Relationship Issues and Our Kindle

Apologies are due for the lapse in my blogging – life in our household has been especially hectic of late. Additionally, it seems my husband has finally discovered the joys of the Kindle (it was a joint Christmas gift to the both of us), and has been somewhat monopolizing it to play “Clash of Lords 2.” I’ve never played this game, but personally, I recommend avoiding it. Based on what I’ve heard about it, it seems that when you’re not actively playing the game, unless you’ve put up “shields” which will keep you from playing the game until they expire, you’re open to attack and losing everything you’ve worked for. This seems terribly frustrating to me (and frustrating to the hubby – we’ve had a few incidents where I “stole” the Kindle as he wasn’t directly playing, but he was trying to keep his game logged in during those times to avoid these attacks, and my time on the Kindle was enough to log him out, ergo, he lost what he was working toward). The games I play provide “bonuses” for the time you’re logged out (such as allowing other players to borrow your character and offering “pal points” to both the player who is using another character and the player whose character is used), so I find it quite petty for a game that offers only “threats” during the time a player is logged out.

But enough about games. This blog is about books.

I have actually read a few (or at least a couple), and we’re now working toward a more amenable schedule so that I can once again get a little screen time without fear of inspiring the hubby’s wrath.

One recent read, inspired by the relationship between my husband, myself and our Kindle, was “Men Fake Foreplay … And Other Lies That Are True” by Mike Dugan. I picked this book up as a free promotion a while back, it’s regularly priced at $3.99.

Dugan points out straight-away that the intention of his book isn’t to bash men (a sentiment that I found a slight bit disappointing as I started my reading, as I was in a particularly pessimistic mood regarding “mankind” at the moment). But he launched into his subject matter with such wit and humor that I soon found my mood lightening regardless, and I thoroughly enjoyed the first half of the book without even realizing that there was some pretty serious and thoughtful relationship advice.

Not to say that this isn’t an enjoyable read after the first half, but there’s a definite change of tone in the second half, and I found myself missing the zany zingers peppered with almost subliminal relationship advice as I moved into the more serious subject matter toward the end.

At $3.99, I feel that this is a great book for those who might be seeking a little light-hearted relationship advice which might help others have a little better understanding of their other half. Those seeking only a light-humorous read (the comedic antics that have earned Dugan an Emmy for his writing for television) may wish to wait for another book.

Either way, if you happen to stumble across this book as a free promotion, as I did, I’d definitely recommend adding it to your Kindle library.

Life Among the Lutherans (from a woman’s perspective)

Another series that employs the “first one’s always free” technique of marketing is “The Stories of the Lutheran Ladies Circle” by Kris Knorr. Recently, the first in the series, “Plucking One String” was the subject of my free reading project. (As an added bonus, while researching the author, I found it’s also available free for the Nook here.)

It was the “Lutheran Ladies Circle” which first caught my attention when “purchasing” this free e-book. As a huge fan of Garrison Keillor, both of the Prairie Home Companion radio program and his books, I hoped to find that this series would be similar. I was not disappointed. Knorr relays much of the same sense of humor that Keillor shares in his stories of the Lutherans. And what Knorr lacks in “hot dish” she makes up for with an ample serving of “Jello salad.” (If you don’t have a clue what that reference meant, this might not be the book for you. Or then again, maybe this book will be a whole new experience.) I was absolutely delighted to find a similar author with her own unique voice.

*BTW, you’ll find the recipe for “Heavenly Peachy Salad” at the end of this book.*

More than just humor, this is a poignant tale with well-rounded, relatable characters. Each woman deals with her own trials and tribulations; from rediscovering oneself after the loss of a spouse to moving on after divorce to unplanned pregnancy to growing old with style and panache. Each individual story is told through the lens of a woman’s relationship with the Lutheran church and its “lady’s circle”. By the end of the book, not only will they re-discover that God is “big enough” to help them shoulder all their burdens, but you might, as well.

I first opened this e-book seeking the whimsical tones of Keillor, but what I discovered was so much more. Knorr manages to weave that same brand of humor into a story that also includes threads of chick-lit and understated Christian highlights.

I loved “Plucking One String” and am very likely to continue the series at some point. I can’t imagine never revisiting Vera or Aunt Ula, or any of these lovely Lutheran ladies. Knorr has recently released a third installment in the series, and I look forward to many more to come.

Female fans of Garrison Keillor should get this book right now! And anyone else who enjoys light, humorous reading should be sure to check it out sometime too. There’s nothing to lose.

For a little more light humor and updates on her latest works, you can also find Knorr here on WordPress.