Friday, February 12, 2010

Meet Ken Kindle, my new travel companion



(yes,  I've named my Kindle Ken.  I name certain, special inanimate objects.  and I like alliterations.  that may be strange, but that's me.  also, it can make for some interesting conversations, "Ken and I had a great trip.  He really kept me from getting bored on the plane", for instance.)

Now, I am in no way a person who has to have the latest and greatest technology, but after two "road-warrior" friends strongly recommended the Kindle, I gave in and decided to get one.

You see, I have 4 overseas trips planned in the next 4 months and the alternative to the Kindle looked something like this:



A stack of books and magazines that equal the weight of the rest of my luggage.  Hey, if a trip is 17 hours one way, I've got to have variety.  Unfortunately variety without the Kindle makes for one very heavy carry-one.

So Ken has arrived to lighten my load and allow reading variety.

The only problem - I have "book buyer's block."  I've only loaded 4 books onto Ken so far.  This is where I'm hoping all of you can help.

Do you have any "must read" books that you can recommend?

Thanks!

5 comments:

  1. Have you read the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon? Those are all nice, long books. I also love the Stephanie Plum series by Janet Evanovich. Phillipa Gregory writes terrific historical fiction using real people - she wrote The Other Boleyn Girl. Oh, and Rita Mae Brown - look for the Sister Jane series. Those are my favorite reads.

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  2. I have a Kindle too. (I didn't name mine, but my GPS is Gail Garmin.)

    I read my kindle mostly at home. I downloaded the Kindle app on my iphone and I read on it a lot. It's handier because my phone is always where I am.

    I have all kinds of titles on mine right now. Mostly I am reading Hank Paulson's new book On the Brink about the recent financial crisis. I also have a collection of F Scott Fitzgerald short stories and a trashy Candace Bushnell novel.

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  3. I loved "Outliers" by Malcolm Gladwell--listened to it three times on my MP3 player!

    "Women's Best Friend" edited my Megan McMorris is a great collection of short dog stories.

    "Izzy and Lenore" by Jon Katz is another one I really enjoyed.

    Enjoy Ken!

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  4. The Diana Gabaldon books are fabulous. She's my favorite author.

    I got a kindle for xmas. Did you know that once a copyright expires books become 'public domain' and are free for download on amazon? I've downloaded all the classics Sherlock Holmes, Pride and Prejudice etc.

    A fabulous way to read the classics.

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  5. Have you read Travels with Charlie by John Steinbeck, about his road trip cross country with his standard poodle? It is my Max road trip inspiration. I am also a huge fan of non fiction art history books. Just finished Provenance by Laney Salisbury and Aly Suio about a very successful forger. And there is always David Sedaris, Sarah Vowel, and Bill Bryson for some lightness and humor. Favorite classic: Robinson Crusoe.

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