Three Reasons Why You Should Gamble*

*With books.

I’ve only been at this game of mine for three weeks, but I have to share how incredible the experience has been. Here are my top three reasons why you should go out and join me in the game!


When you first pick up a new book – do you not quickly flip through the book and look ahead at what’s to come? Now, I don’t mean reading the last few pages. Just a few seconds glance as the pages dance before your eyes. For now, you’re only on page one. Soon, you’ll be missing the way you felt before you knew what wonders the book you once held ignorance too contained.

When you go and pick some book at random, you truly have NO idea what you’re getting into. Sure, it may turn out for the worse; as it certainly has for me. Though half the fun lies in the fact that the book you choose may be an unsung hero. A book not many know and even fewer love. Something to tell your friends about, brag that you found a treasure simply by chance. I guess you can kind of become a literary hipster in this sense..

Also, reading these books gives you a new appreciation for all the types of styles and vocabulary out there. You may pick up a book three decades old and find it could have been written in 2015…or 1815! Expanding your bookshelf also expands your expertise, and what a fun way to do it this can be!


So perhaps you’re already a book lover, or perhaps not. After three weeks and three books, I’ve only spent about $8. Just two nights ago, I spent $30 on one meal with some friends. I couldn’t help but think about how many books that would get me. How many hours and hours of reading and physical fun it would bring me.

When it comes to entertainment, nothing like a great book truly offers the best dollar per time spent. Not only will you spend hours reading the book itself, but it will stay with you. Whatever you read sticks in your head. The book becomes something to reference, read over and over, or just show off on the bookshelf.

Doing something of this sort really gives a bang for the buck. The books are yours to keep as long as you wish for such a bargain. Hey, and maybe while you’re browsing the shelves you’ll come across another book you’ve already been looking for. Hard to find any better deals than at Half-Price Books honestly! Go ahead and grab it.


So, have I sold you on going out there and getting a random book yet? Good. Now. The real beauty is that you can do whatever you want with this idea. Make your own rules. Don’t make any rules at all. Expand your genres. Stick to only one. Go find books you’ve never heard of, or maybe just ones you have been meaning to get to for a while now.

You can share your experiences with the world or do it only for you. In the end, I can assure you that being creative with something you’re interested in like I am really pays off. It only strengthens your want to get out there and explore, so go do it!


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