Monday, May 13, 2019

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? - 05/13/19

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? a place to meet up and share what you have been, and are about to be reading over the week. It’s a great post to organize yourself. It’s an opportunity to visit and comment and er… add to your groaning TBR pile! So welcome in everyone. This meme started on J Kaye’s blog and then was hosted by Sheila from Book Journey. Sheila then passed it on to Kathryn here at The Book Date.



Currently Reading:






Thursday, May 09, 2019

Bookish and Not-So-Bookish Thoughts

Bookish and Not-So-Bookish Thoughts is a weekly blogging event hosted by Bookishly Boisterous. It allows book bloggers (and not so bookish bloggers) to write about pretty much anything, bookish or otherwise.





1. I was reading along in Jodi Picoult's Change of Heart and, after realizing I had already read it, a library hold that I have been waiting on for quite a while finally opened to me. So I put Jodi aside and joined Reese for a quick read! Entertaining so far.

2. We were thrilled to get a full price offer on our condo. And the buyer accepted it despite a few small issues the inspector found. Nothing major, so we must have done a good job prepping it. Now we just await the P&S and final closing.

2. R.I.P. Rachel Held Evans.

3. Saturday is Commencement at work. The seniors are excited to graduate. The faculty are thrilled summer is finally here. And the staff...we just continue working hard preparing for next fall. Next time you're buying a present for your child's teacher, buy an extra one for the office secretary or the janitor or the assistant principal. Seriously, there are no months off for the behind-the-scenes folks. And we. work. hard.

4. Carpel tunnel update. I'm headed to the hand surgeon tomorrow. Thinking they will try cortisone first, we'll see. I've been wearing a wrist brace for weeks and it has helped, but not solved the problem totally. So, at least there's that.

5. Tony Schwartz, the ghostwriter for Donald Trump's The Art of the Deal, states he wants the book taken out of print, or at minimum recategorized as fiction, after a report in The New York Times that Trump lost over a billion dollars between 1985 and 1994.

6. I don't generally know what I am going to read next. I tend to be a "find it on Overdrive (or on my shelves), it catches my interest, and I delve in" sort of person (whether its on my over 12,000+ TBR or not). But I now have not one, but two books about color pencil drawing that I want to read really, really badly. So I was thinking, maybe I would attack one of those next!

And, of course, now I can't find either of them! Organization fail!




Monday, April 29, 2019

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? - 04/29/19

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? a place to meet up and share what you have been, and are about to be reading over the week. It’s a great post to organize yourself. It’s an opportunity to visit and comment and er… add to your groaning TBR pile! So welcome in everyone. This meme started on J Kaye’s blog and then was hosted by Sheila from Book Journey. Sheila then passed it on to Kathryn here at The Book Date.



Currently Reading:




Just Finished:





Thursday, April 25, 2019

Bookish and Not-So-Bookish Thoughts

Bookish and Not-So-Bookish Thoughts is a weekly blogging event hosted by Bookishly Boisterous. It allows book bloggers (and not so bookish bloggers) to write about pretty much anything, bookish or otherwise.




1. The condo is officially as ready as its going to be! We passed the keys on to a real estate agent this past weekend and expect multiple open houses this coming weekend. Hopefully by next week it will be in escrow and moving on to its next happy owner. Sad...it is where my husband proposed. But glad...one last item on our plate to worry about and a little more cushion in the retirement account.

2. You know when you start reading a book and are really enjoying it...and then you go, "Huh...this sounds vaguely familiar. Did I already read this?!" And, in fact, you did. But you are enjoying the read so much its like, "Eh, whatever!" and you keep reading? Yeah, that!

3. Remember that comment about my phone being a friend?! Well, sometimes friends are...

a challenge. 

I decided that I wanted to upgrade my SD micro storage card. Well, over a week later, I gave up! The files would upload to the card and then just mysteriously disappear. Seriously. Here one day, gone the next!  Hours of wasted time. Calls to customer service were unsuccessful. There are some comments about it on the web, but no resolutions (none that worked for me). I returned to my smaller card and am sifting through the music on there, cleaning up and ridding of what is not listened to, doubled, etc. Disappointing, to say the least.

