As anybody who knows me is well aware, I’m a prodigious reader from way back. Like age five. As with then, today reading is, for me, a wonderful potpourri of many things. It’s part continuing education, combined with a way to travel to places and learn things I might not otherwise get to learn about or see, and sometimes it’s simply pure escapism for when I need to be alone. And don’t ask me about my favorite authors or genres, my tastes are so diverse that they are virtually impossible to quantify into anything so simplified as favorites. Seriously, if you looked through the stack of books on my nightstand, you would probably question first how many people sleep in our bed and second, whether they’re all schizophrenic. Because the selection is totally random, and none of them bear any resemblance to each other. Well, beyond the obvious "made of paper" thing of course. You want examples? Well, the current selections include Fodor’s New York, Krakatoa, and Scarpetta, along with my current copy of Rolling Stone and Vanity Fair, oh, and this week’s Metro Pulse. Yeah, diverse doesn’t even begin to draw that picture.
But since Christmas there’s been a new addition to the stack. And if I had to guess, I’d call it a game changer. Because for Christmas this year I got an Amazon Kindle. And let me just say that this bit of joy is the best thing to happen to the publishing industry since, oh, since Gutenberg took a bunch of metal and a pile of scrap lumber and single-handedly ushered in the Renaissance and created the first large-scale unemployment problem in the world. You know, by putting all those scribbling Monks in the unemployment lines. And I know this is off-topic but we really need to be grateful to Gutenberg for more than just that printing press. If not for him we might not have had the invention of good Champagne, Scotch Whiskey, or Frangelico! Yep… all done by the religious brethren, probably in the massive amounts of free time that was created after they no longer were forced to stay locked in some dank and dark cell, scribbling out pages upon pages of some dark-ages version of Stephen King or Danielle Steele. Talk about your happy accidental outcomes…
But, as usual, I digress. The point here is that I. LOVE. MY. KINDLE. It’s in my hand constantly. I take it to work and read during lunch. Every night I read for an hour at least. I don’t know why, but it’s just better than the real thing to me. No trip to Barnes and Noble. No need to leave the house. Just point, shop, click, and you have whatever you’re looking for, ready to read. It’s instant gratification, in a book form, really! And another "Loves It" feature is that you can download samples of books, just to see what you think of them before you hit the Buy It Now button. Let me tell you, this is such an improvement over the lowly jacket blurb. There’s no comparison.
So, to recap my reading adventures in the month since I got it? Well, I’ve read all 8 books in the Sookie Stackhouse Southern Vampire series by Charlaine Harris. In case you don’t recognize it, these are the books that True Blood on HBO is based upon. And yes, you read that right, all eight. I read fast, mkay? But wait, there’s more. I’ve also re-read Eclipse from the Twilight series and read The Host, all by Stephenie Meyer. And right now I’m reading Lamb by Christopher Moore. Think Monty Python meets the Bible, and that gets you started. Funny stuff. Actually reminds me of Good Omens by Pratchett and Gaiman… and that’s the best recommendation I can ever give anything. I also read an obscure sights of NYC guide, and I sampled about 2 dozen other books that I haven’t bought yet. Next up, I think, will be American Lion by John Meacham. I listened to a podcast of Bob Edwards interviewing him and discussing the book last week and I am intrigued. But I also want Dreams From My Father by our new President – Barack Obama. Oh, and I can’t wait for the new Jefferson Bass book to come out. As well as the new Sookie Stackhouse. And the list goes on. Maybe I should consider a career as a book reviewer? Maybe.
But anyway, if you ever get the chance, buy a Kindle. It’s perfect, even if I haven’t figured out how to put music on it yet. BTW – thanks Mom & Thi Thi – you always know me best and you picked spot on with this one! Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m going back to my book.