I’m in Love…

…with my Kindle!

As a child I loved books, I was a complete bookworm, right up until I went to University. I’m not going to lie and say that all of the books were intelligent ones, I can’t resist a bit of chick lit or a celebrity’s autobiography, but I also loved to get my teeth into something with a bit more depth. I was very open to try different genres and styles of writing.

Then I went to University, and my social life (and the fact I had to read stupid amounts of intellectual books for research) took over, meaning I neglected one of my favourite hobbies. It’s only recently that I’ve been craving that escapism you feel when you get into a really good book, but unfortunately the children have other ideas of how I could best be spending my time.

Nevertheless, last week, I decided that it was time to free up some space on my bookshelves, and spookily, within an hour of this decision, I got an email from Amazon, suggesting I take a look at their trade in store, which I didn’t even know existed. I discovered that my books could actually be worth something, and ever the one for a bargain, I did something that I, hoarder of all hoarders never thought I would. I traded all of my old teaching books, from the time I did my PGCE up until only a few months ago. It seems they’re worth more to somebody else now than they are to me. I know I won’t be teaching for a few years, and education practice moves on so quickly, that by the time I ever do go back to it, my books would be out of date anyway. So I packaged them up and within a week I was holding my brand new Kindle. And it didn’t cost me a penny – result!

I feel quite strange that I love it so much, when I haven’t even put any books on it. I know there’s loads of free ones out there, and lots more that I’d love to try, but to all my Twitter lovelies, this is where you come in, and I’d really appreciate your help! Having not read properly for such a long time, I’d really appreciate any recommendations you’d like to throw my way, there’s no genres that are a no go! I’ve decided I’m going to work my way through the BBC Big Read Top 100 Books during 2012 (and probably 2013 and 2014 too!) but I want to read other things too (yes, even chick lit!), some of those little gems I’ve missed out on, so what’s your favourite book? Please help turn me back into the bookworm I once was!

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5 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. By Word of Mouth Musings
    Dec 02, 2011 @ 14:07:07

    The Help – a must.
    Memoirs of a Geisha, I reread recently – awesome
    For a laugh, Jonathan Troppers This is where I leave you …
    Emily Giffin for girly reads …
    ok get going 😉

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  2. Kelly
    Dec 02, 2011 @ 15:13:43

    Oh I must delve into the garage and find my old teaching books! I got two books for Christmas last year The Help and One Day and nothing else I read came close, especially to The Help. Enjoy!

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  3. Lisa thomas
    Dec 02, 2011 @ 18:24:42

    I’m having one for Christmas – I can’t wait!

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  4. RandomizeME
    Dec 03, 2011 @ 08:05:14

    If you’re a bit open minded about the genres you read, Amazon releases a bunch of free trade books almost daily for a limited time. You just need to grab the books before the prices revert back to normal. I keep track of them on my blog if you’d like to browse through what’s available

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  5. Louise - Comida Y Vida
    Dec 07, 2011 @ 01:07:33

    I loved the Millenium trilogy by Stieg Larsson. I might also be dragging out my uni books as would love a kindle too! ;-0

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