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So, we had a little bit of a pause.  For one thing, I finally decided (as in, just now ordered it) to replace my Kindle with one of the older ones rather than waiting for the Paperwhite.  If I want to read in the dark, we have these inventions known as booklights.  The iPad is also an option.  The other is that I got a little wrapped up in reading for school, so not focusing much on free-time reading.

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Day 12 – Favorite Kindle title that is also on your bookshelf


I thought I had purchased Murder on the Orient Express for the Kindle, but apparently not.  I'll remedy that when the new Kindle arrives.

So, instead I am going with After the Funeral (also known as Funerals are Fatal, which I sort of prefer) by Agatha Christie.  Partly because I have a thing about stories with dysfunctional families, and partly because I love the mystery, and the clue that someone's figuring things out hinges on.  And, lastly, I love Agatha Christie.

I'm not as fond of the televised version but it does depict that moment quite well.  I just didn't care for the sex thing they threw in, just because it didn't much fit with the book.

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Day 11 – Favorite author on your Kindle

For this one, to avoid using an author who sits on the physical bookshelves (or is an invention of the Stratemeyer Syndicate), I had to go with Kipling.  I am a little ashamed to admit, I had never really read any of his stuff before getting the Kindle.  I'm familiar with some of his work, but the Kindle opened me up to a lot more of them.  I particularly liked Barack Room Ballads. And it was all FREE!

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Still debating the "new" Kindle or just a replacement Kindle...

I skipped last night because I was focusing on finishing my paper for class and not sounding like an idiot.  So here we go...

Day 10 – Favorite classic book on your Kindle


Naturally, I have a collection called "must have classics".

I have to go with Pride and Prejudice, although I will admit that the combined Jungle Book/Rikki Tikki Tavi is a close runner-up.

Of course, I still have my print copy as well... because I love the book that much.  I don't think there's any need to talk about how much fun the book is, because if you love it, you know. 

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Day 09 – Kindle title you probably would not have bought in “real book” form (not counting the vast amount of free stuff)

Hmmm, where to start here?  I'm going to go with Kelly McMichael and her debut mystery novel Sin of the Father.  McMichael is a history professor at American Military University, which is how I found out about it.  I would not have bought it in a store because it would have cost more than the $1.99 I paid Amazon for the Kindle version.  It was worth that, if only because it was horrifically bad, bad, bad.  Bad characters, predictable plot, heroine with way too many flaws - including a massive Too Stupid to Live moment.  (She survives it.)

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Day 08 – Kindle title you didn’t think you would enjoy as much as you did

King Solomon's Mines and Allan Quartermain by H. Rider Haggard - neither one is really what you would call my thing, normally.  I could not put them down.  They're pretty chockful of "white man's burden" but they were entertaining, and the characterizations were good.

After all, as Mr Mackenzie said, it was odd that three men, each of whom possessed many of those things that are supposed to make life worth living -- health, sufficient means, and position, etc. -- should from their own pleasure start out upon a wild-goose chase, from which the chances were they never would return. But then that is what Englishmen are, adventurers to the backbone; and all our magnificent muster-roll of colonies, each of which will in time become a great nation, testify to the extraordinary value of the spirit of adventure which at first sight looks like a mild form of lunacy. 'Adventurer' -- he that goes out to meet whatever may come. Well, that is what we all do in the world one way or another, and, speaking for myself, I am proud of the title, because it implies a brave heart and a trust in Providence. Besides, when many and many a noted Croesus, at whose feet the people worship, and many and many a time-serving and word-coining politician are forgotten, the names of those grand-hearted old adventurers who have made England what she is, will be remembered and taught with love and pride to little children whose unshaped spirits yet slumber in the womb of centuries to be. Not that we three can expect to be numbered with such as these, yet have we done something -- enough, perhaps, to throw a garment over the nakedness of our folly.

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Thinking about preordering the Kindle Paperwhite.  Not sure if I should, but thinking about it.

Day 07 –Most underrated book on your Kindle

I feel kind of silly now, but I really can't pick a good answer for this one - mostly because I don't pay that much attention to how people rate books.  If I like it, I like it - if not, not.

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Day 06 – A book on your Kindle that makes you happy

So, my Kindle includes a collection called "Desert Island".  In other words, if I could never have any more books than what is in this collection, these are the titles I absolutely must have.   I like the idea that I could just them out and read them, whenever, wherever. 

They are the books I adore.

As for making me happy, I think I would have to split between two of the Heyer titles that live in this collection. 

Cotillion is just happy and fluffy and the right amount of zany.  Plus I love that Kitty realizes just how lucky she is to avoid Jack.  Freddy, the guy in the book, is delightful.  It's a romp, with well-drawn characters and one of those families that just draws you in...because they are crazy.

The Nonesuch features Ancilla Trent, a blue-stocking governess to a spoiled brat with tons of money and feminine charms.  The brat ever-so-gently gets her comeuppance.  The gentle, well-bred girl gets the guy worth having.  And Ancilla, the governess, gets to marry one of Heyer's best heroes, Sir Waldo Hawkridge.  People get what they deserve, in general, and the small world the characters inhabit is exquisitely drawn.

