reading material

My husband bought me a Kindle as an anniversary gift years ago, when they first came out, and I truly love it. The ability to have an almost-endless variety of books at my disposal 24 hours a day is a dream come true for me.

I bought the much-upgraded Kindle Paperwhite for my mom’s birthday last year and she loves hers, too. I admit I love the touch functions and backlighting on hers, but I’m hard-pressed to give up my original, because I’m terribly sentimental that way.

I’m not always the first to read a best-seller, but my hands-down favorite this year was the Pulitzer Prize winning “The Goldfinch“.

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Here’s the description from Amazon:

“The Goldfinch is a rarity that comes along perhaps half a dozen times per decade, a smartly written literary novel that connects with the heart as well as the mind….Donna Tartt has delivered an extraordinary work of fiction.”–Stephen King, The New York Times Book Review

Theo Decker, a 13-year-old New Yorker, miraculously survives an accident that kills his mother. Abandoned by his father, Theo is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. Bewildered by his strange new home on Park Avenue, disturbed by schoolmates who don’t know how to talk to him, and tormented above all by his longing for his mother, he clings to the one thing that reminds him of her: a small, mysteriously captivating painting that ultimately draws Theo into the underworld of art.

As an adult, Theo moves silkily between the drawing rooms of the rich and the dusty labyrinth of an antiques store where he works. He is alienated and in love–and at the center of a narrowing, ever more dangerous circle.

The Goldfinch is a mesmerizing, stay-up-all-night and tell-all-your-friends triumph, an old-fashioned story of loss and obsession, survival and self-invention, and the ruthless machinations of fate.

This book truly enthralled me and made me lose more than a few night’s sleep because I simply couldn’t put it down. I browsed through some of the reviews on Amazon and Barnes & Noble before posting this and was surprised at the number of people who disliked this book immensely. The most common complaints seems to be that it’s too long, too wordy, and/or too depressing.

With 784 pages, it is without a doubt a long read. Though I didn’t anticipate the dark areas that this novel delves into, I still found it riveting. Life is not always sunshine and roses and neither is this book.

Have you read The Goldfinch? Did you love it or hate it?

Do you own a Kindle? I’m curious to hear what version you have and what you like or don’t like about it. Though I’m still contemplating upgrading mine, for now I’m pretty darned happy with the one I have.

13 thoughts on “reading material

  1. Good post! I haven’t read that book, but you make it sound interesting. I have a plain-Jane Kindle and I like it very much. It’s what I take to the gym while I’m on the treadmill. I also have a tablet with the Kindle app on it, and I like that as well, but the pages don’t turn all that easily, so in a lot of respects, I prefer the plain model. Like you, I love having a huge variety of reading material on hand. Another thing I like about the plain Kindle is that it keeps a charge for such a long time.

    • I absolutely loved this book – if you read it, you’ll have to come back and let me know your thoughts. My Kindle is plain-Jane also, but I like mine very much, too! I have a Kindle app on my smartphone, though I’ve never used it. (I can’t imagine reading a book on my phone, but never say never, right?) Thanks for stopping by and commenting! 🙂

  2. I was given a kindle (1st version) as a gift and at first I was skeptical, but before too long I was completely hooked, it was so handy to be able to buy and carry books instantaneously. I’ve just upgraded to a kindle fire and it is brilliant, although I do miss the simplicity of my old kindle. The fire has too many distractions on it which take me away from my books! I’m glad you’re enjoying your kindle too 🙂

    • I fear the distractions on the newer versions also, Mike, so that’s part of my hesitancy in upgrading. 🙂 I was skeptical also of how much I’d even use a Kindle at first, but now I’m admittedly hooked on the convenience. 🙂 Thanks for your input – it’s nice to hear your thoughts on the Fire!

  3. I have a Kindle with a keyboard and love it. Then I started having issues where book pages were blacked out. They told me it was a software issue but did nothing to repair the device. Because I was going on vacation, and did not want to have my Kindle die while on vacation, I bought a paperwhite 3G. I have issues with this one too. Amazon needs to work out the kinks. Wait before buying a new one.

  4. I can’t get into reading a whole book online. I need the real smell and feel of a book. My 24/7 library includes my own library, San Diego State’s library, the library and many branches of the city of San Diego, and the libraries of the many suburban cities.

    • I too love a real book, without a doubt, but there are definite advantages to being able to order a book to read in the middle of the night or if I don’t feel like going out. My Kindle will never replace the joy of a real book, though.

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