I’ll be honest, I’m not good at looking for free books. I mean that’s why I’m taking part of this challenge, right? I’ve spent a lot of my cold hard cash on books even if it was only 99 cents and the only reason I bought the book is because the cover was so SHINY! When I started this challenge, I didn’t even contemplate where I might get books if I needed a fix. I just figured I would go to the library, borrow from a friend or breakdown and just buy at book (or two or three). Surprisingly enough, after 2 months, I have yet to purchase a book. Even better, I haven’t even one-clicked a free book from Amazon.com or BN.com.
After 2 months, this challenge doesn’t seem like much of a challenge for me. Then again, I’ve only attended one author signing and I haven’t set foot in a bookstore. I have stood next to books that were on sale at the library, but the bookstore wasn’t open yet and I was focused on waiting for the doors to open to I could rescue my copy of Fairest that was on hold. I haven’t truly challenged myself by walking into Barnes and Noble or cashing in books at Half Price Books and walking out without buying anything.
My best source for free books right now? My own shelves. There’s open spaces on my top shelf where I store my physical to-read books. I’m pretty proud right now. Here’s a comparison of my physical shelf January vs. end of February.
I sit back, look at at my shelf and marvel at the treasure trove of books I have already purchased. I dream of the worlds I will be able to travel to in the next 8 months. How many lives will I have lived by the time December 31st rolls around? Will my shelf be cleared by then? Probably not. Will I never buy another book again? Doubt it. I think what this challenge is teaching me is that I don’t need to to always be on pursuit of the latest and greatest book to hit the market. That sometimes the best gems are on the shelf next to my bed in my own home just waiting to be discovered.Don’t forget to add your entry to the end of the year giveaway!