A Brief Pause

making time to experience everything life offers

A Brief Pause - making time to experience everything life offers

What’s on Your Kindle or E-Reader?

I was one of those people who held back purchasing a Kindle. There was something about caressing a brand new book, turning each page eagerly (in most cases) to see what came next. I finally broke down a few years ago, buying one of the early models that you only read on and it’s opened up my world.

  • I now read anywhere. My library fits in my purse. Every time I have a few unexpected minutes, I can pull it out and easily find my place.
  • When a friend recommends a new book, I can have it downloaded in just a couple of minutes and store it until I’m ready to dig in.
  • I no longer have hundreds of books in piles on my bookshelves. I only save my very favorites. Just imagine how relieved I’m going to be next time I don’t have to move 20-30 heavy boxes of books.
  • My Kindle saves money. Not only to I save money when I buy books cheaper, I also don’t accidentally duplicate purchases like I used to.
  • I can fit more usable stuff in my luggage when I travel since I save so much weight and room by not packing so many books.

I still buy books that are resource or self help kinds of publications because I like writing in the margins. But the rest are all downloaded. Finally, a glimpse into the library on my Kindle reveals that I have 106 items including the following:

There it is, a brief look into what I’ve been reading. Now that I’ve shown you mine, what’s on yours?

Category: Thoughts
  • Rena McDaniel says:

    I just finished “Gone Girl” by Gillian Flynn and “Wild” by Cheryl Strayed! They are both amazing books!

    April 16, 2014 at 8:40 am
  • Lois Alter Mark says:

    I still enjoy books better than reading on the Kindle but it does come in handy on trips. I’m finally going to start the Goldfinch and my favorite book recently was Elizabeth Gilbert’s The Signature of All Things. Beautiful!

    April 16, 2014 at 9:24 am
  • Bonnie says:

    I too still enjoy holding a book although I’ve read several on my iPad and one on my iPhone (50 Shades of Grey). I downloaded “Moby Dick” audio book on my iPhone and listened through chapter 16 on my blue tooth while driving. The download must have gone wrong because there was nothing beyond it. Since it took 16 chapters and Ishmael still hadn’t gone to sea, I will probably skip this one. :)

    These are the latest books I’ve read, some paper books, others e-books:

    After I’m Gone – Laura Lippman

    How to be a Woman – Caitlin Moran

    The Museum of Extraordinary Things – Alice Hoffman

    That Mean Old Yesterday– Stacey Patton

    Front Stoops in the Fifties – Michael Olesker

    Persepolis – Marjane Satrapi

    I am Malala – Malala Yousafzai and Christina Lamb

    April 16, 2014 at 12:48 pm
  • Kate says:

    I think I spend more money on books now that I use a Kindle- instant gratification!!

    April 16, 2014 at 12:49 pm
  • Suzanne Fluhr says:

    I have Pride and Prejudice too. I think it was a free download 😉 I have some travel narratives, a Michael Connelly legal thriller (I’m a recovering lawyer) and a book I’m reviewing about end of life issues.

    April 17, 2014 at 1:32 am
  • jasteck says:

    I’ve heard about “Gone Girl” before, Rena, but never about “Wild”. Thanks for the great recommendations!

    April 17, 2014 at 5:23 am
  • jasteck says:

    I’m so glad I posted this, Lois. I love hearing about great books.

    April 17, 2014 at 5:24 am
  • jasteck says:

    I had no idea that Moby Dick dragged on so much, Bonnie. Thank you for sharing your list. I definitely intend to read I am Malala. She’s amazing!

    April 17, 2014 at 5:25 am
  • jasteck says:

    It’s so easy to carry it along and read during down time, Kate. I spend much less, but I also try to add a few cheap buys from time to time or download from the Amazon free library.

    April 17, 2014 at 5:27 am
  • jasteck says:

    I’m sure it was a free download, Suzanne. I want to add travel narratives, too. I’m taking a travel writing class right now, so they would provide some good inspiration. End of Life issues…that would be a different read for me, but very important. I love the diversity.

    April 17, 2014 at 5:28 am

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