I read a total of 56 boooks this year: 37 general fiction, 7 mysteries, 6 general non-fiction, and 6 memoirs. I wasn’t sure I was going to make my goal as I spent about a 2-month period unable to find anything worth reading. I’d read 50-100 pages of a book and give up on it.
I also listened to a total of 35 recorded books: 18 general fiction, 9 mysteries, 3 general non-fiction, and 5 memoirs.
Let’s face it: on today’s roads there are just drivers who need to be sworn at. And if swearing at another driver helps keeps the lid on my road rage, then I’m going to swear.
I’m not saying I won’t backslide on this ever, but I think this has become a new habit. I’ve taught myself to ask, ‘Would I be buying this if it wasn’t on sale?’ and have found a lot of the time my answer is no. In that case, no matter how good the bargain, I put it back. If I only have limited funds to spend (and who isn’t facing that problem these days?) what’s the point of spending the money on something I don’t really want—just so I say I can save a few bucks? On something I don’t really want? That makes no sense. I’ll spend my money on what I really like, and if it’s out of my price range for now, I’ll either save for it, or do without.