What Are You Weari, er, Reading? Win free Kindle books and more when you share your favorite books with Kindle Nation!

 

I’ve always thought, and I’m guessing some readers will agree, that “What are you reading?” can be a much sexier question than “What are you wearing?” So it’s no surprise that, in my view, one of the great things about my job is that I get paid to read, and read a lot.

 

Summer is here, the hammock is up, and I’ve been reading up a storm lately, so it’s occurred to me both that I’d like to make a more regular practice of sharing with you about what I’ve been reading, and that it would be great to get you, our readers, involved in sharing your favorite reads with all of us. So I’ll volunteer to begin, not because I’m paying for this microphone, but maybe because over the years I’ve become a bit less shy than I once was about such things. And then we’ll get to a new idea to encourage our readers to overcome any such shyness by actually giving you an incentive to share. And yes, I’m talking about … wait for it … free stuff!

 

Speaking of shyness, one of the most remarkable books I’ve read this year has been Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain (photo at right). I’ve been known to SusanCain_Photo-Credit-Aaron-Fedor._V166008539_make some large claims for books that I like a lot, and while I won’t go so far as to guarantee that this book will change your life, I’m certain that it will change the way you think about English majors (like me) and other shy people including, quite possibly, yourself and your loved ones. I love the answer Cain gave when asked why she wrote the book: “For the same reason that Betty Friedan published The Feminine Mystique in 1963. Introverts are to extroverts what women were to men at that time–second-class citizens with gigantic amounts of untapped talent.”

What else? I’ve been a loyal New Yorker fan since I discovered the cartoons at 16. Usually I get more from nonfiction pieces like Nathan Heller’s current TED story, but one night last week I stumbled onto “Another Life,” a rather dark and dry story by Paul La Farge, and I was enjoying it so much half-way through that I went back to the beginning and read it aloud to Betty. (Say what you like about Mars and Venus, but she liked it too!) 

I’m pretty steadfast about not letting short-form stuff keep me from “real books,” and lately I’ve kind of been all over the place, rereading Samuel Beckett’s Molloy trilogy and Ford Madox Ford’s The Good Soldier, listening to John Lithgow’s wonderfully gathered and performed anthology of dozens of great poets’ lives and works on Audible.com, dabbling in some James Ellroy noir and some Graham Greene regret (exquisitely read by Colin Firth). I also get to read lots of KND sponsors’ books, usually leading to several dazzling discoveries each month, and my current favorites include Kathryn Harvey’s Butterfly and Pardu Ponnapalli’s Just a Bunch of Crazy Ideas.

But enough about me! What have you been reading lately? Share some of your recent favorites with us below, make sure you opt in to our our newsletter subscriber list, and you’ll be entered in our ongoing daily drawings where we will select up to 10 readers a day to win free stuff, including free Kindle books from our KND sponsors!

 

93 Responses to What Are You Weari, er, Reading? Win free Kindle books and more when you share your favorite books with Kindle Nation!

  1. Jim Sharp August 1, 2012 at 12:20 am #

    Just finished The Crowded Grave by Martin Walker whose main character is Chief Bruno. Great book and story.
    Reading Extended Family by Patrick Kendrick.
    Also finished Vegas Knockout which was a fun read.

  2. christi July 31, 2012 at 9:53 pm #

    App is no longer available.

    • KND August 1, 2012 at 9:34 am #

      Thanks, Christi! Back up now!

      S

  3. Linda K. July 31, 2012 at 7:35 pm #

    Finishing up the Wool series.

  4. Becky Cafouros July 31, 2012 at 7:06 pm #

    Not Taco Bell Material by Adam Carolla

  5. gman July 31, 2012 at 7:01 pm #

    Just got and am half-way through Odd Thomas-Apocolypse (released today). Love these books the writing is fantastic and funny and clever and intelligent…

  6. Joan A Reyes July 31, 2012 at 6:09 pm #

    The Killing Floor by Lee Child

  7. Robin Greene July 31, 2012 at 5:55 pm #

    I’m addicted to Thea Harrison’s Elder Races series and have just reread the whole series. Open on my reader right now is Oracle’s Moon by her. I’m eagerly awaiting the next novella by her and Lord’s Fall, #5 in the series, in the fall.

  8. Stephen Derenthal July 31, 2012 at 5:18 pm #

    Firecracker

  9. Lu July 31, 2012 at 5:15 pm #

    I am reading ‘Unbroken” by Laura Hillenbrand.

  10. Karl Minke July 31, 2012 at 4:53 pm #

    I’m reading “Watergate.” Recent favorites? “Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet” and “Shantaram”.

  11. MysteryDawg July 31, 2012 at 4:41 pm #

    Red Baker by Robert Ward

  12. Joan Brewer July 31, 2012 at 8:09 am #

    still want a Fire

  13. Carmen July 31, 2012 at 12:45 am #

    Vuelo del Cisne (Flight of the swan) by Rosario Ferre reading it in Spanish. Great story!

  14. Diana Healy July 30, 2012 at 10:05 pm #

    I really enjoyed the Hunger Games Trilogy.

  15. Marilyn July 30, 2012 at 9:39 pm #

    I recently read The Good Dream by Donna VanLiere. What an awesome book. And I have started reading Charlie Bear by B.J. Taylor. Looking forward to reading Adriana Trigiani’s Don’t Sing At The Table next.

  16. Jennifer Crawford July 30, 2012 at 9:05 pm #

    @$$holes Finish First by Tucker Max. He’s a pretty terrible human being but SOOOOO laugh out loud hilarious!

  17. Jodi Traister July 30, 2012 at 8:11 pm #

    Billie Letts “Where the Heart is”

  18. Penny July 30, 2012 at 7:43 pm #

    I’m almost done with Butterfly by Kathryn Harvey and I’m enjoying it
    much more than I thought I would!

  19. Steph Jensen July 30, 2012 at 7:10 pm #

    I’m reading Cinnamon Roll Murder, the lastest book in the Hannah Swensen mystery series.

  20. Alan Segal July 30, 2012 at 2:53 pm #

    I just started reading “The Hangman’s Daughter”

  21. patricia bush July 30, 2012 at 4:27 am #

    Pearl by Lisa Mills. This book has everything– a 500 year old journal, romance, hidden treasure, good guys, bad guys, the mob, and God.

  22. Scott July 30, 2012 at 1:17 am #

    The Hunger Games

  23. Jenn July 30, 2012 at 12:05 am #

    I’m reading Fake Kate on my Kindle while listening to an audiobook and I’m about to start reading @$$holes Finish First by Tucker Max. Yup, I’m a multi-tasker!

  24. nancy July 29, 2012 at 10:51 pm #

    Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand: A Novel – about 1/3 of the way through and I like it so far. More for the older crowd with children that have left the nest and think they know it all.

  25. Dana Russell July 29, 2012 at 9:10 pm #

    I have been reading “The Sword of Truth” series by Terry Goodkind. It’s in the fantasy genre. There are around 12 books in the series. It’s a great way to escape everyday reality if even for a little while.

  26. Marsha S. July 29, 2012 at 8:37 pm #

    I’m currently reading “Blood Song” by Cat Adams. I love a good strong female lead and this book has one! It’s one of my favorites so far being up there with Charlaine Harris’ Sookie Stackhouse. Both series have been wonderful!

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