Why I won’t buy an e-reader
After last month’s goal of trying to find a suitable e-reader option, I’ve realized that I value real, paper books way too much to give them up. I spend most of my work life staring at a computer screen, so in the rare moments where I get to read for pleasure, I would love to be screen-less. Plus, I love making notes of my thoughts on post-its and placing them throughout the book, or highlighting particularly interesting paragraphs (I know you can do this too with an e-reader, but it’s really not the same when you have to click buttons to do it). There’s just something special about holding a book that an electronic device just can’t match.
Yes that means more cost for books. Yes that means lugging around more weight when traveling. And yes that means having to find space for my books in my place. But, it’s worth it for me because 1) I get most of my books for free via Swagbucks, and 2) if I don’t absolutely love a book after I’m done reading it, I will sell it online, trade it in at a used book store, or give it away. Is anyone else saying “no” to e-readers? Or, am I the only one?
Anyway, over the past few years of using Swagbucks, I’ve earned over $800 worth of Amazon gift cards and cold hard cash (via PayPal). Well this past weekend I put my Swagbucks to good use by purchasing 3 books that I’ve been eyeing – and used Amazon gift cards to make my order free. I love me some free stuff, and am excited to read books and sip tea on the porch of my new townhouse. :)
Here’s what I bought:
- Irma Voth – by Miriam Toews. I have loved everything by this author, especially her book A Complicated Kindness. Both of these books are about young adults struggling with the complexities of growing up in a Mennonite community. Such an interesting topic, super engaging writing style, and always leaves me wanting the next book. There aren’t many fiction writers that have that affect on me, but Toews is one of them for sure.
- Debt Free Forever – by Gail Vaz-Oxlade. I don’t think this choice needs any explanation. Just reading the product description makes me so happy: Don’t buy this book if you’re a wuss. Don’t buy this book if you’re a whiner. Don’t buy this book if you hate the idea of doing whatever it takes — no matter how hard — to get out of the mess you made. This book will make you squirm. This book may make you cry. This book is the way to move from the crappy place you are now to a wonderful life where you are in control. Gail Vaz-Oxlade is my hero.
- Start With Why – Simon Sinek. This was a last-minute choice, but came highly recommended by a few friends. I also read some reviews online and really think that this book will appeal to me. It talks about why some people succeed and others don’t, and how natural ability enables some to inspire those around them to achieve remarkable things.
Yesterday my Realtor gave me a book called Crush It!: Why Now Is The Time To Cash In On Your Passion. We had talked about the book before, so I’m happy that I now have my own copy! I’ve already started reading it, and it looks like a really motivating and inspiring book. Has anyone else read it before?
I’m still on the hunt for good reads, so has anyone come across any awesome, motivating personal finance books lately?
Author: Krystal Yee
I’m a personal finance blogger and marketing professional based in Vancouver. I’m a former Toronto Star (Moneyville) columnist, author of The Beginner’s Guide to Saving and Investing, and co-founder of the Canadian Personal Finance Conference. When I’m not working, you can usually find me running, climbing, playing field hockey, or plotting my next adventure.