…a gift from my husband for my birthday last month.
if you happened to read my post last year about my smart phone then you know husbie and i are not techies. this is hard for most people to believe especially since my husband works with computers for a living.
the truth of the matter is though that we are very old fashioned and for a long time i didn’t think i wanted anything to do with a kindle. i like books. there is something to be said about the ink, the paper, and the cover art. i love used books, especially if they have been written in or have a date and a name on the inside cover. they are just special. and in holding the book and turning the pages you form a relationship with it. i’ve also been proud to display our books on the shelf in the living room. the titles have a lot to say about who we are. i have all my favorites by du maurier, and jane austen. my husband has his poetry and theology.
then we decided to move.
and one of the first things i began to pack up were our bookshelves.
and i began to think.
how convenient to have all of these items loaded onto a single device that could fit in my purse.
then i realized that once we accomplish this move, i will be about 3o miles away from my favorite library.
i began to sneak a look at kindles. i looked some more, and announced to my husband that i was looking at kindles.
then i did some comparison shopping, settled on a model, and announced to my husband that i *wanted* a kindle.
don’t get me wrong. i still love books, and after a general sort through i plan to keep those most special to us, and will still proudly display them on our shelves in our new office. but i am very happy with the convenience of this little gadget named for, (in case you were wondering) emily dickenson.
~as i said before, it fits nicely in my purse so i can read wherever i go without lugging a book (or books) around.
~when reading in bed, it is much easier to hold on to than a large volume.
~i can stand it up on the coffee table and read while folding the laundry.
~i love being able to hi-light without actually marking up a page.
~i love that i will be able to share those hi-lighted passages with my husband when he gets his kindle too (he’s sold on them now and wants one himself)
~i love that at the touch of a button, i can own a new book almost instantaneously and begin reading within minutes – not to mention some of the other features i have yet to access such as downloading audio books and music to listen to in the background. (how lovely to read austen while listening to rachel portman)
~i also love the public domain freebees, and the sites like pixel of ink that deliver free titles to my inbox each day. i’ve gone a little crazy with those as mentioned previously.
some favorites (free and otherwise) that i’ve picked up so far:
*the distant hours by kate morton. ok. this… really wasn’t free. at all. but i had started it and wanted to finish it. on my kindle. what can i say. i had a new toy and really wanted to play with it.
*because of winn-dixie. yes. this is a children’s book, but i love dogs and this was a very sweet story. not free but “used book store price” from kindle’s daily deal.
*weekend homesteader. this is a monthly series and once a week or so they are offered for free. each issue contains approximately 4-5 “homestead” projects. the idea is to choose one and choose a weekend to complete it, hence avoiding burnout. pretty cool little concept and just glancing through it seems that most projects would work for urban homesteading as well as rural.
*a single thread. a contemporary fiction story about a quilting circle. i’m currently reading this one. if it wasn’t free it was pretty close to it. very light, easy, and enjoyable.
some other freebees i’ve downloaded and am looking forward to: willa cather’s o pioneers! jane’s fame: how jane austen conquered the world, and raising chickens in your backyard a no fluff guide to chicken breeds, coops, runs, tractors, and more.
do you have a kindle or other similar device/app? what are you currently reading?