Thursday, 3 January 2013

Ending The Year With Books

To anyone who knows me, Christmas is one of my favourite times of the year. Not because of the cheer or the food or the presents or even the telly. But because of the books. At Christmas I get to go mad and stock pile all the books I've been desperate to get...boxes and boxes of them. 

This Christmas saw the same - me going mad, scouring the sales for hidden bargains and new words to devour. But this year, not one paperback was purchased. 
I've been a heavy Kindle user for over a year now, but mostly for convenience, not preference. I travel a lot for work and it's simply easier to carry one small device, than several large and heavy physical books. Not to mention for digital review books. 
But when my awesome husband got me the new Kindle Fire HD (and Amazon gift voucher) for Christmas, I seriously got my ebook on. 

 I honestly didn't think I would read so much on the Kindle Fire. I thought it would be too much like staring at a computer screen and get one of my fabulous headaches. Instead, I have found it to be great to read on. The screen isn't harsh on my eyes, it's super easy (probably too easy - damn you, Amazon) to access the Kindle store. Instead of the ads bothering me, which if I'm honest, they do unless it's a book one, I love seeing new recommendations...although how long this will be a good thing, I'm not sure. I'm not one for resisting book temptations...

It's a little sad, but the biggest appeal is that now my covers are in full blown colour. It's what I always missed with ebooks. When I'm reading a paperback, sometimes I need a breather. Just a second to process, or to savour what I've just read, maybe to put off something I don't want to happen. Usually I close the book, stare at the cover a bit then dive back in. I couldn't do that with ebooks...until now. Now when I turn on my beautiful new tablet my books are there in technicolour, waiting for me to slip back into their world. And I love it.

 So the theme this year seems to be Contemporary. And I'm loving it. As a die hard YA fan, I didn't think there would be a genre to tempt me away so fully, but Contemporary has gone and done it. But don't worry, YA, there will always be room in my heart (and Kindle) for both of you.

 Also, just how is it possible I've gone this long without Daemon? No seriously, how is it possible? Obsidian has been on my recommended page for as long as I can remember, and it was always a, yeah I'll get it eventually, book. Cor blimey...I don't think five seconds had gone by at the end of that book before I had the second in the series downloaded!

Another new, but not new, discovery, is the Archers of Avalon series. I'm not too far into the first book yet but so far I'm really enjoying it :)

But my absolute gem out of all my Christmas books has got to be Hopeless by Colleen Hoover. I adored Slammed and Point of Retreat, so as soon as I spotted Hopeless I knew I had to have it. And my goodness, seriously. It's just one of those books. The kind that grips you and weaves into your subconscious and just simply entrances you. I loved it. Haven't read it? Get it now. NOW.

So that's how I spent my Christmas Holidays. Nose deep in my Kindle Fire. With brief surfacing for air and to watch Harry Potter.

I hope you all had an amazing holiday, and an even better start to the year. I set myself a 200 book challenge for 2013 on Goodreads, so I'd best get cracking!



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