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Day 251: Reading is the most frugal pleasure of all GIVEAWAY!

Did you know that today's International Literacy Day? No? Because it totally is!


Reading is cool, y'all. Haven't you heard?

One of the ways that we (i.e. library people) celebrated was with Drop Everything And Read today at 1pm. I was working at my desk when I noticed it was 1 and I happily grabbed my (free) library book and enjoyed fifteen (free) minutes of reading (OK, I got paid since I was at work, but I was allowed to do this).

So anyway. Have you ever noticed that reading is the most frugal pleasure of all? Walk down a street - BAM! You're reading stop signs, store signs, the headlines of newspapers in newspaper stand things, text messages on your iPhone, the names of stores on bags, sassy messages on the rear ends of teenage girls' short shorts, etc.  You can't avoid seeing words SOMEWHERE, and this, my friends, counts as reading. It exercises your brain and makes you happier!


This is like a big pile of HAPPINESS just waiting to happen.

Much as I enjoy reading the fun facts on bottles of shampoo or packages of eyeliner, I most prefer to get my reading from books. You can get free library books, or you can borrow books from your friends, or you can get free library ebooks, or you can buy books (this is a guilt-free purchase! Books are OK to buy, like vegetable! As long as it isn't anything by Nicholas Sparks!).

Anyway, books are quite affordable, have some resale value (you can sell them used on Amazon or at used book stores, if there are any left in your area), and look really great in a house. A shelf of books instantly adds style, colour, and interest to any room.

Oh, and also when you're done reading them, you can do Book DIY!


This is varsity-level book DIY. How cool is this??

I was going to make a booklist of great books I've been reading lately, but they're mostly listed in this post I did for BlogHer of Hunger Games readalikes. I especially like Matched by Ally Condie - so romantic and great! I also really like how on Twitter every Friday, people list what they're reading with the hashtag #FridayReads. It's a great way to get good ideas of what to read next.

Oh, and I also luurve seeing what others are reading on Goodreads - a great website for organizing your reading. Friend me there, too, so I can see what you guys are reading!

And did someone say GIVEAWAY? Oh hell yes, friends. The time has come. It's my first book giveaway! You may recall I read this awhile ago, after being given it for free from one of my frugal advisors (that advisor is Shannon from The Academy Was Wrong, and you should totally read up on her and her husband's blog).

How cute is this book? SO CUTE!

So this book is TOTALLY, 100% FREE! I got it for free, you get it for free... plus, it's a really good book about true thriftiness - not gimmicky couponing, it's about how to live a truly fulfilling, thriftastic lifestyle. Plus the cover is SO CUTE!

The deadline is SEPTEMBER 17 at midnight. Good luck!!


BudgetorFudget said...

The last "unrelated to school" book I've read was 365 Ways to Live Cheap. It's just a lot of tips for living frugally. And then, the "unrelated to PF" book I've read last was Ender's Shadow by Orson Scott Card. =)

fabulouslyfrugirl said...

Thanks for the give away!

I am reading Skin Type Solution by Dr. Leslie Baumman. I'm on a non-fiction kick!

Stacy said...

Right now I'm reading In Defense Of Food by Michael Pollan (from the library!). My thriftiness has led me to more careful meal planning, which has led me to thinking more about fresh/natural ingredients, which has led me to this book. Very interesting!

Andrea @SoOverDebt said...

I haven't had time to read nearly as much as I'd like to lately, but I am rereading "Commonwealth" by Joey Goebel right now. I went to college with him - he is an amazing fiction writer (albeit a little odd) and it makes me proud to hold a book written by someone I know. The book is about a redneck guy from a wealthy family who gets involved in his brother's political campaign. All of Goebel's books are social commentary filled with hilarious Gen-Y references and weird characters. I love it!

~Carla~ said...

I just LOVE Nicholas Sparks!! lol! One of my favourites! *sigh*

Right now I'm reading "Amish Peace", it's just about simplicity, gratefulness, and lessons we can learn from the Amish! :)

Crossing my fingers for this book! I had it from the library & loved it! :)

Anonymous said...

I just finished reading "The Pillars of the Earth" which I bought used at a bookstore in Penticton (the used bookstore purchase was frugal, the rest of the trip - not so much...). Now I've just started its sequel "World Without End" which I got from the library (v. frugal!).

Anya B. Hinds said...

To Kill A Mocking Bird-how did i make it through high school without reading this book? It was great! Started "We Thought You Would Be Prettier" by Laurie Nataro-Funny!

Mileva said...

I'm reading "The Art of Non-Conformity" by Chris Guillebeau and you best believe I got from the library. I'm all about the library, but I still need to work at returning my books on time, so that it is actually free.

Sassy said...

I am currently reading A Painted House by John Grisham. I would love to win this book. Hoping I win. Thank you so much for the giveaway. :)


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