Um… who are you?

I may have made a purchase recently…

I really didn’t think I would ever buy a Kindle, because I love books. I love the feel of them, I love the smell of them, I love writing in them (YES, I’m one of those people), I love the way the edges of paperbacks get all fuzzy as they wear out. An e-reader, on the other hand… it’s just not the same.

However, I’m also, as I’ve mentioned, in the middle of a major decluttering project. (Haha – and I’ve just realised that post was where I talked about buying nothing new until the end of May. Clearly THAT didn’t work out, did it?) As part of the project I’ve been getting rid of lots of books. Wait… WAIT. Bibliophiles, please stop hyperventilating. I swear I will not be getting rid of all my books. I promise you, they will have to pry my battered copy of To Kill a Mockingbird out of my cold, dead hands. Nevertheless, I have many books that I really don’t care about that much and, although I might read them again, I don’t want them hanging around and cluttering up my house.

Enter the Kindle. A Kindle-evangelist friend of mine has been singing Kindle-praises for some time, and she also put me on to the fact that Dick Smith and Big W often sell refurbished Kindles for $99. “Refurbished” in this case means “brand new but Amazon is clearing them out to make way for a newer model”.

A Kindle is great, but here’s the problem – I’m still a cheapskate. But good news! It turns out there are websites which will email you lists every day of what free Kindle books are available, mostly rated at 4 stars (out of 5) or above. Yay! But the thing is, I have never heard of ANY of these authors. You know how large bookstores often have a bargain bin out the front with 4 books for $10, and they’re all unknowns except for the one famous author that entices you in so you buy the other 3 books? It’s like that but without the famous author.

And… I’m loving it. I’ve downloaded any books that sound vaguely interesting, and I’m reading them, which is kind of important because, despite being a book lover, I have lost the habit of reading. I used to read a couple of books a week but I haven’t done that in years. Now I’m reading all the time – partly because I love the new toy, I’ll admit – and it’s been great. I’m not reading literary classics (although I’ve downloaded lots of those too, because they’re free) but I’m reading. I’ve read a few short stories, a Christian fiction that was much better and less cringe-worthy than I anticipated, and some ‘contemporary fiction’ (mindless paperbacks, in other words). Next up is a non-fiction book about some very famous prison or other. I forget… but I’m sure it will be interesting. 🙂

So… what are you reading at the moment?