4. Carpal tunnel update...my doc is sending me to a hand surgeon. Boo! They will likely have to start with cortisone injections, rather than just jump right to hand surgery, for insurance purposes (try the cheaper option first). But I think I am bordering on permanent damage, so...gotta do what ya gotta do. I begin my journey May 10th.

5. This Sunday, April 23rd, is the 5th annual Independent Bookstore Day. Be sure to get out there and support those awesome folks who love books as much as you do!

Also, http://www.indiebookstoreday.com/ is hosting a Twitter party Thursday, April 25, at 10 a.m Pacific; join them in using the hashtag #BookstoreDay.

6. Easter was a relatively low key event on my end. Brunch with family. No young children, so no big effort but always good food and laughs. Hope your day was just as enjoyable, whether you celebrate Easter or not.



Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Trauma Cleaner

Title: The Trauma Cleaner: One Woman's Extraordinary Life in the Business of Death, Decay, and Disaster


Author: Sarah Krasnostein

Genre: Non-fictioin

Rating3/5- Good. Read it, have a good time and move on. Or not.

Book Source: Library



What Its About:  
Sarah Krasnostein offers a look into the life of Sandra Pankhurst, a transgender woman who was adopted at an early age, named Peter, and then systematically abused and mistreated until he was old enough to run away.

Pankhurst struggled to find her place in the world, marrying and having children, spending time as a drag queen, and trying to fulfill her role as a responsible father and husband. Eventually, Pankhurst needed to accept herself and underwent gender reassignment surgery, spending years as a sex worker to support herself during her mental and physical transition.

Pankhurst married again later in life and established herself as a well-known and respected businesswoman in her home town. However, after the family business failed and Pankhurst's husband died, she found herself focusing on her strengths. She opened a cleaning business, which segued to fill a noticeable gap in her area, trauma clean-up.

Krasnostein alternates between chapters about Pankhurst's life and stories of the homes they enter to assist in cleaning, either due to hoarding, death, or other catastrophes. She speaks lovingly of Sandra Pankhurst, displaying a deep friendship and a respect for the life that Pankhurst has survived. And acknowledging the kindness and caring that Pankhurst shares could only have come from experiencing a life such as hers.








The Bottom Line: 
This was a good read. I was a bit disappointed in the limited discussion of the clients and their situations. The majority of the book, and truly the story, is Pankhurst's history which is extremely interesting. She is a strong, amazing woman. I found a YouTube video of an interview with her and you are left really respecting and liking her. But, I really was hoping for more info about the trauma side of the business. I just can't return to those trauma YouTube videos!


Thursday, April 11, 2019

Bookish and Not-So-Bookish Thoughts

Bookish and Not-So-Bookish Thoughts is a weekly blogging event hosted by Bookishly Boisterous. It allows book bloggers (and not so bookish bloggers) to write about pretty much anything, bookish or otherwise.



Not our actual condo!
1. Scraping and sanding and painting, oh my! Hubby and I are several months into fixing up his old condo with the hopes of selling it this spring. It's been...a process. It will be really nice to say goodbye to hubby's bachelor's pad and to the responsibility of landlording.

2. Have you heard about Catherine Price's new title, How to Break Up With Your Phone? Why, in God's name, would I want to break up with my best friend ever? I love this thing! It provides me with email, telephones calls and texts, books to read, all of my music (via Pandora and an SD card), games to play, a photo album, daily news, an alarm to wake me up in the morning, etc., etc. If the thing cooked I wouldn't need my husband! (JK of course!) But give it up, never! 

Now if someone would just write a book about giving up your iPad...that thing is a time-suck!  

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But seriously, the book looks interesting. I have to add it to my TBR list.


3. I've got some serious carpel tunnel issues friends. I developed it in college packing books for the University press, but it's been getting progressively worse at my current job. Whoever decided that a countertop sitting on a filing cabinet is "desk height" was an idiot! I have a doctor's appointment this weekend. Hopefully she has some suggestions other than surgery or cortisone injections.

