Andy’s birthday is at the beginning of November, which I find very frustrating because I manage to think of an amazing gift for his birthday but then my ideas are all used up for Christmas and I am stuck! Anyway, this year Andy got a Kindle for his birthday from his family and I gave him some Amazon vouchers to fill up the Kindle with lots of treats.
At first I wasn’t convinced by Kindles, I didn’t see the point when you could get an iPad which has so much more functionality. But now I do understand the benefit of doing one thing amazingly well, I guess that’s why it’s important to specialise.
I’ve managed to sneak the Kindle from Andy a few times to read Pao by Kerry Young. It’s not a book I would usually read, I usually choose books with a female lead, but Kerry is a friend of my mum and it has proved a very interesting read.
A Jamaican setting, with Chinese gangsters, a few ladies of the night, and the occasional proverb. The book is the first part of a planned trilogy. The second of which Kerry is currently writing so I look forward to the future instalments too.
Reading on a Kindle has been good; the battery life is incredible; and I don’t need to worry too much about folding the pages or scruffing up the cover. However, it does make flipping back through pages more difficult. I have a terrible time remembering names in books so I often have to flip back and forth to remember when the character appeared last. I guess that is what the search function is for.
I’m nearing the end of the book, not quite finished yet, but here is one of my favourite quotes so far:
The general who in advancing does not seek personal fame, and in withdrawing is not concerned with avoiding punishment, but whose only purpose is to protect the people and promote the best interests of his sovereign, is the precious jewel of the state.