Friday, June 27, 2014

Two months with the kindle

I admit that I was skeptical when Rich gifted me with a kindle for my birthday this year.  It wasn't something I would have bought for myself, mainly because I didn't know if I would like it.  But I do.  I love it!  It has made books so much more accessible.  (And I don't have the extra weight in my commuting bag.)  I've always been a bookworm but when I had the girls, reading time became almost nonexistent.  I've slowly been able to slip back into bookworm mode.  I think I've read more this year that I have in the past 5 years.

Pre-kindle, I was reading library books after Grammy read them, along with books I received for Christmas and I small pile I picked up a few years ago during a book store closing sale.  If I didn't have anything to read, I spent my train time on my phone.  I should mention that 90% of my reading time occurs during my train commute which seems to have increased lately now that there seems to be a major train incident or breakdown about once a week.  Last week, for example, a train broke down and the train behind it that was going to push it into the city (yes, a common occurrence) broke down too.

I've been borrowing exclusively from my library, which has worked out well so far.  I recently learned that it's almost impossible to predict when books on hold will become available.  I had 5 books on hold and within a 12 hour period, 3 of them were released even though on one of them, I had been 13th or so on the wait list.

So here's what I've read:

Gone Girl 
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
I've Got Your Number
The Almost Moon
The Book Thief
The Hunger Games
Wedding Night

I'm currently 80% through Catching Fire.

I have these books borrowed and ready to go on my kindle:

Dark Places

And I'm on the wait list for these:

Looking for Alaska 
Paper Towns   

The one thing that I've been good at lately: reading!

I've been out of the reading world for awhile so it is just me or is the "young adult" classification much wider than it used to be and what's up with all the trilogies?

So of the books above that I've read, I would suggest all of them except for maybe The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.  It took far too long for me to get interested in it and I just didn't like the author's writing style.  It wasn't bad, just really not what I was expecting based on the reviews.

Read any good books lately?  (Oh, I didn't read this on my kindle but if you like John Irving, I would suggest Last Night in Twisted River.)


Kathleen said...

Personally, I thought "The Fault in Our Stars" was a very touching book andI really enjoyed reading it. It's written by the same author that wrote Paper Towns and Looking for Alaska, John Green.

Ann W said...

My daughter and I are into the Twilight series. We are co-reading sort of, taking turns reading so that we stop at the same chapter. We are currently on book 3 - Eclipse.

Henson Clan of the North said...

IF you like Hunger Games, try the Matched trilogy by Allie Condie. Also try the Divergent trilogy. All are good dystopians

Danielle Reed said...

If you like Hunger Games, read the Divergent series. I would even go so far as saying they are better than Hunger Games.

Ande Malinowski said...

Yes! Divergent and The Fault in Our Stars. I am about to read Looking for Alaska... picked it up from Target... I'm waiting to take it to the beach next week! Have fun!

Caroline Porter said...

I recently read all three of Gillian Flynn's novels in one week, starting with Gone Girl. What did you think of Gone Girl?

I thought her first book, Sharp Objects was by far the most messed up.

If you're into mystery, you might try Tana French's books. I'm also making my way through J.K. Rowling's attempt at mystery, some book having to do with Cuckoos (can't remember title). It's, uh, no Harry Potter.

By far the most amazing book I've read recently is Edwidge Danticat's memoir Brother, I'm Dying. It's a life-changing kind of book, if a book can do that.

Valerie Cox said...

I love Sophie Kinsella's Confession of a Shopaholic series! Some of my other favorites by her are Can You Keep a Secret? and I’ve Got your Number.

Aimee said...

The Game of Thrones series. It has taken me well over a year but I am finally nearing the end of the last book (that is currently published). So much more detail than they can fit into the tv series.

I have the Hunger Games books lined up waiting to be read after I finish Game of Thrones.

1littlebluekid said...

Glad you're enjoying your kindle! I love mine! I decided to get on mine and look at the books I've read and give you some suggestions. Like everyone else is saying read Divergent! So good! Also Matched by Ally Condie is good as well. The hyped up book The Fault in our Stars is a must read, but have some tissues on hand. I cried into my shirt haha. Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen, the movie is good too! Firefly Lane by Kristin Hannah is good. The most recent really really good book I've read or I should say book series is Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi. Soooo good! It sucks you in! The Husband's Secret by Liane Moriarty is a book I couldn't put down. Leaves you on the edge of your seat. Baby & Bump by Brooke Moss will forever be one of my favorites! I keep re-reading it! I would give you details about it but I don't want to give any spoilers away but I loved it and I don't even have kids. It's so funny & it has romance tied in. That's all I can think of right now. Keep us updated on the books ;)

Christi said...

I haven't read Dragon Tattoo but my mom loved the entire trilogy.

