Posts tagged with ‘kindle’
sunlightspotlight asked: Hi Jaclyn! Do you use an e-reader? If so, what kind? Love your blog! :)
I do use an e-reader, though I split my time reading pretty equally between the Kindle Paperwhite ($119 with special offers) and books I check out from my local library.
I started out with the second generation (I think) Kindle—the one with the keyboard. I loved it, but then it stopped charging. I upgraded to the Paperwhite shortly after it first came out and I am obsessed. Before I used an e-reader, I said I never would—that I loved the tactile, SENSORY things about reading just as much as reading itself. I discovered that wasn’t exactly true. The Paperwhite, with the handy backlighting, makes for an incredibly pleasurable reading experience. I love that I can read in the dark in bed if Brandon is sleeping and I don’t want to turn on a light. I love that it doesn’t strain my eyes the way reading on my iPhone or iPad can. I really love that I can stumble onto a book that looks interesting and start to read it within a few seconds.
The only thing I miss about my original Kindle are the page-turning buttons that were on each side of the casing. The Paperwhite uses a touch screen on each side of the text to turn forward or backward and this is okay once you get the hang of it, but it’s not QUITE perfect for holding one-handed. I could lay on my side with my old Kindle and hold it in one hand and turn the pages with a quick press of my thumb on the appropriate button. I’ve gotten the knack of the one-handed read with the Paperwhite, but sometimes I don’t EXACTLY hit the touch screen in the right spot (the page won’t turn) or I hit it too high (and the menu screen slides down). I just don’t find it as comfortable.
Anyway, it’s still my favorite gadget. I’m a huge fan.
P.S. Unless you do a lot of traveling, it’s probably not necessary to buy the more expensive Paperwhite 3G. My old Kindle was a 3G version but I was never far enough away from some Wifi source (coffee shops, whatever) to consider it a must-have feature.
takenbythesky asked: I'm embarrassed to admit I have never read any Stephen King. Which book do you think is best to start with?
I love this question!
My first Stephen King was The Stand so I’m partial to it as a starting point. It’s amazing and suspenseful enough to really get you hooked on his writing. Beware though: It’s really long. (A lot of his books are really long. Settle in!)
A lot of purists believe in reading his books by publication date, but that’s a hell of a lot of books and a really daunting list. The reasons for doing so are valid though: There are a lot of overlapping locations, characters and easter eggs you’ll start to pick up on if you do it this way. Of course, some books are overtly connected (The Dark Tower series or books with sequels).
Anyway, once you’ve read The Stand, read Carrie. Normally I’d recommend The Shining after Carrie, but hold off for a little bit. Instead read The Dead Zone. (The Dead Zone is another one of my favorites.) Salem’s Lot would be another good one to read here. Then Cujo. Pet Sematary after Cujo.
And now you’re ready for It. (Although I don’t think anyone is ever fully ready for It.)
Once you’ve recovered, you’ll need a palette cleanser. Time for The Green Mile!
At this point, you’ll have read enough of his books to really appreciate the genius detail, plotting and characterization of 11/22/63, the book that I will name as my favorite King if I’m pushed to choose only one.
I have to mention the Dark Tower series before I go because it is a vitally important part of his body of work, but you may want to hold off on reading them until you have finished many of his other books. It’s King at his most dense and metaphorical—best enjoyed once you have some of his other stories under your belt.
Do you have any suggestions?
I didn’t expect to read many books this year. There was no particular reason for this outlook—just a general feeling I had last January. I was a little pessimistic. I set a goal of 50. And then I surprised myself! I read over 70. Some were Kindle Singles (is that cheating?), but I included them anyway.
This turned out to be a good year for reading. I had multiple moments where I thought I would never be able to top my last read and then the next book would blow me away. There are a few books that I know will go down as all-time, life-changing favorites for me.
2013 as a whole was not my favorite year, but I will look back fondly on the very excellent books that came into my life in the past twelve months.
