This week I (Susan) finished a book that I had been reading for some time. Really, a long time. More than six months. It wasn’t that long of a novel, but I was reading it in short increments. In the bathroom.
A friend had loaned me The Rising ($9.28) a while back, but I had trouble getting started on it. Since I got my Kindle, I haven’t read that many paperbacks. I used to keep a magazine in the bathroom, but then I got the bright idea to browse through some more serious reading material.
I kept the book stashed on the back of the toilet and read through it as my schedule allowed. It was a little harder to get immersed in the story one page at a time, but it still worked. About three-fourths of the way through, the story picked up enough that I took it out of the bathroom and finished it over the weekend.
This book was a pre-quel to the Left Behind ($6.20) series, which I read years ago. It answered some questions about the series and had a darker but more interesting tone than the original novels.
Paula takes her precious Kindle to the minor league baseball park where she and Tiger have seats just a couple of rows above the home dugout. Tiger knows that if a baseball is batted at them, he protects the Kindle first and Paula second.
I might try reading another novel in this manner, though probably only with a print book and not the Kindle. Although it seems with ereaders, people are taking up reading in all sorts of new locations. What is the strangest manner or setting that you’ve read a book?
 
Amazon’s purchase e-mail improvement
Amazon has made a wonderful improvement in their purchase notification e-mails. Unless you are a high volume purchaser, you may not have noticed. Amazon is bundling notifications and sending them to the purchaser when 10 one-click purchases are made or after a period of time, whichever occurs first. I don’t know the time limit, but it is no more than a couple of hours.
If your purchases are paid through your credit card, this improvement will bundle purchases and submit a higher dollar amount to your card. Again, I have not confirmed, but it may mean that your book will not download to your Kindle until submitted to your credit card company. If anyone has confirmation on this, please leave a comment.
As a frequent purchaser, my mailbox doesn’t have nearly as many Amazon e-mails. That is an improvement.
 
A cheap read to pre-order
For a limited time at a special price of $1.99, enjoy Jacqueline Sheehan’s novel Lost & Found—A poignant and unforgettable tale of love, loss, and moving on . . . with the help of one not-so-little dog. As a bonus, you get an excerpt from Sheehan’s new upcoming novel, Picture This ($9.99), on sale May 22, 2012.
 
Lost & Found ($1.99 pre-order, April 17 delivery) Rocky’s husband Bob was just forty-two when she discovered him lying cold and lifeless on the bathroom floor . . . and Rocky’s world changed forever. Quitting her job, chopping off all her hair, she leaves Massachusetts—reinventing her past and taking a job as Animal Control Warden on Peak’s Island, a tiny speck off the coast of Maine and a million miles away from everything she’s lost. She leaves her career as a psychologist behind, only to find friendship with a woman whose brain misfires in the most wonderful way and a young girl who is trying to disappear. Rocky, a quirky and fallible character, discovers the healing process to be agonizingly slow.
But then she meets Lloyd.
A large black Labrador retriever, Lloyd enters Rocky’s world with a primitive arrow sticking out of his shoulder. And so begins a remarkable friendship between a wounded woman and a wounded, lovable beast. As the unraveling mystery of Lloyd’s accident and missing owner leads Rocky to an archery instructor who draws her in even as she finds every reason to mistrust him, she discovers the life-altering revelation that grief can be transformed . . . and joy does exist in unexpected places. Read reviews here.