Kindle Paperwhite Review, Giveaway & Yummy Mummy Book Guide (5 Books to Hide From Your Kids; 5 Great Cookbooks; and 5 Books I Can’t Wait to Re-Read With My Tween)

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I am a total bookaholic. Books threaten to take over my house — they’re stacked two-deep on my bookshelves and piled up in crazy towers NEXT to the bookshelves, and there’s a gigantic mountain of books teetering next to my side of the bed. And I won’t even mention my home office. I love books, and because of this love, it took me a LONG time to try out a Kindle. I just didn’t think I could get into reading a novel that way, without the heft and feel of the actual book. After having so many friends rave about their Kindles, I finally did cave and bought the most basic version available about a year ago. And … I LOVED IT! I was totally astonished to find that I could get just as “into” a book using it, and it’s so super handy and portable. I was a doubter, but now I’m a convert: Though I still enjoy buying an actual book now and then, I’ve done the majority of my reading this year on my Kindle.

Win a $100 Amazon Gift Card! Details at the end!

When offered the opportunity to try out and review the brand new Kindle Paperwhite, I was totes excited, because while I love that the screen of a standard Kindle mimics the page of a real book (and thus doesn’t cause eye strain from a bright screen), I do read a lot in bed, and I liked the idea of being able to make the screen brighter if I wanted to. I was also interested to see how the touch screen made the experience different. I don’t really mind pressing the buttons on my old Kindle, but it is a bit awkward when you want to enter a book or author name in the search field, say. I received the Paperwhite last week and I’ve already read two books on it — it’s great!! There are some really awesome features that make it a real step up from the regular Kindle, and overall, it’s a truly perfect holiday gift for anyone in the family.

Here are some of my favorite features (and then check out my Yummy Mummy Book Guide starting on the next page!)

* The display is gorgeous. It really looks and feels like the page of a book, except you can control the brightness of the screen, so if you want to read and your husband wants to sleep or watch TV with the lights down, no problem!

* There are a lot of really cool features, like a seamless integration with Facebook and Twitter so you can share passages and book recommendations; integration with Goodreads ; EIGHT WEEKS OF BATTERY LIFE; and a cool PageFlip feature that lets you skip page-by-page, scan by chapter, or skip to the end (or beginning), without losing your place!

* However, I think my very favorite feature is the “Smart Lookup”: not only can you highlight a word and get a definition and other reference info, but you can highlight a CHARACTER NAME and get info about who he or she is! This is SO helpful for me, because I’m always forgetting who minor or new characters are (especially when I’m reading something like a juicy Elizabeth George detective fiction book with a zillion characters!).

* It can be KID FRIENDLY! This is so key for me, because I’m happy to share my Paperwhite with my 10-year-old daughter, but I don’t necessarily want her to have access to my entire library (ahem!), nor unfettered access to the Kindle store or to, say, Wikipedia. Kindle FreeTime allows you to create a profile for your kids, set daily reading goals, select books they can read, and even set reading goals that they can celebrate with achievement badges. One of the best things about kids reading on the Paperwhite is how easy it is for them to look up unfamiliar words — talk about a Vocabulary Builder!

* Massive selection. There are millions of books, newspapers and magazine, including the latest best sellers, Kindle Singles, and more. Over 400,000 books are exclusive to the Kindle Store!

· Lowest book prices. Over a million titles are $4.99 or less, and over 1.7 million are $9.99 or less.

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92 thoughts on “Kindle Paperwhite Review, Giveaway & Yummy Mummy Book Guide (5 Books to Hide From Your Kids; 5 Great Cookbooks; and 5 Books I Can’t Wait to Re-Read With My Tween)

  1. Justine says:

    It's on my holiday gift list because it's on my Mr.'s wishlist!

  2. Melissa L says:

    Hi! Thanks for the chance to win a kindle. It's on my Christmas list because I would like to some beach reading next Feb on our vacation. I don't have an ereader so this would be awesome!

  3. Mabel says:

    I'm a med student and I all these books in my backpack are probably giving me scoliosis. It'd be so nice to have a digital library on hand!

    Thanks

  4. cheryl says:

    Thanks so much for this opportunity. I enjoy all the Christian writers and they also the Bible on the Kindle.

  5. Angela says:

    While I'm not one to leap on the latest tech, Kindles have been around a while and I love the idea of using the lending library that comes with my Amazon Prime membership. I read constantly, and a Kindle would be a real treat. Thanks!

