Happy New Year!
So we missed the boat on holiday gift guides and end of year round ups.
I’m not sure I’m ready to make any big announcement regarding resolutions for 2014, but, I did receive a Chanukah gift this year that changed my life and is worth mentioning…a kindle. I realize these have been around for nearly a decade, but let’s face it, I’m a slow adopter. I had a flip phone until last year. Seriously.
But I digress. The point is, I love my kindle. It’s the absolute perfect size and weight for subway commuting, which, as it turns out, is when I read the most. And so, since receiving this phenomenal little gem, I’ve read more in the last six weeks than I read the whole rest of the year.
Two books worth mentioning:
1. The Twentieth Wife–full disclosure–I actually read this in paperback, but only because I didn’t have the kindle yet, but I may just re-read it as an e book for kicks. This book was recommended to me by my dear friend (and faithful reader of L2S), Sanyukta. It’s historical fiction about an Indian empress. It truly unfolds like a movie and is an absolute page turner.
2. The Goldfinch–so incredibly good. I think it’s ruined me for the next several books I read. In short, it’s the story of a boy who is orphaned after his mom is killed in a terrorist attack in NYC. This is such a simple explanation of such an extraordinary book, but I really don’t want to say much more except, read this now. I had read a bunch of reviews of this one, but when my friend, Alyssa recommended it, it was a no brainer. She has the distinction of ALWAYS recommending books that I like.
So there you have it. A little technology is definitely going a long way for me in 2014.
What were your favorite books that you read this past year, and what are you planning on reading in the next 12 months?
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