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Great Amazon Kindle Books to Read
Before I reached college, I had been a fairly avid reader. Of course when college rolled around, I was still reading a lot, it just wasn't exactly what I would have preferred to be reading. But now I'm out of college and able to read stuff by choice. I've recently made it an unofficial goal of mine to try to read at least one book at week. The Kindle is great for that.
I'll admit, I wasn't a fan of the Amazon Kindle when it first came out. I'm one of those who love to hold a hardback book in my hands and place it on my bookshelf with the rest of my collection so I could admire it. However, by the time the third generation of the Kindle hit retailer's shelves, I was starting to come around.
I've really jumped on the whole 'Cloud Computing' bandwagon in recent months. I love the idea of having access to my data at any given time (assuming I'm within range of internet service). I also love that this little, tiny device can hold upwards of 3,500 books. I've moved several times over recent years and moving all those heavy boxes of books gets old quick. Another reason to love the Kindle.
With that in mind, I thought I'd take the time to make notes of the books I've read on the Kindle. So here it is, my running list of books to read on the Amazon Kindle. I'm hoping to add each book I read as I read it, but I'll admit that I'm fairly lazy and that probably won't happen. At any rate, here we go:
Sliding Into Home for Kindle
Sliding Into Home by Kendra Wilkinson
I can't believe I'm admitting to reading this book, but I'm putting it out there. Originally I purchased our Amazon Kindle for my wife for her birthday. I volunteered to get whatever book she wanted, and this is what she chose. After the new of the Kindle wore off, she left it on a shelf to collect dust. I decided to give it a try and see if I liked it. And since this book was the only one on there, I read it.
The book was a pretty quick read, but overall interesting, assuming of course you've ever watch the reality shows she's been in. You'll get an insight of Kendra's less-than-stellar upbringing, a little snippet of life inside the Playboy mansion, as well as a taste of her day-to-day life now. If you're a fan of Playboy, or Kendra, this book is worth picking up (or downloading).
Dave Ramsey Books on Kindle
The Total Money Makeover by Dave Ramsey
I was introduced to Dave Ramsey at an early age. When my Dad picked me up from school in the afternoons, I was forced to listen to Dave's radio show all the way home. Back then, I hated Dave Ramsey. Today, however, I have a significantly different view.
I'm glad I had parents that raised me to be fiscally responsible. And I can only assume that they were, at least to some degree, influenced by Dave Ramsey's ideas and philosophy. I currently listen to his radio program whenever I get a chance and I've read all his books. I had previously read this book before in paperback form, but I caught it on sale in the Kindle store and decided to pull the trigger.
The Total Money Makeover regurgitates the principals Dave preaches in his very first book, Financial Peace, i.e. the baby steps: create emergency fund, get out of debt, save for retirement, etc. If you struggle with financial decisions, you'd be wise to read this book. This very well could be the one book you read that changes your life, in a good way.
EntreLeadership on Kindle
EntreLeadership by Dave Ramsey
I told you I was a Dave Ramsey fan. His latest book, EntreLeadership, is not purely a financial advise book, but rather focuses on successfully running a business. It's compiled mostly of the experiences Ramsey has encountered during his 20+ years of running a small business, from starting at a card table in his living room all the way through the media content empire he currently enjoys now.
If you run your own business or are considering starting your own business, this will be a wise $15 investment. It's much better to learn from someone's mistakes before you make them yourself. Even if you aren't the entrepreneur type, this book can help you become a better employee and/or manager at your current and/or future job.
If you've never heard of Dave Ramsey, I strongly recommend giving at least one of his books a try. I believe you'll find it extremely beneficial.
License to Pawn on Kindle
License to Pawn by Rick Harrison
I never realized I was such a reality TV fan until I started writing this. Here's another book based on TV that I just finished reading up. This book, License to Pawn, gives a look at the 'World Famous Gold and Silver Pawn Shop' that you've probably heard of from the History Channel's very popular show Pawn Stars.
I've enjoyed the show ever since it first aired and when I saw that Rick Harrison had written a book, I figured it would be worth a read. Like the Kendra book, this too is a fairly quick read but very entertaining. I say that though as a fan of the show...if you've never seen the show at all, I'd say there's a good chance you will not like this book.
The book itself is half biography, half storytelling. It tells of the shop's humble beginnings and reveals a side of Rick, Big Hoss, and Chumlee that you'd probably never believe. While Rick is the main narrator of the book, each of the other three main players (Big Hoss, Chumlee, and the Old Man) have a chapter each giving a brief rundown of their history. Mixed in with the biographical parts are stories of the strange situations they've encountered while running a pawn shop on a not-so-good part of Las Vegas. To me, the book is worth reading just for the crazy stories you'll be exposed to.