Sunday Salon- The Kindle is Winning and The Pumpkins Are Taking Over!

by Gwen


Having done a little quick math, I have to let you know that it is official. I have read more books on my Kindle this year than tree books. I never saw this coming when I got the Kindle a year ago. At last count, I have read 189 books this year and 120 of them have been on the Kindle.

On the review front, I am totally losing. Need to get that mojo back, don’t know where I lost it. I think it may have something to do with the pumpkins and other goodies that are growing in my yard.

You see, gardens take time and when they turn out right, it is very pleasant to sit out next to them, reading with the Kindle, enjoying the fruits and sights of your labor. That, and it is much easier to work on your tan sitting outside where, unfortunately, the laptop is hard to see in the sun. Hence, very few reviews, just lots of reading and tanning and weeding and watering.

One caveat I must mention before I show you a picture…we planted the pumpkins really late. Therefore, we are looking at a very late (or early, depending on how you look at it) harvest. Anyone for fresh pumpkin pie for say, Valentine’s Day? You can munch on pickles, tomatoes, and watermelon until then. (Yes, we planted the melons late too and are still harvesting them)


The apples are starting to be perfect for picking and the walnuts and persimmons are just about there as well.

The crazy thing about all of this is that I am a City Girl. Until a couple of years ago, I had no idea how Walnuts grew and until last night, I thought those persimmons were apples. I kid you not, my error was pointed out to me on a walk last night amid much giggling. Do men giggle? Maybe it was snickering and just sounded like giggling.

Who cares? What I know is this..

  • The books I have read this summer have all been wonderful, even if I haven’t shared them with you.
  • Pumpkins should be started much earlier than July and they like to roam, so give them lots of room.
  • Like my dog, I am easily amused by the wonders of nature and still have a lot to learn.
  • The Kindle isn’t evil or going to be the death of tree books. It just adds to pleasure of something that I already loved doing, reading.
  • Sometimes your cucumbers will be larger than your watermelons and that is okay.
  • Life is good, make it an adventure and it is even better.

And Book Riot Starts tomorrow. Have you joined up?


18 Comments to “Sunday Salon- The Kindle is Winning and The Pumpkins Are Taking Over!”

  1. I probably would not have bought a Kindle, but my daughter, after looking askance at the books encroaching upon me in every room, bought me one for Christmas.  I’ve had fun ordering and reading on it, but my print books still exceed the Kindle ones.  That may change in time.



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  2. It’s really interesting that your ebook reading is so much higher than regular books. Any idea what that is? I have so many physical books in my house, I’m not sure I’ll shift that way for a long time. 

  3. Space is a huge factor for the uptick. We moved to a smaller house in early 2010 and I just can’t handle keeping each and every book around anymore. So, if there is an ebook option, I take it. (The downside is that I don’t donate as much to the library anymore) Going from having my own library to a small 2-shelf bookcase takes a new plan.

    The other factor is that I have taken on very few ARC’s this year. I didn’t respond to many pitches this year and the few that I did have been indies/self publishers that could send me an ebook. 

    One last factor is that for a good part of the year, I have been on chemo, so going book shopping or any shopping really, wasn’t a good idea. 

    There are probably a million other factors too. Those are the biggest:)

  4. You know, I only got it because of the internet access. Living in the boonies, our internet is spotty and the Kindle allows me to check email anywhere. Then it just slowly took over. 

  5. Welcome to the Sunday Salon! That garden looks fantastic. I wish I could grow things without killing them! I can’t think why, as my mother and grandfather are gifted gardeners, but I have a brown thumb for sure. I am like you with the Kindle. I have read so many posts about the Kindle and Amazon killing books.

  6. I love it when I’ve been on a reading binge, but it is very hard to keep up with reviews when the reading is going so well. It’s hard to be too sad about reading fabulous books though. 🙂 I still haven’t read that many on my Kindle (maybe ten so far), but then I’ve only had it since May.

  7. Welcome to Sunday Salon! 

    Your pumpkins are inspiring. We just put in our garden this afternoon. It’s been so hot and dry here along the Texas Gulf Coast.

    My Sunday Salon is Re-Read-Less-Ness. I hope you will stop by!

  8. The only thing that will kill books will be if people don’t read. While the overall numbers of people that read often are scary low, we will just have to continue to pick up the slack:)

    I am hit and miss in the garden, so this year is one to celebrate! 

  9. Right on, you can’t be sad about fabulous books! It has become an addiction though. I read one that is great and am so excited to start the next that I don’t take the time to write a review.

  10. My weather isn’t quite as warm as yours, but it is pleasant and steady like it. Going to visit you now:)

  11. I hope to start flower and veggie gardens next Spring.  Considering I know not what a persimmon might be, I have a lot to learn – but seeing your excitement about the process is inspiring.  Oh – and I too have much in common with you and your dog :0)

    Thanks for the link to the new site – I went and explored…

  12. I got a Nook earlier this year and I LOVE it.  I still love paper books and browsing at a bookstore will never get old to me, but I have read more since I got it.

  13. I still have no idea what I am supposed to do with a persimmon, so knowing what it is …I am not too far ahead of you!

    It is never too early to get your wee one into gardening. In the Spring, she will be just about ready to “help” you.

  14. I love paper books too; I think an ereader is easier to carry around and allows for instant gratification. 

  15. Holy cow…how big was the cucumber??

  16. Picture your arm, like from the elbow to the shoulder and just as thick. (not that your arms are thick, just an example) We grow our cuc’s big in AG. 

  17. Those all make a lot of sense! I moved to a big house this year, and although I got rid of a lot of books before we left I’ve been adding a lot too. At some point I will be out of room and have to stop though! Not taking ARCs would be a huge help too. 

  18. Reading in the garden sounds lovely. I would love to have a little pumpkin patch. Pumpkins are my favorite fall gourd.


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