I knew the Kindle was going to change my reading habits, and it has. This month I’ve read ten books, six on the Kindle, most of which were free or cheap.
I found Lois McMaster Bujold’s first Miles Vorkosigan book, Warrior Apprentice, over at the Baen Free Library. I’ve been meaning to check out the series for a long time, having heard so many good things about it. I liked the first book well enough to get the rest of the series, especially since Baen has them as attractively-priced e-books on their site.
Other Kindle books:
Rakes and Radishes by Susanna Ives– I was looking for something Regency and romantic and frothy, and this fit the bill until it got really emotionally intense halfway through. There’s nothing wrong with tortured characters, but it wasn’t the tone I’d been looking forward to.
The Trouble with Kings by Sherwood Smith: Fun, light, romantic YA.
Spellwright by Blake Charlton: High-concept fantasy debut, but it took me a while to get over the cleverness of the magic system and into the story. While there were lots on interesting plot things happening, I didn’t connect emotionally with the characters.
Sense and Sensibility and Persuasion by Jane Austen: Why, yes, I’m filling up my Kindle with freebies. Sense and Sensibility is the only Austen I somehow missed reading, but I’ve corrected this oversight. I got so much into it that I had to re-read Persuasion next. Persuasion is my favorite Austen. I’m a sucker for second chances, mature protagonists, calm sensible heroines, and a hero in uniform.
I love how Austen creates small-scale and yet meaningful stories. She barely touches upon the war, social reform, or high-living celebrity aristocrats, and is content to stay in the quieter world of baronets and gentleman-farmers. Her books are a soothing interlude between all the Save the World fantasies I read.
My classics reading this year seems to have fallen into the Nineteenth Century Women Writers category. I already downloaded Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell and Middlemarch by George Eliot. Any other recommendations? *ears open*
Next up, my non-Kindle reads.