4. Our taxes are finally ready and... 

 


We went from getting a generous check back annually to owing almost $10k! To be fair, there were extenuating circumstances this year. But even without that, the difference was hugely substantial!

The next elections cannot come soon enough!

5. So, as a higher education professional (and a middle-lower class kid who worked hard for what I got) this college cheating scandal is on everyone's minds and hearts. So many hardworking students who potentially lost out on life-changing opportunities while rich families bought their way in. Nothing surprising or new, I realize. But no less heartbreaking just the same. I am proud of my organization's stance on this issue and the efforts they make to ensure that admissions is fair and impartial.

6. Good people in the world...for sure!

https://www.cbsnews.com/video/teacher-reads-bedtime-stories-to-students-on-live-stream/

7. Looking forward to a long weekend. How about you?


Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Scratch Beginnings - Shepard

Title: Scratch Beginnings: Me, $25, and the Search for the American Dream


Author: Adam Shepard

Genre: Memoir

Rating3/5- Good. Read it, have a good time and move on. Or not.

Book Source: Library



What Its About:  
After Adam Shephard graduated from Merrimack College, he decided to challenge himself to a social experiment. Leaving home with $25, the clothes on his back, a sleeping bag (complete with air pillow) and not much more, Shephard set off for warm and sunny Charleston, South Carolina to prove that anyone can overcome poverty and homelessness. He set five goals for himself and gave himself a one-year timeline to complete them:

1. Obtain a steady job.
2. Live in a furnished apartment.
3. Purchase a vehicle. 
4. Establish $2,500 in savings. 
5. Be in a position to continue to improve himself.


Further, he opted not to utilize his past history (college degree, work experience or references) to obtain jobs. He left his past behind. 

After a rocky start, Shephard found himself at Crisis Ministries, a homeless shelter, soup kitchen, and support network. He used the tools and opportunities offered to focus on achieving his goals. Over the next weeks, Shephard took on temp work until he was able to secure a permanent position with a moving company. He saved his paltry paychecks until he could afford a car, an apartment and until he me this savings goal.

After only 10 months, Shephard had achieved his goals, made some friends, and put himself in a position to continue to improve himself. Ultimately, his experiment was cut short as he found himself needing to return to his birth home to care for ailing parents. But, having met his goals, he felt successful in his experiment.








The Bottom Line: 
So, white-male-college-graduate-hipster slums it for a while. Hmm...inventive, not so much. 

More interestingly, though, has he really proven anything? Has he created a pathway for his fellow homeless to follow toward success and prosperity? In my opinion, no. Shephard doesn't face the struggles that many homeless do: mental illness, physical and mental deficiencies (perhaps from limited nutrition growing up), the knowledge that there is no cushion to fall back on (ie - returning  to family if times get tough - this makes you more willing to go out on a limb) or the knowledge that this life will eventually come to and end (this must make sleeping on the floor of a shelter much more acceptable), truly being alone in the world, racism, little or no role models from whom to develop things such as determination and being able to stand up for oneself, and perhaps the most important issue limited/poor education.

Can a college-educated white man from a strong family with experience using computers and a strong sense of self (as one would have to have to attempt such an experiment) succeed? Of course. And so could some of the other men he met at the shelter. But some of them could not. Yet, he feels that their situations are similar, if not equal. He offers a one-size-fits-all, "Work hard. Sacrifice cell phones and eating out and all will work out." answer. In reality, however, there are a great many disparities that he fails to address that renders this experiment questionable.

That said, the book is entertaining. It is interesting look into what he learned about others in that situation and the friends he made. One can only hope that he took some of the money he made from the book publishing to pay Crisis Ministries back for the cost of housing and feeding him for months, while other truly needy men may have gone without. Just my two cents.

Monday, April 08, 2019

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading - 04/8/19

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? a place to meet up and share what you have been, and are about to be reading over the week. It’s a great post to organize yourself. It’s an opportunity to visit and comment and er… add to your groaning TBR pile! So welcome in everyone. This meme started on J Kaye’s blog and then was hosted by Sheila from Book Journey. Sheila then passed it on to Kathryn here at The Book Date.



