Reading with a Kindle, Emma, & Booking It in May

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Are you Booking It this year? Yesterday we discussed the “assigned” reading of the month, Finding Your Purpose as a Mom. Today we’re sharing all the reading we’ve done over the last month.

Sometime last month I received an email to complete a survey with the chance to win a Kindle. I have no idea what possessed me to actually fill it out, but I’m so glad that I did. Because I won! Really! I rarely win things, but I won a Kindle 3G. The survey was legit and we’ve got an e-reader in our possession.

I say “we” because the resident bookworm, age 8, has also discovered the love of the Kindle. We were out of library books and he had standardized testing to do, with many breaks to wait for the other students. So, I let him take the Kindle after we downloaded several FREE children’s books.

He’s in love — and so am I. Reading is so much easier when you have many books at your disposal in one tiny little package!


So, of course, Austenite that I am, I downloaded a free version of Emma. What a wonderful ride it was! Mr. Knightley rocks.

I had read the book years ago and was surprised at how shallow Emma was at times. Yes, I remember that 90s movie they made of a contemporary Emma, and yes, she was pretty shallow. But, Gweneth Paltrow didn’t seem so much in the film version I saw a few months ago.

Anyways, I ramble. Loved Emma, despite the heroine’s failings. Loved reading it on the Kindle. Loved it even more that it was free.

Three thumbs up!

How to Have Your Cake & Eat It, Too

Last week I started reading Mandi Ehman’s ebook, How to Have Your Cake & Eat It, Too. Since Mandi has been such a great source of counsel to me in my writing, I knew I could expect great things.

I am only about halfway through the book. (If only it were on Kindle!) But, I’m really enjoying it so far. It’s got me thinking about my time management and how to be more productive in my work and how to enjoy my home life more — and to have a good separation of the two.

So Far From the Bamboo Grove

As the boys and I wrapped up our study of World War II, we read So Far from the Bamboo Grove by Yoko Kawashima Watkins. It tells the poignant tale of a young Japanese girl and how she and her family escape from Korea after the war ends. It helps to give a look at the other side of the war. And how war just stinks. Period.

(There were some things that I omitted from my reading, ie how men physically attacked women and girls during that season, which I didn’t think were necessary for my boys to hear in order to understand the harsh realities of war. If you choose to read it with your kids, you might want to preview it first and make your own decision.)

The Jesus Storybook Bible

My younger kids continue to be enthralled by this retelling of the Bible. I read it to the girls at nap and bedtime. I read it to my 6-year old for part of his story time. And no one wants to be left out. I’ve even noticed that my 3rd and 5th graders want to hear the stories as well.

Good stuff!

How ’bout you?

Read any good books lately? Share your link below or tell us about your latest reads in the comments section.

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  1. Ah, Emma – one of my favorites. I love Jane Austen – when it comes to characterization, she’s the master, hands down.

    Sounds like you’ve been reading some good books… Congratulations on winning the Kindle! My Mom loves hers….

    Thanks for hosting – I always enjoy seeing what everyone’s been reading.

  2. Jane Austen on a free Kindle? It doesn’t get much better!

    I’ve enjoyed re-reading the Anne of Green Gables series recently (but I skipped Windy Poplars–yawn). I’ve also been reading Penelope Trunk’s career advice (even though I stay home with my kids–but I find her take on things fascinating) and I’m ready to start The Paris Wife about Hemingway’s first wife.

    Ann Voskamp convinced me to buy The Jesus Storybook Bible earlier this year. It’s been a huge hit!

  3. I LOVE my Kindle. It was a combo Christmas/getting my LPN gift from my hubby.

    As for books, I just finished up “Ape House” by Sara Gruen (author of “Water for Elephants”) and “The Glass Castle” by Jeannette Walls. Both on the Kindle, both great reads!

  4. Emma is one of my favorites, but I agree the heroine is shallow. That’s why Clueless is so perfect – Cher and Emma are so VERY alike!

    Truth be told, I find all Austen’s heroines just the teensiest bit shallow. So much talk of money and social connections, etc. I know it’s a very realisitic portrait of life at the time (and in any time, really). And I realize that for young women who could not inherit property, marrying well was a matter of survival. But still, all the money jabber rubs me the wrong way sometimes!

  5. Are there a lot of free books available for Kindle?

    This is my first month back to Booking It after a self imposed maternity leave from blogging. I’m trying to get through a biography of Jane Austen from my reading plan, but I just can’t get into it. I did read some other winners though.

  6. How fun to win a Kindle! I don’t know if I would really like one because I love the feel of a book in my hand, but it would be handy sometimes.
    I think the Jesus Storybook Bible might show up here for a birthday this summer. It looks great and I think my girls would love it!
    I linked my reading above.

  7. I love my Kindle! More than I thought I would. And I love the free books that I can get on it.

    So Far from the Bamboo Grove sounds like a good read. I’ll have to check it out.

  8. I read five books this month, three of them were re-reads, but they count, right?

    I don’t have a Kindle, I have the B&N Nook (which I love) — but my dad has a Kindle and he LOVES it. I think e-readers are amazing, because they are so light and can keep SO many books on them.

  9. Cutting for Stone is excellent (although lengthy), and Water for Elephants is quite good, too. Going to see the movie this weekend!

  10. I just bought myself the sponsored ads Kindle. Between gifts and the $25 discount, I paid $55. I’ve already saved $25 so it will have paid for itself in another 1 or 2 purchases. I’ve read so many free books on it – many of them Christian! Love it!

  11. Jealous! I have the Kindle software on my computer and Android phone, but I’d love to have a real Kindle. 😀 Happy reading!

  12. I just got a Kindle for Mothers day and LOVE it. It will come in handy for camping, so I don’t have to take a ton of books with me.

    I just finished reading Faith Drive Family and it totally rocked my socks!!

  13. My children LOVE the Jesus storybook Bible. They want to read it over all the other books we have. Highly recommend!

  14. How fun that you won a kindle!!!
    I would like to have one for traveling!!
    Have you seen the new A&E Emma? It is really good!

  15. Read lately: These is My Words, Night Road, Sing you Home, Dry Grass of August, Mudbound, The Reading Promise (almost done).

  16. I love my Kindle too! I have one of the ancient original ones 🙂 Warning: they can become addicting. I would also definitely say it helps me read more.

    I read 18 books this month and linked up my list.

    Dr. Laura