Friday, 15 June 2012

Reading eBooks and "Hooking Up" book review

I realised recently that other than a few baby related non fiction books and some children's stories (Giraffe's Can't Dance anyone?) I haven't picked up a book in some time. Thinking about it I definitely haven't read anything for me since Baby M was born, and due to bad restless legs I don't think I read anything during the last few months of pregnancy either. As my husband reads a lot, especially now he has invested in a Kindle, he offered to find me one of his books to read.  Since we got together I've read quite a few of his books including all of Ian Rankin's Rebus books, but he can't help me in indulge in my favourite reading material: chick lit.

I know I should be claiming I read something highbrow like the latest Man Booker prize winner or something, but I don't. I couldn't even think of an example of a highbrow book for that sentence. When I spend precious time reading I prefer to read something that will instantly transport me to a happy place, something that doesn't require me to think too much or understand complicated plot twists, and if it makes me shed a few tears I want it to leave me warm and fuzzy.  I find chick lit fits the bill.

A couple of days after thinking I'd really like to read something I got the opportunity to read and review Hooking Up by Jessica L. Degarmo.  This excited me for 2 reasons: I would get something to read without leaving the house and I could try reading a book on my iPad.

Have I mentioned my iPad? My amazingly lovely and wonderful husband bought it for me for my 30th birthday (he also bought me a beautiful watch, but that's off topic). I received Hooking Up as a Kindle book so I downloaded the Kindle app and the book and started reading. I'll review the book in a minute, but I thought I'd share my thoughts of reading this way first.

The iPad is heavier that a paper back or a kindle and it takes a bit of getting used to the weight, but the Kindle App on it has some brilliant features:

  • you can choose whether to read in landscape or portrait
  • you can choose if you want a white, sepia or black background (if you select black the writing is in white obviously, you don't just get a black screen)
  • you can select the size of the font
  • you can look words up if you don't know the meaning (if you have downloaded the dictionary). 
  • you can add notes
  • and you can add multiple bookmarks.

Part way through the book I decided to download the Kindle app to my iPhone as well.  This meant I could read the book if I unexpectedly find myself under a sleeping child. What I loved about this is I could switch between devices depending on what was most convenient and they knew where I was so I didn't lose my place (Amazon's "Whispersync technology" apparently). This definitely helped me read the book faster than might otherwise have been possible.

So the book:

The author is American and the story set in the US which I was reminded of every so often with the use of language that is less common to the English ear, however this did little to distract from the story.  Hooking Up is about a woman and a man coming to terms with their past and finding themselves and love in the process.  I will do my best not to give away the story, but let's face it: chick lit that doesn't have a happy ending doesn't sell well.

The leading lady, 28 year old Karate expert and 'pediatric physical therapist' Catlin Edison, is haunted by her past. She needs to face her ghosts before she can move on and allow herself to fall in love again.  Obviously the course of true love doesn't run smoothly even when she thinks she has it all figured out. Although you can guess the ending from pretty early on there are plenty of twists along the way.  I had to prevent myself reading ahead at times and I even had tears in my eyes at one point. There's also a lot of sex, but unlike the more graphic 50 Shades this book will spare your blushes. Understated and leaving the details to your imagination it is comfortable reading and arguably sexier for it.

Hooking Up is available from Amazon as a paperback (currently £7.99) or Kindle Edition (currently only 77p).  If you don't have a Kindle you can download a free Kindle App allowing you to read on your Smart Phone (iPhone, iPod touch or Android), Computer (Windows or Mac) or Tablet (iPad or Android Tablet).

File Size: 287kb
Print length: 238 pages
ISBN: 1461141400

Note: I was not paid for this review, but I did receive the eBook for free.  All words and thoughts are my own.

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