|Image from Michelle Seixas|
Before I get to the rest of my list, since Friday is usually (ish) my green living day, here's your reminder to make use of your local library and used bookstores for your reading needs. The problem I run into here (and I suspect many of you do, too) is that of course we all want to support the authors who write the books. Balancing a limited book-buying budget and a desire to live as lightly on the earth as possible with the equal desire to honor the work of talented writers whose words I enjoy requires planning and thought.
Here's what works for me:
- I make use of the library or free Kindle books first, always. If I haven't read something by the author before, I don't buy the book.
- However, if I do love a book and can possibly fit it into my budget, I do--again, to show my appreciation for the author's hard work at creating something spectacular.
- Once I know I like an author, I have no qualms about purchasing subsequent books by the same author (although it isn't automatic--the purchase does still have to fit into my budget).
- When I have to make a choice budget-wise, I try to buy books by less well-known authors over bestselling, famous, or otherwise wildly popular authors.
- I put all of my rules on a shelf when I walk into a one of those "all books 50¢" sales, where I just go wild with choosing the prettiest covers and most enticing blurbs until I run out of money. Even worse are the Friends of the Library sales where you can load up an entire paper bag for a couple dollars. I can do some damage at those events.
Anyway! Your mileage may vary. So, the rest of my Best Reads of 2015 list (in order of when I read them):
Ender's Game, Orson Scott Card
The Secret Life of Bees, Sue Monk Kidd
All My Friends are Dead, Avery Monsen and Jory John
Best of reading to you in 2016!