If you live in a winter climate like I do, you’re finding yourself stuck with indoor activities right now, so I’m going to name ten things I enjoy doing for little or no cost in the winter.These are all things that I fill my time with indoors, and each of them has little or no cost.

I don’t expect you’ll enjoy all of these. Instead, I suggest reading all of these and trying one or two of them (or more, if you like). Everyone is different and everyone has different passions.

Play a board or card game
First of all, if you associate board games and card games with endless, boring games of Monopoly from your youth, you’re missing out. Monopoly was first published in an early version in 1910. Comparing Monopoly to a modern board game is like comparing a Model T to a Lexus.

Try playing a more modern board game, like Settlers of Catan or Ticket to Ride. Look for a local hobby shop in your area and ask for a demonstration of the game if you don’t have access to a copy, just to see if you enjoy it. Board games can make for a great holiday gift.

If nothing else, a standard $1 deck of playing cards can provide lots and lots of gaming. You can play poker, euchre, pitch, bridge, rummy… the list goes on and on. There are also many, many solitaire games to play.

Read (or re-read) a book
My shelves have quite a few great unread books sitting on them, right next to a big pile of some of the greatest books I’ve ever read. There are few better ways to burn a few hours than to read a great book.

If you don’t have any books available to you, visit your local library. There are thousands upon thousands of books available there for free borrowing.

I could list hundreds of books that I’ve enjoyed over the years. The key, though, is to find something you enjoy, whether it’s something challenging or a complete page-turner. READ MORE> http://www.csmonitor.com/Business/The-Simple-Dollar/2011/1202/Ten-free-winter-activities

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August 2012 Young Adult Book Releases

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Welcome back for another month full of amazing book releases. I'm sharing August 2012 Young Adult (YA) book releases below. If Estelle or I have read the book, I'm linking it up so you can see what we had to say about it.

Top Young Adult Books, Ever? – Publishers Weekly (blog)

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Top Young Adult Books, Ever?Publishers Weekly (blog)I love NPR. I listen all the time and it’s been really heartening how much time they’ve devoted to children’s books this year. There are kids’ book appearing in their summer reading lists and now th …

Eden’s Root by Rachel Fisher
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“The year is 2033 and the world hovers on the edge of explosion as unexplained crop deaths lead to severe global food shortages. In the United States, the Sickness is taking lives slowly, creeping its way into every family. Fi Kelly has already faced the Sickness in her own family, toughening her beyond her years. But a shocking confession from her dying father will push her toughness to its absolute limits. Saddled with an impossible secret and the mission of saving her little sister, Fi sets out to transform herself into the warrior that she must become to survive the coming collapse. Along the way, she will discover that evil can be accidental and that love can be intentional.”

Eden’s Root backstory: http://rachelefisher.com/special-event-the-edens-root-backstory/

Poll: What are the top 100 young-adult books? – USA TODAY

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USA TODAYPoll: What are the top 100 young-adult books?USA TODAYFrom the Harry Potter series to The Perks of Being a Wallflower, some of the best reads happen to be shelved in the young-adult section of the bookstore. This summer, NPR has devoted a lo …

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Essential Books for Young Adults, quality fiction that young adults will find appealing http://t.co/ULrHUwiB #Books #YoungAdults #NYTimes

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Best Young Adult Book List

If you are finished with the Twilight Saga and aren’t sure which book to read next, you have clicked on the right video. Here are some amazing books and book series that will having you begging for more…

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