  6. mummytotwoboys says:

    A Kindle would be on my list because I am always intending to read more but dislike clutter. I really like the idea of the Page Flip feature because I am forever interrupted by my children so it would help me keep track.
    mummytotwoboys@yahoo.com

  7. Lisa Brown says:

    it is on my list because I am looking for a reader that is comfortable on the eyes.

    jslbrown_03 at yahoo dot com

  8. Lisa Brown says:

    my tweet – https://twitter.com/LuLu_Brown24/status/403255033
    jslbrown_03 at yahoo dot com

  9. cindy w says:

    ON my holiday list because it would be great for plane/train trips! and great for my daughter

  10. Erika says:

    I feel like I don't have time to read anymore with two little ones. I think having something like this would make it easier. Much more portable!

    chambanachik at gmail dot com

  11. @rwwooden says:

    I am searching for a tablet that my handicapped son can use successfully. He received a kindle last Christmas but was unable to read the pages…..it wasn't a Paperwhite. I think this version would be ideal for him and his limitations. If not, my elderly parents can use it because they could adjust the lighting and font! How neat is that!

  12. Rob says:

    This is perfect for someone who loves to read and loves their gadgets!

  13. Janell says:

    I have been dying to get back into reading but not spend money on all the hard copy books and not have a place to store them because bookshelves are full. the kindle is the PERFECT solution.

  14. deb newton says:

    I spend a lot of time in Drs waiting rooms, seems they are never on time! Sometimes I finish the book I'm reading and am left to the "antique" magazines that I've read a million times. It would be so handy to have a Kindle to be able to start another book and kill all that wasteful time…which happens to be "my time".:)
    *hugs*deb

  15. We can finally clear the book shelves!
    onefrugalgirl AT gmail DOT com

  16. Mami2jcn says:

    My husband is difficult to shop for but he loves to read and this would make an amazing gift!

  17. Amy says:

    I've wanted a Paperwhite for a long time, but I would probably give it to my younger sister. She reads like nobody's business! :)

  18. buddhacrone says:

    I read like most people breathe. Don't watch movies. My old Kindle reader is showing its age. I would love a new Kindle Paperwhite to put Amazon's 50,00 or so free books on. I'd be lost without my Kindle.

  19. Kay says:

    I would love to own a Kindle! It's been on my wishlist since forever :)

  20. Elena says:

    It's on my list because my son loves to read

  21. Katie says:

    My daughter is just now learning to love reading and this would make a great gift for her.

  22. Susan H. says:

    Love all the features of the new Kindle. Would love to free up space my books take up. And kindle books are a lot cheaper. Thanks.

  23. Susan says:

    I have the ordinal nook and have really enjoyed it, but the paper white is the best of all for my current needs (and wants!)!!

  24. Susan Smith says:

    The Kindle Paperwhite is on my holiday wish list because I'm a bookworm and carry a lot of books when I travel so having a Kindle would make traveling lighter.

  25. MaryB says:

    thanks for the chance to win. I would love to be able to give my mil a Kindle for Christmas! She would love it.

  26. tcarolinep says:

    I am an avid reader and don’t own any tablet. I have been hoping to get a Kindle as an e-reader for a few years.
    tcarolinep at gmail dot com

  27. Janice Cooper says:

    I would love to win this for reading. I could take this to work and read on my lunch. Very convenient and could fit in my purse.

  28. Abbie says:

    Keeping your books on an e-reader is super organized! Great gift idea.

  29. Elise says:

    What a great gift idea!!

  30. Lauren says:

    I would love to have this for my purse, books readily available on the go! Cute too!

  31. Orli says:

    I put the Kindle on my wishlist because my old one finally died and I miss it terribly! I love having a digital library and a slim, lightweight device for all my books. That's what really makes me feel like I live in the future…

  32. mokiecon says:

    The kindle is on my list because I love getting books right when they are released and also so much greener than buying paper books and reading it once.

  33. rachel says:

    It's so lightweight and easy to use. Even my grandma could use it!!

  34. tina m says:

    because I love to read!

  35. Nicole says:

    It's on my list because the screen looks awesome. And with the light, I won't wake my husband while reading late into the night.

  36. Stacy says:

    This would really help me as a student!

