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E-bookin’ it

I love books.

If you have been a reader of mine or know me at all, you know I’ve written about them and my love for them a lot. Type “Books” into my search and BAM…posts on books.

It was really becoming ridiculous in my house, because, let’s face it, I don’t really re-read ALL of the books I own, but I can’t get rid of them because “It’s an amazing book I loved reading!”  “I might read it again one day” or “I shall pass this down to my children!” I am more than likely preaching to the choir on this, because ya’ll know how it is with books. But, I decided I had to box up my college textbooks and those “look at my expansive knowledge base” books that I had on display, because I have less than 1000 square feet of house space and two growing kids with their own collection of books that they DO read and re-read on a very regular basis. Oh the sacrifices we make for our children (I really do need a sarcasm font or marker or something…Internets: get on that!)

On Christmas of 2011, my bestgoodfriend (totally a word), Traci, gave me a Kindle. She was almost apologetic about it: “If you want the nicer Kindle Fire one, you can always upgrade.” Um, hello awesome gift! I did NOT want a Kindle Fire, because I did NOT want a bright shiny toy that my girls would want to touch often, and I wanted it to read books. All the reviews I read said if you JUST want to read books, the original Kindle had the best screen, hands down, for doing just that. (edit: I think this information is no longer correct, but at the time, it was true to the best of my knowledge–regardless my Kindle screen rocks)

And thus began my journey into the world of e-books.

Now, please don’t misconstrue. There is NOTHING (nothing!) like the feel of an actual book. There is no way around it. Book smells give me the warm fuzzies. New, old, ancient, library, whatever–books have a weird smell appeal to people like me (it’s very true, I’ve asked). BUT, the ability to have (possibly) thousands of books in my bag and having it weigh only slightly more than my cell phone? That’s pretty freaking amazing. And if I am bored with one book I can quickly find another, etc. etc.

I have found the free e-books, the copyright expired free books (, self-published e-books…And then there is the handy dandy little store right there on my Kindle that allows me to buy a new book whenever the need arises.

It’s kind of very dangerous.

I have been reading a LOT more because of my toy. I always remember to put the Kindle in my bag since it isn’t bulky, so I am able to read if I find myself waiting in my car for school to be dismissed (which happens a lot), or any other time I am playing the waiting game (okay, aside from sitting in traffic). I can play my all-time favorite geeky computer word game “Bookworm” on my Kindle (and there are lots more games I have yet to explore), and when HORROR OF HORRORS, my Kindle screen froze, Amazon amazingly sent me a replacement for free–no questions asked!

This isn’t a paid plug. I don’t think it matters which e-reader you use, it’s a great way for you to quadruple your book library. I still buy books the old fashioned way (there is still a stack for me to read), I still visit the library and have no plans to stop doing so, but I also have a place in my life for my Kindle.

I’m an equal-opportunity reader, ya’ll. And it makes my habit of reading a bunch of books at once much easier to manage.

What am I reading right now? (of COURSE you asked!)

My “Trashy” Novel is: Charlaine Harris’ Sookie Stackhouse Series: Deadlocked (Book 12) (don’t hate, they are pretty good reads if you like True Blood, and possibly even if you don’t, it’s a fantastic ‘escape’ type book). I plan on starting the Rizzoli & Isles series as my next “escapist” set of novels.

My “So good I don’t want it to end” Novel (Series, really): A Dance with Dragons: A Song of Ice and Fire (Book 5) By George R.R. Martin I literally have 20% left (I love how the Kindle keeps track of your progress) but I’ve been holding off for like…4 months to finish it because I know I’ll have to wait a few years for another book in the series.

My “Woah–tearjerker” Novel: When it Happens to You: A Novel in Stories by Molly Ringwald (yes, THAT Molly Ringwald, and MAN can Samantha Baker/Claire Standish/Andi Walsh write!) My next one in this category is Matt Logelin’s Two Kisses for Maddy: A Memoir of Loss & Love, because I have been a long time blog reader (you should really go check it out) and seriously, he’s like the nicest guy ever (he will be your twitter friend and actually talk to you). I’m convinced Maddy is quite possibly the 2nd coolest 4 and a half year old (Sophia, being the first, obviously) around.

I am on a non-fiction memoir kick and I have a bunch lined up to read:
Monkey Mind  by Daniel Smith
Just a Geek: Unflinchingly honest tales of the search for life, love, and fulfillment beyond the Starship Enterprise by Wil Wheaton
How to be a Sister: A Love Story with a Twist of Autism by Eileen Garven
Bloom: Finding Beauty in the Unexpected–A Memoir by Kelle Hampton
Escape by Carolyn Jessop and Laura Palmer
Oh Myyy! (There Goes the Internet) by George Takei

And that’s just scratching the surface of what I have stored in my amazing little device…BUT, because I am always on the hunt for good books, what are YOU reading??





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