Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Reading Lately (Kindle Edition)

I've been reading more on the Kindle App of my iPad in the past month or two, than in the 2 plus years I've owned my iPad.

It was great for our trip. And since our trip, I have kept on reading on it. Surprise, surprise. I love it. This is why...

Reading on a device is convenient. When I am out and about, I don't generally have access to wifi on my iPad. But, I have access to all those titles on my iPad-even without wifi. Having the books on the iPad allows me to use minutes here and there to read.

Books on Kindle are easy to schlep around. Consider the weight difference of all the corresponding books of all the downloaded tomes.

The price is right. Modern Mrs. Darcy's Daily List of Kindle Deals is both my downfall and my lifesaver. Downfall because there is new deals every day. Lifesaver because I can get some good reads for anything from free to (my limit) $1.99. I tend to have a mental list of books I am wanting to read, and then I watch the list for them to come on sale.

Access to good authors who haven't been traditionally published yet. Or may they are published, but aren't available at my local library. (or even in our library system). So, the only way I can read these books is by purchasing them either as a eBook or a paperback from Amazon.

There are only 2 downsides that I can see from reading on a device.

What my kids see. Since I write this blog, and have an online business, my kids see me on the computer a lot. If I add reading to that, it just looks like mom is addicted to her computer and/or FB. Which is not exactly the message I want them to be picking up.

There are some studies out about how being on devices within 2 hours of sleeping keeps you from getting as much quality sleep. This makes me a little leery to be reading on my iPad right before bed. Maybe traditional books at that time of day?

Two of my favorite recent reads were by Katherine Reay. (Dear Mr. Knightley and Lizzy & Jane) They would probably fit into the fan fiction genre. Both are well written books that have a bit of delving into harder topics. (foster care and cancer). They have no language or explicit content.

I also read Parnassus on Wheels by Christopher Morley. And I started his sequel, The Haunted Bookshop. I breezed right through the first. The other is slowing me down a bit. The first is a short read-maybe 2 hours. The other is longer. I had BMV read Parnassus on Wheels on one of our train trips in Spain. He enjoyed it too.

I also read Secrets by Kristen Heitzman. I enjoyed this mystery, but the love angle annoyed me. The protaganist wasn't truthful to his love interest. Girls want the truth, you know!? This is the first book in a trilogy. From what I can tell, they kind of bring their issues into the next two books. I know all of us married couples have issues and make mistakes, but I'd torn about whether I want to keep reading about their issues. So, I guess I do recommend it. But, with caveats.

I also have a couple memoirs loaded. I'm over halfway through Sophie Hudson's A Little Salty to Cut the Sweet. She is hilarious. I am looking forward to diving into both Atlas Girl and The Antelope in the Living Room.

Anyway, that's what I've been reading lately. On my Kindle App. And btw, most of these were $1.99 or $.99 still when I linked them today.

Have you read any good books lately?