By the Book

by Rachel on December 28, 2010

My mom gave me an Amazon Kindle for Christmas and I love it.

I know book purists don’t get it but…I beg to differ.

Now, I love books. I have been reading them since I was four years old. And if I was reading, that meant I was thinking and learning, and learning to think for myself.

Reading books is really at the root of who I am.

My mom doesn’t love books and doesn’t find the time to read them; I get this trait from my grandma, who, for as long as I can remember, has always had a thick hardcover murder mystery sitting by her chair in the living room. She always knows, even though she doesn’t use a computer, when her favorite authors are going to release their next book, so she calls the library to get put on the waiting list. She never minds waiting for appointments or anything — she just always brings her book.

I was always the same way — I was never bored because I always had a book. From Chicka Chicka Boom Boom to Bernstein Bears (my love for Jewish boys may have started with Brother Bear) to American Girls (my love for Samantha Parkington is another story for another day) to Goosebumps to Baby-Sitters Club to Francesca Lia Block to Shakespeare to every book before it was ever a movie to David Sedaris to Chelsea Handler to Harry Potter to stacks of cookbooks to Seth Godin and as many good non-fiction reads as I can get my hands on…I have loved them all. And yet most of these books still remain at my house in Michigan.

Yes, books carry the delicious scent of paper and glue and yes, I can have them signed and yes, I can put a bookmark in them or dog-ear their pages, but you know what I cannot do?


Real books are awesome, yes…but real books are also fucking heavy.

Seriously, I move a lot, and the book bin is always the biggest source of anxiety. I always worry I am going to ruin my back when I try to move them. And even if I could move them, books take up space…space I didn’t have in my room in the sorority house or or in my small apartment in New York or in my car when I drove to Texas. So whenever I’ve left, I’ve had to leave most of my books behind.

Choosing which books to take with me is like trying to choose a favorite child. (OK — admittedly, most of us don’t know what that feels like, so let’s say it’s like trying to choose a favorite drunken night out with your friends in college.)

Not buying books, both because they are heavy and because they are expensive, plus not always finding the new book I want at the library means that I really haven’t read that many books this year — and that is a shame to my former bookworm self.

But now that’s about to change.

My first Kindle download was The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, the exact kind of book I love — non-fiction with a good story and a lot of cultural or social history. I haven’t sat down and read a book in one day like that in months, but I did yesterday, and it felt good. I read it so quickly in part because it was really good, but also because I just loved reading on the Kindle so much.

I love the size, the light weight, the non-glare screen, the font, and the fact that you don’t scroll through it like a Web site — clicking the arrows somehow feels more like turning pages. Yesterday, curled up under a blanket with my Kindle, I really felt like I was reading a good, old-fashioned book.

Except it’s lighter. And sexier.

My too-heavy-to-move personal library will now be with me wherever I go. When I have a few extra minutes in my day, I’ll be reading a chapter instead of playing on my phone.

Even though I love reading, I haven’t been this excited about it in a long time.

I feel that rush I used to get in grade school when book orders would come in on a Friday afternoon.

And perhaps one day, we’ll all reflect on how much we love the smell of old Kindles.

I think my next download is going to be Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk: A Modest Bestiary by David Sedaris, but I’m always up for recommendations. I’m not opposed to fiction, but in the past few years I’ve been tending to go more for memoir and non-fiction. I’d love to get some ideas, so please share!

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1 Jackie @ Baking Charms December 28, 2010 at 10:54 am

I am a HUGE reader and love books, too! Nervous to get a Kindle though… I love the actual pages and smell of a book. It wouldn’t be the same :(


2 Rachel December 28, 2010 at 10:56 am

I thought not having an actual book would feel weird, but even though it doesn’t smell like it, it really does feel like a book! You can still buy real books when you want to get something special or it’s your favorite author or whatever…but if you read a LOT, it’s so, so wonderful to have it for the majority of your books!


3 Caitlin December 28, 2010 at 10:57 am

I love memoirs, too and have been on a kick for quite some time. Might I suggest “The Glass Castle” by Jeannette Walls? It’s a bit dark, but that’s the kind of book I like. Augusten Burroughs is great, too, as is James Frey – screw the controversy.

So glad you are taking the time to relax with a good book! I end up buying all mine and giving them away so perhaps a Kindle is in my future?


