For Hanukkah 2013, my family bought me the new Kindle Paperwhite. I have a Sony e-reader that I love, but wanted an updated reader to be able to take advantage of the variety of books available on Kindle, as well as check out the formatting for the book editing I’m doing.
I must say up front, that I am a voracious reader and read so much that I spend a lot of time at my local public library (let’s hear it for public libraries!) because if I bought EVERY book I wanted to read, from brick and mortar stores (Barnes & Noble) or on Amazon, I’d be very broke.
The first book I bought on my Kindle Paperwhite was Divergent by Veronica Roth. I loved the Hunger Games Trilogy, and it had a great rating from many people, so I decided to read it first. I read it in a day and a half. I really liked the strength of the female protagonist, Tris. The setting of dystopian Chicago, I felt wasn’t used to its full advantage, but perhaps because it was only the first book in the trilogy, it will be used more going forward.
Taking advantage of Cyber Monday with the Amazon sale, I had a great time buying books. I picked up: Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn, The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman, The first five books in the Game of Thrones series by George RR Martin. and the Indie Author Survival Guide (Guest blogged earlier by my friend Susan Kaye Quinn).
Gone Girl was a great read the first half of the book. [spoiler alert] The second half, I must admit I got bored quickly. So, she’s a psychopath, a master manipulator. So is Nick, her husband. I’d usually say I’m interested in seeing the movie version, which is coming out later this year with Ben Affleck as Nick and Rosamund Pike as Amy, but it is not calling my name. I don’t see them as the characters. I hear Flynn is rewriting the ending for the movie. Guess we will wait and see.
The Ocean at the End of the Lane, was a phenomenal read. I couldn’t put it down. Neil Gaiman just gets it. The story was compelling, interesting both visually in my mind and on the page. He transports you almost from page one into his world and doesn’t let you go. I highly recommend this book! Mystery, memory, bewitching. His first adult novel since Anasi Boys. Definitely worth your time.
Game of Thrones, I have tried to read three times. I get a few paragraphs in, and then I find something else to do. I guess I’m not in the mood for it right now, but for the price it was at, I felt I had to have it, to see what all the hoopla (show and books) were about. It will come. Just not now. Keep watching this space for the review, when it happens.
Suggestions for good books to read on your kindle are always welcomed. Send them to me!
Thanks for reading,