Books

Reading, reading, reading

Since BB was born, I’ve been reading. A LOT. When you’re breastfeeding, there’s not much else to do but read.

In the three weeks since he’s been born, I have read the following books:

1. Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame

I suggested this as a book club book, but no one seem that interested in reading it. It’s a slow read, but it’s a wonderful summer book. The best part of the story is the bit about Mr. Toad, a character who I did not like one little bit since he was so obnoxious. But he kept getting punished for his obnoxiousness. I kept wanting Ichabod Crane to show up, though. Stupid Disney. (Free on Kindle.)

2. Stardust by Neil Gaiman

I actually read quite a bit of this while I was in labor. While I was reading, I was totally relaxed and zoned out and my labor almost stopped. I had to put the book down and get up and walking around in order to get the baby out of me. It’s about a guy who goes into the faerie realms to get a fallen star. The plot and characters were good, but I wanted more anxiousness/tension to everything and the romance just didn’t quite work for me. (Borrowed from library.)

3. Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer

I loved that this had an anti-hero. I loved that the good guys were fairies and the bad guys were humans. I got it for free on my Kindle, but I don’t think I’ll read any more in the series–one book just worked for me. (Bought it on promotion when it was free on Kindle.)

4. Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner

I read this very quickly–I think in two days. It was incredibly compelling for nonfiction, and very fascinating. I actually chose it for book club (after no one wanted to read Wind in the Willows). (Borrowed from library; read on Kindle.)

5. Mind Games by Kiersten White

I read this in a day. I started it in the morning and finished quite late (BB had a bad night, so I took the opportunity to read). I think I loved this book, but I’m not sure because I sort of hated it at the same time. It was so intense, character-wise. The writing was amazing, the moral situations were complicated, and there was no sugar-coating anywhere. (Currently on promotion for $1.99 on Kindle.)

6. Maids of Misfortune by M. Louisa Locke

I kept having to look up words in this book–the author is smarter than I am, but I mean that in a good way. I’m highly wary of self-published books, but the characters were wonderful and the story good, even if a little predictable. It followed a murder-mystery formula a little too closely. (Borrowed for free from Kindle Lending Library.)

7. As a Man Thinketh by James Allen

Go read this book immediately if you haven’t before. It is so good, and it’s short. It’s the sort of book I think I’ll keep on my Kindle indefinitely and refer back to on occasion. (Free on Kindle.)

Seven books in three weeks isn’t too shabby. Six of them I read on my Kindle–I never thought this would happen, but I prefer reading books on my Kindle to reading, well, actual books. It’s more convenient. And I can look up definitions. And read one-handed. And put a book in my purse without adding weight. And I have a built in light for late night reading. I love my Kindle (thanks Mom!).

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