I finally have a reason to update my reading list, thanks to a period of extreme laziness that saw me curled up on the couch with my Nook and ignoring all sorts of housework. I also made a trip to the library, and Santa left me a book or two. It was an embarassment of riches!
I started the Game of Thrones series and Oh. My. Goodness. I almost wish I hadn't started it, since I've finished Book 1 and Books 2 through 5 are waiting for me. Unfortunately, it's January and my work load beckons. I haven't seen the television series, but the world created in the book is crazy, elaborate and intriguing. I can't wait to see where it goes next.
I snagged The Pirate King, the new Laurie R. King book, and it was exactly what I wanted from Mary Russell and her husband, Sherlock Holmes. The Help was on my reading list, and I really liked it. I now give myself permission to see the movie! Also, I gave my mother-in-law Paula Deen's Southern Cooking Bible for Christmas, and you'll be surprised to hear that almost every recipe contains at least a stick of butter. Heh.
Next up is another book in Stephanie Barron's Jane Austen series, David McCullough's The Greater Journey (about Americans in Paris during the 1800s) and Unbroken, since it's been languishing in the reading list for far too long. Miss N has Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children on her Kindle, and I'm hoping she'll let me borrow it long enough to read the book. N said it was really good.
On a related note, Barnes & Noble had a deal right before Christmas where they allowed Nook users to turn in their 1st generation Nooks, purchase a new Nook product and get a $50 gift certificate in return. I was on the fence, but the battery on my 1st gen wasn't reliable anymore and I hadn't been using it as often since it's incredibly irritating to be in the middle of a gripping story, only to be told that it's time to charge. I exchanged my 1st gen for the Nook Simple Touch, and I love it. It's exactly what I want it to be - an e-reader. It doesn't do music or games or play video or do anything, except allow me to read books. It's smaller and lighter than my 1st gen, and the battery life is incredible. If you're a dedicated reader, I highly encourage you to purchase a device that is dedicated to reading. I can read on my iPad2, thanks to apps from Barnes & Noble, Amazon and Apple, but the experience is much much better on my Nook.