Thursday, January 26, 2012

Merry Christmas to Me

This Christmas I had a very small wish list.  Most of the things I want(ed) are out of our price range right now - a KitchenAid Mixer, a Cricut machine, a better lens for my camera, and a Kindle.

So when asked to give a list, I put the few reasonably priced items on my list and then I asked for money. 

Family was good and I was able to get myself a Kindle Touch, which I absolutely love.

It is an incredible blessing and it is a great temptation.  I am an avid reader.  I wish I could find a job where I could read books I liked all day long.  I am not very good with things I am not interested in though, so I do not think I will be finding anything real soon.

Back to my Kindle, I never thought I would be willing to buy something like this, because I love books.  I thought part of my love of books was actually holding the book, feeling it in my hands, that physical connection.  I was wrong.  I still love books, but I have found I am very satisfied with my Kindle.

One of the things I love about my Kindle is it can hold over 3000 books.  I am getting close to 500 books on my Amazon account right now.  Not all of those are on my Kindle though, but about 2/3 are.  The rest are held in my Cloud, which I will tell you more about later.  I also started collecting these before I got my Kindle.  You can actually download a Kindle app on almost anything you have - PC, Mac, iPod, and many other devices.  So I had been using my iPod to collect free Kindle books for about a year now.

Another thing I like is its size.  It is just the right size to fit into my purse.  I take it with me everywhere.

I also love that I can get lots of free books through Amazon.  There are other sites online where you can get books print pre1920s, but Amazon has a large selection of current titles for free.  I have to admit that I check Amazon at least once a day to find these free books.  They will put titles on for free for just one day some times, so I do not want to miss anything.  At the end of this post, I am going to include a list of current, free books that I think are good reads.  

I will warn I am rather eclectic in my book tastes.  I love Christian romances where the author not only gives you a happily ever after, but a solid message to go with it.  I like scifi books with action and aliens.  I like fantasy that includes other dimensions and traveling in time.  I like go old good guys versus bad guys.  Some of my favorite authors are Lori Wick, Susan May Warren, Clive Cussler, Michael Crichton, and Dee Henderson.  I love the classics.  Give me Austen, Montgomery, Alcott, Dickens, Shelley any day.

Well, this was a whole lot long than I had anticipated.  I am leaving you with a list of Amazon's current free books that I can vouch for.  Like I said, these are sometimes only available for free for one day.  If you see something that strikes your fancy, check it out.  Each will have its own link.  I hope you enjoy a good read on me, well, on Amazon.

Okay, well, these do not show my eclecticism, but I will keep looking.  


  1. Have you used Overdrive through the library yet to check out books on Kindle? I got a Kindle for Christmas too and I love it (funny I also was formerly a "I only love real books and would never want a Kindle") person too. :)

  2. I have used Overdrive. I have downloaded ebooks and audiobooks. I cannot wait until they get more in there though.

  3. By the way, Trav ended up loving my kindle too and stealing it to read all the time, so I ended up getting him his own for Valentines day. I hope you keep doing the free book page, I love it!

    1. I actually like tracking down the free books. I sometimes feel like I need to stop though because I have more books than I can possible read right now.

      I am glad you appreciate it. As long as someone does, I will keep doing it.

  4. I don't have nearly as many as you, but probably more than I will read as I keep adding faster than I read. Part of the problem too is that I also find a ton of books I want to read everytime I go to the library!