I have a kindle. I wrote about when I got it, nearly a year ago, here. I talked about how the world wasn’t quite ready for a kindle, because the world was still in a place between new technology and old technology, the book being a pretty rad piece of technology that’s been holding strong for centuries.
And though I have barely used it since Kamel bought it for me last Christmas, I am a huge fan (mostly because I had a towering pile of books to work through before I felt comfortable loading up on a bunch more, even if they were electronic copies). I’m really a huge fan of Amazon, period. In college I used to order fist fulls of books and then choose to have them shipped in bundles so the shipping would be the least expensive and sometimes one bundle would arrive in a week, another in 3 and another a month out. I was in college and still gobbling down books for fun, forgetting what exactly I had ordered until the boxes would magically appear on my door step. And then Amazon expanded into so much more than books and I started buying kitchen appliances and running shoes from there. Amazon is a magical, magical online shopping place.
This is why I am so excited to announce my amazon box over at the side bar. I will list 4 books I think are noteworthy for whatever period of time, then I’ll switch it up! Maybe I just finished one, maybe it’s one of my all time favorites, maybe it’s one I’ve heard good things about and is sitting on my nightstand right now waiting for its turn. I know from the awesome comments left on yesterdays post about sticking happy notes inside books, I have a lot of word nerds happy for suggestions lurking out there. I’m here to feed your addiction, my friends. If you hover over the individual book icons you can see my little endorsement.
I know that buying books second hand, and rocking the library are how a lot of readers roll. But! I strongly believe in supporting living writers with my cash money – since one day I hope to join their ranks and somehow pay my bills from my (many, many) book deals (ahem). And guess what? By supporting these authors – who all happen to be alive thankyouverymuch – you’ll also be supporting me (at no extra cost to you). If you would rather spare a tree (and hence your love of second hand and library books), you can opt to buy the kindle addition – which may actually be cheaper (until the publishing industry has its way, of course).
AND! Because I’m kicking this off right before the lovely holiday season – every week until Christmas I’ll be highlighting 4 new books, so you’ll have lots of stocking stuffer options, or just self indulgences to read on planes while heading toward family (who may or may not make you want to rip out your hair. Escape in a book, you’ll feel better). So ta da! Amazon! Welcome to Better In Real Life!