I first got my Kindle back in May of 2008. I started out by purchasing eight books that month. I have read seven of the books, but have not reviewed any of them at this time. While Goodreads had started a year and a half earlier, I had not heard of it yet. I also did not review the books I read at the time.
While I want to go back and review all these books I am not sure I really want to read most of them again. I have read Twilight at least 15 times, and at the moment I am not sure how I feel about that. I do know that the last time I read it I had no desire to pick it up again. I practically had the books memorized.
I have been meaning to pick up the Dark Trilogy again. It is on Amazon's 100 Books to Read in a Lifetime. I also need to read Reiffen's Choice since I never picked up that book.
Here are my books from May of 2008. Which ones do you think I should read again to review? Which ones have you read?
When I was in middle school I designed my ideal electronic book. One side of the book would be a keyboard, and the other side would be a screen just to read off of. At the time I was reading epub books on my palm pilot. They were still really difficult to buy, and impossible to borrow. Then Kindle came out with their first Kindle in 2007. I was 27 at the time and was one of the first to buy one. The cost was outrageous (about $400). However, it was the only thing on the market. It was even better then the sketches I had made in my early teens.
With that in mind, it should come as no surprise that I have quite a few Kindle books. I own nearly 4,000 books (to be exact 3,923). I have not read even close to these. It is one reason why I am trying to clean up my Kindle. Just like a book shelf I am sorting through to see what I have not read, what I want to read, and what I wish I had never bought. For a while I picked up a lot of free books. This was back when the Indi book market first really opened up. People were publishing everything, and there was just not enough editing.
I am a bit more selective about what books I pick up now. I also believe that authors are back to putting a lot more care into their work. People realized that even with eBooks, you just are not going to get rich writing (Nicholas Sparks exempted, of course).
I absolutely love my Kindle. I can read for hours without eyestrain. I can carry hundreds of books with me at one time. I can forget to charge my book for weeks and it will still work. I can read at night without having to turn off my big light after. I also can easily borrow books from the library, while in my PJs on my couch - using my phone. It really is a wonderful thing.
And when I feel like I want a change - I change my cover. It feels like I have a brand new Kindle all over again.
With that being said, I really wish that Amazon had figured out how to better organize books. 4,000 books is a lot of books to sort through. While I can use Goodreads, or another external site, there is nothing really good on my Kindle to help sort by Genre, if I have read (or rated) a book, or even when I purchased them. I think this is one major setback of reading eBooks. It is also one that Amazon could be a ground breaker on (yet again) if they chose.
My goal this upcoming year is to focus on cleaning up, organizing, documenting, and reviewing the books on my Kindle. This will obviously take more than one year, but you have to start somewhere.
With the holidays fast approaching you may be searching for a gift idea for a book lover in your life. Below are a few ideas that will be appropriate for readers of all ages.
As much as your book lover loves to read - they will probably like showing off their love of books. Why not give them some great clothing to do just that?
Reading gadgets are a great idea for a book lover. It is something beyond just getting books, and will be used over and over. How about a digital bookmark to keep track of reading time (perfect for kids who do a reading log for school)? If your reader is constantly straining their eyes trying to read print then they may enjoy this easy to use magnifier. If they like to read before bed, then a book light will help them read while not disturbing anyone else. A bath tray is a great way for a reader to relax without ruining their book, especially if they read electronically. How about a bookmark that has a built in pen and flags. This is great for students. And everyone can use a book holder, which allows you to read while using your hands for something else.
Get something to complete your book lover's wardrobe. From book themed key chains, earrings, clutches, and cuff links there is something for everyone.
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