Tuesday, April 20, 2010

I need Kindle for my fire!

My husband gave me a Kindle for Christmas and I LOVE LOVE LOVE it! 

Some things I love about it:
  • I can think of / see / hear about a new book and have it in my hands in less than one minute!  ONE MINUTE!  No schleping all the kids to the bookstore or Target and ending up buying a hand full of books, toys, shoes, household supplies, milk, etc..... So you would think that the expense of the Kindle would be a deterant, but in all actuality, it has helped the bottom line of my spending plan.  I have a line-item for books and it is not added to by all those trips to the store!  Thank you Whispernet!
  • For the last couple of years, I have been using the public library and it has saved me hundreds and hundreds of dollars.  Thank you, tax dollars at work!  But, I love that I can now download "the classics" onto my Kindle at no expense - YAY for public domain!!  YAY for no rushing at lunch or home from work to stop by the library!
  • My Kindle can fit into my purse and right now it has 23 books on it!  Amazing!  My shoulders / neck muscles are happy little (literally) muscles now!
  • My i-touch can sync with my Kindle so I can even leave the Kindle at home and read off of the i-touch during the day!  Technology is so cool... who thinks this stuff up?  Whoever you are, you are brilliant (even though I might be a little teensy bit freaked out that you know what page I am on on my Kindle and sync to that page on my i-touch.... it's just so cool I guess I'll live with it).
Some things I could live without:
  • The Kindle is wonderful to read and most of the time I forget that I am reading a "device" and not a book... but I do miss the feel of pages in my hand, the smell of the ink and the texture of the paper.  I love you, Kindle.  I love books, too.  I guess the Television didn't fully replace the Radio, right?  I actually listen to the radio more than I watch TV... so I might just carry one (!)  print book around and 23 (for now!) on my Kindle and I'll be a happy girl!
  • I wish the page numbers were listed on the screen instead of the percentage read... I was shocked after reading "The Help" on my Kindle and then buying a print copy for my family to read - it's a HUGE book and it felt so short while reading it!  It's hard to judge a book by it's cover when it's cover is just a picture!!
  • I must be more discerning when buying a book on the Kindle.  I don't want to pay for a book twice, so I will only buy / download books that only I will read.  If there is any chance that I want to keep a copy for the family or to re-read someday, I will buy the print copy only.  Maybe I should get those from the library and if I like it enough I will buy it.  Wait.  This was supposed to SAVE me time and energy.  I may have to think this one over, I just know I don't want to blow my book budget on buying the same books more than once.... this from the girl who owns at least five copies of The Case for Christ and three copies of The Shack (there is even one copy in my desk at work; you never know if a friend will need a good book to read!!)
So you may have noticed that I have only done one book review.  I am having a bit of a hard time pulling myself away from my Kindle (and my busy life being Mommy to four growing kids!) to review the ones I've read lately.  This book blog was so good in theory, in real life; not so much. 

I'll try to at least list the books I've read with a picture, the jacket blurb and a link to Amazon.  I've felt this desire to be witty and sound somewhat intelligent and that is frankly not gonna happen most days!  So all I will commit to is a one line summary of my opinion on the book, if I do more, PLEASE be impressed!  **winks**