Reading Time…

…Or is time to read? I finished up one of my two classes that I’m taking this semester. It was a seven-week class and quite intense. I still have the other class, which I have to catch up in, but it feels so nice to have some time where I can goof off. So, what am I going to do now that I don’t have to do all that class reading? Why, read of course!

Having too much fun with my Kindle, I’ve ordered some books that I would not normally pick up at the bookstore. I’ve also downloaded various old favorites from http://manybooks.net. So the other day I finished up a wonderful book called Ghost Soldiers: The Epic Account of World War II’s Greatest Rescue Mission by Hampton Sides. As I lay in bed yesterday suffering through the remnants of this cold/flu I opened up an old favorite: Persuasion by Jane Austen. I also purchased His Excellency: George Washington by Joseph Ellis (I enjoyed his Founding Brothers), Lost in a Good Book by Jasper Fforde, Elizabeth Gilbert’s Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman’s Search for Everything across Italy, India, and Indonesia.

With all that waiting for me to read you would think I’d be one satisfied reader. Nope. I want more! Tonight I followed up on some other books for my Kindle, and they are all free. Baen Books has free downloads of some of the books in their library. Their free library has some old books, some books that start a series, and many books I’ve never read. I did download several of the James Schmitz books. I’ve been a fan of his since I first stumbled upon a Telzey Amberdon collection. And now I have it downloaded to my Kindle to reread whenever I want. I picked up On Basilisk Station by David Weber, the first in the Honor Harrington series. My paperback copy is crumbling, so downloading to my Kindle gives me another option for reading the book. Baen also offered a short story or novella by one of my favorite writers: Lois McMaster Bujold. I picked up The Mountains of Mourning. It’s a beautiful addition to Bujold’s Miles Vorkosigan novels. I also picked up a few books that I’ve never read. What a concept.

If you’re a fan of the Firefly TV series and you like Steven Brust’s writing there is another freebie to pick up. You can read My Own Kind of Freedom: A Firefly Novel on your computer, but I sent it to Amazon to be ‘Kindle-ized’ and it’s now waiting for me to read…at my convenience.

So, how do I like my Kindle? I like it! I love the ability to carry multiple books with me, and open whatever I’m in the mood for, and it opens to wherever I left off. I’m trying to load up different types of books just because I can have this variety on hand. I can open an old favorite to read about familiar characters such as Telzey Amberdon; Anne Elliott and Captain Wentworth; Miles Vorkosigan; Honor Harrington; Elizabeth Bennett and Mr. Darcy; and Ozma of Oz. Even with all these characters and all these books the Kindle doesn’t load my book bag down at all.

I do think that I have one problem with my Kindle. My battery doesn’t seem to keep a charge as long as promised. That seems to be the one bug that some Kindles have. I’ll contact Amazon, but I’m still trying to figure out how long the charge does last depending on whether it’s on or in sleep mode or I’m reading. Other than that issue — and I just have to work with Amazon to get it fixed or replaced…or charge it all the time — I’m a happy Kindle user.

So what do I read tonight?

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