Reading a book has become quite the luxury for me. I grew up with a love of reading, I devoured whole series of books and was always hungry for more. I would lose myself in different worlds and the lives of characters. Then I had children and suddenly novels lost their appeal, and I was reading parenting books and trying to discover why French kids eat everything on their plate. Don’t fret, my love for a good story hadn’t vanished, but my time to read was definitely challenged. First by the needs of my family, then by my need to sleep! As my children get older, and finally sleep through the nights (most nights, that is!), I have more time to immerse myself into a delicious book.
I love using my Kobo eReader, as well as the free Kobo App on my iPhone and iPad, to read books. It’s easy and simple, it always saves my page, and it goes with me everywhere. So if I find myself in a waiting room with nothing to do – I read! My favourite time to read is first thing in the morning, before everyone wakes up. The house is quiet, the tea is hot, and for a good 45 minutes, I can lose myself in a story. Below is a screen shot of some of the parenting and French-inspired books I’ve read!
My favourite recent novels have been Gone Girl, The Rosie Project, and The Fault in Our Stars. All of these books were very different but appealed to me, just the same. I was so enamoured with these stories that I was almost upset when I completed them! Do you ever feel the way? Pissed off that a book finished far too early in my opinion?
When I’m looking for a new read, I often will scope out twitter or instagram to see what others are ready, but I’ll also check out the bestsellers and new releases in the Kobo store. My three favourite books were actually on the 2014 Bestseller list. Several of the books on the list are also adapted into film, which is no surprise. Here is the 2014 Kobo E-Book Bestsellers List:
1. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn. This gripping tale of Amy and Nick is a major page-turner. When his wife disappears on their fifth anniversary, their whole facade of a life comes crashing down. One of my most favourite books this year, I can’t wait to see the film version.
2. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. A tale of heartbreaking romance, the story of Hazel and Augustus made me weep. I haven’t seen the movie yet, but I’m sure it will be just as heart wrenching!
3. Insurgent by Veronica Roth. The third book of the brilliant Divergent series finds Tris making hard decisions and trying to save her loved ones, and herself, amidst the fears of war.
4. Allegiant by Veronica Roth. The second book of the dystopian Divergent book series, Allegiant is even more explosive, thought-provoking, and heart-breaking than the first.
5. Divergent by Veronica Roth. The story of Beatrice Prior in dystopian Chicago has taken the world by storm, and is now a feature film. This series is now on my list of ‘Must Reads for 2015’!
6. The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt. The ‘It Book’ of 2014, The Goldfinch is a a Pulitzer-Prize winning novel about loss, love, and great art. Donna Tartt spent 11 years mastering this book, but at a whopping 784 pages in print, it is also the least completed e-book of 2014. Never fear, it’s being turned into a movie or tv series of its’ own as well!
7. Written in My Own Heart’s Blood by Diana Gabaldon. The eighth chapter of the popular Outlander series, the book centers on a time-travelling 20th century nurse who falls in love with an 18th century Scottish Highland warrior. I just started the Outlander series and am excited to catch up to this book!
8. The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion. This book is a superb romance comedy, it’s a feel-good tale about an awkward man looking for love and finding it in the most unexpected of places. It’s hard to put this book down!
9. The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty. I loved this story from the start – Cecilia finds a letter from her husband that she was supposed to open after his death, it contains a deep secret that she must now live with as her husband is still alive. The story is also set to be adapted to the screen.
10. Philomena by Martin Sixsmith. An interesting tale of a pregnant young woman whose child was sold by the church intrigues me. The mother then journeys to America to find her now-adult son, who is also looking for clues to his birth. It’s on my Must Read list as well, and also has been turned into a movie.
Reading books makes me happy. It gives my mind a rest and an escape. In realizing this, I’ve started to manage my time a bit differently and have allotted “me time” in which to read, do yoga, or even nap if necessary! With all these amazing books now on my ‘Must Read’ list, I feel like I have to update my Kobo eReader.
On my Christmas wish list? The new Kobo Aura H20, the first premium waterproof and dustproof eReader, which guarantees worry-free reading no matter where you are. A sandy beach, by the pool, or in the bath, you know that your reader will withstand it. Even spilling that glass of merlot (double tears!) will only result in wasted wine, not a broken eReader. The Kobo H20 also allows for night-reading with its’ backlight, no more straining your eyes in the dark! With the new Kobo H20, you can really read anywhere!
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