4 Rachel December 28, 2010 at 4:50 pm

The Glass Castle is great!! I will definitely check out the other ones you mentioned too!


5 MelissaNibbles December 28, 2010 at 11:00 am

Definitely download Sedaris’s book! Hilarious!


6 genesis December 28, 2010 at 11:01 am

i love the kindle too :) download Stupid American History from the Top 100 Free Kindle Downloads…i think thats the title or at least it contains those words…they change the selection every month i think and offer some good free books.


7 Wilson December 28, 2010 at 11:05 am

Love my Kindle! I convinced my mom to get my 22 year old sister one for Christmas and she loved it. I got her some Kindle books for Christmas including the new Sedaris that you mentioned as well as Chelsea Handler’s newest Chelsea Chelsea Bang Bang. Watch out for the prices that some publishers charge for the Kindle vs paperback, as on older books it is a complete sham. I recently purchased Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, and the Kindle version was $11 whereas a paperback was $9 shipped. A used paperback was only $4.50 shipped. I forwarded my used book receipt to the publisher with a nasty note about ridiculous pricing structures.


8 Rachel December 28, 2010 at 4:49 pm

Good to know, thanks!


9 Heather December 28, 2010 at 11:06 am

Ahahaha, book orders. Those were the days. Also, a friend of mine showed me her Kindle recently and I was appalled at how much I liked it. I’m not a total convert yet, but I think I might be soon…


10 Paul (@MiNutrition) McConaughy December 28, 2010 at 11:06 am

Here’s the sites to check for FREE Kindle books: Project Gutenberg (for classics), Google E-Bookstore, Internet Archive (Rare out of print books), Open Library,, and LibriVox.

Transferring has to be done at the computer … but if you load Kindle for PC on your computer it will allow you to manage your library on-line and still get it all on your Kindle.

p.s. Kindle is great for us oldsters who have hands that have trouble holding a real book for long periods.


11 Rachel December 28, 2010 at 11:26 am

Not just oldsters! I have carpal tunnel and it’s AMAZING to not have my hands fall asleep so easily!

Thanks for sharing those free sites…definitely going to check those out!!


12 marie December 28, 2010 at 11:07 am

I’m still not completely on board with the Kindle, but I’m warming up to it. I am, however, VERY impressed with your ability to find so many quotes with the word “kindle” in it. bravo!


13 Rachel December 28, 2010 at 4:49 pm

I try!


14 Ellie December 29, 2010 at 10:44 pm

I am very impressed too!!! Loved this post. You’re definitely the only person I’ve read enthusing about the Kindle and yet have not had the impulse to judge negatively for it. ;)


15 Dori December 28, 2010 at 11:09 am

I would love a Kindle, but I really need to get through the hundreds of books in my apartment first. Once I read more of those and get them out of my way I can start to think about it. And the Kindle app on Android is good too for in case you are stranded somewhere without your kindle!


16 Paige December 28, 2010 at 11:12 am

I’m not sure how I feel about the Kindle thing yet either. I see the convenience of it (I’ve definitely had my fair share of miserable moving experiences with my book), but there’s something comforting about having my room full of books. Plus, I buy 95% of my books used, so I’m usually paying less than the average Kindle book price. Sooo I don’t know if it would benefit me.

On the other hand, it is prettty snazzy. And carrying books up flights of stairs really does get old very fast.


17 angela December 28, 2010 at 11:16 am

We got my 10 year old daughter the kindle for Christmas, too. She’s in serious love with it. I was really impressed with how many kids books are available, and how many tons of free books are out there for it. I have a crazy reader kid, she’s way above her level so she reads from the children’s and the teen section about equally. And her room (as well as other parts of the house) are seriously out of room for more books.


18 Katy December 28, 2010 at 11:17 am

I love my Kindle! The real game changer was travel. I can read a book a day when I’m traveling and that leads to a sore shoulder from carrying a dozen books and/or a hoarse voice from constantly asking around if I can trade one.

Best read this year: Chris Guillebeau’s ‘The Art of Non-Conformity’. Amazing, life changing/affirming.


19 Rachel December 28, 2010 at 11:26 am

I have heard very good thing about that book! Will definitely add it to the list!!


