My January trip meant a fair amount of reading, both on the journey and during the visit. Some books from my list and others that popped into my hands unexpected.
The Devils Brood by Sharon Kay Penman was just awful. Both dull and long and unfinished will go into the giveaway pile. On the other hand Wolf Hall by Hillary Mantel left me wanting more. I loved it. I also found a new to me mystery writer. C. J. Sansom and have consumed two of his books so far, Dissolution and Dark Fire both set in Tudor England. A P.D. James mystery kept me entertained during the flight back, Devices & Desires. It was a good choice for a long trip and I thoroughly enjoyed it along with Inside of a Dog: What Dogs See, Smell & Know by Alexandra Horowitz
Now usually when books are removed and the stacks reordered I still have little room on the nightstand, but with my early birthday gift from my parents that has all changed. (Yes, Half Broke Horses is still there waiting and Heaven and Earth is being consumed at a very slow rate.) For future reading I have a new Kindle 2 and I have to say, I am really happy with it. ( threading hook for size perspective)
Last night I downloaded two books, instantly and I don't have to think about where to put them after they are done. If I want them off my Kindle I can delete them but they will always be on my Amazon account should I want to download them again. It's not perfect, I still covet my knitting and weaving books and have no desire to have those on the Kindle, but for the usual consumption of reading material I am smitten. Another bonus for me is not having tired hands holding open a large book
and of course, when I travel I can take as many books with me as my heart desires and not have a carry on that weighs a ton. That leaves much more room for knitting projects on the go! The case ( Courtesy of Kindle Chaos) I found for it is pretty nice too.
Padded but with perfect cutouts for the controls. It is a flip style with an easel stand so I can rest it on my chest when reading in bed or have the read to me feature on which allows me to knit while reading.
Not all books have the text to speech option but the FREE Sherlock Holmes books I downloaded do as do many others.
Oh the two books downloaded....The Owl Killers by Karen Maitland and Sovereign by C.J. Sansom.