The Best Books:
Best Fiction: A Constellation of Vital Phenomena by Anthony Marra
Best Nonfiction: Going Clear by Lawrence Wright
Best Memoir: Wave by Sonali Deraniyagala
Best Parenting Book: Far From the Tree: Parents, Children, and the Search for Identity by Andrew Solomon
Best Short Read: Murder in the Yoga Store by Peter Ross Range
And here are the rest:
- Devil in the White City by Erik Larson
- Gift from the Sea by Anne Morrow Lindbergh
- Rules of Civility by Amor Towles
- Tell the Wolves I’m Home by Carol Rifka Brunt
- All That Is by James Salter
- Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness by Susannah Cahalan
- Oddly Normal: One Family’s Struggle to Help Their Teenage Son Come to Terms with His Sexuality by John Schwartz
- Joyland by Stephen King
- Doctor Sleep by Stephen King
- 236 Pounds of Class Vice President by Jason Mulgrew
- Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan
- Into the Darkest Corner by Elizabeth Haynes
- Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple
- The Attacking Ocean by Brian Fagan
- Expecting Better by Emily Oster
- True Refuge by Tara Brach
- The Stranger Beside Me by Ann Rule
- Guns by Stephen King
- Half a Life by Darin Strauss
- A Certain Chemistry by Mil Millington
- Rapture Ready!: Adventures in the Parallel Universe of Christian Pop Culture by Daniel Radosh
- Lay the Favorite by Beth Raymer
- One Nation Under Stress: The Trouble with Stress as an Idea by Dana Becker
- The Scientists by Marco Roth
- Life Would Be Perfect If I Lived in That House by Meghan Daum
- Escape from Camp 14 by Blaine Harden
- Grace: A Memoir by Grace Coddington
- Hell-Bent: Obsession, Pain, and the Search for Something Like Transcendence in Competitive Yoga by Benjamin Lorr
- The Good Nurse by Charles Graeber
- Vow: A Memoir of Marriage (and Other Affairs) by Wendy Plump
- Carry On, Warrior by Glennon Melton
- This Town by Mark Leibovich
- The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer
- The Astor Orphan by Alexandra Aldrich
- The River of No Return by Bee Ridgway
- Shorecliff by Ursula DeYoung
- The Silent Wife by A.S.A Harrison
- She Left Me the Gun by Emma Brockes
- Lanced: The Shaming of Lance Armstrong by David Walsh
- The Sinking of the Bounty by Matthew Shaer
- The Ice Princess by Camilla Lackberg
- The Preacher by Camilla Lackberg
- Descent by David Guterson
- Making Babies: Stumbling into Motherhood by Anne Enright
- Shine Shine Shine by Lydia Netzer
- Caveat Emptor: The Secret Life of an American Art Forger by Ken Perenyi
- Reconstructing Amelia by Kimberly McCreight
- Sisterland by Curtis Sittenfeld
- French Kids Eat Everything by Karen Le Billon
- Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother by Amy Chua
- The Circle by Dave Eggers
- Maxed Out: American Moms on the Brink by Katrina Alcorn
- No One Could Have Guessed the Weather by Anne-Marie Casey
- She Matters by Susanna Sonnenberg
- Minimalist Parenting by Christine Koh and Asha Dornfest
- The Good Father by Noah Hawley
- Poser by Claire Dederer
- Friendkeeping by Julie Klam
- The Mothers by Jennifer Gilmore
- Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg
- Anonymous Sources by Mary Louise Kelly
- Drinking and Tweeting by Brandi Glanville
- This Book is Overdue by Marilyn Johnson
- The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty
- The Broken Places by Ace Atkins
- Malled: My Unintentional Career in Retail by Caitlin Kelly
- Jujitsu Rabbi and the Godless Blonde by Rebecca Dana
- Straight Flush by Ben Mezrich
- My Foot is Too Big for the Glass Slipper by Gabrielle Reece
What are your best and worst books of the year?