Both of them are romances, obviously, but their endings are just perfect.  They're both books that I could pick up when in a blue mood, and smile by the end.

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Back to the meme after a few days away...

Day 05 - Your favorite series on your Kindle

One of the awesome things about the Kindle (and e-readers in general) is how they open you up to the stuff that was published pre-1920s.  Those who know my reading passions know that I'm a big fan of the older series aimed at teen girls, and one of the big ones that I got in on with the Kindle is Ruth Fielding. 

First introduced in Ruth Fielding of the Red Mill, Ruth is a smart, hard-working orphaned girl who goes to live with her Uncle Jabez (who, although not a bad guy is a little too attached to his money) and "everyone's aunt"
Alviry.  She makes friends with a pair of rich siblings, Tom and Helen Cameron, and works to make Jabez like her, as well as convince him to pay for her to go away to school.  She ends up getting into the movie business, as well as a lot of other things.  They're so much fun that even after what you can find on the Kindle, I'm picking up the books.  Just ordered another one, in fact.

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Day 04 – Best paid book on your Kindle

 There are so many contenders for this one.

 I'm going to go with the Super Duper Totally Authorized Top Secret Recipes by Todd Wilbur, because it helped me get rid of multiple dead tree books.  Not all of the recipes are stuff I use, but it was quite cheap (under $3.99) and worth every penny. 

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 It seems kind of petty but I like reading on my Kindle better than on the iPad Kindle app.  One of the things I love about the Kindle is that it's easier to travel around the house doing chores, such as laundry, and continue reading.  I try to keep the iPad away from a lot of stuff, so not as fun.  On the other hand, the iPad lights up.

Day 03 - Best free book on your Kindle.  What sources do you get them from?


First, let's talk about sources.  The free stuff on Amazon is good - they have a variety of top-100 lists sorted into paid and free, and the stuff that was published before 1928.  Project Gutenberg has also been fun, although a lot of it is available on Amazon for ease of download.  I also have a bunch of stuff from Baen CDs that I'll have to reload when I get a new Kindle.  Some stuff I just find in random places, or am tipped off about by friends.

I love all the free series aimed at teens/children (many of them produced by the Stratemeyer Syndicate), to the point where some of them I continued reading even when I was having to track down vintage hardcovers for them.  They, however, are a question for another day.

Leaving aside all the stuff that I had read in dead tree form long before it came to the Kindle (and yes, I still have some of my printed versions of stuff on the Kindle because I am book-obsessive like that), I would have to pick LM Montgomery's The Golden Road.  Of course, as those who followed the 30 days of books meme know, I'm a huge fan of Anne Shirley, and while the rest of Montgomery's writing hasn't always thrilled me, these ones really pulled me in.  Anne is actually mentioned a few times, but she is not the focus.  Instead, this book has the Story Girl, who has some very Anne-ish qualities, but is her own character.  I just love how the words flow together in the book, even if there is definitely some stuff that gets reworked into different works by Montgomery.

One of my highlights:

"But it is getting cold and Cecily is coughing. Let us go in."
"You haven't told my fortune," protested Cecily disappointedly.

The Story Girl looked very tenderly at Cecily—at the smooth little brown head, at the soft, shining eyes, at the cheeks that were often over-rosy after slight exertion, at the little sunburned hands that were always busy doing faithful work or quiet kindnesses. A very strange look came over the Story Girl's face; her eyes grew sad and far-reaching, as if of a verity they pierced beyond the mists of hidden years. "I couldn't tell any fortune half good enough for you, dearest," she said, slipping her arm round Cecily. "You deserve everything good and lovely. But you know I've only been in fun—of course I don't know anything about what's going to happen to us."

"Perhaps you know more than you think for," said Sara Ray, who seemed much pleased with her fortune and anxious to believe it, despite the husband who wouldn't go to church.

"But I'd like to be told my fortune, even in fun," persisted Cecily.

"Everybody you meet will love you as long as you live." said the Story Girl. "There that's the very nicest fortune I can tell you, and it will come true whether the others do or not, and now we must go in." We went, Cecily still a little disappointed.

In later years I often wondered why the Story Girl refused to tell her fortune that night. Did some strange gleam of foreknowledge fall for a moment across her mirth-making? Did she realize in a flash of prescience that there was no earthly future for our sweet Cecily? Not for her were to be the lengthening shadows or the fading garland. The end was to come while the rainbow still sparkled on her wine of life, ere a single petal had fallen from her rose of joy. Long life was before all the others who trysted that night in the old homestead orchard; but Cecily's maiden feet were never to leave the golden road.


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So, I have to open today's entry by asking for a moment of silence in honor of my Kindle.  The annoying error I mentioned a few weeks ago has persisted, and today they had me try a factory reset.  Whatever caused the problem was not fixed by that, but actually made worse.  It is dead.  I can still read on my spiffy iPad, but the Kindle is no more.