Currently Reading:




Just Finished:






Saturday, April 06, 2019

Friday, April 05, 2019

Yea or Nay: Rereading Books












Do you reread books? Do your return to a few loved titles every once in a while to remind yourself why you loved them so?

Advantages

  • You can revisit oldies but goodies. You can relive childhood favorites. 
  • You can possibly recapture not just the feelings from the story, but you might get the feels from where you were when you read the book (like listening to an old song from prom night, type of thing).
  • You might better understand something that you didn't fully catch the first time around. 
  • You might read something new into the text, given you are a different more mature person with different, newer experiences. You might learn something about yourself in the new reading.
  • It's free, if you already own the book. And reading books you already have slows the roll on your growing book piles.
  • If your family sees you reading that book that's been sitting around for years, they may stop asking why you keep "so many books if you aren't going to read them?!?!"


Disadvantages

  • Four letters, T I M E. Who's got time for a repeat, when there are sooooo many on your TBR pile?
  • And frankly, you already know the ending...boring.
  • You might be disappointed the second time around. You may not love it as much as you did the first time. Again, you are a different person now.

I'm on the fence on this one. I don't tend to reread. But I can see why some folks do. I have kept some books with the thought that I might. But then I look over at the TBR list and do the math...~13,000 books by 1-2 books a week by 52 weeks a year...eek! I'll never get through them all! There just isn't enough time!!

What is that quote, "God put me on earth to read a certain number of books. At this rate, I'll never die!"?



Of course, you should feel like rereading isn't worth it because there clearly are benefits. But personally, the benefits don't outweigh the pleasures of discovering new books.

Friday, March 22, 2019

Page-A-Day Calendar


A secret apartment above a library, and in NYC no less?! Anyone else just find this to be the epitome of NIRVANA?!?

Sign me up, I'm selling my home and moving as soon as possible!

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Idaho - Ruskovich

Title: Idaho


Author: Emily Ruskovich
Genre: Fiction, Women's Fiction

Rating3/5- Good. Read it, have a good time and move on. Or not.

Book Source: Library

 
 

What Its About:  
Ann is determined to figure out what happened. For years, she has lived with her husband Wade in his mountain home, teaching students to play piano and shaping their lives together. But Wade is slowly losing his memory to Alzheimers; and Ann is desperate to learn as much of his history as she can before she loses him.

Wade's previous wife Jenny is in jail for a horrific act of violence, killing her own daughter. And their second child has been missing since that day. Ann, who recalls her piano lessons with Wade prior to the murder, wonders if her perceived emotional connection to Wade led to this violent and evil act and cannot seem to let go the possibility that she was the cause of the event.

In many different voices, we learn about Ann's, Wade' and Jenny's lives and learn how Ann tries to take responsibility for the event, recreating Wade's life after the loss, and helping Jenny as well, whether out of guilt or responsibility.








The Bottom Line: 
If the reader is looking for some hard-core answers, you will not get them from this book. Some stories, experiences, cannot be explained and the events in this book are no different. However, the stories are so well written, the prose so fitting, that you are left not minding the loss. Rather, you feel like you got all you bargained for and more.

An exceptional story, well worth the read.


Finalist for the New York Public Library's Young Lions Fiction Award

Monday, March 18, 2019

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? - 03/18/19

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? a place to meet up and share what you have been, and are about to be reading over the week. It’s a great post to organize yourself. It’s an opportunity to visit and comment and er… add to your groaning TBR pile! So welcome in everyone. This meme started on J Kaye’s blog and then was hosted by Sheila from Book Journey. Sheila then passed it on to Kathryn here at The Book Date.


Currently Reading



I've randomly found a few "trauma cleaner" videos on YouTube. They are NOT. PRETTY. But they do spark some weird...interest in the watcher. So I figured this is a good way to satisfy that interest, without the gore.


Just Finished


Friday, March 15, 2019

Yea or Nay: Audio Books


There are many folks who love audio books and equally as many who just don't, for a multitude of reasons. Here are some thoughts...

