Reading on the cheap

Reading on the cheap

I have a lot of books. A lot. I don't read them all, but I have them. When I was growing up in the olden days before Internet and streaming service for TV/movies I read nearly every night – after watching primetime TV, having a snack and crawling into bed. I carried books everywhere. I still like to read, though I don't devote as much time to it.

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Books can be expensive, and they're not a financial priority for me. If they were, my shelves would be even more overflowing.

I felt motivated today to share how I acquire/read books on the cheap:

1. The library

Toronto Public Library card

I have a library card. I use it. I'm currently reading The UltraMind Solution (2009) by Mark Hyman, a pioneer of functional medicine*. When I own books, I bookmark pages with interesting information. Sometimes I highlight. With library books I take notes. It makes the book longer to read.

The UltraMind Solution is due back today and I still have 100 pages left. I couldn't renew it because someone else has it on hold. I had mixed feelings when I discovered this: 1. YAY, people use the library! 2. YAY! People want to learn about fixing the brain by fixing the body! 2. Boo! I really do have a hard deadline for return.

Sometimes I keep books late without renewing them. Truth be told, library fines are the opposite of a deterrent for me. 35 cents per day? I'm happy to pay that to help out the library. I should probably make a donation instead, but this way I get to keep the book a little longer. In today's case, I will try to finish the book though because I don't want to be a selfish asshole by keeping the book from the next person. 🙂

Another cool thing about the library: Digital downloads. And speaking of e-books…

2. Kindle sales alerts

Kindle logo

I tend to buy books for my Kindle/Kindle app when they're cheap. The app alerts me to today's deals. Some great books I've bought on sale just in the last six months include Year of Yes by Shonda Rhines, You are a Badass by Jen Sincero, Wild by Cheryl Strayed (loved the book, keep forgetting to finish the movie), and Anna Kendrick's autobiography Scrappy Little Nobody.

If you have the Kindle app on your phone, allow it to alert you of sales. You'll know that alert notifications are on when you go into your settings and check “Push Notifications sent to this device”.

3. Sales

Hay House Life Purpose Catalog Sale

Watch for sales from favourite online and offline retailers. Currently, and for the entire month of February, Hay House is having their “Finding Your Life Purpose & Advancing Your Career Book sale” with 50% off books. Some books like I've read and loved are there including The Universe Has Your Back (print version) by Gabrielle Bernstein (while not part of this sale, the supplemental card deck is 10% off) and the audio version of her book Miracles Now.

I've read, listened to and watched a bunch of stuff by the late Dr. Wayne Dyer but not Find Your Life Purpose, 2-hour audio download so I might check that out, and I'm considering buying The Oracle of E (A 52-Card Deck and Guidebook) by Pam Grout, Colette Baron-Reid. I've read some of their books. A book called F**k It – Do What You Love sounds compelling, doesn't it?

If you want to get more done, lead others better, develop a skill faster, or dramatically increase your sense of joy and confidence, check out Brendon Burchard’s High Performance Habits audiobook. If you're gearing up for the Tapping World Summit, start with Nick Ortner's The Tapping Solution paperback (currently $8.50) and/or Tapping Into Ultimate Success by Jack Canfield & Pamela Bruner ($8.48)

4. Other methods

There's also secondhand stores, thrift shops (Goodwill etc.), garage sales in the spring, book exchanges, library sales and more, but I have a library a few minutes away from me, and ordering books online is easy.

Tell me about how you like to acquire books.

P.S. Check out this interview about three things that are critical for healing that Dr. Hyman gave for this year's Tapping World Summit.

Eat Dirt! A Book About Leaky Gut

Eat Dirt! A Book About Leaky Gut

Eat Dirt!
Hippocrates is famous for saying “All disease begins in the gut”. According to Eat Dirt author Dr. Josh Axe, if you have any of these issues, then chances are you have leaky gut:

  1. Food allergies or food sensitivities
  2. Autoimmune disorders, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome or lupus
  3. Poor digestion, bloating, gas, constipation, loose stools, heartburn and nutrient malabsorption
  4. Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD), including, IBS Crohn’s or colitis
  5. Thyroid issues such as hypothyroidism, Hashimotos thyroiditis or Graves disease
  6. Adrenal fatigue, candida and slow metabolism
  7. Mood disorders, including anxiety, depression and autism
  8. Chronic pain in joints and muscles, including arthritis and headaches
  9. Skin problems, including eczema, psoriasis, rosacea, acne and age spots


New book about depression: A Mind of Your Own

New book about depression: A Mind of Your Own


If you’ve ever struggled with depression, Dr. Kelly Brogan’s new book, A Mind of Your Own could be the answer you’ve been searching for.

Now Rated #1 on Amazon for Depression!

I’m excited to share with you that A Mind of Your Own: The Truth about Depression and How Women Can Heal Their Bodies to Reclaim Their Lives has cracked’s Top 100 books! And it’s all been done without a peep from mainstream media.

According to Dr. Kelly Brogan, use of antidepressants may permanently disable the body’s self-healing potential. The best way to heal the mind is to heal the whole body.

Dr. Brogan shatters the mythology conventional medicine has built around the causes and treatment of depression. That’s why this powerful message is being suppressed – it’s dangerous. By purchasing a copy of this book, you are helping to break the wall of silence that surrounds this controversial topic.

There are alternatives to the Big Pharma model, “1 pill = 1 ill”. You can do more than mask the symptoms of depression with pills – you can cure this illness at the source. Find out how to heal depression in 30 days with A Mind of Your Own.

I love this:

The mission is not about meds vs. no meds.

I've scheduled a few more of these images to appear on my Facebook page this weekend so like the page if you don't already.

After I've read it, I'll leave a review here. If you've read it, leave a comment below!

P.S. You can read the first chapter for free right here. No obligation to buy. Try before you buy is my preference!

The UnDiet Cookbook: 150 Pages of Wow

The UnDiet Cookbook: 150 Pages of Wow

You might know this about me: I'm a big fan of Meghan Telpner and her work. She's one of my favourite people. I discovered her several years ago through the regular column that she was writing for a local newspaper, common connections were discovered (I knew her brother) and I became a follower and student, online and in person.

Meghan has been a huge inspiration and teacher to me, and to hundreds of others. I've watched her business evolve from workshops in her loft to The Academy of Culinary Nutrition. I was thrilled when I heard – from her mom – that she was writing her first book. She was one of the first people I told about Finding Health & Wellness and her encouragement has gotten me through some of the early days when I was feeling uninspired and discouraged.

Meghan's second book, The UnDiet Cookbook, is being released this week. Like her first book, it's beautiful and packed full of amazing information that will transform your life if you implement it. I received a preview electronic copy with an expiry date. I took a lot of notes.