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The Cheap Bastard’s Big Idea to Save on Books

November 16, 2014

images-1Not only did the Cheap Bastard miss Friends of the Seattle Public Library’s big book sale in September, he also missed the library’s holiday book sale this weekend. Since those sales are usually my main source of books for the year, I’ve had to come up with a new plan for the rest of the year. And it’s going to be centering around Little Free Libraries all over town.

Instead of rushing out to a used book store when I’m out of books to read, I’m going to be spending the rest of the year trading books at local Little Free Libraries or checking them out of local libraries. The whole goal is to not spend any more money on books until the next big library sale.

The only exception will be if a friend who is a writer has a new book out. In that case, I’ll do the unthinkable and pay full price. After all, writers need to eat, too.

The plan has been working so far. In the weeks since the sale I missed, I’ve gotten quite a few good reads from neighborhood racks including “The Racketeer” by John Grisham, “Palm Beach Nasty” by Tom Turner and “Neighbors” by Joshua D. Zimmerman to name just a few.

I admit I’ve already broken the rule once and paid way too much for it, but what do you want? I was out of the country and the book was written by somebody I know.

I’m just sayin’……

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