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!!