5 Alternative ways to read books

Hello everyone! I hope your day is off to a good start. During the summer, I usually read fewer books and when fall rolls around I “cocoon” inside with a blanket and a book. Anyone else like that? It is true that fall is my favourite season but summer is a close second. So I thought it would be nice to share with you some alternative ways I found to read books that save money, time and somewhat eco-friendly.

Thrift stores or second-hand

If you like the feeling of hardcover or physical books, this might be the best alternative for you. It is very low cost and you help avoid those book going to recycling. My favourite store to get second-hand books if Value Village as they have a big selection and every genre. The books are in great shape and you can usually buy 4 and get one 50% off or free.

Book club swap

This is a little bit unusual for some but I find it brilliant. You create a book club with friends or family or community or church group but instead of purchasing a new book every month to discuss with the group you bring a few books with you to swap for a month in order to read them. You can discuss the book with the owner before and after you read it. It is free to do and is a great way to gather and socialize with friends every month.


If you live in Canada, there are public libraries in every town, even in every neighbourhood. It is free to register with a proof of address (driver license, bills, etc.) and you can borrow books, DVDs, CDs, language book and many more things. They also have events and magazines. In my opinion, it is a great way to read books for free and not have them all around the house. I typically like to borrow books I am not sure I would like enough to re-read them over and over.

Another great thing with public libraries is the other services they offer. For example, our library in Halifax offers the possibility to borrow books electronically (WHAT?!).


You can borrow them, as mentioned above, or you can purchase them from Amazon, Chapters, Apple store, etc. I think it is great because you can read as many books as you want without the physical space required to store them. They don’t take space and it is great to have a few e-books while travelling because of space once again but also it doesn’t require internet access. It is worth looking into. It is also an inexpensive way to read books.


This has been my favourite way this summer to “read” books. I have been a member of Audible for a few months now (almost 8) and I love getting a new book every month via their credit (or the $14.95 monthly cost for the membership). You can purchase as many books as you want but you will pay more money for them. Also, I notice that most books are at least 3 to 4 hours long so it can take some time to listen to. I listen to a half hour every time I do cardio at the gym. I really enjoyed the “Year of Yes” by Shonda Rhimes. It was inspiring, funny and motivational. I highly recommend it.

There, you have 5 alternative ways to read books. Which one is your favourite? Which have you tried? I am curious to read if you have any other way to read or listen to books. I also started to enjoy a few podcasts via the Apple Podcast app and Spotify. Another I discovered is TedTalks. It is great to learn more about pretty much anything you are interested in. I follow on social media “The Socially Conscious Women” group and added their book list to mine. The other I follow is the “shared shelf” by Emma Watson. Do you have any book suggestions? I hope you enjoyed this post, if so please don’t forget to like it or follow the blog. You can also catch up with me via my social media. I hope to see you back here soon and wish you all the best for this upcoming week.

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