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Read For Free This Summer


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Most of us feel as though we should be reading more, especially with the additional free time the summer holiday brings! But the cost of new books can be daunting, and no one wants to spend £10 on a book they end up not even finishing. If you want to read on a budget, I’ve got you covered. Here are five ways you can read for free this summer.


Most books available on YouTube are classics which are old enough to be in the public domain. There’s Frankenstein, Emma, The Great Gatsby, Animal Farm and any other classic you can think of. If you fancy something a bit more modern, there are some options, you might just have to spend a bit longer looking. For example, I listened to the young adult novel A court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Mass which has been popular since its release in 2015. I have also seen Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo, Gone by Michael Grant and Howls Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones all available. If non-fiction is more your thing there are tons of autobiographies and self-help books which I find are great to listen to while doing odd jobs about the house.


Suffolk Libraries

A Suffolk Libraries Card allows you to borrow books from any of the Library's across Suffolk, including the ones in Ipswich. Simply register for a card online and you’ll be given online login details and receive a card in the post.


Borrow Box – Accessible through a Suffolk Libraries Account

Download the app Borrow Box, login in with your Suffolk Libraries account and you have hundreds of audiobooks to choose from, all free! You can have up to 5 books on loan at once, if you need a bit longer to finish them all you need to do is click ‘renew’ and you’re good to go. I’ve used the app to to listen to Brave New World by Aldous Huxley and Convenience Store Woman by Sayaka Murata. The latter is a short story, just over 3 hours in reading time so a great choice for busy individuals or people newer to reading!


Libby – Accessible through a Suffolk Libraries Account

For those of you who prefer to read the book yourself, as opposed to being read to, Suffolk Libraries provides free membership to Libby, the website and App that has hundreds of free eBooks and audiobooks. There are tons of new eBooks to choose from, but if you’re after a more popular book, you may have to wait a few weeks before you can read it, all you have to do is place it on hold and Libby will let you know when it’s available.


University of Suffolk’s Library

We know the university has plenty of non-fiction books on offer, but hopefully you’ll have some time this summer to do some reading that is unrelated to your degree! So, if you happen to be in the library why not pick up one of the following books.

Rebecca – Daphne De Maurier – A gothic novel where woman marries a wealthy widower, but feels as though she lives in the shadow of his late wife

1984 – George Orwell – A dystopian novel about a future where the government watches and controls everyone’s lives

Selected Short Stories – Katherine Mansfield – a collection of short stories by one of the most influential authors in the modernist movement

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