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by LoriAnn

I’ve never thought of myself as much of a “loves-to-shop” kind of girl; I especially dislike clothes shopping. I DO, however, really enjoy shopping consignment and thrift stores, used book stores, and yard sales. Something about getting a really good deal, and interacting with small business owners, makes shopping suddenly okay.

Sadly, I have yet to find a consignment, thrift, or used book store, and have only been to one yard sale, in China. The good news is that my town is FULL of small shops, run by individuals and families, which is a lot of fun. Snack, craft, and stationary shopping are my favorites. But when I have extra spending (i.e. birthday!) money and CAN’T buy something here, I turn to the internet.

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by LoriAnn

I had a great birthday! I got a library’s worth of books, some specifically for my birthday and others in well-timed care packages. Some are print, some eBooks, and some audio. I’m enjoying them all! More details on the MamaWit Bookshelf and at the end of this post.

Also for my birthday, we enjoyed a new tradition of baking my cake together the night before. My birthday pick was the Applesauce Spice Bread in a round cake pan, sprinkled with powdered sugar! Baba cooked lunch & dinner, my favorite: Thai food! (I’ll let you know if he posts the recipe online… he’s working on writing a blog about life in China!) And, Tigger napped well several times, so I got lots of chances to enjoy a bunch of magazines sent by my aunt plus my new books: in paper, via my iPod speakers, and on the iPod touch Kindle reader!

I guess I won’t need any new books for awhile… oh, but wait, I just used my birthday money to order two more!… and then I downloaded 6 limited-time freebies onto my Kindle for Mac reader… well, what can I say; I love to read!

Click to read more if you’d like to see the (huge!!) list of books I got; one’s available for free on any Kindle reader! There’s also a note at the end about joining me for a group book study online, for any Mamas who are interested in growing in their Motherhood.

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Amazon Kindle eBook Reader

Did you know that Amazon.com offers thousands of free books for download? And you don’t even need a Kindle (pictured above)! I just figured this out last weekend, and I’m thrilled so I wanted to share all the details before I forget.

All you have to do is get an (also free) application for wherever you want to read the free ebooks — your iPhone or iPod Touch, Mac, PC, iPad, Blackberry, or Android. My husband and I both use and enjoy the iPod touch and Mac Kindle readers. One day, maybe when we’re homeschooling and future generations have come out, we’d like an iPad for more of a book-like feel.

Also, I figured out a great way to keep updated about what free books are available: there are almost 20,000 classics always available here, and limited-time newer releases can be found for free here! You can even sign-up at Change Detection to find out when new books have been added for free. Just type in the page address “http://www.amazon.com/b?ie=UTF8&node=2245146011” and your own e-mail address, and you’ll get an email update whenever there’s something new! Update: Now I email subscribe to http://www.pixelofink.com/ which works much better. I just signed up and can’t wait to get some good, free, books! I think my first will be The Autobiography of Madame Guyon, which is an older edition of a book I had on my book wishlist. Yay for reading, and especially yay for free!

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