So I'm finally ready to weigh in on the Kindle. I've now taken it on 2 trips. One was 2 weeks in Europe (kind of a no-brainer), and the other was a recent trip to New York (not as much of a no-brainer). My experience thus far has been - drum roll, please - positive! I like it. Am I ready to forsake books? No. But I can see using it other than just on trips. Let me give you a list of situations where I would use the Kindle while still in the Bay Area:
1. When I'm walking on the treadmill - it's a lot easier to set the Kindle on the double bar of the treadmill than using my towel to keep the book open (especially a mass market paperback) and then shifting the towel up and down.
2. When I'm having dental work done - holding a book, even a paperback, up in the air is tough, especially when I have to use one hand to hold the book and also keep it open - then, when I'm ready to turn the page, I have to bring the book (slowly) down to my lap - now, I can turn the page with my thumb.
Okay, so that's not many local uses for the Kindle (although I'm on the treadmill a fair amount). Nonetheless, I will be using it. Thanks again to my family for buying it for me.
I have 3 reviews of books I've read since I last blogged. All of them are authors I've read before (many times for 2 and the 2nd time for one). Here they are:
Nicholas Sparks - Best of Me - this is his 17th book (and 16th novel) - once again, it centers on star-crossed lovers, with the usual great joy and even greater sadness - it's a familiar theme but one that works well for him - it was enjoyable, as all of his are - a word to the macho men out there: Don't bother (or, if you do, lie about it).
Jeffrey Archer (author of Kane and Abel, a classic) - Only Time Will Tell - this is the first of a trilogy - it takes place in England (not surprising, since Archer is British) and follows a boy from early childhood through his teenage years and WWII - I liked it a lot - I thought it faded a bit in the last quarter of the book but was still a good read - he's no Follett (who started a trilogy last year, with Fall of Giants), but, then again, who is? - I will definitely read #2.
Brad Thor - The Athena Project - this is my 2nd novel of his - he's solid - definitely a B+-lister - the story centers around a "brick" of 4 women, who are the equivalent of special ops - they are all good-looking, athletic, and highly trained - they use their feminine wiles to take advantage of the bad guys - because I read a lot of books about special ops/anti-terrorism/CIA etc., it needs to be well-written, engaging, and have some kind of unique angle for me to recommend it - this does and I do.
Stay tuned next weekend for... (I'm not trying to lead you on - I actually don't know).