Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Strange dear, but true dear . . .

. . . when I'm close to you dear, so in love, so in love, so in love with you am I . . .

Don't you hear those old songs in your head when they seem applicable.

My love at the moment is my Kindle. It was my Christmas present from Hubby's sister and I have adored it from the moment I got it home and found out how easy it was to download books to it.

I wouldn't buy hard back books before the Kindle, well almost never. So I was always reading the best sellers two to three years after they came out. I love to read books that belong to a series (like the Spenser books by Parker or the Hamish McBeth books by M.C. Beaton) -- but because I wouldn't buy them when they first came out, I'd often forget what I had read and what I hadn't. I stopped reading the Janet Evanovich Stephanie Plum series after the 12th one. She's now up to 17. I was also way behind on the Midnight Louie cat books about Vegas, as well as a couple of the cooking mystery series that I follow.

But with the Kindle, I just down load the book at a discounted price and read away. No too heavy books to try and hold up with carpel tunnel wrists. No print too small for failing eyes to see. No books to find new shelf space for -- space which at this point in our lives is sorely lacking.

This week I ordered #12, 13, 14, 15, & 16 of the Plum series (wanted to re-read #12 to remind myself where the series had been) -- and they cost me only $2.99 each (versus the $5 - $8 paperbacks now cost). Hog heaven! I also am reading the John Locke series of books -- which are part of the huge best sellers on the Kindle. He sells them at $2.00 each -- and I liked them so much I wanted to order Hubby his own set (Hubby won't touch the Kindle so he has to have real, true books). Darn it if the paper versions of the Locke series were selling for $15 each and up. Wow! What a difference!

Every day this year I would cart my Kindle to school so I could read for 20 minutes during reading time. The kids loved to see me swishing through the pages on the Kindle. They would examine my menu of books, ask how it worked, pick it and hold it. Because it was going in my rolling suitcase every morning, frankly, the Kindle took a beating. It's no longer pristine perfect -- there are four little squizzles on the screen now that I have to read through.

So in honor of the vacation Hubby and I are starting a week from today, I ordered the complete 15 piece accessory kit for my Kindle. I will have 3 kinds of adapters, 2 carrying cases, a portable lamp, two skins to protect the screen and case -- and I can't remember all what else. Hubby and I are going to spend two weeks on Chesapeake Bay with the Houston contingent of the family -- and Hubby's oldest brother from Philly. My Kindle will be able to travel safely.


Margaret said...

Everyone raves about the Kindle! I may have to get one some time. I don't generally pay anything for books though; I use the library. What cooking mysteries do you read? I'm a big fan of the Goldy series, the caterer in Colorado.

Donna said...

I love my Nook reader, but I seldom buy books. I download from the library. I have 2 weeks to read them, and don't have to worry about forgetting to return them because they return themselves!

Milly said...

I read the Diane Mott Davidson books, too -- and then I sample around. The tea house mysteries were pretty good -- I can't remember who writes them, though. And I read a couple of those from the woman who writes here in KC . . . I'm a big fan of the cozy mysteries. I'm lousy with library books -- I never return them on time or read them when I'm supposed to. M.