Getting Paid to Read

April 19, 2011 at 2:30 AM 11 comments

Somehow, unbeknownst to me, I got on a book reviewer list, which means a new book arrives at my house every few weeks. I absolutely love to read, but I absolutely stink at finding books I enjoy reading. I’m not sure why I have such a hard time selecting books. I read online reviews, I search for best sellers and I even browse the book store for interesting reads, but nine times of ten I start reading a book and then find I’m completely disinterested in the story.

I received five books in the last month and a half and surprisingly enough I’ve really enjoyed reading each and every one! I liked the last one so much I read it from cover to cover in just over a day.

Books seem to be falling into my lap lately. I purchased a bunch of books from Barnes and Noble a few weeks back after discovering a Groupon that was set to expire and I cashed in e-rewards points for $15 worth of Borders Bucks, which also helped me add to my library. I even received a brand new book at my last doctor’s visit, which was entirely unexpected.

All of these books have really sparked my interest in literature again! When I get home from work instead of vegging out I take a nice walk, then grab a glass of water and find a comfortable spot on the couch to start reading.

Best of all I get paid for each review I write. I feel like the luckiest girl in the world. I receive new, interesting books to read and then get paid to write about them. It’s great!

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  • 1. Cindy Brick  |  April 19, 2011 at 4:36 AM

    How in the world did you get on that list? Is there any way anyone else can apply?

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  • 2. Sense  |  April 19, 2011 at 10:06 AM

    lucky!! reading is my #1 fave hobby. any recommendations?

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  • 3. Sarah  |  April 19, 2011 at 11:00 PM

    Yes, I would love to know more! I really want to start reading more

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  • 4. Newlyweds on a Budget  |  April 20, 2011 at 1:58 AM

    I've recently gotten back into reading and I forgot how much I LOVED reading. This year, I've conquered "Water for Elephants", just finished "Something Borrowed" and am now starting "The Help". I get all my books from the library…

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  • 5. One Frugal Girl  |  April 20, 2011 at 2:57 AM

    @Cindy & Sarah – I'm not sure how I was selected. I'll see if I can find out.

    @Sense – I just read Girl in Translation and absolutely loved it!

    @Newlyweds on a Budget – I wish our library were better. The one I grew up with had amazing books in great condition. The one around the corner from me now is in terrible shape. Bad selection, stains and pages missing from books. It's such a shame. There is nothing better than wandering around the library shelves! By the way I enjoyed 'Something Borrowed' too.

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  • 6. Kosmo @ The Soap Boxers  |  April 20, 2011 at 3:50 PM

    Longtime reader, occasional commenter, and big fan of books here …

    I could comp you a PDF copy of my book of short stories, if you want. It is roughly 75 stories (80K words), ranging from funny stuff (talking condiments in a late night chat fest inside your fridge) to some fairly violent crime stories (adult content along the lines of Law & Order, but not gratuitous sexual content).

    Just shoot me an email at kosmo@observingcasually.com if you want a copy.

    The book is also available for Kindle ( http://www.amazon.com/Mountains-Meadows-Chasms-stories-ebook/dp/B004OC085W ), but I can't comp you a copy of that version (as far as I know, there simply isn't any way to do that.

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  • 7. Emily  |  April 20, 2011 at 8:54 PM

    That is awesome, I am super jealous! I just did a blog post about a few books I read, you should check it out :)

    http://bigideaslittleblog.wordpress.com/2011/04/12/book-shelf-update/

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  • 8. me in millions  |  April 21, 2011 at 1:45 PM

    I want to get on that list. It sounds like fun!

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  • 9. Prince of Thrift  |  April 23, 2011 at 2:25 PM

    yes I am also interested in knowing how to get on this list and how much they pay you to review each book. How do I get on this list? So far the occasional books I have received to review only gave me the book no compensation. So finding a way to be compensated and review more books could help me get closer to doing this thing full time as I have always wanted.

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  • 10. Sunflower6_Cris  |  February 14, 2012 at 2:48 PM

    You can also go to LibraryThing.com. This is a website to catalog the books you have read, want to etc. Every month they post a list of books available as Early Readers, you request a book and get selected from a lottery, then you receive the books. The catch is that you must post a review about that book on the websites requested. There is also a member exchange where you can request books the same way. Good luck!

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  • 11. Laura  |  April 10, 2014 at 5:25 AM

    Did you ever figure out how you got on the list to do this? Are you still doing it and is it still possible for someone to begin doing this now? If you have found out, or can find out this would be so perfect for me! I have to be on my kindergarten son’s schedule (available for sick days, holidays, field trips, etc) and have had a hard time getting a job to work with me on schedule. I have been cleaning houses for an income but looking for a little something extra on the side to help out that I could do from home

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