A year ago, I joined Book Villa - and I when I renewed my membership today, I also got a chronological statement today listing all the books I have read over the last year.
I started off with a mix of my favourite authors such as Nelson Demille and Lee Child, in the beginning but later on diversified into others books, mostly autobiographies, business, stock and financial books.
The statement also shows that I had borrowed about 20 books worth 10,000 shillings all for an initial investment of 1,500 shillings (i.e. one time 500 joining fee, and annual fee of 1,000).
The number of books is lower than I expected, but it’s because I drive more these days - whereas before I used to do most of my reading in a matatu, now it's in loo.
Also I try and buy all my magazines (I estimate about 2,000 shillings worth) at Book Villa as a way to give back for this tremendous opportunity. The store has a vast collection of books and friendly staff, who are knowledgeable about the location & availability of books, which they can even hold for you. Definitely one of the best investments I have made.