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Summer reading

I don’t read as voraciously as I used to.  Oh, I read plenty, but I only seem to find time for books when I’m on vacation or a long plane ride — I’ve usually got my nose buried in the internet.  One reason I have thusfar avoided Twitter (other than the fact that I am just not that interesting) is that I don’t want my attention span to shrink any more than the blogosphere has already caused it to.

I would like to change that, because there are so many books out there that I’d really like to read.  I’m thinking maybe I can change my ways if I commit to an e-reader, but I feel a duty to plow through some of the backlog that’s sitting on our bookshelves first.  So having more time off between jobs than I expected, I decided it dive into some detective novels.  They’re my favorite genre, and an easy way to get back into the habit — I can easily tear all the way through one of these in a quiet day.  My father-in-law sent me a box containing more than a dozen of one of his favorite author’s novels a couple years ago and I’m going to see how many I can get through in the coming week.  I’m one and a half deep so far, and relieved to see that I can still pay attention to the written word for more than ten minutes*.

Read anything good lately?  Enjoy formulaic detective novels as much as I do?  Have a strong opinion on e-readers?


*As long as I can’t see my inbox from wherever I’m sitting!

4 comments to Summer reading

  • Natalie W

    So many comments!

    1. I love to read.
    2. I love my Kindle.
    3. I love audiobooks when I don’t have time to sit and read.
    4. Goodreads is great for connecting to friend’s bookshelves, tracking your wish list, and finding book suggestions.
    5. I’ve got your back on detective novels – love them. Currently reading Lisa Gardner’s Love You More. Good but not great.
    6. Did I mention that you should get on Goodreads? :-)

  • Traci

    I’m going to sound like Natalie since I also love to read and LOVE my Kindle! :) Which is very surprising since I debated for quite a while about getting one due to thinking I would always prefer paper, or “real” books. I still love my paper books also, but the Kindle is just so convenient. I think I’m contributing to my tendency for information overload though since now I’m building quite a collection of ebooks. There are so many free books out there and I always grab anything I think I *might* like – it can always be deleted later! You can also download “Kindle for Chrome” which works with the Google chrome browser to send webpages to your Kindle – it’s great!

    A few books I’ve read recently that I thought were really good:
    1) State of Wonder by Ann Patchett (loved another of her books called Truth and Beauty when I read it years ago)
    2) Mickey Haller series by Michael Connelly(Lincoln Lawyer, etc.)
    3) Started Early, Took My Dog by Kate Atkinson (a UK author who’s written several books about a private investigator named Jackson Brodie and books always have odd twists – would recommend beginning with the first called “Case Histories” if you think you’d like this type of book)

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