I loved Resolve by JJ Hemsley. It's a murder set during the Pittsburgh Marathon. It was the best book I read in a long time.
I also liked All You Could Ask For by Mike Greenberg and Life, Animated: A Story of Sidekicks, Heros and Autism by Ron Siskund. As a Disney fan, you might enjoy how one autistic boy taught himself how to navigate in the "normal" world through the characters and plots of classic Disney animated films.

For YA type books I liked If I Stay and Where She Went by Gayle Forman.

The Rosie Project by Don Tillman and Fever by Mary Keane are next on my list.

I think that YA authors are going for trilogies in hopes that the books will be turned into movies with built-in audiences. It's the Harry Potter effect.

mel brouard said...

I loved An Abudance Of Katherines by Johnm Green. I have read The Fault In Our Stars it wasn't as good. Im currently reading his other book Will Grayson, Will Grayson. Im not enjoying it. Room by Emma Donoghue is brilliant

Cindy said...

I find that I'm reading a lot of YA lately... certainly isn't what it was when I was a "young adult" reading Flowers in the Attic. I've read a lot more this year also since I've discovered I can listen to audiobooks on my iPhone free through the library. My favs so far have been:

Divergent series
Matched series by Ally Condie
32 Candles by Ernessa Carter
The Circle by Dave Eggers
Where'd You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple
Orange is the New Black by Piper Kerman
Delirium series by Lauren Oliver
Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
The Painted Girls by Cathy Marie Buchanan
Room by Emma Donoghue
Just What Kind of Mother Are You by Paula Daly
Last Survivors series by Susan Beth Pfeffer
The Giver series by Lois Lowry
We Are Water by Wally Lamb
Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen

I suggest you join Good Reads if you haven't already. It's a great place to get recommendations & see what others are reading.

Karen said...

I think based on the books you listed, that you might like Flatt Out Love. I really enjoyed it, it was a fast read and I think it's in the young adult category. Made me smile though.

Here is my note of warning, though. I loved the first two books of the hunger games trilogy, but despised the last. It was sad and a downer and honestly made me wish that I had not read the first two books. I made up an alternate ending in my head after I read it, because I just didn't like where the author took it. That's my warning. You don't have to take it, but I thought I would put it out there.

Wendy said...

I have the first three Divergent Books, you can have.
The best book I've read this year was The Book Thief. I read The Fault in our Stars and it was good, but The Book Thief was so much *more*. Totally moving, cried the ugly cry at a couple certain parts.
Another couple good ones as suggested are Water for Elephants and The Night Circus. I liked Water for Elephants because the ending takes place near where I grew up :P
I read What Alice Forgot which was OK. And every single Game of Thrones book. It was hard to get into and LONG- I even read the first book twice and then I got into it and will read the entire series again.

Ashlee said...

I'm gonna suggest you don't read The Fault in Our Stars on the train, It's very sad, but good.

I second Room by Emma Donohughe if you like YA The Sea of Tranquility by Katja Millay was good other than that I've been reading (I actually just listen in the car on my commute) fluff. I'm reading the American Wife and I feel so so about it but maybe it will get better?

I agree with you on The Girl with the Dragon tattoo I did read the second one but it takes so long to catch my interest I haven't had the desire to read the last one.

I'd suggest Goodreads too. I'm going to add a few of yours and the other suggestions to my list for post exam!

Tinkerbellemommy said...

The Dragon Tattoo series wasn't originally written in English, but Sweedish I think, and sometimes that translation is weird. I've read all three, and it does get better, but the graphic violence is still there. I've read many of the YA titles mentioned here, my 17yo usually recommends something, and we read and discuss together. It's always good to have something to talk about when many other topics only give me an eye roll from her lol.

TaraRhode said...

I don't have a kindle but I use the kindle app on my iPad and borrow e-books through the library. I absolutely love that option!

One of my goals this year was to read a new book each month- sadly I did not complete one in June because it was one heck of a month! (Other months I have read several, so I guess it evens out.

(On my blog I have a page with my goals broken down, and each month has the list of the books read included. )

To recommend a book that I have read recently, I would say anything by Sarah Addison Allen, We Are Water by Wally Lamb, The Little Giant of Aberdeen County by Tiffany Baker, Necessary Lies by Diane Chamberlain...

I absolutely will hop on the bandwagon with so many others who are suggesting Water for Elephants (loved that book!), ROOM by Emma Donoghue (immensely disturbing topic, be prepared before you read it), and the Giver series.

I look forward to hearing your thoughts on the new books!

Anonymous said...

I second the Sophie Kinsella books. Quick reads but good. I'm currently reading books by Dorothea Benton Frank. The stories are set in the low country SC which is one of my favorite places to visit. Also, quick reads!

Merks said...

I've gone through The Rules of Inheritance, I Like You Just the Way I Am, and am now reading Yours For Eternity.