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?

It Jumped Off the Shelf

Scared student. Shocked young woman looking out of a book and looking away

Honestly, I just went there to get a magazine. Easy in and out, right?

First off, the store had every magazine except for the blogging one I was looking for. So I settled for one on another topic that looked interesting. I can’t leave a book store empty handed. It’s against book lover rules. (I did leave once, but only because the line was really, really long.)

Since I didn’t find the magazine, I needed a book about blogging so I can improve my writing skills. Check. Got it. Then, I walked by the best seller display on my way to the cashier. Out of the left side of my vision, something moved. In self defense, I jumped back taking a ninja pose while still balancing my stack of stuff. As we all know, book stores can be dangerous.

Hmmm…it was a colorful book covered in quirky cartoon drawings. I like colorful and I love quirky. After I looked around a bit to ensure my safety, I picked it up and flipped though a few pages. Without warning, a giggle slipped out. I quickly looked around. Did anyone notice? No. 

I had to finish reading the page, didn’t I? The giggle grew into a loud guffaw. Now people were staring. I still couldn’t put the book down. I struggled to keep myself quiet and dignified. No luck. People began directing their children away from me.

A bit embarrassed, but refusing to lose my treasure, I put it on my ever expanding pile. As I headed towards checkout, I glanced back. There was no sign this book had ever been on those shelves. They were completely filled with other more “traditional” best seller kinds of books.

I’m convinced that this book somehow dashed to a shelf where I was sure to see it. Then as I walked by, it tried to grab me. What can you do when a new, shiny, full color, cartoon style book reaches out for you, looking longingly into your eyes? The only thing you can. Adopt it on the spot.

I left the store and headed to the closest and loudest sports bar I could find so my obnoxious laughter wasn’t noticeable as I read while eating lunch.

I went to purchase a $10 magazine and spent $80. (I should know better than to enter a bookstore for only one item.) The best thing I discovered in the book store was a talented and funny writer. Someone I’d never heard of forced me to laugh out loud in delight. Guess what? Allie Brosh is not just a book writer, she’s also a blogger and I’ve already subscribed. After all, it’s good research.

Here’s her book: Hyperbole and a Half

Click here for Allie’s blog.



Tripping My Imagination

I was a bit of a loner as a kid, but I never felt lonely. My mother scheduled library visits on a regular basis. I came home with stacks of books. I couldn’t wait until my teacher handed out the Scholastic Book Club catalog. I studied and deliberated over each page until I made a selection of books within our family budget. The travel bug bit me early on as I took wondrous trips to places like Pern, Hobbiton and Chincoteague Island.

As an adult, I can afford to physically travel to new places every year or two. But I still take regular trips guided by artists who weave words into incredible places inhabited by people and creatures that I can see and almost touch. Bravo to the writers who work and sweat over masterpieces of art that spark our imagination. You have, and continue to, enhance our world.

What are the books that immediately come to mind when you look back to your childhood?

Challenge: Between the Pages

There is something about walking into a book store that turns me into a little kid. I can spend hours, especially now that many of the stores give you cushy chairs so you can preview your selections. They also added an attached coffee shop so that after you buy the book, you don’t have to wait until you get it home to start reading. Libraries are also wonderful places. The joy of children in a library is contagious. Have you ever looked at their faces when they are in the process of carrying out all the books that they have checked out? They’ll never be able to read them all, but there is something about carrying out a large stack just in case.

This challenge may take a months to complete. Take your time. That is part of the enjoyment of this challenge which is to take time to read. You don’t even have to do it all on your own.


Time for Yourself
10 Books
A Comfy Chair or Place to Read
Your Favorite Reading Beverage
Library Card (Optional)
Children to Read to (Optional)

Take time out over the rest of the year to read 10 books. I know it seems like a lot, but turn one page at a time and you’ll be surprised how quickly you can work your way through a good story. Change it up and add a book on how to do something you’ve always been interested in adding to your repertoire. Pull out a book on poetry, science fiction, a biography…the possibilities are endless. Don’t forget to document your progress and give yourself credit., I’ve been playing with a journaling book that include painting and crafting. I’ve had more fun over the last few weeks with water color paints and the pages of my journal.

Do you have any favorite books to recommend?

I really liked “The Help” by Kathryn Stockett.

So, grab a book, sit back and enjoy!