Best Seller Books and My Budget – 2015 

 January 23, 2015

By  Jana Hassett

“We Shouldn’t teach great books; we should teach a love of reading.” B.F. Skinner

Whether you’re a lover of hardcover books or e-readers, it’s nice to know people still love to read. If you follow the USA Today top selling books column you can watch what people are reading. Most of those titles you can get in your “big city” library system.

For those of us in rural America, our e-readers are priceless. Yes, we have a book mobile that comes twice a month, a local library (with minimal books and one month requests from other libraries) but choices are few and non-fiction mostly not available.

While my 91 year old mother thought the Kindle would be great, she prefers her hard covers. I doubt she’s read one complete book on the Kindle. And reading is a passion for her. She visits her public library every two weeks for a fresh round of murder, mayhem and mystery.

For the rest of us, we’ll continue to download. Our only hindrance is our budget. It’s sooooo easy to spend more than we should. Whether it’s fabric, yarn, rocks, or books, keeping to our budget is work. Especially when you start watching the best-seller list and say, wow, I’d like to read that one, and that one, and that one — – – – – . My “Want To Read” list on Good Read is way too long, but I like using it because it helps me stay organized (what I’m reading, what I’ve read, what I’ve reviewed, etc). But you won’t find many Best Seller List Books there. One of those is half of one month’s budget, so I limit myself to 4 a year.

My 2014 Best Seller List Reads were:
• The Boys In The Boat by Daniel James Brown (My favorite)
• The Best of Me by Nicholas Sparks (Second Best)
• If I Stay by Gayle Forman
• All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

My 2015 list starts with:
• Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand

The rest of my reading is provided by the 00 cent and free Kindle offerings. I keep 4-6 in my “To Read” folder on my Kindle at all times. No matter where we travel I always have a pile of books hand, which is more than “enough”.

“It is likely I will die next to a pile of things I was meaning to read”. Lemony Snicketbookworm

Until next time — – – –

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