Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Frugal Reading List for 2017

I've been putting in some serious thought about my reading goals this year.  In the past, I typically flip flop fiction and non fiction books at will and try to read 12-20 books a year.  Frugal me decided to create a better approach and actually invest in my home library while accomplishing my reading goals.

This year I want to avoid the library as my main source of books and actually buy books that I want in my house library.  I'm picky about what I add to my bookshelf and only want books that I would feel comfortable having my grandchildren read.  Here's my list and on the frugal side of it, I was able to purchase all books for less than $50.  I either picked them up for free on the Kindle or used my credits on

Three books because I love history.... 

1776 by David McCullough
Alaska  by James Michener
O Pioneers by Willa Sibert Cather (Free on Kindle)

Two books because she is my favorite author...

Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie
Black Coffee by Agatha Christie
(I ordered both these books from the swap for free)
Two books because I already own them...

Christy by Catharine Marshall
Girl with a Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier

Two books because it's time I read them...

1984 by George Orwell
Pilgrim's Progress by John Bunyan

 Four books because I love English Literature....

 Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
Lark Rise to Candleford by Flora Thompson
(most of these books can be found free on Kindle)

Read Aloud List for Stormy to finish first grade and summer reading.

Boxcar Children books 1-4 by Gertrude Chandler Warner
The Long Winter and Little Town on the Prairie by Laura  Ingalls Wilder
Heidi by Johanna Spyri
Just Grace books 1-3 by Charise Mericle Harper

 After typing this up, I am even more impressed that I get to read all of this for under $50 and all of these books are a great investment.  For those of you that know me will be wondering where is the sci-fi at?  What about non-fiction and biographies?  I am sure I will keep reading them this year but I'm not sure I really want to invest in sci-fi for my home library and I have tons of it on my Kindle.  As far as non-fiction goes, I just don't know what direction this year will take me.  I am currently researching three different but related topics (PizzaGate, Liberal Politics and Body Language) and I have not found any books I really want to buy.

 #pizzagate #bodylanguage #liberalpoliticsisareligion

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