NOOK HD Snow 16GB. BEST TABLET EVER! While I love the smell of a new book and the rustle of turning pages, I also adore my Nook. You can load thousands of books, magazines and apps on it and carry it with you anywhere. Dare you to do that with regular books!
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Ask for an ereader for a gift (or invest in one). Ebooks are cheaper than most print editions and you never have to pay shipping. This is great for when you can't get to the library, or their suppliers can't get you the books you ordered.
Only read nine of these so far. I think The Glass Castle is next, thanks to my wonderful sister-in-law who is the perfect person to recommend a book. I wish I had her in my classroom to cater to the continual requests for good recommendations in the genre of (fill in the blank).