Kindle Fire HD (& a LOT of book reviews).


I was always very "anti-Kindle", thinking they were the beginning of the end for reading and proper books. Then I went on a relaxing/sunbathing holiday for a week only taking hand luggage and two books which I got through in a couple of days.

Being the kind of person who can't sit still for very long I headed to the supermarket to scope out new books and bought a nice thick one (Maeve Binchy's Tara Road = loved it!) and a good old Danielle Steel book called The House on Hope Street which was a good yarn.

I got home and promptly stuck a Kindle at the top of my Christmas list (even though it was September) thinking how handy one would be for holidays and long journeys. If I'd had a Kindle on holiday I could have ditched one of the books I took that I didn't enjoy and picked from a whole host of others.

Being the lucky swine I am my parents surprised me by getting me a Kindle Fire HD! I'm not one for technology and gadgets and I didn't even realise it was a super duper model until my sister told me, but then I got it charging and instantly loved it.

Not only can I hop on to wifi and check my blog comments, Twitter, Facebook, browse the web and use apps such as Rightmove (daily obsession) I can also watch movies, download books, borrow books from the Kindle lending library and shop online. Brilliant!

Now it has to be said that I do go through phases of being obsessed with reading and then it wears off slightly, but since Boxing Day I have read 8 books and am onto my 9th (although a couple of the books were fairly short). Not all of them were on the Kindle, but my new gadget has definitely given me a new love of reading.

Things I like about it for reading:
- I can easily check reviews for the books before paying for them
- I am offered suggestions of books I may like and have found some future reads this way
- it's super light which means no arm ache when reading in bed (something I find with actual books)
- Jonathan can turn off the light and sleep while I read into the early hours
- I have access to the Kindle lending library which has a wide range of books available to borrow
- if I lose track of who a character is there's a way to find out who's who
- and finally, if I don't know what a word means I can press it to get a dictionary definition. I swear I'm smarter already! ;)

* I know I could refer to a dictionary or check reviews online, etc, but it's the ease of use and handiness of these features which I like!

That being said I will still pick up books from my local charity shops and I've got a stack of books that I borrowed from my friend a few months ago that I'm still ploughing through. But for night time reading and saving arm ache I'm definitely a huge Kindle fan now.

Here are the books I've read over the past few weeks. Let me know if you have read any of them!

The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared - This was the first book I downloaded onto my Kindle. It was 20p (bargain!) and had rave reviews so I was really looking forward to reading it. There were two themes running through the book; the modern day story and the history of the old man's life from when he was younger to present day. I loved the present day storyline. It was funny and random and I couldn't wait to read on. But I found some of the history bits a tad heavy going and struggled to keep going about 50% of the way through.

In A New York Minute - A super short story! I downloaded this as it was free and had a pretty cover, then read it in about 2 seconds. It was an easy to read feel-good Christmas story so if you like that sort of thing you'll like this.

You Had Me At Hello - LOVED it. I highly recommend this book to anyone who likes the "chick lit" genre without the mushiness or sappy characters. It's the only book that has made me laugh out loud over and over again. I'm really looking forward to Mhairi McFarlane's future books and hope they're as funny and well written as this one.

One Perfect Summer - I love Paige Toon books and I have almost made my way through all of her offerings (just one book to go!) I really enjoyed this book, reading it over a short period of time, although the ending left me wanting more and wondering what happened next...

One Perfect Christmas - enter One Perfect Christmas which is a short story follow up to One Perfect Summer. It was very satisfying to read more about the characters in the first book but at £1.99 to download this I felt that as this book was so short it would have been better to include it at the end of the original book. Or make this one into a full length book. Anyway, I enjoyed it nonetheless.

Johnny Be Good - This is another Paige Toon book (I told you I like her books!) I started it last year but couldn't get into it so I put it down and picked up something else, but gave it another go recently. Although I wasn't too keen on the main character I was gripped by the story and found the whole plot really interesting to read. Hearing about what a rock star gets up to makes for an interesting plot! However, I was fuming about the ending. I felt like there was no point to the rest of the book and hoped there was a follow up...

Baby Be Mine - enter Baby Be Mine. I was so happy when I realised that Baby Me Mine was a sequel to Johnny Be Good. As mentioned above, I found the main character a little cold and unlikeable at times but I enjoyed the book, liked the other characters and am glad to have some closure!

The Pollyanna Plan - Talli Roland is an author I hadn't heard of before I spotted some of her books in the Kindle lending library. I downloaded this one for free after checking out the positive reviews for it. The characters (especially the main male character) were really likeable, the story moved at a nice quick pace and the message within the story was a really positive and thought provoking one. I'm going to check out Talli's other books and I hope they're as good as this one!

Phew, this turned out to be a bit of a long blog post. If you made it this far give yourself a pat on the back and leave a comment to let me know what you're reading at the moment!


