Hello, my name is Heidi and I am a binge reader. When I am happy reading nothing else is important – certainly not sleep! I stopped reading fiction after we adopted our son. I had no time to read and I get cranky when I am interrupted. Not a great way to parent! Instead for the last 9 years I have read non-fiction books, blogs and websites. They are short, and I do not get nearly as involved.
Now that I am in the “post-dependent-child phase” of my life (there has got to be a better way to say this!) I have time again to read! I am in that wonderful moment where my son is 18, is extremely independent, but still lives at home so I get to see him and say “I love you” everyday.
I am a fast reader, so if I don’t want to bankrupt us, I need to figure out how to do this cheaply! E-books are turning out to be the perfect solution for how to get free books. On our latest trip I logged in to my public library while in our hotel room, downloaded a trashy vampire novel onto my IPad, then read it pool-side. In New Orleans. At dusk. By myself. Oh yeah.
So far, all my e-books have been free from my library, or free from Amazon. There are several places online that offer free e-books! Like Project Gutenberg. They are amazing resources for classics that are no longer under copyright. If it had existed when I was in college I would have saved some serious cash. However, at this point in my life I want to read more current books. For instance, recently published fiction, paleo cookbooks, current financial advice. For more recent e-books check out your local library to see if what they offer appeals to you. I live in a medium sized city, and I am happy with the selection at my library. Also, there is a great website bookbub that links to a lot of free or low cost e-books. It is a way to easily search for a particular title or genre on multiple sites (Amazon, Barnes and Noble and several others) at one time.
P.S. No, you can not see my download list. I have a reputation to maintain!
P.S.S. I have no advertisers at this time, so I don’t get anything from mentioning websites.