I love reading on my Kindle.
- Easier to hold – only needs one hand and your thumb to turn the page!
- More comfortable to read in bed with, laying on your side.
- Free hand can be used to fuss your annoying cat.
- You can prop it up and read while you eat.
- Smaller and lighter to carry, and won’t get bent and damaged in your bag.
- Instantly download books.
- Syncs with Goodreads so I don’t have to remember to update my currently reading.
- Highlights and notes are saved and you can sync them to Goodreads, into Obsidian.mb (with plugin), and your can get a PDF of them all emailed to yourself.
- Built in dictionary (surprisingly handy).
I love it even more now I realised how often books pop up on the Kindle store for 99p!
Kindle store watch list
These days I add anything I’m interested in reading to my “Reading List” on Amazon and then periodically check it to see if any are on a deal for that day.
OMG the RUSH when I see something I was excited about has been discounted!
I also signed up to the BookBub email list which sends me a daily email with a list of Kindle eBook deals. That only further escalated my book buying habit.
Latest additions to my TBR collection
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These are some I bought in the last few weeks that had been on my list:
- A Certain Hunger by Chelsea G. Summers – very intrigued by this one, but fear it could be crap!
- You and Me on Vacation by Emily Henry – loved Book Lovers!
- Why Did You Stay? A memoir about self-worth Rebecca Humphries – the author was on the iWeigh podcast ages ago and I really enjoyed what she had to say. (Still 99p as of 7th July 2023)
- Wool: (Silo Trilogy 1) by Hugh Howey [*] – I have the urge to re-read and maybe try the TV series.
- Shift: (Silo Trilogy 2) by Hugh Howey [*] – I have the urge to re-read and maybe try the TV series.
- Magic Bites: A Kate Daniels Novel by Ilona Andrews – There is a mid-to-high chance I won’t like this but I keep trying to find fantasy series to love!
- Our Wives Under The Sea by Julia Armfield – sounds beautiful but this hyped books are hit and miss with me!
- Lapvona by Ottessa Moshfegh – Loved, loved, loved ‘Eileen‘ and ‘My Year of Rest and Relaxation‘ when I read them last year!
- Idol by Louise O’Neill – sounds cool, and I didn’t realised when I bought it but I have read ‘Asking For It‘ by this author before, about 5 years ago, and it has stuck with me.
If I’m only paying 99p then I don’t feel annoyed if I end up not liking the book. I have taken a lot more risks in what I buy and consequently found some real gems I might not have if I’d had to pay £8 for it. It’s one thing if I bought a paper book and didn’t like it, as I could at least donate it to a charity shop or give it to a friend so something else might get something out of it – but if its just a digital file then it feels like more of a waste of money to me!
I still by the paperbacks if I loved them!
The ones that I do end up loving I will buy a second copy in paperback to keep on my lovely new library shelves!
I recently discovered Bookshop.org which is a great way to buy books online but also support independent book shops – you can even select your local one (if you have one) to receive 10-30% of the cover price.
I have an affiliate page where I’ve listed some of my favourite books for 2023, if you’re interested check it out (if you did purchase anything through this link I would receive a small fee).
[*] I used to own both of these in paperback (found in a charity shop years ago). I loved them at the time, but gave them away when I had to downsize before a move, and now I really want to re-read them!