I recently received an Amazon Kindle as a present, and although I first approached it with trepidation, I have since come to adore it.*
My favourite part about my new e-reader is how light it is—as a girl with at least one (or three or four) book(s) in her bag, the ease with which I can carry my latest read is mind-blowing. I also like that the Kindle has a backlight. The backlight is adjustable and allows me to read in bed until I fall asleep, Kindle (also asleep) in hand. I find reading to be one of the most comforting and comfortable activities available, so the idea of being lulled to sleep by the written word is a beautiful thing.
Want to “get lost in a good book(s)” too? Check out these titles I found in the Kindle Amazon store.
For the Douglas Coupland Diehard
Happyland: A Novel by J. Robert Lennon (2007)
My Take: As a Coupland fanatic, I was delighted to find another author who could weave a hilarious, tumultuous—and at times ridiculous—web of a story. The character development is wonderful, and the concept is delightful (added bonus: it’s based on true events). This book is a fun read and I found it hard put down and not pick up again upon finishing the first time. Dark and humorous, Happyland is guaranteed to keep your attention and leave you wanting more.
The Gist: When Happy Masters, mastermind of Happy Girls doll company, stumbles into Equinox, New York she sees more than a small town down on its luck. Happy sees the opportunity for a new acquisition: Equinox itself, destined to become Happyland—an everyday, real life, amusement park. Unfortunately, the locals are less than pleased with Happy’s plans and the events that follow leave everyone involved anything but happy.
For the Suburbiaphobe
The Neighbors by Ania Ahlborn (2012)
My Take: Half mystery, half thriller, one hundred percent engrossing; I came upon this story when I rediscovered my love of mystery novels. Ahlborn has created an extremely interesting set of characters, and the reader gets to know them quite well. I enjoyed the suspense of this book, and liked that it strayed from the typical detective-on-the-case narrative so often used in mystery novels.
The Gist: To Andrew Morrison, Harlow Ward seems like she walked straight out of a 1950’s television show. A seemingly flawless, stunningly beautiful housewife who always knows the right thing to say, Harlow is Andrew’s dream neighbour. After moving into the one run down house in an otherwise flawless suburban dreamland, Andrew strikes up a friendship with his perfect neighbour, and in doing so, traps himself in a web he cannot untangle.
For the Eighties (and Nineties) Nostalgic
If You Lived Here, You’d Be Perfect By Now: The Unofficial Guide to Sweet Valley High by Robin Hardwick (2012)
My Take: This book is so funny. Seriously, it makes me burst into laughter every time I look at it. I’ve followed Hardwick’s blog for several years, and I was delighted to find her wit went uncensored when her book came out. I was an avid Sweet Valley reader, but if you weren’t there is still hilarity to be found here. While it’s not the best-written book in the world, Hardwick more than makes up for it by pointing out the absolute ridiculousness of the 80’s cult classic.
The Gist: Based on her blog The Dairi Burger, Robin Hardwick reviews and recaps the excessively popular teen series Sweet Valley High (created by Francine Pascal and ghost written by a team of tireless starving writers). Hardwick hilariously points out all the ridiculous plot points, characterizations, and situations featured in the SVHigh books, and leaves you wondering why you ever read them in the first place.
For the Open Minded
Tampa by Alissa Nutting (2013)
My Take: Reader beware, this book is not for everyone. The subject matter and explicit sexual content may be offensive to some, and a possible trigger for victims of sexual abuse.
Having said that, this book is undeniably well written and will draw you into its plot-line. I like books that are shocking and controversial, especially when told from the “bad guy’s “perspective. If you were a fan of Alexander Maksik’s Novel You Deserve Nothing (2011), I highly recommend that you give Tampa a try. Not a book to be read in public, Tampa offers an engrossing and thought provoking read.
The Gist: Sexy high school teacher Celeste Price came into her profession for one reason and one reason only: teenaged boys. Written from Celeste’s point of view, Tampa follows her conquest of innocent teen Jack Patrick and explores the consequences of giving into the desires no one else will understand.
*But don’t despair, I am still an avid “real” book lover too, the Kindle just makes reading more often a more attainable goal. I still frequent my local used bookshops and libraries with a passion.
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