Some of these books I already own or have a review copy, some I've pre-ordered, and some are waiting for me on the Scribd app to read during my free trial period. It's going to be a GREAT summer of reading! :)
Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins
I'm always on the lookout for ways to save money and reduce our household budget, including cutting cable and reducing our overall entertainment expenses. Of course, using the library is an awesome way to find free entertainment in the form of books, eBooks, audiobooks, and DVDs. But sometimes the library doesn't have everything you want, or you may want to purchase your own copy of a favorite book for your shelves or eReader. I'll admit that I have trouble resisting a good eBook sale, and I'm always looking up the Kindle daily/monthly deals to see what bargains I can find.
Recently I've been experimenting with using online rewards programs such as Swagbucks and Bing Rewards to redeem points for gift cards, and I thought I'd share my results. I learned about both of these websites through MoneySavingMom.com, but I was a little skeptical until I tried them myself and started earning rewards. They really work!
Swagbucks is a rewards site which allows you to earn points, aka "Swagbucks", for doing simple tasks online that you would probably be doing anyway like searching the web, watching videos, printing & redeeming coupons, shopping online, playing games, and more. There are also surveys to take, but I haven't had much luck qualifying for them yet.
I mostly earn points by searching, watching videos (for example, I watch funny clips from the Tonight Show since I never seem to catch it in the evening), and completing short tasks in the daily "to do list". I've also printed some coupons for items I was planning to buy anyway at the grocery store or pharmacy. It just takes a few minutes each day, and I've already earned several $5 Amazon gift cards in a month, which I promptly spent on Kindle books, of course. :)
There are a ton of different options for gift cards in the rewards store, including iTunes, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, Target, and Redbox, to name a few that caught my eye. Definitely check out Swagbucks if you're interested and consider signing up!
Bing Rewards is even easier to use than Swagbucks. Sign up for an account and simply search the web on your PC and mobile device using Bing...that's it! The points will start rolling in. And if you're going to be searching online anyway, you might as well be earning free stuff, am I right?
There are many different options for cashing in your rewards points, including gifts cards for Amazon, Starbucks, various restaurants, and credits for websites like Hulu Plus. (I decided to cash in my first month's points for a free month of Hulu Plus so I could catch up on some favorite ABC shows now that the network no longer puts them online for free.) Or you can cash in Bing Rewards points for Swagbucks or donate to charity if you prefer. Pretty cool! Sign up for Bing Rewards and give it a try if you're interested.
Hopefully these tips will help you buy more books!
Disclosure:These are referral links. If you sign up with one of these links, you'll help me earn more rewards and enable a fellow bookworm to keep fueling her book-buying addiction. :)
Description: When aspiring music journalist Ren Kingston takes a job nannying for a wealthy family on the exclusive island of Nantucket, playground for Boston's elite, she's hoping for a low-key summer reading books and blogging about bands. Boys are firmly off the agenda.
What she doesn't count on is falling in with a bunch of party-loving private school kids who are hiding some dark secrets, falling (possibly) in love with the local bad boy, and falling out with a dangerous serial killer...
The gripping new stand-alone novel from the author of Hunting Lila.
My Review: Ren Kingston, an almost-18-year-old aspiring music journalist, takes a summer job nannying for a wealthy family on Nantucket Island. Ren is from Bromley, a South London suburb, and life with the Tripp family couldn’t be any more different than she’s used to. The Tripps may have hired a nanny, but they still plan to send baby Braiden to daycare and 4-year-old Brodie to camp, so Ren’s nanny services are only really needed in the mornings and evenings. The rest of her time, including most weekends, is free. This is great news to Ren, who is looking forward to a quiet, mellow summer as she recovers from a heartbreak.
However, Ren soon finds herself swept up with a group of young and rich private school kids, attending parties and cozying up to handsome and preppy Jeremy Thorne. Despite her plans to swear off boys for the summer, Ren spends a lot of time with Jeremy and also starts getting to know the local “bad boy”, Jesse Miller, at the same time. Jeremy and his friends don’t like Jesse and warn Ren to stay away from him. It turns out that Jesse has spent time in juvie in the past due to beating up one of Jeremy’s good friends. But Ren has a strange feeling that there’s more to Jesse’s story than everyone lets on, and she’s not really sure who on the island she can truly trust. When young, foreign nannies start being attacked and left for dead on the beach, Ren’s hopes for a peaceful summer are ruined. Will she survive the summer, or will the Nantucket Nanny serial killer strike again?
The Sound was a fast-paced read that I flew through in just one day. The first few pages hooked me with a suspenseful prologue in which Ren was trying to escape a dangerous man (a glimpse of what was to come!). Then it flashed back to the present day, and I was immediately intrigued by the vivid setting and the interesting cast of characters.
I had a pretty good idea who the serial killer would turn out to be, so the big reveal wasn’t much of a surprise to me in the end. And actually, the serial killer plot didn’t seem to get as much attention as the romantic/love triangle plot over the course of the book, so the whole story felt a little off balance to me. But ultimately, The Sound was an entertaining read that I would recommend to fans of contemporary YA thrillers.