I Love My Kindle :-)

This is not a book review – it’s a long overdue rave about my Kindle. I’ve been using my Kindle since Christmas when I purchased it as a gift for myself.

After 6 months of use, I can honestly say that my 3rd generation Wi-Fi Kindle is worth every penny! My Kindle is lightweight, slim, and it has an amazing battery life. I hardly ever have to charge it. The charge literally lasts for a month or longer!

I opted for the Wi-Fi version rather than 3g because it’s so easy to access hotspots and I also have Wi-Fi at my home. So far, I have not regretting skipping 3g service. The $50 in savings justified my later purchase of a leather Kindle case with the book light. It does add a bit of weight/bulkiness to my Kindle.

I have read and downloaded many books, including several free books. I like e-ink because I hate looking at LCD screens for an extended time. The Kindle works perfectly for my needs, but if I get an e-reader for my son, I’ll probably get him one with a color screen.

All in all, my Kindle was a great investment. They now have a $114 version with limited ads, but I can’t speak on that since I have the ad-free Wi-Fi version. If you’re in the market for an e-reader, consider the Kindle.

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Half Price Books

I’m a little behind on my reviews! I have been busy working on another project. I was thinking about what to do with the books that I’ve read over the summer. I think I’m going to sell some of them at Half Price Books. I’ll be stopping by there soon! I’ll report back on how much I make on which titles.

What do you do with books you don’t need?

Novel Review | Twisted by Tracy Brown

I enjoyed Tracy Brown’s novel White Lines so much that I decided to pick up another title by her to see if it was just a fluke! Nope, it wasn’t. Twisted was a great read as well. In Twisted, we get a more intricate look at the money, glitter, and glam, that pulls people into a life in the drug game. Why risk your life, breaking the law? Well, easy money seems to be the answer. However, Tracy Brown breaks down the motivation behind the men and women whose lives are intertwined in the drug game. Instead of portraying them as one-dimensional criminals, Tracy Brown somehow manages to tell their story with fairness and criticism.

By the end of the book, we care about what happens to the novel’s lead character Celeste, even if we don’t agree with all of her choices. Brown’s characters have misadventures in both New York and “Hotlanta” as Celseste’s past affiliations with powerful men catch up to her. This book has an ending that I never saw coming & just like her previous novels, this story is more than a regular urban drama- it has a plot that gives substance to the trials and errors of the characters. The only flaw that I found in this book was that some of the actions of the characters were unbelieveable at times, but I would tell the reader to stick with it because the novel is definitely a shocker at the end.

Bye Twisted on Amazon:http://www.amazon.com/Twisted-Tracy-Brown/dp/0312336500

Visit Tracy Brown’s official website: http://www.tracy-brown.com/

Novel Review | White Lines by Tracy Brown

I don’t normally read urban novels that are, well, overly urban because I can’t relate to them & I often feel like they are glorifying the street life. However, I was in the airport waiting on a flight, looking forĀ  a way to kill time & I happened to pick up a novel called “White Lines” by Tracy Brown. As slow as I am, I didn’t immediately catch what “white lines” meant.

What did catch my eye was the author’s word from the author on the inside of the book:

“….I’ve grieved with friends who lost loved ones to AIDS and other drug-related illnesses…” She goes on to describe her experiences growing up aroung the drug game in the eighties and nineties, then continues, “….In telling the story in White Lines, I want to shed light on every aspect of the drug game to show that no one ever wins in this game. There are only losers….”

Okay, so this peaked my interest! An urban novel about the drug game that told the truth about the drug game? That sounded good to me and the book was thick enough to occupy my waiting time and my flight to my destination and back, or so I thought. The 497-page novel was a true page-turned that I ended up reading in two days & had nothing to read on the way back! Tracy Brown’s story about troubled Jada who goes from “crack addict and prostitute to survivor” is eye-opening. The book is a little bit love story, a little bit tragedy, and full of surprises and truths woven into an intricate plot. This is not your shallow book about a ghetto love story. It’s a true novel that celebrates the urban tradition while exposing the hardships that people go through, how they end up caught up in the game, and what happens when they try to get out of it.

I would definitely recommend this book to anyone, especially someone like myself who loves to support urban novels, but gets tired of books about sex and drugs with no plot. You won’t be disappointed with this one.

Purchase the book on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/White-Lines-Tracy-Brown/dp/0312336489

Visit Tracy Brown’s official website: http://www.tracy-brown.com/

Novel Review | Steve the Penguin by Mahlena Rae Johnson

Yesterday I was lucky enough to get my hands on a copy of a funny new novel entitled Steve the Penguinby Mahlena-Rae Johnson. I related to the book so well and found it so interesting that I did something that I haven’t done in quite a while; I finished the 189-page book in less than 24 hours! The heroine of Steve the Penguin is the likable, yet sarcastic 27-year-old single gal Bianca. Johnson manages to balance light-hearted comedy, romance, and social commentary in a refreshingly interesting way. Bianca’s thoughts on ethnicity, love, work, and sex mirror many of the things that people want to say, but, like Bianca, don’t always say aloud. Bianca is socially conscious yet socially insecure, full of ambition but at times full of self-doubt, and just like every other single twenty-something woman waiting for her Steve the Penguin to come along.

The main character, Bianca, travels back home to St. Thomas from LA for her high school reunion, where she meets up with old acquaintance, relieves the past, and asks herself what the 17-year old Bianca would think about the now 27-year old Bianca.

Steve the Penguin is definitely a witty, charming, must-read. I recommend this book to anyone out there searching for Mr. or Mrs. Right, or anyone who has enjoyed The Devil Wears Prada, Sex in the City reruns, Girlfriends, pop culture or “pop politics” in general, and anyone out there who has ever “dreaded their high school reunion.”

An added feature to this book is the you get to stay connected to the main character, Bianca, through her blog.For more information on this great new novel or to purchase a copy, visit www.stevethepenguin.com.