Advantages
  • Audio books are cheap, convenient, and portable. You can get them for a few dollars or grab them from your library. You can listen to them in your car, on your phone, working out, just about anywhere.
  • Audio books can be shared over various electronics (computer, phone, iPod or iPad, etc.) and therefore require no carrying around of books or ereaders.
  • They don't take up a lot of space, very convenient if you have a small apartment/home.
  • They are eco-friendly.
  • They are easier on your eyes.
  • Narrators and authors can share audio books with emotion and pronunciation that you might misread (Hermione!). They can introduce new vocabulary or difficult names.
  • They allow for a shared listening of a story, for example on a road-trip, which opens up opportunities to discuss with a partner.
  • Audio books can allow readers to access content that is beyond their reading level. Children for example or making longer classics accessible for someone who otherwise couldn't get through them.
  • Audio books teach critical listening skills.
Disadvantages
  • Some people hate having books read to them.
  • Initial costs. Along with a book file you will need to provide technology to play it (phone, computer, etc.) with speakers or headphones.
  • No real way to mark or tag passages or save comments/thoughts on what you have read.
  • You must actually be relatively tech-savy to get audio books onto your player, with any required apps, and then figure out how to access and play them. And, files can be lost.
  • Audio books make you anti-social as you block out others while listening.
  • If you are easily distracted, its easy to lose your place.

In my opinion...

Audio books are convenient, but they NOT reading (in my humble opinion). Just like watching a movie of a book isn't reading.

And frankly, I just cannot concentrate on the intricacies of the story, cannot visualize the characters or environments when someone is reading to me. And I am way to easily distract...




Nope, audio books are not for me!


What about you?


Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Suburban Junkie - Jude Hassan

Title: Suburban Junky: From Honor Roll to Heroin Addict


Author: Jude Hassan
PublishedGenre: Memoir


Rating3/5- Good. Read it, have a good time and move on. Or not.

Book Source: Library

Recommended if you like: Memoirs, Family and Relationships, Drug Culture

 

What Its About:  
Jude Hassan was always a "good kid": good grades, involved in sports, close to his family. He had a lot to look forward too.  After moving to a new town however, Jude decides he wants to be something new, something fun. He wants to be popular. He wants to make friends and date girls and have a good time. Jude makes a new friend, a buddy who can hook him up with friends, girls...and drugs.

Peer pressure, naivet├ę, and curiosity lead Jude down a steep, scary slope. What begins as an innocent couple of drinks and tokes of marijuana turns surprisingly quickly to a heroin addiction. Within a few months, he is hooked and his perfect life has slipped away. 

Losing his parents trust doesn't reach him. Ending up in trouble with the law doesn't reach him. It's only by the sheet grace of God that Jude is able to get control, with the guidance and love of his dying father, as well as a burning guilt of what he has done and lost. 








The Bottom Line: 
A very interesting read. Hassan spares nothing in his honest and detailed explanation of how quickly drug use can get a hold of you and lead to poor choices, bad decisions, and loss of control. Some of the book (particularly how his mother spoke to him) felt a bit contrived, silly. Of course, I can't possibly know...but I chose to believe that he was rewriting her words for ease. But overall this book was well written. Worth a read.

Monday, March 11, 2019

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? - 03/11/19

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? a place to meet up and share what you have been, and are about to be reading over the week. It’s a great post to organize yourself. It’s an opportunity to visit and comment and er… add to your groaning TBR pile! So welcome in everyone. This meme started on J Kaye’s blog and then was hosted by Sheila from Book Journey. Sheila then passed it on to Kathryn here at The Book Date.


Still Reading:


Yep, still reading this one. Its well written...but dense.















Up Next:

Not sure yet...suggestions?


Friday, March 08, 2019

Bookish and Not-So-Bookish Thoughts

Bookish and Not-So-Bookish Thoughts is a weekly blogging event hosted by Bookishly Boisterous. It allows book bloggers (and not so bookish bloggers) to write about pretty much anything, bookish or otherwise.




It's Friday y'all!

Tax season is upon us. Hubby and I have an appointment with our new tax-prep person next weekend. We had been using the same guy for years, but as we sold our condo this year we needed someone who handles the more...advanced tax issues, like capital gains. Blah! Oh well, the sooner it's over the better.

