Thursday, September 27, 2012

Kindle Confessions

I need you all to chime in here for a second. I am looking for new reading material, and I need your recommendations. I am about to finally start reading The Life of Pi, which has actually been recommended to me by several different people. I'm one of those people who like to have several books stacked up ready to go, so I need your recs. I don't want to be left hanging with nothing to read when I am done. The horror.

I have to confess that I have 100% embraced e-readers. I know, I know! Travesty! I fought long and hard, but when my husband got an e-reader last year for his birthday, I was the one who read an entire book on it before he ever had a chance to see how the thing worked. A part of me still hates the idea of e-readers replacing real books, but a bigger, louder, more dominant part of me has fallen in love with e-readers, head over heels.

Seconds after finishing the first book in the Hunger Games Series I was on downloading the next book. As awesome as paper books are, you can't do that, baby. I am also one of those people who likes to have a book in her purse at all times. Sometimes two or three. The choice of which book to throw in my bag can sometimes feel like The Most Important Decision Of The Day.

When Rory Gilmore stuck a book in her bag to take to her school dance, I just about died. I knew that move so well. It wasn't even as if I expected or wanted to read at a dance, but it was such a force of habit, I couldn't stop it if I tried.

The thing about the e-reader is that I never have to choose which book to take with me. I can take them ALL! Yes, please do imagine me saying that in a deranged mad scientist voice. That is kind of how it feels to have all my books in my bag at all times. I am usually reading several at a time and what I read when is largely based on my mood or how much time I have to read. I'm not going to want to read Erasing Hell in the few minutes before a meeting, but Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? is a perfect five minute read.

My kindle is also proof positive of what a weirdo I am. I currently have uploaded to it: the complete Sherlock Holmes series, Anne of Green Gables, all of Jane Austen's books, Jane Eyre, 7, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Crazy Love, a Wayne Grudem book about politics and religion that makes my head spin, The Hunger Games series and a couple others I can't seems like I share my kindle with a twelve year old girl and her dad. Or grandpa.

Anyway, all that to say, I have read most of these books and am looking to upload more. I like Young Adult lit, political and religious stuff, classics, and funny celebrity bios. So basically, every single person who has ever read my blog should be able to recommend something to me. What are you reading?? And don't give me that line about not having enough time to read, blah, blah. You may not have time, but if you are like me, you still have an idea of what you want to read if you did have all the time in the world. Spill it!

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  1. I wasn't expecting to read Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Killer, but I checked out the sample (just one reason I love my Kindle) and was hooked!

  2. Oh my gosh, yes! I LOVE LOVE LOVE the preview on the kindle! It is great becuase it has saved me from a couple of bad purchases, too.

  3. I'm really into short e-books right now which I've been reading on Jonathan's Kindle because I'm not 100% sold on it yet. :)

    I just read Jeff Goins "You are a Writer" and Christianity Today's "What Christian Women Want This Election Season."

  4. I just got the CT book last night!

  5. Um, did you just ask for book recommendations? How long do you want this list to be?

    Since you mentioned classics and seem perhaps an Anglophile, I just read Charles Dickens' "Great Expectations." It really is a page turner.

    The most interesting book I read this summer was Alexandra Fuller's "Cocktail Hour Under the Tree of Forgetfulness" a memoir about growing up Scottish in Central Africa, both humorous and poignant and exceptionally well written.

    The other two books that I read recently pertain to the dilemma between "real books" and ebooks. I recommend both: Sven Birkerts' "Gutenberg Elegies" (extrememly prescient on the fate of reading in an electronic age written in the early 1990s). And also "The Shallows: What the Internet is doing to our Brains" by Nicholar Carr. Your brain on the internet: super scary!

  6. I am currently reading Love in the Time of Cholera. I LOVE it.

  7. Oh, one of my favorite topics. Are you on Goodreads? Lately that's where I'm getting all my book recs and based on a few of my goodreads friends I've fallen down a rabbit hole of total smut reading :) Knowing you that might not be your thing but I also just read Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me so our taste can't be too different.

    A few recent reads:
    The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie (mystery, historic, young girl protagonist, light reading)

    Have you read Graceling (and the related books Fire and Bitterblue?) Start with Graceling--super good teen lit.

    If you like embarrassingly lame but very addictive readable teen romance/fantasy/crap try the Trylle series by Amanda Hocking.

    If you like historic fiction/fantasy try Blackout and All Clear by Willis

    I'm looking at my goodreads list and really, i'm mostly reading crap but I've gotten into audiobooks (free downloads to the iphone from the library!) in addition to my kindle. I'm liking non fiction on audio and currently listening to Change your Thoughts, Change your Life by W Dyer. Long but thought provoking.

    Ok, I'll stop :)

  8. Any of A.J. Jacobs' books. They are all insightful and laugh out loud funny. Especially, "The Year of Living Biblically."

    And if you haven't already read Paul Tripp's "Instruments in the Redemeer's Hands," it is a must read!

    In the guilty pleasure teenage girl category I highly recomeend the Confessions of Georgia Nicolson Series by Louise Rennison.

    Alas I am bogged down in boring dry history books for school, but I can't wait until I graduate and can read for pleasure again! Until then I will live through you :)

  9. Don't have in recommendations right now, but I love downloading books from the library for free!!!''

  10. I love my Kindle Fire then I can Google Brussels if I am reading about it. I also love getting E books from the library for free!!!!!


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