You may recall that I read several books at one time, so it's not like I read 700 pages in 60 hours or anything like that. Here's how it went:
A week or so ago, I received Dinner with Dad in the mail from a blogging buddy, Kim at Mom in the City. When I commented to win it on her site but didn't, she offered to send me her copy, which was quite nice of her. When I received it, something made me open it up just then and read the first chapter, and I was hooked.
In the meantime, I received Much Ado About Anne from the amazon Vine program.** I like to get those books read and reviewed (so I can request the new products that are offered!), so I started on that a few days after I got it, and read it quickly -- within two days. My review of the book (which I enjoyed very much) is at 5 Minutes for Books today.
Then Saturday I started Scratch Beginnings: Me, $25, and the Search for the American Dream, and Adam Shepherd's story and writing pulled me right in, so it resulted in another book finished in two days. The book will be reviewed on 5 Minutes for Books in early November, but it was the best kind of memoir -- a book that offers a peek into a life that most of us won't experience on our own (homelessness and a climb out of poverty), well-written (like someone telling me his story), without too much self-congratulation or focus (this is a tough line in memoir).
Does finishing books give you a feeling of accomplishment? On the flip side, does not having time to read books make you feel frustrated and like you shouldn't even bother to read at all?
**Amazon Vine is a by-invitation-only program in which certain companies and publishers send out products for review. Twice a month, I get a list from which I can select a product, but I can't request any more products until I post reviews on amazon for 75% of them. I am so happy to participate in this, because I love the reviews on amazon -- not only for books but for other things. You might ask how I was selected, and no one really knows. You have to be a fairly regular reviewer, and I do post fairly frequently.
Speaking of amazon (and the many things I love about it) -- I finally bit the bullet last year and paid for amazon Prime, the program that allows you free two-day shipping on almost all your purchases, and $4 overnight shipping. I wasn't sure it was worth it, but after my one-month trial, I realized it was. Whenever I ordered from amazon, I would always scoot my purchases up to $25 to get free super-saver shipping. There are three problems with this:
- In the beginning, I still usually got my super saver packages in a few days, but then it happened more often along the lines of what they said -- a week or so, which is a long time to wait.
- If I really just wanted one $14 book, the extra $11 to get "free" shipping quickly adds up, right? I'd rather pay for product than pay shipping, but still. I figure I've paid for my Prime membership simply with these savings. Love it!
- If I was sending a gift, I was always slapped with that shipping charge, and this way I'm much more likely to send some a little happy something when the urge strikes.