January 2011 Book Wrap-Up + Kindle love

Thanks to my new best buddy, my Kindle, my reading year has started off with a bang!  I’ve read loads of books and I feel as though I read them faster than if they’d been actual books.

In the past, I’ve always rejected the idea of digital e-readers.  There’s something about a physical book—the way it feels in your hand, the way it smells, being able to tell how far along you are in the book by just looking at where your bookmark sits between the pages—you just can’t replace that.  Or so I thought.

I had no idea how badly I really wanted a Kindle until I got one (thank you N!  And thank you G for giving him the idea!).  It makes sense—it’s lighter and thinner than a paperback, I can toss it into just about any of my handbags (in its leather cover, of course).  If I’m really close to finishing a book, I’ve got another one immediately on hand.  And the Kindle does tell you how far along you are in the book, showing you a percentage at the bottom of the page as well as a locator number (which I still don’t quite get).  Kindle books (on average) are cheaper than paperbacks and Amazon give away classics and some fiction books for free. Heck yes!   If you put your Kindle to sleep while reading, it switches on automatically on the page you left off.  Genius!  Have a quote or a few lines you want to share with friends?  Easy!  You can highlight passages and then share them via Facebook.  Too cool for school.

As a side note, Amazon actually announced this morning that Kindle e-books have outsold paperbacks.

So yes, I am now a Kindle fan.  That doesn’t mean I’ve given up on real books—I still read a paperback here or there as a “bath book”.  I like to read in the tub and I don’t want to risk dropping my Kindle in the soapy suds, so I’ve still got a collection of paperbacks that are great bath reads—nothing too mentally taxing and quick to get through.

Now for the book wrap up!

Books completed:  7

1. The Blood That Bonds – Christopher Buecheler

2. Catch Me if You Can – Frank W. Abagnale

3. Choke – Chuck Palahnuik

4. The Road – Cormack McCarthy

5. A Week in December – Sebastian Faulks

6. Packing for Mars:  The Curious Science of Life in the Void – Mary Roach

7. The Last Lecture – Randy Pausch

Books Abandoned:  0

Books in Progress:  2

1. The Likeness – Tana French

2. Vanishing Acts – Jodi Picoult (Bath book!!)

Best Book:  Catch Me if You Can – Frank W. Abagnale

I love the movie version of this book but after reading the actual story and getting the tale straight from the horse’s mouth, there are so many differences between the two!  Like that intense scene in the movie where the Feds turn up at Frank and Brenda’s engagement party?  Nope… didn’t happen.  Even so, the book was just as enjoyable as the movie.  It’s so interesting to see how one guy, a kid, practically (16 years old at the start), managed to dupe so many people out of so much money.  The book was fast paced and I finished it in less than three days.  Fantastic five star read!

Worst Book:  Choke – Chuck Palahnuik

Note to self—just because you really enjoy the first book you read by an author does NOT mean you’ll enjoy any of the others.  Palahnuik’s book Haunted is one of those books that’s always stayed with me and I have read it multiple times—it’s easy to say it’s in my top 50 list of books I like.  So I decided, when given my Kindle, to embark on a Palahnuik odyssey and read a bunch of his stuff.  The first and last book of Palahnuik’s that I read was Choke, and I hated it.  I hated the characters with a passion—every single last one of them.  I hated the way the damn book was written.  If it had been a paperback, I would have without a doubt thrown it at the wall.  It pissed me off, it bored me, and it was just vulgar.  I mean, I like a nasty book just as much as the next person but this one was just… gross.

Happy reading!




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