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Oh, how I love these questions... Are you a genre reader of any kind? I am.

Fantasy title - Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card, Graceling by Kristin Cashore, The Princess Bride by William Goldman

Mystery Title - The Spellman Files, Curse of the Spellmans, Revenge of the Spellmans, and The Spellmans Strike Again all by Lisa Lutz

Non-Fiction (you decide if it's creative or not) - Devil in the White City by Erik Larson, Blink: The Power of Thinking without Thinking by Malcolm Gladwell, and Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers by Mary Roach


Too bad you didn't get any ereader but the Kindle. You could download books free from the library. Kindle is the only format that doesn't support downloading from the Columbus library. WTF?
I would recommend the latest Joyce Maynard, but you would hate it, if only because of her smug reputation as a NY Times columnist before she tumbled from grace. Maybe Rick Bragg has written something recently. I know, I'll send you a copy of my latest novel.

Executive Suburbanite

Yeah, SK, your friends really fell down on the job buying you a Kindle. You think they'd at least have researched all the local Chicago suburb library policies before making that kind of purchase. Because we all know how much you like a bargain.

Suburban Kamikaze

It's true. People are always saying that about me. If there is a shoe sale anywhere within 10 blocks of my hotel, so help me god, I will find it.


Audubon Ron

You have a Kindle? I want a Kindle now. You and I can re-Kindle our passion - for reading.


Kindles make for expensive coasters.


Oh, come on. There is probably one library system for all of Chicago, just like in Columbus. Why would you buy something that isn't compatible with other platforms? And I'm not talking trains here. Not like she would have downloaded books from the library anyway when she could pay good money for them.


So let me get this straight, the person who has read more books than all of us put together, can't think of a good book or books to put on her Kindle without assistance? And hey, I think the purchase was well researched. Like the SK would read a free book if there were one left in the world to buy!


P.S. Go check your Kindle...

Suburban Kamikaze

I'm give you 10 points for The Subway Chronicles because it has Calvin Trillin in it. Reserving judgment on Unprotected Texts.

Also, if Amazon starts sending me bible-related recommendations I am going to inquire about Disney time-share opportunities in your name.



Should be one more...check again. The best part of giving you a Kindle book is I'm pretty sure you don't really know how to delete it. Also, here is where I came up with Unprotected Texts, which sounds like a title you should have come up with:

Suburban Kamikaze

Got them. Linda's list is also promising. Can't go wrong with any list that includes Malcolm Gladwell, Mary Roach and William Goldman. I might check out the mysteries, which, like the library, is a place I almost never go.

If I do find an easy library-to-Kindle hookup, you will want to adjust your investment portfolios accordingly...



For non-fiction, The Professor and the Madman is an interesting read (all thinky about the making of the OED, but also a murder mystery). There's also an interesting book on the first hippo to travel around Europe, called Clara, I think. And Ghost Maps, about the 1854 cholera epidemic in London is fascinating. For fiction, I just finished and really liked Mistress of Nothing, and I am in the middle of Girl in a Blue Dress (based loosely on the life of Catherine Dickens), which so far is quite good.

Seriously Jess

I got a Nook for Christmas and love it. I swear it's the only thing that made a recent stint on jury duty tolerable.

I agree, Devil in the White City was great. The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls is the best thing I've read in a long, long time. I couldn't put it down or stop reading passages aloud to anyone who would listen. Also, The Art of Racing in the Rain is a must if you've ever had a deep connection with a family dog.

An e-reader doesn't have the same feel or smell as books, but I love it for its portability and for being backlit so I can read in bed without a light.

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