The Land of Boys

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Cheap Books Make Me Smile :D

I have a shopping  addiction. It is a strange one, perhaps, to some. Most women like to shop for shoes, clothes, etc… Me, I don’t care for that stuff. My fix comes from books. You can keep your malls and boutiques. Just leave me a space in the bookstore.

I especially love children’s books. I could spend hours in a bookstore just looking at illustrations and reading fairly simple texts. My favorite novels (besides some written by Charles Dickens) are written for children-Narnia, Eragon, Rifles for Watie and The Hobbit. So, I guess you figure out we have a lot of children’s books floating around. (hey, they are not all for me; we do have three kids)

As a result, Tapestry of Grace is the perfect homeschool curriculum choice for our family.  The boys are reading really great literature. The only problem is, our local library doesn’t really cater to the classical type literature for kids. Seriously, Nathaniel wanted a biography of Stonewall Jackson. They did not have one. They had celebrities, not historical figures. So getting all our fabulous books from them is a no-go.  We have been building a home library for the boys since they were born. Thankfully for each year of Tapestry we already have some books. The others, however, have to be purchased. Which can get expensive.

While perusing the world of fellow bloggers, I came across Homeschool Library Builder. Can I just say that this may very well be my new favorite website? They sell new and used books for a fraction of the price of bookstores and most online book sellers. Not only that, but you can earn points to earn FREE BOOKS just by buying books!!!!! How exciting is that?!?!?!?!? As if that is not enough, you can also do a search by curriculum (Ambleside, Beautiful Feet, Five in a Row, Heart of Dakota, Sonlight, Tapestry of Grace, Veritas Press) to help you find your books more easily.  If you sign up, you can even help me earn points by telling them I sent you there. (my user name is mrsrevmeg) I was skeptical about what the books would look like, would they have any weird smells, would someone else’s account really get credited. I was very pleasantly surprised. I had to look at my invoice to remember which books had been used. They all were in awesome, like new condition. I received a handwritten note that thanked me for my order and said they credited the other person’s account. Wow. That is not something you get from most places.

Even if you are not a homeschooler and are just a regular book-lover, you should check this site out. They have soooo many books at such great prices.


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4 thoughts on “Cheap Books Make Me Smile :D

  1. Woo-hoo!! That site is AWESOME.

    We are at that time of year (tax return time) when I make all of our purchases for the next year as I can. I had to take the oldest out shopping for some clothes and I nearly came back in tears. I loathe shopping…unless it’s for books!

    I am getting ready to do some posting about homeschool and I was wondering of you have ever done a post about Tapestry of Grace? What you like, why it works for you, etc. I would love to link to some blogs that actually enjoy homeschool and their curriculum. 🙂


  2. mskelli on said:

    I have actually been thinking about doing one. We are doing school, every day, but it seems like my homeschool posting has been kind of nil lately. (which is weird considering that I started blogging BECAUSE of homeschool.

  3. I know what you mean. We do school every. single. day. and yet, I think I have posted about school maybe 5 times this year. Maybe.

    One reason why I so often hesitate to post about school is because school usually (95%) of the time goes so well. I think “Is this bragging or encouraging or neither and just useless info?” I live in an area where I know a lot of people that homeschool. In fact, about 90% of our new church does, but the ones that I have talked to don’t like to homeschool and are just waiting until our church starts a Christian School in the fall to enroll their kids. When they ask me if my kids are going to be in it and I say no, well, they are kind of perplexed.

    Plus, I hate sounding like I know it all and have it all together. I don’t. I have been feeling like that is how I come across. Confessions of a tired Mom. 🙂

    I am looking forward to your homeschool post.

  4. Ooh! THis is great! Thanks for sharing!

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