Saturday, 11 February 2012

Kindle Conundrum...

I have just been given a Kindle as a present, and it's left me with a bit of a dilemma.

Faced with all the hundreds of books I could possibly wish to download and read, I find that my mind has frozen in sheer horror, and I'm unable to do more than gibber quietly at the screen.

Something similar happened to me before - when I went to work in France, I started off by visiting a supermarket to buy some essentials. I was fine until I approached the shelves of cheese. What I really wanted was a nice piece of cheese to go on toast. Unfortunately, faced with what looked like a whole wall of cheese, none of it labelled "cheddar," my brain did somersaults and I fled.

I've downloaded the Douay-Rheims Bible, Hugh Benson's Come Rack, Come Rope, and that's it. So, now we come to the challenge. Rather than leaving this one to moulder in the com-box (because, let's face it, my lack of literary output has left my combox in a pretty parlous state) I think I'm going to start a meme...

So, here are the rules. You post the rules and a link back to the person who tagged you. You also tell them that they've been tagged on their own blog, rather than just hoping they'll discover it for themselves. Then you decide what three books are essential reading for anyone with a Kindle. Reasons would be good, but not essential. Then you tag five people.

If you haven't got a blog, you can use my combox instead. If you are worried you might not get tagged by anyone, do the meme anyway, and link back to me here, leaving a message in the combox... I'll tag you retrospectively...

They are supposed to be reading books, mind you, not reference works or prayer books.

As I'm the one starting this meme, and I'm also genuinely in need of advice, I'm not going to give my three books. Not yet. I'll reconsider when I've finished loading up my Kindle... However, I shall start by tagging The Curt Jester (because he got me started on Librivox Audio Books), Jane from the Oasis (because she's a "proper" author), Ttony out of the Muniment Room (because he's just started blogging again), Paulinus (because I like his off-the-wall approach to life) and Annie Elizabeth (because, as well as being one smart cookie, she's got a houseful of books which she's actually read...)

11 comments:

Jane said...

Hi Mac! Will get on to it tomorrow when I've done my daily ration of 600 words.
God bless,
J

EFpastor emeritus said...

I know you do not want Prayer Books. Though you may be interested to know that you can download to your kindle for free the daily Breviary for a month. Or for year after year for one off payment of £20.
Available from UNIVERSALIS.com

Idle Rambler said...

Oh goodie, another Kindle-user whose brain I can rack! I'm a Kindle Newbie too.

Having decided more or less not to continue with my blog (purely as I have nothing much to say) I will add my books here.

You did say no Prayer Books, or I, like Pastor Emeritus, would have put 'Universalis' as my number one. It took me a while to work how to transfer it to my Kindly but now I've cracked it, I use it all the time.

1. For light reading in short bursts I have downloaded Chesterton's 'The Complete Father Brown Mysteries.'

2. For Spiritual Reading I've just downloaded 'The Way of Perfection' (St Teresa of Avila)

3. As it's Dickens' Bi-Centenary, I've added 'A Tale of Two Cities' to refresh my memory.

Plus a couple of 'Airport Novels' for pure escapism.

Sue Sims said...

Have you discovered Project Gutenburg? I've downloaded masses of Benson, Chesterton and Newman from there - all free!

Ttony said...

Try this

Part-time Pilgrim said...

I just want to second what EFpastor emeritus said. The universalis software is great. You can day any of the Daily Office prayers without having to use four bookmarks to get to the right page and if you live in a diocese that they have the calendar for you know you are saying the right prayer for each day.
You can also generate a book with the daily mass readings.

Dorothy B said...

Done, with some bending and even breaking of the rules.

Jam said...

What a nice gift! I recommend Trollope's Barchester series if you haven't read them -- here's some easy downloads for Kindle: http://www.manybooks.net/authors/trollope.html I've also been meaning to read Wilkie Collins' The Woman in White. Hooray for books in the public domain :)

Ben Trovato said...

Ttony tagged me so my suggestions are at http://ccfather.blogspot.com/2012/02/macs-meme.html along with the names of those I've tagged.

Happy reading!

Ches said...

Somehow I got tagged!

http://thesensiblebond.blogspot.com/2012/02/macs-meme-books.html

~Katherine~ said...

I've FINALLY managed to put up this post. Haven't been tagged...I'm taking advantage of your combox. :) See here: http://ofpieandpalestrina.blogspot.com/2012/02/welcome-to-world-of-ebooks.html

Thanks for the post idea!

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