The days when the kids bring home Scholastic Book orders make me so very happy. I love going through the pamphlets, circling the books I'm going to purchase. I always stock up on the $1 books, buying extras to give to a friend who works in an inner-city school. I pick out books to give as gifts to my many nieces and nephews and godchildren. I study the blurbs and covers, looking for items my own kids might like. I'm happy because I don't have to pay shipping or tax.
The days when the books arrive, I am thrilled. New book smell is one of my favorites in the whole world. The feel of a new book in my hands calms me. The thoughts of the smiles these books will put on kids' faces makes me smile, too.
Books make me happy.
For a long time, I swore I would never buy an ereader. An ereader doesn't have a special smell. It doesn't have pages for me to turn. It doesn't have fun covers to admire.
It's a screen. With no character whatsoever.
I didn't want one, and I certainly didn't ask for one, but Hubby bought one for me anyway. His heart was in the right place, as always. He knows how much I love to read, so he thought I would love this little gadget.
Amazingly enough, I do.
I love it.
While I still love the smell and feel of a good, new book, I no longer want to read a real, physical book.
For one, I don't have to worry about kids taking my bookmark out of my book. I NEVER lose my page.
Secondly, I can read without any hands. I like to read while I eat my breakfast. With a real book, I need to use one hand to hold the book open. That's not exactly handy when I'm trying to peel my hard boiled egg and read at the same time.
Thirdly, I can read for longer periods of time. With this Lupus thing I have going on, my wrists give out pretty quickly. Holding books, especially hard backs, hurt like the dickens. My Kindle is so light, I never have trouble holding it through 10 chapters.
I love my Kindle.
Today, I thought I'd list my most recent purchases for the Kindle and what I thought of them.
OK, this is harder than I thought. I have so much to keep track of around here my brain can't retain all of it. I rarely remember a book after I've finished it. I'm actually going through my Kindle, looking at the titles and saying, "Did I read this?" So I open it, and lo and behold, it's at the end of the book. I must have read it. So I go to the beginning and start rereading it to see what it was. I just did that to one of them, and had to get to the second chapter before I recognized the book. I won't tell you which one, because this does not in any way tell you whether I liked a book. It just tells you that we were really busy when I read it.
Let's try this again.
1. The Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom.
Our book club pick for the month. I loved it. Even stayed up until 2:00am to finish it.
2. Out of Time by Deborah Truscott
One of the $3 and under books. It's a time travel story that I actually liked.
3. The Governess Affair by Courtney Milan
I didn't realize it was a novella prequel until now, when I went to find the author. I was just going to say it was a short story. It's a pretty predictable love story. Doubt I'll sign up for the book it was supposed to prequel.
4. Whipped, Not Beaten by Melissa Westemeier
This is a book written by a blog friend (Green Girl in Wisconsin). I was a bit nervous to buy it, seeing as how if I didn't like it I'd feel a bit awkward. Fortunately, I did like it. And even laughed aloud a few times.
5. Les Miserables by Victor Hugo
Don't be impressed, I only made it 9% of the way through it. (The ONE thing I don't love about my Kindle. For the love, just give me a page number!!!!) While I did like the bit I read, it just required too much concentration. I never get to read more than 2 paragraphs before I'm interrupted, so concentration I don't have. There is a lot of unfamiliar language and unnecessary details to wade through. But of course, I don't know what's necessary and what's not, except I've heard you can pretty much skip all of Waterloo. Whatever that means.
6. The Death of Bees by Lisa O'Donnell
My pick for book club, and I really liked it. It's dark, but has some funny, ridiculous parts.
7. Ruby Lake by Sherrill Willie
It's supposed to be a comedic love story. She over thought the comedic part. Perhaps they all seem too predictable? I only made it through 47% of the book.
8. The Boy Who Harnassed The Wind by William Kamkwamba
The true story of a boy who figured out how to build a windmill by himself to save his family and his village in Malawi. Great book.
9. The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein
I was wary about this when it was picked for book club, seeing as how it is narrated by a dog, but I ended up loving the book. I'm not even a "dog lover". More of a dog tolerater.
10. Amazing Grace by Eric Metaxas
A biography about William Wilberforce. He was British, an abolitionist, and a man of Parliament who basically managed to end slavery. I'm only 32% through it, but I will finish it. Soon. It's very interesting.
11. Special Deliveries: Life Changing Moments By D.J. Kirby
Short stories from the life of a midwife and the women she helped. It's next on my reading list. I love a good baby story.
So, what books do you have on your shelf? Or your ereader?
Have a lovely day!