The system goes a little something like this: If I read a whole book within a certain time frame I get money, cold hard cash. Of course, the length of the book determines how much moola. Also, he usually sets a time limit. If the book is not finished within that time span than no money is awarded. I think I got $5 for my first book. That may not seem like much to you but it is to me. $5 can get you a lot if you think about it. Also we live on a budget, which means there is never any money that is not assigned to something. Of course, I have "blow money" to spend on whatever but a little extra cash never hurt a girl. It was a difficult process for me but once I had that $5 in hand I knew I could do it again. Being the bargainer that I am I usually can squeeze out another week into my time frame or an extra dollar or two into my reward. Over time Brent started offering less and less as a reward. Now I can say I read out of pure joy. Although secretly I wish I could still get some money out of it.
I also realized the reason I was not reading much. It was because I was not reading books I really liked. It's almost like I discovered my love for books in my 30's. I really like fiction. Historical fiction is one of my favorites. My husband will not read fiction. Well, he will but he thinks it's a waste. He likes Non-Fiction. Learning something to improve his life, be inspired, etc. I on the other hand get so much delight out of reading stories, hearing about character's lives, their struggles, and triumphs. There is just something about the way an author describes things, takes you to different times and places, opens people's souls to you that I find very intriguing.
Brent told me the other day he is considering starting his system up again if I read a non-fiction book. We will see...
Here are some books I read recently that I really enjoyed:
Bound Feet & Western Dress: A Memoir
What books have you read recently? Please share, I am always looking for my next book.
Btw, I use the public library. I like to hold and read from the actual book but the library usually has e-copies you can check out.