For the month of July, when you read a book, you can enter a drawing for a Kindle Touch at the Largo Public Library. You have to come into the library and fill out the entry form--that should take a whole two minutes--and drop it into the box. Simple. On August 1, we'll select our winner. Library staff will also teach you how to use it, if you need some help.
A lot of book people are kind of hesitant to get a Kindle. People talk about holding a book, turning the pages, smelling the book--the whole book experience. I can understand that. Of course there's the flip side. Books can take up a lot of real estate. I read library books, of course. I also own so many books that a mover once moaned to my husband, "hasn't your wife ever heard of libraries?!?" I'm out of space at home. I guess I could take over the dining room...There are 200 books in my Kindle. That doesn't include the ones that I've borrowed because of my Amazon Prime account. The Kindle makes life a lot easier for the avid reader. For a casual reader, carrying around a Kindle is much easier than carrying around the latest Stephen King tome.
One of the last books that I read on my Kindle is The Third Gate by Lincoln Child. Child introduces a character that will hopefully show up again, Jeremy Logan, Yale medieval history professor and enigmalogist (that's a ghostbuster). He's so good at his job that he's recruited by a rich, mysterious treasure hunter to help with the excavation of a pharoah's tomb that is being plagued by a possible curse. Child makes this mummy's curse yarn spooky and believable. The characters are well fleshed out and you care about what happens to (some) of them. It was entertaining and quick, which made it perfect for summer reading.