Yes, I am beyond words upset about this.  I was planning on getting a new one eventually, but not right now.

However, luckily I have a spreadsheet with the Kindle's contents, so the meme can go on.

Which brings us to:

Day 02 - How many books have you managed to fit on it?  How many of those books are still unread?

There were 526 books on the Kindle, with 41 of them being unread.  My Amazon cloud shows 471 items, but that includes some that were archived (about 25)  so there were a bunch of PDFs I'll have to transfer over from the PC when I replace the Kindle.  I did recently go through and clean up all the deleted items, so they won't clog things up when I get that far.  I think I'll be happy I have the spreadsheet at that point...

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Day 01 - Tell us about your Kindle and how you use it.  Is it your primary way to read, or something you use when you have to travel away from your paper ones?  Is everything neatly organized or just loaded onto the Kindle?  Tell us about your buying habits too - do you check the Daily Deal every day?  Or is everything on your Kindle free?

My Kindle was a 2010 Christmas gift from my dad, and currently occupies the spot allotted to Best Christmas Gift as an Adult Ever.  I have the one that still has the keyboard and 3G.  It is only used for reading (other electronic ways to kill time are generally on the smartphone) and even when I replace it, I'm not going for a fancy model. 

I would say books are still primary, if only because I have so many more of them, and I just like the feel of the book in my hands, plus there is not a used Kindle title store or KindleTitleSwap.com.  However, it is convenient to be able to just stash the Kindle in my purse and go.  Plus, when it comes to college classes, the Kindle is not good.

I do have things organized into a variety of collections, including one called "curiosities" which is essentially where I put books I am going to read, just not right this second.  Some things that I do intend to read more quickly are in the Main Menu area. 

I've downloaded a lot of pre-1928 free stuff from Amazon, but I also love the Daily Deal idea.  I probably buy about five of those a month.  I'm a bigger fan of the 100 titles less than $3.99 that they run each month, but I don't like how they have it organized now.  This month, out of 100 titles, I found 2 that intrigued me enough to buy them.


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So, I was looking around for something to help me get through 30 days of posting to LJ, and considering some memes.  I've already done the 30 Days of Books one (click on the "30 day book meme" tag to find all of those entries) and didn't want to repeat it.

Then, I started thinking about how much the Kindle has added to my reading life.  I was already what you could term a voracious reader, but the Kindle opened me up to some new reading material, and made reading on-the-go a little more convenient.  Of course, you'll still generally find me with a book somewhere on my person, but the Kindle was definitely one of the best Christmas gifts ever.  (Thanks Dad!)

Without further ado, allow me to introduce the 30 Days of Kindle meme.  Googling the term didn't turn up one (just numerous references to other reading memes), so I feel safe taking credit for this one.  Feel free to do it alongside me and recommend it to your friends!

The meme itself :

Day 01 – Tell us about your Kindle and how you use it.  Is it your primary way to read, or something you use when you have to travel away from your paper ones?  Is everything neatly organized or just loaded onto the Kindle?  Tell us about your buying habits too – do you check the Daily Deal every day?  Or is everything on your Kindle free? 
Day 02 - How many books have you managed to fit on it?  How many of those books are still unread?
Day 03 - Best free book on your Kindle.  What sources do you get them from?
Day 04 – Best paid book on your Kindle
Day 05 - Your favorite series on your Kindle
Day 06 – A book on your Kindle that makes you happy
Day 07 –Most underrated book on your Kindle
Day 08 – Kindle title you didn’t think you would enjoy as much as you did
Day 09 – Kindle title you probably would not have bought in “real book” form (not counting the vast amount of free stuff)
Day 10 – Favorite classic book on your Kindle
Day 11 – Favorite author on your Kindle
Day 12 – Favorite Kindle title that is also on your bookshelf
Day 13 – Kindle title you wish you had never bought or downloaded
Day 13 – Favorite “genre” fiction title on your Kindle (SF/F, romance, Westerns, etc)
Day 14 – Tell us about one of your favorite romantic couples inhabiting your Kindle (not necessarily IN a romance novel)
Day 15 - Favorite male character (on your Kindle)

Day 16 – Favorite female character (on your Kindle)
Day 17 – Favorite family on your Kindle
Day 18 – Do you use the My Clippings feature on the Kindle?  If so, share one with us.
Day 19 – Favorite book turned into a movie (on your Kindle)
Day 20 – Favorite children’s book (on your Kindle)
Day 21 – Favorite cooking or food related book on your Kindle
Day 22 – Title on your Kindle you most frequently recommend to people
Day 23 –Kindle title you can’t believe was actually published
Day 24 – A Kindle title you have wanted to read for a long time but still haven’t
Day 25 – A Kindle title that you wish more people would read
Day 26 – Favorite non-fiction title on your Kindle
Day 27 – A Kindle title that changed your opinion about something
Day 28 – Favorite title (of a book on your Kindle)
Day 29 – Book you read on your Kindle so no one can see you reading it

Day 30 – Your most favorite Kindle title


Stay tuned for Day One's post! 

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