20 Smash December 28, 2010 at 11:23 am

Glad to hear you love it. I’ve been looking at that (and the Nook) since I love to read but hate to keep books. Hmm…!


21 nicole December 28, 2010 at 11:30 am

I had attitude about Kindles until I played with my mom’s last year. I went out and bought one the next day! “Books are heavy” is the argument I always use when people start knocking my new BFF. My husband is in the military so we move every three years and we aren’t getting any younger. I like the look and feel of real books, but not when they’re all sitting in boxes in my living room waiting to be packed into a truck. Before our most recent move (three weeks ago) I donated most of my books and tucked my Kindle into my tote bag. So convenient! And I love being able to sample the book before buying. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve bought a book on a whim only to find that I hated it. Or worse – I’d already read it.

I can’t think of any book suggestions off the top of my head, but I recently downloaded the game “Every Word” and am hooked.


22 Lisa December 28, 2010 at 11:38 am

I haven’t gotten a Kindle yet but you are so right about how heavy books are to move! I highly recommend Stephanie Klein’s books. They are memoirs and just so funny. Start with “Straight Up and Dirty”. Great author.


23 Erica December 28, 2010 at 11:43 am

As a book lover, I have been against the kindle.

Except I keep seeing them. I keep touching them. And now I want one, so freaking bad.

Reading this didn’t help.
I’ll probably have to get one/convince someone to buy me one.


24 Angela December 28, 2010 at 11:51 am

I love my Kindle almost as much as I love Bob. :D

Check out my Reflections page for my book reviews – I love non-fiction, memoirs, murder mysteries, Jane Austen…just about anything. AND, always check the free books on Amazon. All classics are free, plus they offer a ton of other books free to get you hooked on an author.


25 Rachel December 28, 2010 at 4:48 pm

Awesome, thanks!!


26 Zora's mom December 28, 2010 at 11:58 am

I love my kindle! I got one for my anniversary. I read the New Yorker on it as well. I always have options when I have my kindle. No more issues of the New Yorker balled up at the bottom of my bag!


27 Rachael December 28, 2010 at 12:01 pm

I got a Kindle from my mom for Christmas too and I have been holed away with it for days now. I found all these free classics on amazon, but I’m looking for a few good ones as well to spend my giftcards on. You should get a reading list together. OOOOH, or start a kindle book club with your picks … I mean, you’re already half way to Oprah.


28 Lauren December 28, 2010 at 12:02 pm

Freedom – Jonathan Franzen!


29 Stephanie @ LoveLaughterLight December 28, 2010 at 12:09 pm

I love my Kindle and the fact that I can carry one or 150 books in it without screaming for a chiropractic adjustment. If I feel like reading “Little Women,” I cue it up. Too slow to keep me awake? How about Janet Evanovich’s “Stephanie Plum” series? A fast and funny read!


30 Michelle @ Give Me the Almond Butter December 28, 2010 at 12:13 pm

I just got a kindle too! And I completely agree! I lugged 3 books to my parents house and I’m so happy to leave them here and just take my sexy little kindle back to college with me.


31 Carolyn @ Lovin' Losing December 28, 2010 at 12:27 pm

I almost put a Kindle on my wishlist this year, but I hate the idea of not adding to my physical library. I love going down to the office and seeing all those books. Luckily, I don’t plan on moving anytime soon. :)


32 Bethany December 28, 2010 at 12:29 pm

I’ll just add to the chorus and say that I also got a Kindle this fall for my anniversary and I LOVE it! I had always thought that I was too much of a purist to go electronic but that was NOT true. My husband was super sweet to buy it for me and to tell me to go to town on buying books… but I think that he wasn’t taking into account how many books I would actually buy :) Great suggestions for free book sites in your comments though — that’ll definitely help!


33 Allison December 28, 2010 at 12:30 pm

I just laughed out loud when you mentioned Samantha from the American Girl series because I actually hated her. Mostly because I wanted to be Felicity and ride around on my pony with a beautiful dress during the Revolutionary War…but as a young girl I was stuck with the long brown hair/ heavy bangs look. This meant whenever my friends and I would reenact American Girls, I had to be Samantha by default. A great book I just read over my winter break was “Everything is Going to Be Great” by Rachel Shukert. Check it out! :)


34 Melanie December 28, 2010 at 12:30 pm

For a fan of non-fiction, I’d suggest a couple of books that I’ve loved:

Devil in the White City by Erik Larson and
Assassination Vacation by Sarah Vowell


35 Rachel December 28, 2010 at 4:53 pm

I LOVE Devil in White City — one of my all-time favorites. I will definitely check out your other rec!!