  1. I was the same as you at first..anti-Kindle, but then I got a Kindle Fire for Christmas too for our holiday to Cape Verde and thank God I did...I read 6 books when I was away, and I loved being able to buy some more on WiFi when I was there. I'm going to check out some of these books I think :)

  2. I couldn't agree more. I hated the idea of a Kindle due to my obsession with books but when I went on holiday last year I simply could not fit 10 books in my suitcase so had cave in and get one. Best decision ever. It doesn't stop me from buying nice books if a spot one with nice illustrations or a vintage Penguin cover. But having a kindle just makes reading so much easier!

  3. I think I might need a Kindle, I love actual books, but I am spending a fortune on them, the borrowing option sounds like it would save me rather a lot of money!

  4. I got my kindle just after christmas and i love it too, so convenient!

    Where is your case from, i'm after one just like it?


  5. I bought the basic kindle in October at the airport, It is great for travelling and popping in my handbag when out and about etc as so lightweight and compact. I am currently reading You had me at hello and already have 100year old man lined up. I fancy trying out a few of the others you mentioned. I have not tried the lending feature yet but knew it was about will need to check it out :-)

    Steph x

  6. Thank you for reviewing 'the 100 year old man' because I bought it at 20p too and didn't know whether I'd enjoy it so I've been putting off reading it!

    I was the same as you about the Kindle until I weighed up convenience, and now I love it! It's so easy to have with me all the time.

  7. loved this post! i have a kindle and the amount of books online confuses me and i tend to dl a lot of free ones and never read them! i will definitely be checking these out!!

  8. I was totally anti kindle at first, and I still argue for the satisfaction of actually finishing a book and snapping it shut, but I definitely can see why they're a good invention - certainly cuts down the weight in my uni bag anyway!

    PS Thank you for your comment on my blog, I've been reading yours since forever and a decade ago or so it seems so I squealed a little when you commented on mine!

  9. The kindle is great for convenience! I don't own one but have the Kindle app on my iPad.... there are so many cheap/free books to read, it's great! x

  10. What a lovely present. They are so practical for reading wherever you go.

    I adored 'The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared' - really quirky and very Swedish in its humour but really enjoyable. I will have to check out some of these others.

    Gemma xx

  11. The Kindle fire looks amazing! I have the keyboard kindle, but when I eventually upgrade I definitely want the fire! Unless something even better comes out haha.
    I loved You Had Me At Hello too - amazing read! I'm already about a third way through Pictures of Lily, loving it :)
    My only worry about taking my kindle on holiday is leaving it by the my boyfriend and I will go swimming together, so I'd worry that someone would steal it! I always take plenty of paperbacks away with me instead. xx

  12. i love my kindle and i was so anti kindle, but it makes reading easier and whilst i still read books, i do read more with this. I totally agree with the 100 y/o man, i loved the modern day story but not so much the history one & am dying to read you had me at hello.

  13. I was really anti kindle as well, then my Mum got one for Christmas and I fell in love with them! I got mine the summer before last to go on holiday and it was such a good purchase! Will definitely be checking out some of these - unfortunately I'm only reading revision notes at the moment, but I've got a bit of a queue for when exams are finally over!

  14. Perfect timing Victoria ~ I'm on the lookout for some new books to read! These sound like my kind of books! I've just finished reading 'From Notting Hill to New York... Actually' by Ali McNamara. Typical ditsy lead character but I loved it, being a New York addict! It's the sequel to From Notting Hill With Love... Actually, so if you are a fan of tho films you're quite likely to enjoy the books xx

  15. Yes! Kindle for the win! You seem to have a similar taste to me in books so i have a few recommendations...[these are all chic lit by the way!]

    >Build a man - Tali Rowland, i think this has a sequel also, they're both really good. If you liked pollyanna plan you'll like these.

    >Anything by Anna Bell and Jenny Colgan

    >The 'i heart' series by Lindsey Kelk - love!

    and finally, my favourite new author...

    >Gemma Burgess, she is hilarious! Dating detox and a girl like you, super funny, really good writer and characters.

    Kindle club!!xx

  16. I love my kindle. It is handy for holidays and trips as it saves so much space! I still buy paperback books though it would feel wrong not to! x

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  18. Really need to invest in a kindle, really want to read Johnny Be Good!


  19. Haha I was the exact same (I've lost count of the number of times I've said, "It's not a book though, is it?") but I've just ordered the Fire HD to make the commute to Uni easier since it's 2 hours each way by train and there's only so many books I can carry! I'm super excited for it to arrive now.
    Thanks for this post, I'll definitely be checking out a couple of those books :)

    Jesss xo

  20. I've always loved my kindle, just so much easier to read with and fantastic for when I read about 10 books on holiday! The 100 year old man is next on my list to read xx

  21. I love love love my Kindle! My books used to take up the majority of my holiday suitcase and not leave enough room for clothes.
    I thought I would miss the feel of a ‘real book’ but there is nothing more satisfying that cosying up in a blanket next and not having to move to turn the page.

    I’m currently finishing the Song of Ice and Fire series (George R R Martin) and starting Me Before You (Jojo Moyes). Both very different but both as hard to put down :)

  22. I could not agree more about You had me at hello...! Was refreshing to read a 'chick flick' without knowing what was going to happen after reading the first few pages!