Category Archives: Books

Books Reading in the Future

Do you want to know what is amazing?  I read three of these books on my Kindle.  Living in the future is always so great.  Living in the future is also alarmingly easy.

This is Where I Leave You by Jonathan Tropper  This-Is-Where-I-Leave-You

A Long Way Down by Nick Hornby

A Long Way Down

Third World America by Arianna Huffington

Third World America

Everything is Perfect When You’re a Liar by Kelly Oxford

Everything is Perfect

The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett

Pillars of the Earth

Much in the same way that World Without End took a week off of my life, The Pillars of the Earth sucked away a weekend in which I had no idea where the hours were disappearing to, until all the sudden the lightbulb went on and I was like, duh Kat, you are reading one of those books.  Apparently there is to be one more Kingsbridge book, so whenever that comes out, I’ll just plan to block off a day and go for it, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows-style.

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Joining the 21st Century

Last week, Mom gave me her Kindle Fire.  She got an iPad for Christmas and since she does all of her reading on that now, the Kindle was not getting any use.

So I said thank you and then I left it on the coffee table because it was square and not terribly big and I didn’t have a better plan for it at the moment.

If y’all have not caught on, I have been actively avoiding e-readers since they were released because of a certain faithfulness to bindings and paper and whatnot.  The other part may have something to do with the fact that I almost never purchase books, I am an exclusive library user.  Because of these things, I had no idea that what I was actually receiving was a gorgeous tablet.

Surprise.

Don’t mind me over here, just joining up with the 21st century.

None of this was discovered until this morning, at which point I found myself sitting at the kitchen table puzzling over Amazon accounts and the Hennepin County Library ebook catalog feeling just terrifically embarrassed that I had seemed so ungrateful at the outset.

Also, is it just me, or does Amazon seem to know as much about us as Facebook?  Because I sort of got that vibe when I went through the process of setting up my Kindle account.

The only thing I’m really certain of at this point is that I have literally no idea as to how to use the Kindle.  Hand to God, as I am writing this post I am also discovering that I can Netflix on it.  This is only the tip of the iceberg.

I also have a sneaking suspicion that I am also somehow meant to be able to “friend” other readers so that we can share libraries…or something.  But that also banks on the fact that I know how to properly construct my library or anything else on my home screen.  We’re just not there yet.

Do you have a Kindle? If so, please share tips/tricks in the comments and let me know if we’re supposed to be like…Kindle friends or whatever.

Checked Out (or really returned at this point)

Based on the amount of free time I seem not to have lately, this may be the last book report for a while (I know – I do have a few things at home right now, but I don’t even know what to put on the holds list next).  That being said, I think there’s something on the order of 2000 pages of reading here, which is nothing to sneeze at.

World Without End by Ken Follett

World Without End

I know that I don’t usually discuss The Books, but World Without End is one of the best books that I have read in my life.  It’s 1000 pages and I took it down over the course of a week.  If you at all like historical fiction or the middle ages or authors who are amoral in the treatment of their characters, you would be on board with this.

Class by Paul Fussell

Class

Queen’s Gambit by Elizabeth Fremantle

Queens Gambit

The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert

The Signature of All Things

What are your book picks?

Page Turners

Some of the books I read this round are ones that I have been wanting to read for a very long time (translation: probably October or something).  And y’all know that just as I am happiest when I am running, I am happiest when I’m reading.  Especially if the book is a good one.

The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls by Anton DiSclafani

Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls

Bobcat and other stories by Rebecca Lee

Bobcat

And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini

And the Mountains Echoed

The Astronaut Wives Club by Lily Koppel

astronaut-wives-club

The perennial question: What are you reading lately?

Books. Again.

Confession: One of the most exciting things I did on New Year’s Day was build up my library holds list.  It felt ordered and refreshing and logical.

Where I’m terrible at crafting, I am wonderful at reading.  It is pretty much my favorite.  I can run, I can read, and neither suffers because of the other.

It Starts with Food by Dallas and Melissa Hartwig

It Starts with Food

The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith

The Cuckoo's Calling

Lean In by Dallas and Cheryl Sandberg

Lean In

The Dog Stars by Peter Heller

The Dog Stars

What do you want to read in the new year?

Reading List Triage

So let’s talk about the library.  You know that thing where you put a bunch of books on your holds list and you wait for them to trickle in, one by one?

Well.  About that thing.  Over the course of the last week and a half, I’ve found seven books stacked on my table.   Which means that I am now doing reading list triage.  We’ll see what ends up surviving this round.

Tragically Dorky Fun Secret: I brought two books to work today, that way I would have lunchtime reading options.

But we all know I do not write about the books that I am about to read.  I tell you about the books that I have finished.  In case this does not become readily apparent, this is by far the most eclectic potpourri of books I could have possibly chosen to read in the last month or so.

Dark Places by Gillian Flynn

Dark Places

World War Z by Max Brooks

World War Z

The Gifts of Imperfection by Brené Brown

The Gifts of Imperfection

I Thought it was Just Me (But it Isn’t) by Brené Brown

I thought it was just me

What have you been reading lately?

Checking Out Again.

Hah!  Not like that.  But I just couldn’t resist the title.  It was Too Good.

Like I said a month and a half ago, I have hopped straightaway back on the reading party-train. Cancelled the magazine subscriptions I was no longer keeping up with.  Paid off my library fines.  Actioned a new “holds” list.  Or as I like to think of it, My Queue.  It’s cool to have a books queue, right?

Suffice it to say that those weeks have brought a rather eclectic potpourri of reading materials into our house.

Superfreakonomics by Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner

Superfreakonomics

Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See

Snow Flower and the Secret Fan

eleanor & park by Rainbow Rowell

Eleanor and Park

Predictably Irrational by Dan Ariely

Predictably Irrational

Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn

Sharp Objects

The Alchemist by Paul Coelho

The Alchemist

Inferno by Dan Brown

Inferno

What have you been reading lately?