Kindle - A One Year Update

One year ago I wrote a blogpost about how I Used To Read, and how I had hoped that our decision to acquire “a couple of Kindles for E-Reading” would have a positive influence on my lack of reading.  I stated in that post that I was lucky if I read a novel a year – and after some deeper reflection I realized that this was greatly underestimated.  I was actually lucky if I read one novel every FIVE years!

Well, it’s been one year since we picked up the Kindles. 

I thought it would be a great idea to post an update.

At first, I was totally in love!  The Kindle went with me to work, to the kids’ sports practices, anywhere I may have some down time.  I located a number of sources for free content, and was filling my Kindle with copious amounts of reading material.  My favorite source??  “Pixel of Ink”.

Like with any gadget the infatuation period will eventually come to an end.  The Kindle was no different in some ways, yet in other ways it was VERY different! 

I am happy to report that I still carry my Kindle with me quite frequently.  Several times a week.  Maybe not as often as I did when it was brand new, but it still comes with me often!  Another great thing that has not changed about being a Kindle owner is the free content.  Almost every day I check a number of websites that distribute lists of Kindle books that have been reduced in price, or are (temporarily) free! 

So, that leads me up to today.    What exactly have I accomplished with my “Kindle Time” (as I like to call it) in the year since the Kindles entered our lives? 

I am very pleased to report that in the past twelve months I have completed TWELVE novels.  That’s an average of one novel a month!!  Much better than the one novel every SIXTY months that comprised my pre-Kindle average!

Currently, I have 115 novels on my Kindle (and that number grows by one or two a week!).  Only two of the 115 have cost me anything.  Those two books were both on sale for less than three dollars. 

I have even delved into the world of borrowing Kindle books from our County Library System!!   

My thoughts on the Kindle one year later?  I feel NO buyers remorse for having bought them.  This may not always be true of every gadget I purchase, but the Kindles have been a wise investment.  (Even the Mother of Five agrees!)  They have (and continue to) prove their value for the both of us!

Here’s another interesting tidbit…  I was quite impressed and inspired by another dad-blogger’s idea. 

Backside of Forty compiled a Reading List dating back to 2008!  I was so inspired by his list that I created a Kindle Reading List of my own!  It is now a regular component of The Life of a Father of Five.  

Some of you may have visited it, some of you may not have.  For those of you who have not (and who’s voyeuristic minds have a sick sense of needing to know and are interested in seeing what kind of books catch and hold my interest) – here is a link of the novels I completed last year (most recently completed on the top). 

My full Kindle Reading Page includes a brief description of each of the books along with the link. 

The Shut Mouth Society by James D. Best
A Hollow Dream of Summer's End by Andrew Van Wey
Dark Passage: A Paranormal Thriller by Griffin Hayes
The Winter Barbecue by Matt Cutugno
The Doll - J.C. Martin
Heaven is for Real by Todd Burpo
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
Forsaken: A Novel of Art, Evil, and Insanity by Andrew Van Wey
The Mike Murphy Files and Other Stories by Christopher Bunn
The Black Echo by Michael Connelly
Letters from Alcatraz by Michael Esslinger
Learn Me Good by John Pearson


  1. Glad you are enjoying it!!
    I was given a simple Kindle as a surprise pre-Christmas gift not last Christmas, but the year before. Love it! My son showed me the experimental audio feature. It's a robot reader, but a good robot reader. Now I can crochet and read at the same time! if I ever find time and quiet to sit down.

  2. Congrats on the improved reading output. Keep it up man, remember, reading is fundamental!!!


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