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Wednesday, December 30, 2009

The Kindle, Swami, and Tea.. Oh My!

So, I decided to put down the Ascent of Money after only one chapter. I decided classes were over and I wanted to read something that resembled textbooks a little less. Don't get me wrong - I enjoyed whatever I read of it - but will continue at a later time.

Then came Christmas and I decided it was the time of year for a new toy! SO - drum roll please - I am now the proud reader of an Amazon Kindle 2!!!! :)
For those of you who love to read - this is so perfect. I was afraid I would not like it because it wouldn't hold like a book or smell like a book - and I have a bit over 300 books on my shelves. Lo and Behold I don't even feel like I'm reading on some device - it is a brilliant invention, and I for one am very happy with it. Unknown to a lot of readers out there are a few facts that made the Kindle experience (or hope it will in the future) better for me:
For one, I found a ton of pdfs (something like 80) for popular books that I absolutely adore. Adding the pdfs to the kindle is a breeze and takes only a few seconds via computer transfer. (aka I got 80 free books)
Secondly, Amazon allows you to share the books you buy for your kindle with up to 6 devices - this also means if another device by a close friend or family member is being used (say the iphone) they can get in on your account, and now the 2, 3, 4, 5, or even 6 of you can share those books.
The Kindle also comes with 3G wireless network - a benefit that allows you to do basic web browsing on your kindle - follow blogs (such as this), check e-mail, send e-mail, surf amazon.com, etc. etc. There is even a feature of listening to mp3 songs on your kindle (again a breeze to upload from your computer)

This is a device I highly, highly recommend to any reader out there - it is completely worth the investment! :)

And with my brand new kindle, I have started reading two books:

1) Swami and Friends by R.K. Narayan; this is very cute children's book that I never read as a child and really wished I did. It has all your basic kid themes: bullies, fights, friends, grandmother telling stories, etc. But the writing used by the author, along with the cuteness of the main character Swami is making this volume of short stories absolutely enjoyable! :)

2) Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin; a very gripping book right from the beginning. The imagery as written by Relin and narrated (I'm assuming) by Mortenson is absolutely phenomenol. I haven't gotten past 3 chapters yet because of the bustling holiday season - but I certainly hope to get much ahead on my 16 hour flight to India in a couple of days! The fact that this book is based on the true story of Mr. Mortenson makes it an even better read for me - I have been moving towards non-fiction of this sort lately.

Well, that's all for now folks! I hope to read a ton on my new, handy dandy kindle on this flight and two week vacation - after which I will be back, and updating this blog! :)

Happy end of 2009, and a Fantastic beginning to 2010 for all of you out there...

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

WWW Wednesdays


To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions!…

What are you currently reading?
"The Ascent of Money" by Niall Ferguson; never thought a book about money would be so interesting! lol..

What did you recently finish reading?
hmm.. "The Tao of Pooh" by Benjamin Hoff - it wasn't very recent but it was the one that I remember the most, quite an interesting viewpoint to describe Taoism using Winnie the pooh!

What do you think you’ll read next?
Probably "The Omnivore's Dilemma".. I got it during Barnes and Noble's cyber monday sale and it arrived a few days ago, so I will probably get to it next.

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