A few years ago, I think I managed to read an average of a book a day (really I would go several days, and then have a huge book binge on the weekends). And I do adore reading.
My book buying habits have changed a lot over the years. I now have an iPad mini, courtesy of my LASIK surgeon, who gave it as a thank-you gift when I had my eyes done last February. So on my iPad mini, I have hundreds of books on both my Kindle app and my nook app. I seldom buy print books anymore. My home is cluttered enough as it is.
And one of the things I love about the Kindle app in particular is that I can find hundreds of ebooks for free. I really enjoy that. When I find an author I like, I will add him or her to my list, and search for new books. So even though they may give me a book for free, I may end up buying everything they write. Amazon also has some really great Kindle daily deals, where you can get books for extremely low prices. I like to take advantage of that as well.
What I don’t like so much, though, is that I haven’t been keeping track of what I’ve been reading. I need to change that. It was cool, at the end of the year, to look back at the list of books I read. So I’m going to try to at least make a quick note of what I read, how well I liked it, etc. I won’t be doing reviews probably, at least not initially, but there you go.
So, the first book I read this year was The Fault In Our Stars by John Green. Holy cow, was that a fantastic read!!! It was intellectually, emotionally draining, and wholly entertaining. I’d recommend it to anyone wholeheartedly, with the caveat that if you or a loved one is terminally ill or you have lost someone, it will definitely bring up a lot of emotions. So be cautious from that angle, but if you can find the strength, don’t avoid it just because of that. It is a beautiful story.
Then I read Tethered (A BirthRight Novel) by Brandi Leigh Hall. The protagonist is a Seer in a family of individuals possession various supernatural gifts, and returns home at a time of crisis. It was good. I really enjoyed it, and will be eagerly watching for the sequels as they are available. I believe the next one will be Tempted, and comes out in the spring of 2014.
I’m currently reading Dead Girls Never Shut Up, by Susan Stec. I can’t say that I like it yet (I’m 31% of the way through), but I’m curious to know what happens, so I will probably finish it.
The next two reads are the ones Clover put into my Christmas bag yesterday, and I would tell you the titles now except that would entail turning on the light and getting them out of the Christmas bag. So I’ll tell you the titles of them the next time I post. One is by the esteemed lady herself, and I’m so excited to be reading it. She has blossomed as a writer over the years that we’ve known each other, and you really should do yourself a favour and check her out. You can look her up on Amazon–Clover Autrey–and you can find her on the web at cloverautrey.org, and on facebook at Clover Autrey Books.
What about you? What books are on your TBR list? Have you read any recently that need to be added to my TBR list?
(Oh, and a HUGE advantage of my iPad mini is that my TBR list no longer is a stack of books untidily piled on my nightstand. So much easier to deal with!!)