free books, please!

I have an obsession with books. I love love love them. And I have more than I will ever read. If I had all the money in the world, I'd buy all the books. All of them. And then I would create a library like the Beast's library. Did you see the new Beauty and the Beast? Did you see that library?



But, I don't have a lot of space, and I don't have all the money in the world, and I don't even have the time to read all the books in the world. So, I have a compromise.

It started with the first Christmas gift my husband--then, boyfriend--gave me.

It was our first Christmas together, and I had student loans and credit card debt. No money. But, I was determined to get Aaron a good gift. So, I went to Walmart and dug through the $5 dollar movie bin and bought $1 candy and other random junk and wrapped all the gifts individually. Lots of gifts will make it seem better than it is, right?

He unwrapped all of these ridiculous gifts--Mrs. Doubtfirey'all--and was totally thrown off but super sweet at my, um, thoughtfulness.

Then he handed me my gift.

It was heavy.

And in a largish box.

I unwrapped a Kindle Fire. My sweet boyfriend put together all his Best Buy points to buy it and said I could start taking notes on this new, shiny tablet instead of my huge Toshiba laptop. And, I could just buy all my books on it too!

I made it my goal to fill my Kindle with books I'd love, but I quickly found out even ebooks can be expensive.

Until my Aunt NetteNette told me about Bookbub.

Bookbub finds all the deals on all the books and sends them to you, based on your preferences, so that you can snatch 'em up when they're cheap!

I have a rule for myself though: they have to be FREE for me to "buy" them.

That sounds like a strict rule, but I "bought" 43 books in the past 12 months. So, I'm not losing out on anything by only snagging the freebies. I've found lots of new authors, tried reading different genres, and my seven-year-old Kindle is still being used without spending tons of money or tons of space!

Where do you get your books? Do you use other websites like Bookbub? Stay tuned to find out how I check out books to my Kindle and where I get my audiobooks for free!

P.S. Once Aaron and I got married, we decided to stop giving gifts and instead go on trips for birthdays. We've still haven't watched that copy of Mrs. Doubtfire.