Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Kindle Love

I've been experiencing Kindle Love since I received my birthday Kindle last spring. Yes, in a perfect world, i.e. unlimited space, unlimited money, and quick, reliable overseas shipping (ha!), I would prefer a traditional paper book over a Kindle. However, since I have none of the above, I am very, very thankful for Kindle technology. This Christmas the rest of the family received Kindles, so now we are a six-Kindle family, the maximum number of devices which can be registered on one account, meaning we can share all our books amongst ourselves. And since I've purchased and read more than few books on my Kindle since last spring, everyone received Kindles loaded with a small library ready to go! All the kids have commented that they are reading more now that they own Kindles.

The Christmas Kindles in their felted wool sleeves

Reading on our Kindles:
(I've read some of these, thus the book notes)

Dear Husband:

Fresh Vision for the Muslim World
Great book by American Mike Kuhn who lived and worked in the Middle East for many ; readable, balanced, and insightful. Providing helpful historical and theological perspective, Kuhn lovingly challenges his readers' moral imagination and does not neglect or side-step the issues and problems with which many western Christians are concerned.

Oldest Daughter:

Scars of War, Wounds of Peace: The Israeli-Arab Tragedy
The most helpful book I've read on the Israeli-Arab conflict so far, written by ex-Israeli Foreign Minister Shlomo Ben-Ami, an honest scholar and an honest Zionist. Highly recommended.

Weight of Glory (Collected Letters of C.S. Lewis)
This one is nice for dipping into now and then, as Oldest Daughter was able to do on her way back to school.

Active Son:

Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption Laura Hillenbrand
Active son plowed through all 500 pages in less than a few days and recommended it to Artist Son--if he has time to take on another book.

The Everlasting Man
Highly quotable, which is no surprise since the author is G.K. Chesterton. Active Son was reading me a quote every half hour or so while reading this book. I think he's back to this one now that he's finished Unbroken.

Artist Son:

The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains, Nicholas Carr
This was a life changing book for me but I just haven't had time to write about it. Artist Son is enjoying it as well and recommends it.

The Picture of Dorian Gray
Artist Son was assigned this for his Rhetoric Class: "Do we have The Picture of Dorian Gray, Mom?"
"No, but lets check the Kindle Store. Why yes it's here, and it's free!"


Forgotten God: Reversing Our Tragic Neglect of the Holy Spirit
With Amazon Prime, Tayta was able to borrow this book by Francis Chan until the end of the month--free!


(recently finished)

The Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy
A provocative book only because of the subject matter, but not because of the way in which the authors, both political scientists, handle it. This is about the 10th (or 11th? or 12th? I've lost count) book I've read regarding the Israeli/Arab/Palestinian conflict since June. I'm taking a break. If you are intrigued by GOP hopeful Ron Paul's take on foreign policy and blowback, you may enjoy this book, written by University of Chicago professor J. Mearsheimer and Harvard professor Stephen M. Walt. Recommended.

Home: A Novel
My tendency is to gorge myself on ideas ala non-fiction and neglect the nurture of my imagination. I'm forcing myself to read a work of fiction before I begin another book. I really do enjoy it once I get going but I'll have to shun a few other books that are vying for my attention until I finish this one. Marilynne Robinson is an author whose essays I've enjoyed and I've long wanted to try her fiction.

This is an unsolicited twelve thumbs up for our Kindles!


A Circle of Quiet said...

We are looking into a Kindle for our family...finally. What type of Kindle do you and yours recommend?


Jenny said...

I am intrigued. Like Diane, what are your recommendations. I have the Kindle app on my phone and yes, when I have nothing else with me I will read, but I miss marking the text. I can highlight and make notes on the Kindle and have access to them...oh well. Keep us informed as to how it goes.


PS thanks as always for the book recommendations

Kerry said...

Robinson's Gilead and Home are to of my favorite books. They broke my heart! I hope you enjoy Home! I loved seeing the other side of Gilead's story - made me love the characters all the more.

Quotidian Life said...


I got the Kindle keyboard w/offers, which at, I think $119, was the cheapest Kindle at the time. The rest of the family has the $79 Kindle. No bells and whistles, it is just meant to be an e-reader--though Active Son informed me that he could check Facebook on it. Ughh!

Jenny, you can easily underline text in your Kindle books and a nice feature is that these are all saved, by book, on your Kindle and online so you can download them/print them off/share them. Note writing is a little fussier but can be done.

The main thing I prefer a real book for (pragmatically speaking) is being able to quickly, physically flip to where I remember seeing something on a page for a re-read or reference.

Kerry, I do have Gilead--in paperback even--and hope to read it too. Thanks for the recommendation. I'm really trying to be a good fiction reader this year!

Jenny said...

Thanks for the details!


A Circle of Quiet said...

Thank you, Melissa. Just one more question...what would be the reason for a keyboard (sorry to be showing my total ignorance here)?


Quotidian Life said...

Diane, I don't use my keyboard much as I find it too fussy to type in notes but prefer to just highlight. About all I use my keyboard for is searching book titles in the Kindle store (easily done on your computer) or typing in a word when doing a word search in a book. You can do both those things without a keyboard as well--I think the Kindle Touch has a touch keyboard which appears on the screen, and the $79 has a screen keyboard which can be used via the toggle button--a little clunky but for our purposes, these have been fine. I preferred the page turning side buttons on the $79 Kindle--the same as my keyboard Kindle.

A couple more Kindle benefits I forgot to mention:

ESV Bible is a free download on the Kindle and the ESV Study Bible is just $9.99. Now, I can't imagine wanting to use my study bible via my Kindle very much, but with six Kindles, that is less than $2 each. Not bad.

Sample chapters of Kindle books can be downloaded for free. I've decided that this option has saved me, an impulse book buyer (recovering), some money. I almost always download and read the first chapter before I buy the book, and I don't buy every book of which I download the first chapter.

A Circle of Quiet said...

I am embarrassed to say that a Kindle would probably pay for itself with that sample chapter feature, Melissa. I am not sure I can yet call myself in recovery re: book buying impulses. Let's just say I SHOULD be in recovery (-:

Excellent help. Thank you so much.


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Susan said...

You don't know me, but I clicked on your link at my friend Laura's (Two Years in Torino) blog. I am interested in some of the books you listed here (I'm writing them down) for a couple of reasons. One, I don't know why, but I've long been interested in the Israeli-Arab conflict. I've read a few books on this issue myself, but I would love to know they others that you read this past year (have you listed those books somewhere else on your blog, or possibly scattered here and there?). Do you mind giving me a list of at least your top five or six recommended books? Also, my daughter's husband's family are devout Muslims (from Bangladesh), so I am also interested in books about Christians re: Muslim issues. I don't know if the issues in the Asian Muslim world are identical to those in the Middle East (?). . .

Anyway, if you don't mind making a quick list, I'd love it, but if you don't have time, I understand.

Also, I have a daughter who is also a very talented artist, so I really enjoyed seeing your son's partial sketch. He is very clearly quite skilled!

I like your blog!

Quotidian Life said...

Hi Susan,

Nice to meet you on my blog! I clicked over to yours and I remember it as a place I once read a wonderfully encouraging post on homeschooling. I'd love to answer your questions but have hit a streak of a few busy days. Can you sent me an email at: desert mom 88 @ gmail . com and I'll write back as soon as I can.