So when I first got my kindle touch this summer one of its big selling points was the whole "The library now carries ebooks!" thing. Back in the day before I had infertility debt or a kid or a lower paying job with better hours for a family I used to buy a lot of books. A lot of them. And I loved my precious books. But then one day I realized I had no room in my tiny house for all these books, AND I realized I couldn't really AFFORD my reading habit. Like a fool, I just stopped reading for an extended period of time, but eventually my relationship with the library was reborn, and I was a happy girl.
Then all of a sudden everyone was into these fancy ereaders. And I rolled my eyes because... COME ON PEOPLE, I JUST REMEMBERED THE LIBRARY EXISTS! I looked up how much the books I wanted to read cost and they were usually between $8-12. I may not be a mathematician, but I can average that out to $10 a book in my head. I am on pace to read around 50 books this year. That is $500! And yes, it's cool that I can carry $500 worth of books around in my purse, and yes it's AMAZING that my text books are on there (I am still taking classes. It is fun) but I just wasn't sold on paying for an Kindle and then paying for books until the library deal was announced. Then I was sold.
So I get my Kindle, and I log on to get the first book I wanted to read, the last book in the Outlander series, and it wasn't available for the kindle from the library. Then I wanted to read The Night Circus, which at that time also wasn't available (but turns out it is now!) and I was discouraged. I mean, I bought this thing mainly for BlogHer book club books and the library and now the library has nothing I want to read! So over the last six months I have used both the library for hard copies of books and used my kindle for BlogHer books, anything free that I thought sounded interesting on Amazon, and for the select few books I have been willing to pay for because I think I would want to someday reread them (Insurgent (just learned it's avaiable at the library too!), Prized, ect).
I feel like between those outlets I use my Kindle a lot, and it was worth the purchase, but I was a little disgruntled about the library thing. That was, until two weeks ago. When I logged on to put a book on hold, and found out that "HOLLY CRAP, THE LIBRARY HAS THE EBOOK ON THIS ONE!" So I put it on hold, and a few seconds later had an email to add it to my kindle. It was SO EASY! And awesome! So I started poking around for some other books on my "to read" list and found two more that I wanted to read that had e-versions! And I added those too! And read them! And now I am on the Kindle Library band waggon.
But it has a flaw. They don't have enough books. And who in the heck knows what they have and don't have? And who wants to log in to try to find a book worth reading in the Kindle Library catalog. I assume lots of you are like me and go in to find one specific book, and if it isn't there (which it commonly isn't) you give up. SO I HAD AN IDEA! I am going to post a list here on this here blog about the enjoyable books I find at the library for the kindle. I know not all libraries have the same ebooks, but if one has it, then that means it's available (which is the problem with new books and some publishers. They don't release an e-version for libraries to distribute). That way If you want to get a book from the library for your kindle (or ereader) you can come here and see a list of things that I thought were worth reading and pick from that! And the chances of it being there are MUCH MUCH higher since we know they are at least on my local library's eBooks list. And if you read a great book on your ereader from the library, leave it in the comments or send me an email about it (biogirl79 at gmail dot com) and I will add it to the list (with a link to your blog if you like, just so you get credit for your contribution to my kindle library list!)
It's a good idea, right? I have no idea. But I am doing it! I will post a link to this post on my sidebar to make it easy to find from now on, and you can always come by and find something to read that you should be able to get for free for your eReader. So here we go!
Bio Girl's Library Kindle/eBook Reading List
These are all books I personally have read and enjoyed
- Divergent by Veronica Roth (added by seussgirl)
- Graceling by Kristin Cashore
- The Help by Kathryn Stockett
- Insurgent by Veronica Roth (Divergent Book 2) (added by seussgirl)
- The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh
- Looking for Alaska by John Green
- The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
- The Outlander Series by Diana Gabaldon
- The Scottish Prisioner (and John Grey Series) by Diana Gabaldon
- The Secret Life of Mary Bowser by Lois Leveen
- The Sookie Stackhouse Series by Charlaine Harris
- The Stephanie Plum Series by Janet Evanovich (added by Jan)
- Thunder Dog byMichael Hingson (added by Jan)
- The Twilight Series by Stephenie Meyer
- Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen (added by Jan)
Some I have read and like, but still want to give credit to who told me they were at the library. The rest are on my To-Read list!
- 77 Shadow Street by Dean Koontz (added by Jan)
- The Bride by Julie Garwood (added by Jan)
- Fifty Shades of Grey series by E L James (added by me, but not read by me)
- The Girl in the Gatehouse byJulie Klassen (added by seussgirl)
- Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford (added by Boo)
- Picture Perfect by Jodie Picoult (added by seussgirl)
- Saving CeeCee Honeycutt by Beth Hoffman (added by Jan)
- The Selection by Kiera Cass (added by seussgirl)