I feel bad. Instead of reading books by people I genuinely care about, like and follow, I'm reading a book by someone I've never heard of.
In my defense, it was free.
Back before we retired from obtaining money via other people, I had a book budget. Sure, it was based on how many people bought books from my online used bookstore, so it was never very big, but it was enough to feed my need for new books. If an author I follow came out with a new book, I'd order it. If the next book in a series I was reading hit the shelves out there, it was hitting the shelves in my house.
I closed my store when we moved, so there went my bi-monthly deposits. And since we're living off our savings until one or both of us succeeds in our personal endeavors, I'm down to sneaking a book in with the groceries or keeping myself to $25 a month (if I can swing it) in Kindle purchases.
I know - boo hoo.
I don't mean to bitch. After all, this was the life we chose. Out of debt and free from financial encumbrances. And I really am grateful for every free book I can download. But I feel guilty when I can't just One-Click on a new release to feed my addiction.
Anyway, to all the writers our there that I know and love, I really am sorry. I will get your books eventually. They're all sitting on my Amazon wishlist. And I will try to remember to get a review up at Amazon, too. (I do review most books on Goodreads, but I don't go to Amazon as often as I should.)
Here's just a short list of books I'm waiting to buy (if I can't support my authors with money, I can support them with links):
Warbound by Larry Correia
Cafe Midnight by Silver James
Bone Deep by Debra Webb
Thunder on the Battlefield: Sword - edited by James R. Tuck
Thunder on the Battlefield: Sorcery - edited by James R. Tuck
Deadly Pursuit by Misty Evans
Pile of Bones by Bailey Cunningham
Last Blood by Kristen Painter
Rubbed Out by Riley Adams
Nightbound by Lynn Viehl
And we won't even get into the books that aren't even released yet... like Seanan McGuire's Chimes at Midnight.
Okay, now I'm getting the DTs from talking about buying books. Ah, the life of a book junkie who can't get a fix. (Lucky for the world that jones'n book junkies don't try to knock over convenience stores to feed the habit, or I'd be so there. 'Cept I'd be holding up the nearest Barnes and Noble using a sharpened bookmark. "Give me all your books, or I will cut you.")
What about you? How's your book budget looking these days? Do you feel guilty when you can't buy an author's new release, or is it just me?
(Lest you think this is a shameless ploy to get free books, it's not. I want to BUY these myself so the authors I love get a little something in their paychecks from this devoted reader. This is just me bitching and feeling like a toad.)