The measure of book and of an author can be found in their transformational ability. Simply put, do they make you think or reconsider a closely held value that you believe is incontestable? The whole point of reading is that you learn – something, anything, even a little bit. Whether it’s a novel, textbook or autobiography, the joy of reading comes when fresh ideas integrate with and augment personal knowledge or experience.
I’m halfway through reading Cheap: High Cost of Discount Culture, and already I see the change in my thinking when I enter a shopping mall. We are all passionate about finding a better bargain. We think we can outsmart the savvy retailers that entice us to forsake common sense and buy, buy, buy! It seems that we all have the tendency to listen to the sweet sounds of the bargain siren. Even the most veteran and well-informed shoppers are not immune.
In the next few weeks, my challenge will be to determine how well I’ve learned from Ellen Ruppel Shell. Will my shopping habits change? We shall see…
Early Morning Shopping in Bath, England