Saturday, August 17, 2013

Books I've read this year

Here's the list of books I've read this year:

1. Living Rich by Spending Smart by Gregory Karp
2. I Will Teach You To Be Rich by Remit Sethi
3. How to Manage Your Money When You Don't Have Any by Erik Wecks
4. Firmin by Sam Savage
5. I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith
6. The Traveler's Gift by Andy Andrews
7. Gift of Magic by Lynn Kuriand
8. El Enigma de los Ilenios I, by Pedo Urvi (in Spanish; part 1 of 3, but I'm not sure I'll buy the next two installments)
9 Everflame (lost interest in it as soon as I saw a misuse of "then" when they meant "than", but finished it anyway, 1 of 3 books, highly doubt I'll read the rest)
10. The Book of Deacon by Joseph Lallo (loved it, part 1 of 3)
11. Battle of Verril by Joseph Lallo (part 2 of 3)
12. The Great Convergence by Joseph Lallo (part 3 of 3)
13. The White Tree by Edward Robertson (part 1 of 3)

That's 13 books in all, which was my yearly goal. Woo hoo! Quite painless and very enjoyable once I started reading what I like vs what people think others should like. I can't help it if I'm not a fan of non-fiction and find biographies, though inspiring, uninteresting. I will continue to read after I'm done with my current book, and probably continue reading thereafter. Not all books were winners. I've started 4 books I just couldn't get into and abandoned them. You win some, you lose some.

Something that helped tremendously was getting my hands on a Kindle tablet. I paid for it partially with my "new phone" budget, since I decided not to go for the big upgrade and settled for an older model. It only cost $90+shipping or so, and it's definitely one of my best investments to date. Good thing about Amazon (and having Prime) is that they have such a wide range of books for free. Most are the first book in a series, and the rest can be bought if you want to continue to read. This deal is perfect for me, as I am not a fan of "classics" or highly popular books, and these smaller ones fit my interests all the better.

Onto another goal!


  1. I have a nook and get the majority of the books I read from the library. I love to read and read 3 or 4 books a week. So it saves me a lot of money. I can get each book through the library's website for two weeks and then it expires and I can no longer access it on my nook. I'm a fast reader though and since Mr. Ripples works nights, I get a lot of reading in after the kids go to bed. They also have books for the Kindle.

    1. I had never thought about getting online books from the library. I'll have to drop by and check! 3-4 books a week? I'm super jealous.

  2. I love my kindle too. You can also borrow books for free from your library to your kindle via the Internet. That's what I have been doing. My library has a huge selection of e-books and it's awesome that I don't even need to step into the library. Hope this helps!

    1. I borrowed a few (mostly study career books) and some finance books. I need to explore the lender's library more.

  3. I just read the previous comment. That is too funny! I'm glad we're all enjoying the e-books in our libraries.

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  5. Great job on meeting your goal already! You might also check with your local library to borrow books for your Kindle. That's how I get books for my Nook.