Hubby bought a new car this week, used as always. But he bought a Honda with only 40k miles, so we expect it to last him for years (assuming no major accidents). Hoping to pick it up this weekend.

The Nobel Foundation has announced that the Nobel Prize in Literature for both 2018 and 2019 will be awarded later in 2019. 2018's prize, as you likely know, was put on hold due to a sexual assault scandal.

Along with two kitties, hubby and I have a fish tank. At one time, our 55 gallon tank held quite a few fishies. We are now down to two fairly large babies. Unfortuantely, we discovered Wednesday the tank was leaking. Thankfully we were both working from home due to doctor's appointments. We rushed to get them switched to an emergency tank, but it will take a few days to get another tank we own set up and acclimated (its a bit bigger than this emergency tank). All this to say, my home is currently a freakin' nightmare with fish supplies and tanks laying all over the place. I know what my weekend looks like!

And the cats have finally discovered that we have fish... We had to surround the tank with boxes to keep the kitties short-term memory blank.

We finally got our snow day here in Boston. We got two storms this past weekend. The first was a big 'ole bummer. We barely got two inches. The second was Sunday night into Monday and was supposed to be six inches...we got fourteen. Yipee! Monday was a half day, but I worked from home as I needed to handle snow removal (hubby's still hurting from the accident and is PT bound).

Now that we've had our snow day, I am ready for summer! That's it. I'm good. Let's go with the sunny, warm days and vacation days off. And, of course, after months of abnormal 30-40 degree days, it's now 12-18 degrees EVERY DAY! March is acting like February. Pooh!

Remember this weekend is daylight savings everyone. I hate losing the hour of sleep, but I like the evening sunshine.

Tuesday, March 05, 2019

Lost Girls of Camp Forevermore - Fu

Title: The Lost Girls of Camp Forevermore


Author: Kim Fu

Genre: Fiction, YA Fiction
Rating
3/5- Good. Read it, have a good time and move on. Or not.

Book Source: Library

 
Recommended if you like: YA Fiction, Women's fiction


 

What Its About:  
A small group of young girls - Nita, Andee, Isabel, Dina, and Siobhan - set off for an overnight canoeing trip with their veteran guide. The guide opts to change the camping destination at the last minute, despite the dangers of doing so. Sadly, she passes away that evening while the girls sleep in their tents. The girls are left facing the most difficult and terrifying experience of their young lives. Stranded on an unknown island alone, they must find help or save themselves and in turn grow up quickly.

An exploration of how the event affects the girls’ actions and alliances during the trip, as well as how the experience shapes the rest of their lives via interspersed chapters of the girls, now women, experiences later in life.



The Bottom Line: 

I didn't love this story. Nor did I hate it. It was well written, entertaining. But it did not leave me with a wow-factor ending. Rather, it was more like a strong, but quiet whisper. Worth the read.


Saturday, March 02, 2019

5-4-3-2-1

Thanks Christine at Bookishly Boisterous for this idea. 


5- The Last Things I’ve Read
1. Work emails 
2. My page-a-day calendar, Sa Sartiglia (Oristano, Italy)
3. An article about what it would take to impeach someone...just research, ya know
4. Idaho by Emily Ruskovich
5. Facebook

4- What I Really Want to Draw
1. A landscape scene with a lake in graphite
2. A child's portrait with colored pencils
3. A tree branch with intricate bark and a pine cone, perhaps in tinted charcoal
4. An animal, in pastels, with distinct fur patterns that is good enough to inspire commissions (or anything good enough to inspire commissions, honestly)

3- Things I expect to be doing this weekend
1. Helping hubby car shop (his was officially totaled this past week when some guy rear-ended him)
2. Working on painting and cleaning our rental condo for a quick sale this spring
3. Hunkering down in the foot or so of snow we are expecting

2- Items I would like to eat right now
1. Homemade banana bread with nuts
2. The leftover Chinese food in my fridge right now

1- I want more than anything
1. Financial security enough to retire early and spend the rest of my days creating art, making music, and volunteering with animals. I don't ask for much, do I?


