29 October 2011

kindle it

After a year of thinking about it, I finally took the plunge and went down the Kindle road. Glad I did!
As well as freeing up a lot of space and weight in my bag, it has given me the perfect chance to delve into the classics of literature, as well as reading (often free) the complete collections of writing from particular authors (this is the main reason I wanted one, as my books at home are so heavy and hardbacked...not ideal for lugging around).

I have bought a few more contemporary titles from Amazon, the one I'm most excited about is Tomas Tranströmer.... it's not everyday a relatively unknown-outside-his-own-country poet wins the Nobel Prize in Literature.    Ooh and the letters of Sylvia Beach, I am literally drooling with the thought of reading her correspondences with the authors she counted as her friends and about her life running Shakespeare & Co.

I think I seem to have more short stories than anything else; Guy de Maupassant, Hemingway, Virginia Woolf, Gogol, Chekhov, along with novels I've either started a long time ago or have really meant to get around to (Thomas Moore and Henry Miller, I'm looking at you).

Right now I am swooning around and hiding in the shadows of West Egg, wishing I was in Fitzgerald's New York or that I was wearing floaty white dresses and sipping on gin rickeys along with Jordan and Daisy.  I blame Baz Lurhmann; how could you not want to read the Great Gatsby when you know Leo DiCaprio is in town and wondering how he will make the role his own? He does seem to love (and suit) period pieces, so I have complete faith in him.

As well as buying a practical red leather case for my kindle, I couldn't resist this:

which I love so much, I am tempted to use it as an actual clutch purse, the detailing is beautiful!

How about you? Have you gone down the e-reader road with success?

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