Wednesday, April 25, 2012

In My Kindle - Chasing Mona Lisa by Tricia Goyer & Mike Yorkey

WWII is drawing to a close, and France's liberation near. The Nazis decide to steal the greatest art treasure: The Mona Lisa. The grand painting is tucked away for safekeeping in the countryside. Will the enemy grab it or will the good guys return it to the Louvre?

A disclaimer is in order here. While there's a sweet romantic thread, this is one tension-filled story. War isn't pretty, and the violence tends toward the graphic. That said, the book held my attention from the outset and never let go for a second.

Chasing Mona Lisa was my first Kindle book! The action scenes were perfect for my workout times. In fact, I went over my usual stint on the treadmill and bike because I was so engrossed in this novel.

Writers: How do you carve out reading time from your busy schedule?

Readers: Do you have a Kindle? How has it increased your reading time, if at all? I'd love to hear some unique ways to expand reading time.



Jessica Nelson said...

I have a Nook and wouldn't say it's increased my reading. It's just another format for it.
Sometimes I read at night but mostly I get my reading in at lunch break at work or at the kids' Little League games. Also, when I take them to the river I bring a paperback. Thanks for the recommendation!

Karen Lange said...

My husband has a Kindle, and I haven't tried it yet. He really likes it; he's got a bunch of different study books on it. He's even taken it to church on occasion, and used it instead of his print Bible. One of these days I'm going to have to download a book and give it a try. If I can get it away from him. :)

Happy Wednesday,

North Jersey Christian Writers Group said...

I read Chasing Mona Lisa on my Nook. I loved it! I love reading fiction on my Nook. I especially like that I can read my Nook on the treadmill (even though I can't read books or magazines while walking).
For nonfiction, I prefer paper so I can write in the margins and flip easily to what I want to refer to.

Susan J. Reinhardt said...

Hi Jess - I still prefer "real" books, but I love the portability of the Kindle.

Hi Karen - Great item to put on your Christmas Wish List. :)

Hi Susan - I just downloaded a writing craft book. We'll see how that goes. :)


Brooke @ i blog 4 books said...

My husband surprised me with a Nook about a year-and-a-half ago. (Does he know me or what?!) I wasn't sure what to think at first, but I have really enjoyed it. I'm still partial to holding a "real" book in my hands (and smelling the paper!), but it's nice not to have to take a stack of books with me on vacation. The only way that the Nook has increased my reading time is that I now read at the gym. It's hard to hold a paperback novel while you're on the elliptical. :)

quietspirit said...

I carve out time to read when I can. Bible reading is first thing in the morning. Other reading(craft, entertainment) comes in the evening, usually.
In preparing for my non-fiction reviews I have done recently, I did them in the late-afternoon/early evening.

I have thought about checking into getting an e-book reader. But I like being able to curl up under a blanket or a throw and read. I also like the feel and smell of the pages of a real book. Call me old-fashioned, if you want.

Susan J. Reinhardt said...

Hi Brooke - Yes, I found reading impossible at the gym until I received my Kindle. It makes my workouts go super fast!

Hi Quiet Spirit - You can still curl up under a blanket and read on an ereader. :)


Dorothy said...

These days I am collecting Kindle versions of books faster than I'll ever be able to read them :( At least one free book a day. I don't mind reading on my laptop, even though I resisted e-books for a while. I think I must admit I am a Kindle convert.

Susan J. Reinhardt said...

Hi Dorothy -

The Kindle is convenient, but I hope it never replaces print books. I'd miss seeing all those volumes on my bookshelves.

Hmm, they could become the antiques of the 2100 - not that we'd be here to see it!

Susan :)