Published March 6, 2012
Tags: amazon, Books, free, hobby, kindle, Reading
This month I am yearning and lusting after a Kindle. Oh how I would love to get my grubby little hands on one. This obsession has only recently taken hold. It goes back to last week, when it was one of those lazy, grey weekends where we were absolutely wiped and fed up of the daily drag and had resolved to spend the weekend just vegging out and hanging around the flat. That was when the urge to read took over. I’ve been meaning to get back in the habit again. I LOVE reading books and getting lost in the stories. When I was younger we would go out to live in the countryside for the summer. We would live in a little house, without a TV (gasp!), mobile phone signal (no landline phone even) and just one radio station. I would plow through the books (I swear I read every sweet valley twins/high book going). I miss that.
So last week, while browsing on Amazon, I decided to try and give the Kindle App a try. Do you know how many free books there are out there? And not just the classics – you can get all sorts of modern writing for free too. Amazon keeps a bestsellers list of both paid for and free books which you can look at broken down into each genre. Even if you do feel like splashing the cash, you can get some great books for bargain prices (like under £1). Awesome! You can read these books on your smart phone, or tablet. I’ve been using my iPhone and occasionally the iPad.
Between last Sunday and today I’d gotten through 9 books (& currently reading ‘One Day‘)! I’m addicted. I read during my lunch break, on the journey home, while waiting in line, while I have 5 minutes in the morning, in the bath, before bed – just as often as I can. And you know, it has actually really improved my mood. It is proving to be a real Spring pick-me-up.
So what I now really want – a Kindle
I’ve been at it again. Beading that is. I tend to go months without making a thing and now all of a sudden I can’t get enough of it. There is a reason for it though. I got up this morning with the hope or brewing a pot of tea and doing a little bit of morning knitting in my PJ’s (such a guilty pleasure!), only to get down to it and find I’m not going to have enough yarn to finish it. This has to be a knitters worst nightmare. Its happened to me before and you’d think I’d learn. So that just put me in the worst mood ever. Thankfully I sat in front of my bead boxes and hoped for a distraction from my knitting faux pas. And this is what I finished up with!
A suede cord, knotted necklace using the beads I picked up from the bead fair last weekend. I really like it, it’s really light and just a little bit trashy thanks to those leopard print beads! And after I made it, I stumbled on an (almost) replica in fat face!
And secondly, a beaded bookmark. I’m going to Portugal in a few weeks and this is going to come in handy for the reading I’m planning on bringing. It uses a special bead to me, the little bear. I bought it when I was in Berlin last October with friends. I stumbled across a really funky (there is no other kind of shop in Berlin) bead shop, Tukadu, and ended up spending 3 euro on this one little bear (it was one of those moments when the idiot tourist blindly hands over a note, only to cough and splutter at the severe lack of change that is returned). But it’s sweet and reminds me of good times. Also included in it are some odd beads. The large green one, and the small, oval, pinky beads are ones I came across on a walk in town with my boyfriend. They were strewn across the pavement, and much to my boyfriend’s embarrassment, I scavenged them! I think I put them to good use.
There are four different strands each connected to every second link of a piece of chain which it then attached to the bookmark itself. These can be picked up at your local bead shop for about £0.75. I have a bookworm friend and I think one will have to be made to send to her, especially since it is so quick, and easy to assemble and the results look awesome.