36 Chase December 28, 2010 at 12:35 pm

I’m a kindle hold out. I love books and can’t seem to make the leap. My one thought… What about the pool? What if it gets wet?? Then what? (disclaimer: I have been known to be a bit clumsy)


37 Rachel December 28, 2010 at 4:45 pm

This is a legit problem for me with ALL technology. I guess it’s like a phone or an ipod or a nice camera…I just risk it and cross my fingers.


38 Paige December 29, 2010 at 10:52 am

My friend has a Kindle and for Christmas she got some kind of waterproof sleevey thing to protect it because she reads in the bath so often! I suppose it wouldn’t save it if it got totally submerged, but at least if you splashed it it would be protected a bit…


39 Ellie December 29, 2010 at 10:46 pm

That’s amazing. I read in the bath every night when I was a kid, up until I started taking showers, so I had a lot of books that got accidentally dropped into the water at some point.

And yes, I’ve actually read in the shower a couple times. I know.


40 elaine! January 18, 2011 at 7:06 pm

Freezer size ziplock bags! Since all you have to do is click to turn pages, it works like a charm.


41 Liz @ Blog is the New Black December 28, 2010 at 12:48 pm

I lvoe books and I have an ipad but had yet to match the switch to digital reading… hmmm..


42 Alexa @ The Girl In Chucks December 28, 2010 at 1:29 pm

OMG. I loved book orders in elementary school! The colorful newspaper sheets and seeing which books my mom would allow me to buy….and the eternity of waiting for them to arrive at school….and when the day finally came and they were mine! Oh…and book fairs in the school library. Best. Things. Ever.

BTW, Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk is full of awesome. I love David Sedaris almost as much as I love book fairs.


43 Lauren December 28, 2010 at 2:00 pm

I got an e-reader for Christmas, the Borders Kobo. I really love it, especially the fact that the Kobo comes loaded with 100 classics.
I usually read a book in a day, if not three hours and this definitely helps with the mass amount of books I lug back and forth to my dorm.
I really love it, but am finding it a hard transition. I don’t know if anyone has had similar feelings. I found myself picking up 3 new books at Target last night rather than browsing for them online. I think I like shopping for books as much as I love reading them. The one thing that’s helped is keeping a list in my phone so that I can browse in a store and then go home and buy them.


44 Rachel December 28, 2010 at 4:44 pm

I COMPLETELY agree — that’s honestly the problem I have with the library. The books aren’t arranged for marketing, so I find it hard to find what I want. I definitely browse books and order them online/go to the library anyway, so I guess I’ll just keep with that! I def have a list going too.


45 Ellie December 29, 2010 at 10:56 pm

You’re definitely right that browsing in a library is harder, but as someone who goes to the library pretty much every other day there are a lot of tricks to produce a reasonable browsing experience. First, a lot of better libraries have endcaps and displays that are themed (Man Booker prize, YA books, food-themed mysteries etc.), they almost all have the newest acquisitions in one place, etc. so if you wander around enough some stuff may catch your eye. Second, as I read the NYT book review (or other book reviews) and see stuff I want to read I immediately get online and request it on my library account so that it’ll be on hold for me (often the hot newer books you HAVE to request anyway to get on the wait list or get it via ILL). Third, you can browse around on the online catalog by looking up authors or subjects, clicking around randomly on titles and you can request books to come from other libraries or w/e that way too. So it’s exactly like ordering books online but free!

Sorry for hijacking your post with my insane pro-library propaganda, Rachel — I’m a hopeless fanatic!


46 Ashley December 28, 2010 at 2:44 pm

The idea of the Kindle made me nervous at first, but after reading this, I’m really considering it. I thought I wouldn’t like it, you know, the screen and all, but it makes me wonder if I’d read more if I had it on hand.


47 Rachel December 28, 2010 at 4:46 pm

I had never played with one before, so I didn’t know how great it was! I think you’ll like the screen more than you think. It’s not like a computer screen…it’s more like a book, which I LOVE.


