Saturday, April 30, 2011

Kindle Love

Lisa gifted me her old Kindle at Christmas since she got a new one.

I have to say I never thought I would be a Kindle fan.

I love books.  I love the feel of them.  I love the smell of them(is that weird?)

 I love going to the library and picking them out.  I even love the look of a stack of books on my nightstand.

What I don't love is storing them.  We live in a small place.  Each time I read a book I would begin the agonizing process of deciding what to do with it.  For the books I bought  at library book sales(for .50 cents each), should I donate them back to the library?  Should I put the word out to my friends and see if anyone wanted to read them?  Freecyle?  And for the ones I actually checked out, I almost never got them back on time.  Sometimes they would sit on the back seat of my car for weeks, forgetting every single time I drove by the Library to return them.

Plus, I love to reread books.   If I accidentally gave a way a book that I really loved I had to go back to the library and check it out again.

With the Kindle, they are all in there, just waiting to be read(re-read).

I have read 14  books in the last 4 and a half months(although this pales in comparison to some of my blogger friends.  I am in awe of the number of books they read per week).

But I think I only read one or two more than that in the entire year before that, so it's a huge improvement over that.

I only wish their book sharing system was better.  Almost none of the books I want to share are shareable, and a lot of my friends I want to share with are in Canada and it doesn't allow that either.

Here are the books I have read since Christmas:

What the Night Knows  Dean Koontz
I have been reading Dean Koontz for years. In fact, I have read every one of his books. Love me a good spooky book.

House Rules      by Jodi Piccoult

Handle With Care    by Jodi Piccoult
I went on a Jodi Piccoult reading spree at Christmas time.  Now I have had my fill and probably won't read anything by her for awhile.

Rescue      by Anita Shreve.   I love most of Anita Shreve's books.  This one was kind of so-so for me.

The Help  by Kathryn Stockett  I LOVED this book but it made me really think and feel incredibly sad.

Little Bee   Chris Cleave

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The Girl who Played with Fire, and The Girl who Kicked the Hornet's Nest by Stieg Larsen

Riding Lessons and Flying Changes, both by Sara Gruen, who wrote Water for Elephants (one of my favorite books).  These were not as good as that one but I enjoyed them, especially since I competed in equestrian events as a kid.

Her Fearful Symmetry by Audrey Neffeneger  (This one is pretty good as far as spooky goes too)

These are some books that I loved so much the first time that I went back and re-read them again:

Water for Elephants            Sara Gruen      I can't wait to see the movie
Time Traveller's Wife          Audrey Neffeneger        One of my most favorite books
Lovely Bones                      Alice Sebold

I am also thinking about going back and reading some of the books that I truly loved as a child, like Judy Blume and Madeleine L'Engle and Beverly Cleary.

Oh, and all of the Little House on the Prairie books too.

Right now I am in the middle of Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese

So that's what I have been doing in my spare time.  Reading on my Kindle.

What are you reading?

This is Spring Fling Day 26


Cora said...

I never thought I would be a huge Kindle fan either but I LOVE mine. I don't read as often as you or as some people but I can carry my kindle any where and I do. you never know when you are going to be stuck waiting. I will have to look at some of those books you have listed. Right now I have been reading a lot of urban fantasy. I even have a book on pre-ordered that will be automatically delivered on May 31! How cool is that!

Number 6 and no more counting! said...

I should get a kindle because what the heck do I do with the books after. They sit and collect dust.


PS. awesome that you are doing all this reading

mam said...

So, no commentary on Little Bee? I'm not sure what to say about it disturbing. Kindle is my favorite thing ever...although I'm a two per week reader, or more, so it's stupid expensive but still I can't stop.

Laura said...

Two things... I didn't realize you can share Kindle books. How does that work?

Second thing... we seem to have the same taste in books. I am reading The Kitchen House right now, and it's great! I highly recommend. It's by K. Grissom.