How my E-reader has Revolutionized my Approach to Reading

by Vicki on April 22, 2011

Christmas before last Trudy changed the way I read fiction. How did she manage this? She gifted me a Kindle.

Before I started reading on a Kindle, I would often end up purchasing books on impulse that were duds. Another issue was that I continuously had a heavy stack of books somewhere in my house that I would have to periodically purge. Truth be told, I saw these consumed books as waste to manage.

Today, those are all problems of the past. With my Kindle, I am quickly able to filter through using other reader reviews and author searches, find books that I want to read (the percentage of dud books has gone down dramatically – maybe two in the past year and a half), purchase them using Amazon’s pain free and lightning fast check out method, and they download for free and automatically to my Kindle wherever I am (e.g., at home, at a hockey game, traveling). It is brilliant.

At this point, I am hoping that you are wondering what I’ve been reading. My closest friends and family members either do not read or have tastes that are different from my own. So at the end of a great book, I often feel as though I have eaten a fantastic meal but I have no one to share it with.

If any of you are in the market for a great story that will enchant and make you feel – happiness, intrigue, fear, sadness, disgust – a book must transport me to another time or place and make me feel something deeply to be considered worth my time, here’s my tried and tested list:

Two novels by Chris Cleave
Little Bee – The story of a young refugee from Nigeria. Her perspective on the western world is what makes the book.
Incendiary – A disturbing read. The entire book is a letter from a bereaved mother and wife to Osama Bin Laden.

Two novels by Markus Zusak
The Book Thief – Maybe my new favorite book. It is listed as a “young reader’s” book but the depth and the messaging in the story is so very adult. The book is set in Nazi Germany and “Death” is the narrator. I can’t praise this book enough.
I am the Messenger – I read this one since I liked “The Book Thief” so much. Another moving read that leaves you with much to consider about humans. A caution – the ending was disappointing to me but the story itself and the manner in which it made me think about humans make the ending forgivable.

Two novels by Jeannette Walls – Both of these books pertain to Jeannette’s life. She is able to make the reader feel true compassion for people who behave very very badly.
The Glass Castle: A Memoir
Half Broke Horses: A True-Life Novel

One book by Kathryn Stockett –
The Help – The book is set in the South in the 1960’s and is told through the eyes of three courageous women who are on opposite sides of segregation. The story is compelling and the issues it raises are many. A solidly good read

Happy Reading!
((A disclaimer – I have no affiliation with Amazon or any of the authors. I just want to share.))

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sheila May 1, 2011 at 2:25 pm

What exactly is a Kindle? Sounds rather interesting but am not entirely sure what it is. Can you explain?

Vicki May 2, 2011 at 6:01 am

Thanks for your comment Sheila. A Kindle is an electronic book – small, lightweight and highly portable. Here is Amazon’s description. There are many different brands of e-readers but so far, Amazon’s works well for me.

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