
  2. Snapseed I hardly use Instagram and this one was my number one editing app for my pics. I usually just adjust the Tune Image feature that helps in adjusting brightness, warmth and saturation of the picture. 
  3. VSCO  I’ve come across VSCO and immediately fell in love with it. It has the widest range of filters that you can choose from. If you are not sure which one to go for, you can check out those IG accounts that offer free readymade VSCO themes (search in explorer for VSCO filters). All you have to do is pick a preset and adjust the numbers accordingly, Try it!!!

Below I have created a comparison between the three apps with a before and after picture of each. Personally, my favorite is VSCO which is what I’m  using right now.

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