In my ongoing quest to become <GASP> fiscally responsible, I’ve been trying to find work-arounds to some of my former spendthrift habits. The library, a place you can get books to borrow for free, has been one glorious new resource that I’ve been avoiding for about a decade, and so far, it’s been going pretty well. The more earth-shattering, novel improvement in my reading life has been the free (yes I said free) Amazon Kindle e-books that I discovered, akin to me to Columbus discovering America.
Consider my mind completely blown.
To be clear, the books that I have downloaded at zero cost are not high literature. They’re trash, beach reads really, but then again most of the books I typically purchase on a whim aren’t Proust or Dickens. In the beginning I was the fool that kept picking books that were serial in nature, aka they give you the first book for free and then trick you into buying the rest of the series. After I learned about that little trick, I started doing more than a cursory look and found full-on novels.
Again, not high literature. Though this one wasn’t bad…
This isn’t to say that I’ll never buy a book again. Because that’s not practical. The fact is that I read a lot (the woes of being an indoor kid), and when certain things strike my fancy, the fancy will strike back with my debit card. But until the vultures at Wells Fargo and Gold Cross are paid off, I will make do with shoot’em up bang-bang and apocalyptic e-books while contemplating November, when I will challenge myself to write the sequel to The Vassar Murders.
Bring it on NaNoWriMo. Bring. It. On.
Until next time, stay classy (and well read) Salt Lake.