Confessions of a Kindle Addict!!

I confess…I am addicted

Not a little addiction; a full-blown, hard to hide obsession with books!

The invention of the Kindle for iPad did nothing to curb my tendencies, in fact it has made it even easier for me to indulge without the obvious evidence that a shelf full of books would.

At last count I have 246 books on the ‘Cloud’ and 30 to be read on my ‘Device’

The problem with my addiction is, I love it! Off to Amazon.com I regularly go to get my ‘fix’ and for between $4 – $10 a can have a new book….instantly! And whereas back in the ‘old days’ I would vacation with a suitcase full of paperbacks now I just need my iPad!

Anyway…after scrolling through my archives, here are a few favourites!

When God Was A Rabbit

This captivating novel is the story of a less-than-conventional family and the twists and turns that make up their lives. At the heart of the novel is the protagonist, Elly, a strong-willed, memorable character who narrates the story of her life as well as the lives of those around her.

It is a story of the love of family and the love of friendship, and of the trials that challenge these relationships. Beginning in 1968 and travelling from Essex to New York, this novel takes us up to the aftermath of 9/11 and the heartaches associated with this tragedy.

Funny, charming and utterly un-put-downable, When God Was A Rabbit should definitely be on your reading list this summer.

Night Circus

If you’re looking to add something a little different to your book list then The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern is definitely a good choice. Essentially a fantasy story, this novel is filled with beautiful imagery, twists of fate and a good old love story.

We have a circus (which only opens at nighttime) that seems to magically appear and disappear in each town that it visits. This circus touches the lives of many people, particularly Celia and Marco, two talented young magicians who have been bound into a strange game since they were small children. While they are initially matched as rivals, we watch them become bound by talent, lust and, ultimately, love. Yet how will their love survive in this tumultuous world of magic and fantasy?

The Night Circus is the ultimate reading escape – love, magic and fantasy. It’s perfect to flick though during long days and the beach or to curl up with in bed.

Wonder

In Wonder, heartstrings are well and truly yanked by the tale of little August Pullman. The book succeeds because the hero, Auggie, is such a marvellous character. He’s smart, funny and courageous. What marks him out is a terrible facial abnormality, caused by a mutant gene, which has resulted in him having 27 operations.

Early in the book, August says: “I won’t describe what I look like. Whatever you’re thinking, it’s probably worse.” Clues are slowly dropped about his craniofacial abnormality. He is described as having “a mushed-up face” at birth. He eats “like a tortoise” because of surgery to repair a cleft palate that has left a hole in the roof of his mouth. His eyes come down too far, he has cheeks “that looked punched in”. What he hates most is his ears, which are “like tiny closed fists”. Auggie plaintively asks: “Why do I have to be so ugly, Mommy?”

He’s hyper-alert to how people react to his face. Adults are often the most insensitive, talking behind their hands or staring in shock. Even in generous souls he can see hesitation, even if it is “for a millionth of a second”.

The most poisonous classmate and his nemesis is Julian. After one episode, Auggie’s mother says: “Is he the kind of kid who’s one way in front of grown-ups and another way in front of kids? . . . ah, hate those.” The impact of this nastiness on a sweet boy is tenderly portrayed. But equally well told – through lots of first-person accounts of friends and family – is the effect of Auugie’s life on his friends and especially on his sister Via.

The book undoubtedly, and skilfully, manipulates the emotions of readers (watch out dog-lovers in particular) but it will delight children and adults because it’s a terrific story exploring some fundamental truths about how humans behave. And how they should behave.

I am the Messenger

I read this after completing the critically acclaimed “The Book Thief” which I also loved. I have to admit that I enjoyed this story more, it is such an odd little tale but so beautifully written

Meet Ed Kennedy—underage cabdriver, pathetic cardplayer, and useless at romance. He lives in a shack with his coffee-addicted dog, the Doorman, and he’s hopelessly in love with his best friend, Audrey. His life is one of peaceful routine and incompetence, until he inadvertently stops a bank robbery. That’s when the first Ace arrives. That’s when Ed becomes the messenger. . . .

Chosen to care, he makes his way through town helping and hurting (when necessary), until only one question remains: Who’s behind Ed’s mission?

I Am the Messenger is a cryptic journey filled with laughter, fists, and love.

After capturing a bank robber, nineteen-year-old cab driver Ed Kennedy begins receiving mysterious messages that direct him to addresses where people need help, and he begins getting over his lifelong feeling of worthlessness.