I Just Read My First Library Book on a Kindle

With the promise of being able to download a library book, I asked Santa for the new Kindle (cheap version, not the Fire) and he delivered early – before an overnight flight to Germany.   Like many libraries, the Hawaii State System recently connected to Amazon to offer free downloads of their electronic books.  Unfortunately, the system had a long wait list for most books, and clicking on the “books ready to read” offered slim pickings – My Father’s Tears by John Updike or Christina Dodd’s Move Heaven and Earth.

The plane ride was bumpy and a movie I had missed – Martin Sheen in The Way – offered a pleasant distraction (beautiful scenery and worth renting if you haven’t yet seen it), but I managed to read through Dodd’s medieval romance – an easy formula read with the swashbuckling hero and the intelligent yet beautiful maiden.  Since Dodd’s Move Heaven and Earth was like following a Middle Ages soap opera, the book was a good primer for learning the assorted buttons on the Kindle.  If I pressed the forward button too long and skipped a chapter or two, I really didn’t miss anything.

Amazon’s marketing was successful; I’ve now purchased a few books for my Kindle.  The convenience of a thin pocket-sized contraption that can hold thick books and pages of story is hard to pass up – especially if you are trying to carry on luggage.  But, I did bring a few actual books along (just in case), and bought another in the Heathrow terminal en route.  The Kindle is nice, but turning pages is still better than pressing an arrow.

A Sex in the City Primer for Making Your Own Valentine Card

Love Letters of Great Men is really a book, first published in 1924 – but not many had heard about it before Carrie Bradshaw read it in bed to Mr. Big in Sex and the City.

You can pick from Napoleon’s letter to his Josephine or Beethoven writing to his Immortal Beloved –

“…never misjudge the most faithful heart of your beloved, ever thine, ever mine, ever ours…”

Of course, Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s Sonnet 43 is timeless.

“How do I love thee; let me count the ways…”

or John Updike…”We are most alive when we’re in love…”

Too much schmaltz for you?   How about Lisa McCourt’s  I Love You Stinky Face?

I found a site for free printable Valentine cards

just add the words…


Staycations – Read Your Way to Anywhere

Labor Day signals the end of summer – what did you do on your summer vacation?    Not too late …

The NY Times article, Postcards from My Staycation keeps it local – in the case of writer Joe Queenan, that means Pennsylvania.   http://www.nytimes.com/2010/08/29/books/review/Queenan-t.html

Queenan has some good ideas for books  that set the story in PA …

  • Run, Rabbit Run by John Updike –  in Reading, PA
  • Appointment in Samarra by John O’Hara – making Pottsville, PA famous,

Scranton – home of the Office (TV) and Joe Biden (VP) claims

  • Please Don’t Eat the Daisies by Jean Kerr
  • Present Company (poetry) by W.S. Merwin
  • That Championship Season – Pulitzer winning play –  by Jason Miller – now a movie on Netflix

Local here means…besides Michener…

  • Hotel Honolulu by Paul Theroux
  • Moloka’i and Honolulu – by Alan Brennert
  • Fluke by Christopher Moore
  • Mark Twain’s Letters from Hawaii
  • The Descendants (now a movie with George Clooney) by Kaui Hart Hemmings

What’s local for you?