I love to read! In my opinion there is nothing like a really good book and sometimes getting to the end of such a book can be almost sad. I read a lot. Like really a lot. A book a week or sometimes more.
How do I have the time you might ask (because many do)?! It is a thing of priorities, I think. We all have time to spare, but it is very individual how we choose to use it. Doing something normally comes on behalf of something else. So I read a lot and almost don’t watch television. That is my choice.
Dear Husband reads a lot as well and we are both happy that it seems like we have managed to influence our children to love it as well. Our youngest just learned to read this year and it is really nice to hear him read out loud every night in bed.
This might sound kind of funny, but because I read as much as I do, I have a book budget. Yes, you heard right. I have a certain amount (plus minus) that I am allowed to spend on books monthly. To get the most out of that amount, I have found ways to save on my readings.
The Library. Probably a clear choice if you live in Europe or the States. Here, however, the books in the library are donations from people and therefore the selection is not as big as I am used to it from Denmark. However, I have still been able to find some good reads. And it’s free!
Second Hand book stores. I just found a good one of those nearby. I read mostly in English so it is a good thing that there is plenty of English speakers in our area. Prices up to 80% off the original price.
Friends. I used to be better at this a few years back and borrowed a lot, especially from the nice Danish girls living here 🙂 In recent years I have been doing it less, but maybe I should get back to it, no? Highest price for this method? The cost of the stamps on the envelope….
Kindle. Reading on a device is something I had to get used to but the last couple of years this have been my main way of reading. Yes, the Kindle itself has a cost, but once you have it, electronic books are cheaper than printed and I have found many great reads on Amazon from (yet) unknown writers that almost didn’t cost a thing.
Here are some of the best books I have read this year:
Still Alice by Lisa Genova
We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
Life of Pi by Yann Martel
The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion
What are yours? (I would love some recommendations of what to read next).
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