Anyone who knows me knows that I LOVE to read. I have a barrister bookcase in my den full to overflowing with All. My. Friends. Because to me — that’s what books are — Friends.
Enter retirement. And my personal lean towards minimalism. As I gazed at my bookcase, I had an epiphany. I had only two options — add a second bookcase or donate some of My Friends to charity.
On a pension— even a generous one — I knew I didn’t want to spend the cash on a mate for my bookcase. And truthfully, I knew, buying all the books I wanted to read could very well bankrupt me.
What a conundrum!
And then option #3 popped into My Life.
Last year — before These Days became These Days — I had invested in a Kindle. I had planned a lot of traveling for my retirement and switching from paper books to electronic versions helped ease me out of the above storage issue. I thought I would hate reading on a device, but much to my delight — I was wrong. I completely fell in love with it — did you know you can adjust the text size on a Kindle? For this piece alone — I was hooked.
I bought a KindleUnlimited subscription for 2020 because for a monthly fee less than the cost of ONE book — I had free access to thousands of titles. I found new authors I adored and became tech-savvy with my device.
This winter while staying with my daughter — who is an avid library-goer — I stumbled onto the fact that MY local library also loaned e-books. Delivered right to my Kindle.
I signed up immediately. Remotely — even — from another state! And so began this fabulous new relationship with Free Books.
Yesterday I sat down on my couch and went shopping. Not on Amazon, but on my library’s website. I put as many books on hold as I could and downloaded a couple more of interest to start right away.
I also canceled my KindleUnlimited subscription. I no longer needed it. Because Free Books.
So that’s the back story, but here’s the part that still makes me laugh right out loud.
My BFF, a lovely Human who hasn’t even rolled her eyes once when I again bring up my latest passion, simply commented. “It’s a retirement thing.” — as I waxed poetic about all the great reading that will be arriving in regular intervals to my device.
And I realized how completely correct she was. In the past twenty-five years, I had barely set foot in a library. Why not?
Because I had traded time for money — so I just bought whatever I wanted. But now — I had time. All. The. Time. To enjoy reading again. To wait on a waitlist until a title was available. To shed yet another expense I had added to My Life when I worked because money was more important than time.
Retirement has brought me many surprises and much joy. I am so excited each day to wake up and see what The Universe delivers to my doorstep. And I am always surprised by the gifts She gives. Her generosity simply cannot be outdone.
This month — She arrived with Free Books. Forever.
How cool is that?