Going to Shimer it almost goes without saying, I love reading. I love it a lot. When I'm not reading for class, I'm reading for fun. I read everything and my friends like to make fun of me for it too. I read really poorly written period romance novels to Stephen King to fan fiction to the classics. I just love reading and since we are definitely not paying for cable (wow, that's useless and way too expensive) I have nothing to distract me from the land of books.
Very early into the year I ran out of books that I had brought from home, so I needed to go get some more. Now, in South Florida (at least near where I'm from) there are not any used book stores. You want to find a used book? Try Goodwill. In Chicago, however, I can circumvent the expensive chain bookstores and go to any number of used bookstores in the Loop or suburbs. I love used bookstores! I love the smell of them, the somewhat snotty people who work there, the sheer magnitude of choices there are and how much money I save; it's just terrific.
Although sometimes I want a specific read and I can't expect to always be able to find it in the piles of used books. So, I found another option to use in conjunction with the secondhand stores, BookMooch.com. It's a great website. You list what books you own that you're willing to get rid of and then list what books you'd like to receive and it costs nothing other than the price of shipping. And what I really enjoy about Book Mooch in the face of other book-swapping sites, is that you don't have to send a book to the person who's sending you a book. It's all based on a point system.
Of course, living with two other bibliophiles doesn't hurt my reading choices either.