The Poetry Question

Discovering the Relevance of Words

By the Light of My Kindle Fire – December 9 Edition

One of my favorite columns to read is Nick Hornby’s “Stuff I’ve Been Reading,” which is featured on a monthly basis in The Believer. Much like Hornby, I find that I buy an inordinate amount of books throughout the month, and yet only get an opportunity to read a few of them over the course of 30 days.

Having purchased a Kindle Fire has allowed me to carry several digital books with me on a regular basis, and in the course of a weekend, I’ve read more than I have in several months. I’m excited to spend a night on the couch, reading a book (yes, I’ll still refer to e-books as books), or even grabbing a few minutes between classes as my students shuffle to their seats. I’m finally, once again, enamored with the words on the page.

Each Monday, I will publish a list of what I’ve purchased, read, or am planning on reading during the week. This way you can follow along, and maybe join in on the conversation. I will definitely post reviews of the books as well, so you get a bit of insight into what I enjoy.

So, this week, By The Light of My Kindle Fire:


1. Chuck Palahniuk – Phoenix (Kindle Single) (read it)

2. Augusten Burroughs – Take Five: Four Favorite Essays Plus One Never-Been-Seen Essay

3. Kurt Vonnegut – 2 B R 0 2 B

4. Margaret Atwood – Positron: Episodes 1-3 (read it)

5. Margaret Atwood – The Heart Goes Last: Positron, Episode Four (read it)

6. Nick Hornby – Books, Movies, Rhythm, Blues: Twenty Years of Writing About Film, Music and Books (an eBook original from Riverhead Books)

7. Nick Hornby – Everyone’s Reading Bastard (Kindle Single) (read it)

8. Kurt Vonnegut – Slaughterhouse 5 (read it)

That’s it for this Monday! I’ll post a couple of reviews throughout the week. Maybe we can start a Poetry Question Book Group? Let me know if you’ve read any of these, and if you enjoyed them.

About Christopher Margolin

Chris Margolin spent more than a decade in Education as a high school English teacher, and is now an Instructional Coach for the Longview School District. He is also the founder of The Poetry Question, an online journal which focuses on reviews of small press poetry publications, and runs a regular series called "The Power of Poetry," where notable poets share their personal stories of how poetry has affected their lives. Margolin resides in Vancouver, Washington with his wife, and daughter.

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