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.

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