I can remember when I was a young girl, I would tell my mom that I was bored and she would always give the same response… go read a book! As an only child, I was bored a lot. And that, I believe, was where my love of books came from. That love continued to spill over into college. My first choice, as a high school senior, was banking and finance. But after I got to Freshman Orientation, I changed my major to English. My plan was to become a High School English Teacher by going on to get my masters in secondary education. Life changed and that didn’t happen but my love for the written word has always remained.
I am an avid reader. I love the physical book. I love the feel of it, the smell of it, the sound of the page turning. My ideal date night is a nice dinner and a trip to Barnes and Noble for coffee and books. If I have a couple free hours, you can find my nose in a book. I try to read every night before bed. Even if it’s only a couple pages. It allows my mind to calm down enough to welcome sleep.
One of the hardest parts of this spending freeze is that books are included on the No-No List. No purchasing books of any kind. That isn’t easy for me. I dream of a library like Belle had in Beauty And The Beast.
I have gotten away from purchasing physical books. Specifically, the ones that I will only read once. Instead, they get downloaded onto the Kindle (which, honestly, not really a fan) or my favorite way of getting my hands on a real book… THE LIBRARY!!! I am on a first name basis with the Librarian at my local library. She is my BFF – not sure if she knows that or not.
One of my goals is to read 24 nonfiction books this year. That’s only 2 books a month! No problem!!! Nonfiction really isn’t my book of choice but I really want to learn as much as I can in order to reach my goal of 100% debt free in 2018. And to continue from there learning how to invest and claim the millionaire status I so very much want for us!
The first nonfiction book I read this year was The Subtle Art of Not Giving A F**k by Mark Manson. Honestly, I was disappointed. I didn’t really take away much from it. I am not sure if it just wasn’t for me or if the principles that he talks about are already the principles that I follow. It’s basically about picking your battles and focusing your energy on what is most important.
The next book that I just finished is The Millionaire Next Door. Now, I thought I owned this book already. But I cannot find it so I must have let someone borrow it or I have gotten rid of it – which I can NOT imagine doing. I remember reading it years ago but I thought, with these goals for 2018, it would be the perfect time for a little refresher.
It has gotten me thinking…I wonder if I know anyone with a million dollar net worth. I think about my neighbors and our friends. Nobody comes to mind. But, isn’t that the point? We could be those people!
The book was a pretty good read. It explains a lot about what not to do if or when you become a millionaire. It was a comprehensive study of how millionaires act but it wasn’t as inspiring as I was hoping it would be. There were many comparative anecdotes throughout but I think I was looking for step by step to becoming a millionaire which I didn’t really find. I enjoyed the book but I know now why I didn’t hold onto it.
The two books for January will not stand out for me in the future. They are not even books that I might recommend to a friend, to be honest. I am looking for a book that I can take away some real knowledge from. On to the next!!