Thursday, April 28, 2011

READING ON A THRIFTY BUDGET

The greatest gift is a passion for reading. 
- Elizabeth Hardwick

I love to read!  As a child (as my Mom tells the story), I carried golden books around always asking to be read too...if someone tried to skip a page I knew it!  I could hardly wait to go to school so I could learn to read for myself.    I have always had books and can't imagine my life without them.  So how do you read so much on a thrifty budget?  The main way is to use your local library.  Another way is to buy used books.  These are some of my latest thrift store book finds!

These are some of my current book finds.  I try to pay .25 to $1.50 for most books.   I read mostly fiction, a wide variety of genres; mysteries, thrillers, love stories and drama.
Finding cookbooks is always fun....especially by my favorite cooks!
Vintage cookbooks are always a treat!


Children's books are always a great find and I've started a library for my new Grandson!

Children are made readers on the laps of their parents. 
- Emilie Buchwald


This is my thriftiest book~I won a copy of Michael Lee West's newest book "gone with a handsomer man" from her blog.  I enjoyed this book so much.  The main character Teeny Templeton is a hoot and throw in murder, Southern cooking and a cast of unforgettable characters and you have a winner!  
Well guess what!  You can win a copy of this book also.  My friend Becky Povich, herself a writer, is having a giveaway of a signed copy of this book.  Drop by her blog and enter by May 7th! 

I'm joining my friend Diann for her 
Be sure to drop by and check out all the
wonderful thrifty posts this week! 

Hugs, 
Linda



34 comments:

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Linda, I wish I liked to read, but I just don't. I can't sit still that long. My mind wanders too much and I can't concentrate unless I am on vacation and the book is real good. Are you going to the lunch Saturday?

Chatty Crone said...

I know you're love for books and I have some of them here to read! Looking forward to them and your news ones after you read. And yes - books for Tiger too. sandie♥

Susan said...

Hi Linda! Not joining the par-tay this week as my post is not on a thrifty find. Hopefully, I'll be back soon.

I LOVE reading...you should see the books in this house....my living room walls are crammed, more in my office, more in my bedroom, and on and on. Oh dear oh dear. I am addicted to books, too, I'm afraid. ha hah a

LOVE the Little Price, and Rachel Ray, and "Poh-lah Dane" (Paula Dean) , and on an on. I'm with you when it comes to books, kiddo. Take care. Susan

Sweet Bee Cottage said...

Ooooo! Oooooo! Oooooooo! You have one I read a couple of summers ago - Barefoot. It's a perfect summer read. I'll have to keep my eyes open now for books at my local thrift stores. I usually skip that section, but - thanks to you - I'll be spending a few more minutes checking it out.

Patti said...

I love to read too, and, like you, I make great use of the public library. Since I have long been a homeschooling mom, I learned many years ago to get in tight with my librarians. They are always very helpful, and they really DO want to find the books you want. I heartily recommend asking them about inter-library loan. Our library has gotten dozens of books for us, when they haven't had them in their system. We've had books from at least 15 states sent to us...and it's free. So, never hestitate to ask.

Have a great day.

Love,
Patti

C'est moi Claudette said...

I've been finding some really good books at the thrift store too Linda. I usually try to find the Oprah book club or the one's that won a prize. I've not been disappointed yet.
Let me know if you want to teach Tiger a little French... I can send you some nice ones, just a thought.
xoxoxoxo

A Vintage Green said...

Hi Linda'
Reading - all the time, more than one on the go always. Mostly buy at garage sales. Sometimes go to the library. Love reading. I borrow books from friends too.
- Joy

Marigene said...

Linda, I can't imagine not reading all the time...it is so relaxing, not to mention informative, too.
Tiger will really appreciate that you are building his library if he is anything like Trevor. That kid just devours science and nature books.

Annesphamily said...

I love to read too! All of my children are readers as well as Sweets! I am sure we could start our own library. Hee Hee! I still love Golden Books! But they are quite costly these days! I love this post That new grand boy is going to love his sweet collection. Hugs to you and enjoy the weekend. Anne

Glenda/MidSouth said...

I also have Michael Lee's latest book and am looking forward to reading it but will wait til I have more quiet time. My problem - when I get involved in a good book, I don't know when to put it down.

dlmsliceofpie said...

Love your post ... I'm always search for kids' books ... can't keep enough of them for Miss Phoebe! Thanks for sharing.

BECKY said...

Hi Lovely Linda!! You definitely have some keepers in those books of yours! And how wonderful that you also won a book from Michael Lee West, herself! Thanks for the shout-out about my give-away,too!

Susan said...

Hi Linda! I love to read and I generally find all my books at yard sales! However between working and house work the only I read much of are the blogs! Maybe someday I can retire and indulge in both pleasures again!

Diann said...

I'm wih ya on thrift boks! I just ran ito town earlier this evening to check out the thrift store up here by the campground and found an awesome Holiday Ideas book. I can't wait to read GWHM! Thank you for joining TTF! I hope you have a great weekend!

~~Carol~~ said...

