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If you’ve been reading along, you know of my great, and sometimes detrimental, love of books.¬† ūüėÜ

The question was a posed a bit ago: would you rather be deaf or blind? I used to answer this question without hesitation.  Why, of course, given my background in music, I would MUCH rather be blind than deaf.  I could not imagine a life without my music! 

Classical music soothes my soul.  So much so that time escapes and nothing else gets done while listening.  I know people (like my guys) who can listen to music while studying and doing other things.  Not me.  Once the music captures me, the world can cease to exist and I might not notice.

I can paint (as in, the walls) and listen to music; I can clean and listen to music.¬† I run and listen to music.¬† It’s not classical music, though, and that’s what allows me to get things done.

But, the classical comes on and I am lost.  I take great joy in identifying parts and seeing the weaving and the artistry of the composition, all the while recognizing I will never have that vision and divine gift. It makes me love it all the more.

Wednesday, however, gave me a new answer. We’ve been on vacation this week, and even though it’s a staycation¬†-our first in years – I’ve done a bit of reading.¬† The last vacation we took was the first with my Kindle, and I admit, I barely crawled out of the bed the entire time because I was reading.

There is nothing better than having an unlimited amount of books to read. Always in the past, I had been limited to how much I could take by the amount of space available.  I even left yarn behind to take a few extra books!

But not this time, for I had loaded my Kindle with 40 some odd titles. Titles that were free!

One of the reasons I chose¬†a Kindle over other e-readers was the amount of freebies I had stumbled on prior to purchase. Being married to an engineer has taught me the concept of payback.¬† In this case, it is initial cost of the Kindle vs. space and cost of e-titles. I figured I’d have to read enough free titles to cover the cost of the Kindle, and then I would be home free.

We’re now months later, and I’m still reading freebies. I don’t have magic; I don’t have psychic ability to predict which titles are free when.¬† I do, however, have Facebook. A friend shared a link and I’ve been hooked ever since.

In my I’m Drunk ¬†post, I shared how a friend on FB posted a link to Ereader¬†News Today, which sent me into overload.¬† I immediately joined, and have been loving it since.¬†

On Wednesday, there was a post simply stating, ‚ÄúThere is some big news for free Kindle books today. There are over 200 new freebies! I’ve created a link to a list of all the free Kindle books instead of making a post for every one.‚ÄĚ (insert drooling smiley here)

Over two hours later, as I finally finished page 9, I realized that getting through all those 584 titles (which is now 606) was not for the faint of heart. Some titles I already had. Some I didn’t want (like textbooks). Some were short stories. Some were sneak peeks of the first few chapters. On the Amazon site, the titles are just listed and you have to click through to get the description.  That’s time consuming, but the freebies are worth it to me.

I stopped at a suitable place (somewhere after 100) because, after all, I was eager to get reading. Another thing I really love about my Kindle is the light in the case.  I debated about spending the extra money on the light, but I will tell you, it was WELL worth the extra $$.  I have read while everyone else was in bed; I’ve read out by the campfire.

It was in bed, around 1 am when I finally finished the one book. I was surprised at the time, but it‚Äôs fantastic to finish a good book.¬† I remember thinking, ‚ÄúI could live here forever.‚ÄĚ Meaning, I could live in the book world forever and do nothing else; taking minimal time to eat, reading all the while.

And then it hit me. I have changed. My Kindle has caused me to change! Instead of my default setting of being blind instead of deaf, I would now rather be deaf. (And this is in no way to make light of or make fun of disabilities, but thinking along those lines from time to time can help a person better understand themselves.)

Books captivate me; they take me to another place, where I get lost. And now I’m getting them free! 

I have something like 15 pages of unread titles.  And I haven’t gotten through the list yet.  I’m trying to work my way through it, but books are calling me……..

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You get the point.¬† I’m drunk on books!¬† ūüėÜ ¬† A few days ago, I got my next book to review.¬† That’s not what set me off.¬† What got me going was a shared link to Ereader¬†News Today.¬† This is a website that, when you sign up for free, will send you notification of new, free Kindle books.¬† I immediately went into overload.¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†

I was thrilled when I was researching e-readers and discovered that Kindle offers free books.¬† There are a few different ways I’ve found to find the freebies.¬† First, I went to the regular Kindle e-book page on Amazon.¬† If you scroll down the page, you’ll a listing on the right hand side for best sellers, including free books.¬† That’s one way to find free Kindle¬†ebooks.

Another way is to click on a category and then filter by price, low to high.¬† While sometimes not in complete order, it’s usually pretty good. Once you click on a book,¬†you’ll get a scrolling bar of books that folks who have bought the book you are viewing also purchased.¬† Kind of nice!

On the left navigation bar, Amazon has a “Free eBook Collection” link.¬† There are tons of classic novels in there; lots of historical books (one I read recently was compiled from letters of early American settlers I found particularly gripping)¬† and links to e-collections on the web.¬† This is a fabulous resource!

I also found a Listmania for free ebooks.¬† I can’t remember how I came across this, but I saved it, and it’s a good thing I did.¬† The one I use the most is titled “Kindle Freebies. Get Them While The Getting’s Good.”¬† On this page, there are other Listmanias listed, which is helpful for searching for books grouped together in different ways (not just freebies).

And then tonight, as I was working on winding down to go and sit and knit a bit, I popped into Facebook and there it was.  A shared post from a friend that linked to ENT and I was hooked.  First I went and signed up, and then went to the FB page and clicked on every link there.  While I was madly clicking, I had another browser open and was searching my other places for more freebies.  I spent over two hours downloading 57 free selections (some of them are short stories).

One title made me giggle, Tick Tock¬†(James Patterson, preview).¬† Since it was only the first 28 chapters, I passed.¬† I got more of the classics (Charlotte Bronte, Jane Austen and OOOOO now I see¬†The Works of Edgar Allan Poe, Volume I so I’ll have to make a point to go back and get it.)¬†¬†¬†¬†Others I downloaded are these:

Joel Kilpatrick (Author), David Levy (Author)
Elinore Pruitt Stewart (Author)
While I did refrain from getting “Common Sense,”¬†I could not prevent myself from downloading¬† The American Frugal Housewife by Lydia Maria Francis Child after reading the review.¬† Who wouldn’t want to learn to make old-fashioned in a¬†kettle in your backyard or make furniture polish from a little white vinegar and olive oil?¬† It sounds like she was the original Heloise.¬†
Apparently, the author was born in 1802 and between the years of 1835 and 1841, it was republished 27 times!¬† I’ve been reading some reviews (go ahead, Google¬†it! :lol:) and I am loving them!¬† What a gem it looks to be-¬†there’s even a diagram somewhere of the (meat) parts of an ox, which I shall have to research and see if they translate to beef.¬† Although I’ll bet there are some “opinions” I’m bound to disagree with.¬† ūüėČ
 Whew! Ok, I think I am calming down.  This book stuff-  intoxicating! 

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