It’s time I share my plan to resolve the LACK OF READING in my life.  (Link to previous post)

It’s not often that we spend our money on frivolous items.  When we do, it usually has something to do with the kids.  Yet, I’m a guy, and like most guys, I love “gadgets”.  While I cannot deny that I enjoy (and have been known to collect) my fare share of gadgets, I have seen (and know) many fellas who put me to shame.  I like to think / believe that I am on the low end of that bell curve.  Unfortunately, gadgets = frivolous items and frivolous items = money.  You do the math.    

But (like I said) I am a guy, and guys love their gadgets.

Over the past couple of years I have been completely intrigued by the concept of the e-reader.  I kept hearing about how convenient they are for portability, how much easier they are on the eyes (over LED/LCD screens), and the whole concept of easier access to reading materials equating to more time reading.

I have had a hard time justifying the cost / benefit ratio of such a device, but the gadget guy in me (who does a pretty good job of justifying the “need” for such frivolous items) has kept an eye on the e-reader market.  Kindle, Nook, and a smattering of other various generic names have come and gone from my radar.  I have scoured the refurbished markets, the discount and closeout websites, the clearance isles of department stores, and various other “brick and mortar” outlets, but gadget guy just has not been strong enough to convince the practical side of me to take the plunge. 

Throughout this past holiday season, there was a lot of talk about this year’s “hot item” – the e-readers.  Of course that piqued gadget guy’s interest.  I did a little research on them and would sneak off and spend a little time with each of the Kindle’s and the Nooks while we were Christmas shopping. 

Thanks a few extra hours of overtime, I decided to step outside of the box, and do something a little unexpected.  I decided that not only was I going to buy myself an e-reader – but I was going to buy one for the Mother of Five too! 

Yup, you read it right!  TWO of them!            

IMG_0764[1]Since I was going to buy two units, I decided we would pick up the entry level model.  While shopping (not for an e-reader but looking at the e-readers) another customer told us about a 20% off “bag sale” at a nearby retailer that also included the e-readers!

That 20% off was just enough to allow Gadget guy to overpower my practical side, and we decided to splurge and take the plunge.  We decided upon the Kindle Touch (with special offers).  

We have had them for a couple of weeks now and I am LOVING mine!!  Even the kids want to read on them!

Around Thanksgiving, an “anonymous” donor generously donated ten Nook Colors for the kids school (St. John’s)! The kids enjoy spending time on them at school already!

What I really like about the Kindle is Amazon’s selection of e-books!  Not only do they offer the best sellers, they offer copies of the “royalty free” classics, and a lot of new and inspiring author’s work at low prices, discounted promotions, and some even at no cost! 

Every day I get email updates from various websites highlighting books that have been discounted or free for the day!  Our Kindles are filling up faster then I expected!  

So far I have already finished one book and am half way through my second (which, if you are keeping score is more than I have read in the past two years).

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This was a great read!  It is a comedy written as “chapters” in the form of e-mails sent by a first year elementary school math teacher to his friend (a former co-worker) from a previous career as a mechanical engineer.  As I read this book, I could not help but think of AtHomeDaddy (who is currently in his second year teaching elementary school math, and I loved hearing about his first year experiences!)


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There is something about the mystique of Alcatraz that caught my attention.  This book is about the history of, and views of the infamous prison through the eyes of both prisoners, their families, or the Correctional officers through copies of actual correspondence letters to and from those somehow touched by “the rock”.  So far it has been a great read! 

Once I finish Letters From Alcatraz – I have so many choices to choose from I don’t know where I ‘m going to go.  Since the first book was a comedy, and the second was a non-fiction, I think it’s time to get back to my “go-to” genre – Horror.

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From there, I’d like to take a look at that list of “Lowlights” from high school and see about making good on some of those “assigned, but never read” list!

I’m not sure how or when, but I’d like to install a “currently reading” widget on the side of the blog – that way (if you want to) you can keep up with what I’m reading (and I can keep track of how much I have been reading)!!

The only real problem I have with this Kindle is that my reading list is growing faster than I can keep up!!  It has been really fun seeing how something so simple can (and has) reenergized an interest in reading!!  If you are on the fence about e-readers – I say go for it!  We have not had any regrets!

1 comment:

  1. Maybe I should have read this post before commenting on the previous one! The "currently reading" widget is a great idea, since I assume it would link to a info about the read? My "currently reading" is usually the book at the top of my "Reading List" tab, but I often wish it linked to info about the book. I'd still recommend the list, in addition to the widget... then, when you're 60 you won't have to say... "I read it back in my 40's and I believe it had a purple cover..."

    The e-readers intigue me, but I'm not a huge gadget guy, and I'm still a fan of the feel and smell of a traditional book. Maybe someday... but for now, cheapskate-guy overpowers gadget-guy!


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