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A few months ago, I treated myself and upgraded my Kindle to the new Kindle Paperwhite. I felt a bit indulgent doing this, as I already have an iPad, loaded with the Kindle app, but while it’s great for blog and website browsing (I’ll be posting about my fave blog-reading apps soon!), I realised I wasn’t reading as many books on it. Its big shiny screen means I’m nervous about whipping it out at bus stops or in long queues, as it’s just a little bit too awkward. The Kindle is lighter, sturdier, and super easy to hold with one hand. I’ve just checked, and since getting mine on June 18th, I have read seven books on it! Below are some of my faves.
- Peaches for Monsieur Le Curé by Joanne Harris: This could also be called Chocolat Part 3, as it brings us back into the world of the inimitable Vianne Rocher. It’s filled with the most mouth-watering and vivid descriptions of tastes, smells and sights, and has me seriously craving some peach jam.
- Pompeii by Robert Harris: Technically this is a re-read, but after visiting the incredible Pompeii exhibition at The British Musuem in London, I had to dive back in. A fascinating, fast-paced, gripping story. There are also exciting rumours that Ridley Scott will produce a mini-series based on the book.
- Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal? by Jeanette Winterson: Her beautiful short story in Stylist magazine had me in tears (read it here) and reminded me of why I love her sharp, smart, moving, immersive prose, sending me straight to this, a memoir of sorts.
- Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg: I’ve been going on about this to anyone who will listen, but it really is brilliant. Honest, inspiring and packed with incredible advice, I wanted to start reading it again as soon as I finished (for a taster, click here to watch Sheryl Sandberg’s incredible TEDTalk on why we have too few women leaders).
- Going Back by Rachael English: A lovely debut by an Irish author (and Morning Ireland presenter!), this was the perfect holiday read – funny, romantic and full of Irish wit.