48 Robyn December 28, 2010 at 2:55 pm

Oh, wow . . . This one spoke to me. Hahaha. I don’t have a Kindle, but I’ve been thinking about getting one. My boyfriend just got one for Christmas, so I’ll have to try it out. I haven’t read many books this year, either (maybe a handful?) and I think it’s a little shameful — I got my degree in literature . . . clearly, I have no qualms about reading. Haha. Buuuuuuut . . . I did just finish “Candy Girl,” by Diablo Cody (writer of “Juno”) — it was awesome! Funny and interesting, it’s her memoir about the year she spent working as a stripper.


49 Rachel December 28, 2010 at 4:43 pm

Oh I think I’d like that a lot — thanks for the rec!


50 Bess December 28, 2010 at 3:45 pm

I could have written this same post, right down to the favorite childhood books and penchant for non-fiction/memoirs, though I just got the color Nook.

I didn’t think it was possible to embrace my Nook the same way I love the physical copies of books, but I instantly was on board with this format of reading.

I second whoever recommended “The Glass Castle” and along these same lines, I just finished “Breaking Night” the memoir of the girl who inspired the “Homeless to Harvard” movie and really enjoyed it.

I also recently loved Portia de Rossi’s memoir and One Day by David Nicholls.

I’m currently reading Eating Animals by Jonathan Safran Foer, and The Idiot Girls’ Action-Adventure Club by Laurie Notaro (a sassy memoir in the vein of Chelsea Handler’s books) oh and Linchpin by Seth Godin but you don’t need me to recommend that to you.

Another favorite book of all time is A Widow For One Year by John Irving.

And let me know once you are on Goodreads!!


51 Robyn December 28, 2010 at 10:16 pm

Ooooooh! “Eating Animals” is SO good! I just bought a copy today — I’d read it before, but wanted to reread it and highlight, etc., so I figured I had to have a copy . . . Libraries don’t like when you highlight in their books, I hear. ;)


52 Bridget@PavementandPlants December 28, 2010 at 3:47 pm

Rachel, I am so totally 110% jealous of you right now. I didn’t realize I wanted a Kindle until christmas day and my cousin had one. I used to read all the time until I moved to Austin and didn’t have a library card (lame). My birthday present to myself might be the kindle!!!


53 Bridget@PavementandPlants December 28, 2010 at 7:56 pm

Side Note: Have you read The Michigan Murders? I just finished reading it after finding it in my parent’s basement; I highly recommend it!


54 Rachel December 28, 2010 at 10:00 pm

Oooh no I haven’t read it — I’ll check it out!


55 Suzanne December 28, 2010 at 4:12 pm

I am totally on the fence about a Kindle. I totally see how practical it is in terms of moving and reading on the train… however I am of the mindset that I don’t know if i want to buy a book twice (if I really love it, I probably want a hard copy). I think I’ll probably cave when I get my bonus in February though… it’s just so tempting…

Also, book recommendation : This is Where I Leave You by Jonathan Tropper.. about an effed up Jewish family. I actually both laughed and cried while reading it.


56 Jasmine @ Eat Move Write December 28, 2010 at 4:38 pm

I’m a writer, so I have issues with the idea of a kindle. I get it, but I can’t bring myself to do it. Yet, anyway.

I know you said Memoirs, but if you haven’t read Lamb by Christopher Moore, you need to. In fact, I cannot think of anyone in the world that would enjoy that book more than you. It’s insanely politically incorrect and yet also a feel good story. Totally Rachel Getting It material.


57 Rachel December 28, 2010 at 4:42 pm

I think having an issue with the Kindle is like having an issue with blogging — I’m a pretty big fan of all technology that helps us reach more people!

And good call with the rec — you know what I like and I LOVE Christopher Moore! I have Lamb, hard copy, and I am about halfway through it…I haven’t found it as easy of a read as his other books! But after so many years of Catholic school, it is RIGHT up my alley!