  37. Sonya M. says:

    It's the only thing on my Christmas list, because I'm ready to trade in my old Kindle. I mostly read in bed, and I love the idea of being able to adjust the brightness level according to my needs.

  38. AnnaZed says:

    The Kindle Paperwhite is definately on my gift list; both my daughter and my husband are big readers!
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    margueritecore [at] gmail [dot] com

  39. AnnaZed says:

    I posted a tweet too: https://twitter.com/AnnaZed/status/40812712381607
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  40. Karen Medlin says:

    I love that Free Time Feature, I am always looking at my watch to set time for the kids on their reading homework. The Kindle is on our family list, living in a small town, we have to travel to purchase books. With the Kindle, I would be saving gas driving to a book store to purchase the many books the little ones read, and can easily save time by downloading a book instead. Also while traveling it makes it very convenient to download books.

  41. nannypanpan says:

    my mom is a voracious reader and I think it would help her from having so many books in her house just being able to download them
    nannypanpan@gmail.com

  42. maria cantu says:

    This is perfect because you can take it anywhere.

  43. Amy Tong says:

    Oh yeah, it's definitely on my gift list this year. My son loves to read and I think it'll be the best gift that he'll love for sure. I always love educational gifts.

    amy [at] utry [dot] it

  44. Erica Best says:

    my nephew loves book and this would be great for him

  45. Kelly D says:

    The Amazon Kindle is on my gift list because it would be a great way for me to catch up on books and for my kids to practice their reading

  46. channynn says:

    I have wanted a Kindle for years! Now that I have children it would be so wonderful to have thousands of books on hand available to us wherever we go.

  47. wild orchid says:

    The kindle is on my list because it is a huge space saver, and I can carry my entire library with me wherever I go.

    Thanks for the chance to win!
    wildorchid985 at gmail dot com

  48. Debbie B says:

    i'd love a kindle paperwhite! It would be so great to be able to get a book to ready anytime i want

  49. Kerry says:

    It's on my wish list for sure! I bought one for my husband this year and I know I'm going to be so jealous and want to steal his all of the time!

  50. courtney b says:

    a kindle would be great because me and my family we all love to read

  51. amy pugmire says:

    I have heard great things about it. I love all the things it can do and I love to read. :)

  52. amy pugmire says:

    I love to read and I love that it reads like a book. and I have wanted one forever.

  53. Amanda Sakovitz says:

    A kindle is on my list because I spend a lot of money on books and this would be less expensive and much more convenient!

  54. Madeline says:

    With a Kindle I could have all of my books in one place rather than all over the house! And I'd love having a built-in dictionary.
    madelinebrubaker {at} gmail [dot] com

  55. Linda Trinklein says:

    Kindle is on my christmas list because it is the perfect way for me to enjoy so many books!! :D I would love to win! thank-you!

  56. Rebecca Graham says:

    This has been on my list for a long time. It is a easy way to read a book and will fit into my purse for when I am ready.

  57. angielilly says:

    It is on my list because of its price, versatility, and small size!
    Angie
    14earth at gmail dot com

  58. angielilly says:

    I tweeted here: https://twitter.com/MsTofuFairy/status/4140930589
    Angie
    14earth at gmail dot com

  59. Mari says:

    The amazon kindle is on our wish list because I am a book worm. Kindles are environmentally friendly, they do not use paper as books do, and they are a convenient way to carry hundreds of books at your fingertips.

    runningmatey at hotmail dot com

  60. cezovski says:

    It's on my list because I travel a lot and this is so much more convenient (and cheaper) than lugging a suitcase full of books and magazines with me on my trip!
    Digicats {at} Sbcglobal {dot} Net

  61. Wanda McHenry says:

    Because you have access to so many books and it's easier than carting around a book!

  62. Thomas Murphy says:

    I want a kindle because I love to read.

  63. steve weber says:

    because I love to read books!

  64. Tabathia B says:

    Because it would make it would make it easier for my daughter to read more books when we are on the go versus carrying so many books

    tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com

  65. Cori Westphal says:

    A Kindle is on my list because I have a huge collection of books that I’d love to condense down to a tablet on my night stand!

    coriwestphal at msn dot com

  66. This is my first kindle and it is wonderful. The back light is extremely useful, and it's nice not having to lug around huge books. I've read a couple 700 pagers and haven't had any frustrations yet.

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