I'm with you Linda. I try to read a book a week, and I always use my library or buy used books. It's sad, but the prices they charge for new books, they almost fall under the luxury item category for me! I love the Agatha Raisin books, and I'm actually reading one now!
Happy Reading!
Carol

Ames said...

We share the same love for books and I too have a children's library collection for my grandchildren.~Ames

Donnie said...

I have very little space so I'm a library fanatic. I love that I have all those books and don't have to dust them...lol....

Vintagesouthernlife said...

I love to read too! Being a retired teacher I will never lose my love of books.The library and thrift stores help me support my habit, lol.
Love it that you have started a library for your grandson. They are never to young. He will be wanting you to read to him before you know it.
Have a great week-end, Annette

Keetha Broyles said...

I'm a VERY thrifty reader - - - I go check them out from the library!

:-)

thestonerabbit said...

You really scored with those books!!! OMG....just the Paula one alone saved you tons of money and you can NEVER go wrong with any of her recipes!! I loved the children's books, too. I do try to pick them up for my little stash at our house. My grand girl loves, loves. loves books and she hits the book basket almost the first thing when she comes over..scouring for her favs and looking for the "new" one I usually have for her.

What a wonderful win from M. West..that sounds like another great book from her!

Hope you have a wonderful weekend....it's spectacular here today!!! At LAST!!! dana

Kathleen said...

Love your books! I have so many kids books as I taught for 33 yrs! I am sure you will have a whole library for your little gson!
I thought you would come by for another chance at the give away on I did on my Teeny's Tasting Table this week! :(

Penny @ The Comforts of Home/Lavender Hill Studio said...

I love to read! I have a Nook, but most of the time, friends give me books to read, or I pop into the library.

cj Schlottman said...

I love this post! Books are a treasure and even more so when they are bought at thrifty prices. I mostly listen to books these days. My vision gets blurred after about 30 minutes, but I have discovered the wonderful world of recorded books. I download them to iTunes and listen using my iPod. Haven't found many bargains, though!

Namaste..........cj

pamq said...

Oh, I'm with you on the thrifty reading!

For sure books are always high on my list at flea markets, garage sales and thrift shops. Very rarely do I come home from a day out without at least one book!

I see you got another Jane Green! I haven't read that one yet.....

And also an Elin Hilderbrand---I read her "The Blue Bistro"---LOVED it....until the ending....

:-(

Anyway...two big thumbs up for thrifty reading!

Ⓙ @ $ € € ₦$ ₣®0₥... said...

I always enjoy catching the Salvation Army when they're having dollar book day. (Actually 99 cents).

but I'm not all that great at thriftiness. I catch Amazon.com on a regular basis too.

Confessions of a Plate Addict said...

Hi Linda...You have found some wonderful books! I an amazed at what people give away! And you know I smiled when I saw that copy of The Little Prince...one of my favorites! I hope all is going well for you in grandbaby land...here, happy but tired! Have a wonderful weekend!...hugs...Debbie

Dragonfly Treasure said...

Great scores! I love to hunt for books at Garage sales too.
*hugs*deb

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I love to read! I'm so glad our library is close by! I checked out a big stack of books yesterday! And I love finding cookbooks at the Thrift store! I'm going to enter to win Michael's book! I can't WAIT to read it! ♥

Shelia said...

Hi Linda! Congratulations on winning Michael Lee's book! I haven't read this one yet but have read all of her other ones. I love her style of writing. I used to read so much but don't as much as I used to. I should change that! :)
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

The Joyful Thrifter said...

I only buy my books for the most part at the thrifty stores :) I love a good thrifty read

Smiles,
The Joyful Thrifter

Vintage Christine said...

Flea markets are another good place to find cheap reads. I've been a reader forever and usually have a couple going at the same time--well, I did that until I realized I was getting plots and characters confused due to my increasingly addled old brain. Plus it seems they're using smaller and smaller type in books these days . . .

the cape on the corner said...

i LOVE reading, and have always been voracious about it. isn't that the best word, by the way. now that i've taken to thrifting, i do buy a lot more books than before. jemima j is one of my favorite books, so let me know how you like it. great idea for books for the grand, too! i read one on vacation that i'd heard alot about in blogland-called the hunger games. really liked it!

Dragonfly Treasure said...

Nothing fancy about the picnic basket. One of the handles is broken, haven't looked to see if I can fix it yet...I need to empty it first!
LOL
*hugs*deb

lvroftiques said...

Linda I'm so with you! I've been an avid reader since I was 4. A room without books is boring! The thought of everything going to a kindle is horrifying to me! What about that feeling of the book in your hands? And the smell of the ink? It's all nirvana to me! Of all my collections my books are by far the most important. They're all friends.
Have you ever used the paperbackswap? I really enjoy using it when I'm looking for a special particular book. You can put in your request and when that book becomes available by another member they'll put it on hold for you. If you decide you want to read it they'll send it to you for free. And you list your books and send them to the other members (you pay) when they choose your books. It tends to cost about $2.23 per book (and hardbacks are available too) It's recycling at it's finest. Plus you can talk books with the other members too. *winks* Vanna