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Kindle Kid Reads

Kindle finds a space with the books waiting to be read.

My latest post here was about me acquiring a kindle. This post is about what to put on it and what purpose is it going to have in my reading life. Too deep perhaps? My kindle is an addition to all the books I have to read and all the ones I have yet to buy!

In the back of my mind, I thought that the likes of Dickens, Austen, Bronte, Hardy et al were going to be my staple books on the kindle. Even better when you know they are free! I always want to read them and have done in the past, mainly through education but definitely not enough!  What did I decided to start with?

Little Women by Louisa M.Alcott. A book which I can remember trying to read when I was younger but for some reason never getting into. I am now well into the book now, and although have struggled a bit with it (not the kindle) I am thoroughly enjoying it.

Now whenever you get a new gadget you always want to have a good play with it. So that means I had to test out what the kindle can do. Therefore I downloaded some sample books. When I go shopping in a bookshop, I always stand and read the first couple of pages of a book to see if it grabs me and I want to read more. I only do this with authors I do not know.

The ‘sample’ books I downloaded:

Trisha Ashley – Chocolate Wishes. I read the Twelve Days of Christmas and raved about it so wanted to see what another one of hers was like. RESULT – I loved it so will now seek out a copy of this and her other novels.

Matlida – Roald Dahl. I loved Roald Dahl books as a child and fancied reading them again. I enjoyed the first few pages of this. RESULT – I have asked for them to be brought down from the loft at home so I can reread them.

The King’s Speech – Mark Logue and Peter Conradi. Saw the film. Wanted to read the book. RESULT – I am going to buy this. Currently cheaper on the kindle than in paperback.

Chocolate Wars – Deborah Cadbury. Seen this mentioned on blogs and I do like chocolate. If I cannot eat it as much as I want perhaps I should read about it instead? RESULT

Live and Let Die – Ian Fleming. Read Casino Royale not long after the Daniel Craig film came out. Wanted to try another Fleming book having enjoyed the first and also the Sebastian Faulks James Bond novel as well. RESULT

Christmas at Harrington’s – Melody Carlson. Kept looking at this over Christmas on Amazon, not sure whether a Christmas book will work so well in January. RESULT

Agatha Raisin and the Quiche of Death – M.C. Beaton. Read this many years ago, recommended by my mum. Did not really like it then, but wanted to give it another go and see if being older gives me a different opinion on it. RESULT

Snobbery with Violence – M.C. Beaton. Discovered these on Amazon and are Edwardian Murder Mysteries. I am rather into these at the moment so wanted to see how I would get on with this one. RESULT

Moab is My Washpot – Stephen Fry. Currently listening to this via my ipod. Not struggling with the subject matter or the narration by the author. I seem to keep get lost as to where exactly in the book I am when start to listen again. Whereas I never have this trouble when reading an actual book even if I have not read any of it for a couple of days. RESULT

As you can see I have not got all the results in on this little project (I think it has turned into one!). I will let you know how I get on.