58 Jasmine @ Eat Move Write December 28, 2010 at 6:21 pm

You’re right. You make a good point re’ blogging. However, I think my main thing with the kindle movement is that I know that if I buy a book on the kindle, the author is making less money per book. This is the similar argument with downloading music. However, unlike many musicians and singers, authors do not generally have the luxury of making money any other way than through their writing. Therefore, by buying in to the kindle thing, I know that I’m allowing publishers to make more money (less overhead, more accessibility for customers) while authors make less. Make sense?


59 Rachel December 28, 2010 at 10:04 pm

Ah yes, that does make sense when you put it that way! I guess I feel like Kindles hurt authors like libraries hurt authors. Yes, they will make less money, but it also might mean they can reach more people. (If I can afford two real books but four Kindle downloads, then that’s two books I may never have read at all, you know?)

Ugh…I have so many issues with publishing these days, but that’s a whole other post.


60 Wilson December 29, 2010 at 12:13 am

How do you know that the author is making less money? Authors/publishers receive up to 70% of the revenue, and due to the license terms of purchasing Kindle books, people are not actually purchasing the books themselves, but a license to the books which is non-transferable. This means that no used e-books will exist.

From what I understand, authors receive 10-15% of the retail price of a hard copy book or approximately 50% of the publisher/author profit. Lets do a quick example. Amazon’s current #1 selling book is Unbroken: A WW2 Story of Survival. List price $27. Amazon price $14. Kindle price $9.99.

Someone buys the physical book and the author gets 15% or $2.10. Someone buys the Kindle version. 70% of the $10 ($7) goes to the publisher which is then split 50/50 with the author. Author receives $3.50.

On top of that, a used book enters the market for the physical copy and the author loses potential revenue in the future.

Just FYI, in order for publishers to get the full 70% of the revenue, they must price the ebook between $2.99 and $9.99, and the ebook price must be at least 20% the lowest list price.


61 Ellie December 29, 2010 at 11:07 pm

That’s a convincing economic argument. I have a more idealistic, less pragmatic post about why I’m not a fan of ebooks here ( if anyone’s interested — I am pretty into this “issue” because I work in a small independent bookstore. But so far, it seems like ebooks aren’t threatening to independents, because we can have a more similar profit margin to big chains on ebooks than that of hardcovers or something, which I’m happy about!


62 Wilson December 30, 2010 at 1:46 pm

Also, here is a comment straight from the horses’s mouth. New York Time’s bestselling novelist John Green stopped by Reddit today and was asked his opinions on ebooks.

“As for Kindles (and to a much lesser extent the nook; I mean the nook is primarily like a belated and desperate attempt by B&N to save itself as a company): I think they’re great. I think it’s great if there’s a way to read on a screen that I still get paid for. And frankly, the royalties are pretty similar whether you buy a hardcover or a kindle book, because big agencies were able to negotiate better royalty splits for ebooks.”


63 Amy December 28, 2010 at 4:40 pm

I’m still on the fence about the Kindle, but I’m glad to hear you’re loving it! I’m mostly concerned about the idea that they can “recall” books you’ve already purchased. Not cool. I am very tempted by them though.

Also, last year I priced out shipping (I think) four 25 pound boxes through USPS Medial Mail from MI to CA and it came out to about $100. If you really want your books in TX you should look into that!


64 Lauren December 28, 2010 at 6:34 pm

I’m halfway through Sarah’s Key and it’s awesome. I’m kinda interested in a Kindle, but I’m worried that it may hurt my eyes staring at a screen for too long.


65 Kristin December 28, 2010 at 7:18 pm

That’s the thing with the Kindle, it’s not backlit like a computer screen, so your eyes don’t get tired like if you were reading on a computer screen. I’ve had mine since Christmas 2009 and am STILL in love with it.


66 Rachel December 28, 2010 at 10:01 pm

Exactly! It’s so different from a computer, which I didn’t expect…but that’s why I like it!


67 Erica December 28, 2010 at 7:28 pm

I know I already commented, but I have to say that currently a Kindle is sitting in my boyfriend’s Amazon shopping cart right now-because I tweeted that I thought I wanted one.

Yeeeeeeeeees I’m getting a Kindle for after Christmas (which is not a real holiday, but I’ll take it because I don’t get Valentine’s Day).


68 melissa (fitnessnyc) December 28, 2010 at 7:34 pm

wow, this post struck a cord with a lot of people. I also tend to lose myself in books. I once had to stay in during recess because I wouldn’t stop reading a bsc book during math.

Can’t wait for you book!


69 Alli December 28, 2010 at 9:06 pm

Two for the Road by Jane and Michael Stern and Ruth Reichl’s trilogy (Tender at the Bone/Comfort Me With Apples/Garlic and Sapphires) are probably my favorite memoirs out there (bonus points for being food-related). I also finished the first book of The Hunger Games trilogy on my train ride home, and I’m addicted! I’m going to pick of the 2nd book tomorrow because I can’t wait to see what happens next.

My old roommate recommended Under the Banner of Heaven by Jon Krakauer and I keep meaning to start that one soon – it’s about the history of religious polygamy in the U.S. and its role in a 1984 murder, and it looks reeeeeally interesting, I just need to pick it up from her!


70 Teri [a foodie stays fit] December 28, 2010 at 9:16 pm

alright, if you love your kindle then maybe I should give them a chance. because you addressed all my reasons why they are morally and ethically wrong. clearly you understand the book person world and if you, Rachel, can be a sell-out, I can too.

Also, I may or may not have 100+ Baby Sitter Club books in my parent’s basement.


71 Rachel December 28, 2010 at 10:00 pm

When I sell out, I own it!!

I may still pick up a BSC book or two while home and read them.


72 Emily @ Relishments December 28, 2010 at 9:22 pm

I got Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk from my secret santa at work and I love it! It’s a really fast read, but really well written. I say “yes” to making it your next download.


73 Aby @ always.aby December 29, 2010 at 8:41 am

Two of my favorite memoirs are Angela’s Ashes, and ‘Tis by Frank McCourt… he has a very witty sense of humor!


74 Michelle M December 29, 2010 at 9:24 am

I am already highly addicted to my Kindle too. I’ve read two books since Saturday. I think my favorite part is that I don’t have to hold the pages open at any time. I can lay it down and read no matter what I’m doing…eating dinner, brushing my teeth, whatever.


75 Karoline December 29, 2010 at 1:10 pm

This one is fiction but SO good: Special Topics in Calamity Physics, by Marisha Pessl. It’s not about physics.


76 Lisa @ Dishes of Mrs. Fish December 29, 2010 at 9:51 pm

I just clicked on your link about The Baby Sitter’s Club. LOVED IT. They were like crack. I had to get the new one every first Tuesday of the month.

Oh, my grandma saved ALL of them. I put my favorites in my classroom library when I became a teacher. Some of my girls love them. Sometimes we have very detailed conversations about the BSC in my classroom. And that’s one of the ingredients of a great day.


77 Bethany December 30, 2010 at 10:19 am

I also am in love with my kindle! The screen is gorgeous — not tiring on the eyes at all, like my iphone or computer.

All the classics are free — I can’t believe it, but right now I’m reading War and Peace (nobody ever told me that it’s actually entertaining… but it is). I’ve also recently read Hungry — that was one of your recommendations, thanks! Another non-fiction favorite is Emotional Intelligence. Super interesting look into how our emotions are generated and how learning to deal with them is an advantage in all arenas in life.


78 elaine! January 17, 2011 at 10:57 pm

AMEN sister!! My Kindle is my BFF. I go on all day reading binges all the time now, it’s great. As far as nonfiction recommendations, check out Stiff by Mary Roach, and then her new one, Bonk. The first is a history of science and cadavers (sounds creepy, but it’s really well written) and the latter is the history of science and sex. I only started Bonk yesterday, but it’s hilarious and informative. Also, Feedbooks is a great site for Kindle downloads of classics. My favorites there are Count of Mobte Cristo and anything Sherlock Holmes.


79 Alexa @ The Girl In Chucks May 29, 2011 at 2:02 pm

I read Stiff a few years ago…it was a great read! I have another one of her books at home that I haven’t read yet…I don’t recall the title, but I think it has to do with the science of an afterlife.


80 Alexa @ The Girl In Chucks May 29, 2011 at 2:02 pm

Any chance you have a Kindle cover suggestion? I just got mine this week for my birthday and I can’t take it outside without a cover or else my clumsy self will drop it and break it in 32 seconds flat. I’m trying to decide if Amazon’s cover is worth it…or if I want to go another way.


81 Rachel June 21, 2011 at 10:04 am

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