Thursday, February 28, 2019

Yea or Nay: Ebooks


For years I was always a hands-on book reader. I couldn't imagine choosing to read any other way. The feel of the paper, the smell of the binding, the "shopping" trips to the library - they were irreplaceable.

I have finally came to my senses. Yes, books are wonderful (I currently have hundreds in my shelf waiting to be read). But I have come to realize how much more convenient ebooks are for me riding the commuter rail to work every day. And, after several attempts (and purchasing a larger screened cell phone), I have gotten used to the change in medium and am finally comfortable reading ebooks on my phone or iPad.

Disadvantages
  • No touchy-feels or smelly-smells. Ebooks just lack that special "bookness" we all love.
  • Ebooks need to be charged. Books never run out of power.
  • Blue light.
  • After spending the day at work, my eyes are just tired of staring at a screen.
  • Ebooks/Ereaders just don't look as pretty on the shelf as real books do.
  • Ebooks are easier to steal in mass quantity. I mean, how many of us have never sold a traditional book at a yard sale, right? But someone could share an ebook file with countless people at once, a deterrent for publishers for sure.
  • So many ereaders and file formats, which to pick? And the initial cost output is greater.
  • And the learning curve of purchasing, downloading, etc.
  • And files can get lost/erased. Try erasing a traditional book...no seriously, I'll wait.
  • There is nothing like turning that last page and realizing you did it, you finished the whole book!
Advantages
  • More eco-friendly. Save the trees! Minimize the pollutants and such from production! Minimize the paper sent to junkyards and landfills!
  • Ebooks tend to be cheaper because of the above.
  • Ebooks can be read in the dark...and your spouse thanks you.
  • No need to travel to the store to purchase, just hit the power button and browse the library/online store - ease and eco-friendly!
  • Ebooks are much lighter...ie you can carry thousands of book choices at once.
  • Ebooks are alternatively-capable/disabled friendly. Those with sight impairments can increase fonts, those who cannot hold a traditional book and turn pages can often place a reader on their lap and touch the screen lightly to change pages.
  • Multi-media. Gone are the days of black and white pictures, now we can include audio, video and internet links to increase the entertainment value of our books.
  • Ebooks allow for quick and easy note taking, passage marking, and text searches (what did the author say about that topic or character earlier?!).
The hardest thing for me was to adjust to the new medium. But once I did it, I was sold. Now I am glad to read an ebook anytime. I do still buy traditional books and will, of course, continue to read them. But doing both has opened up possibilities for me and I always welcome new ways to incorporate books into my life!

What about you? Do you eread or not?!

Monday, February 25, 2019

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? - 02/25/19

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? a place to meet up and share what you have been, and are about to be reading over the week. It’s a great post to organize yourself. It’s an opportunity to visit and comment and er… add to your groaning TBR pile! So welcome in everyone. This meme started on J Kaye’s blog and then was hosted by Sheila from Book Journey. Sheila then passed it on to Kathryn here at The Book Date.

Currently Reading
Finished Reading


Nipping away at this one slowly...

Saturday, February 23, 2019

Christmas additions to the family...

The Holidays.

I don't tend to ask for books for the holidays. I use the library a lot (particularly ebooks on my phone). And, when I do purchase books they are usually from books sales, discount stores, yard sales, etc. To put it frankly, I'm cheap. I just can't spend full price on books, or anything really. Don't believe me, look back on my couponing blogs.

[And yes, I still coupon...not quite as much, but as much as possible.]

But every year, my family goes... "Uh, what should I get her?! I know...books!" Don't get me wrong, I'm not complaining or anything. I'm a terrible person to buy gifts for...if I need/want something, I just buy it (you should have seen my Black Friday haul this year!). Sometimes those gifts are a home run, sometimes they are good "to be read asap" options, and other times they get put on my TBR pile "until I need something to read." But admittedly, I always cringe a little when a full-price book comes home.

What I got this year...
Great choices!











And:

HOMERUN!



Thursday, February 21, 2019

Bookish and Not-So-Bookish Thoughts

Bookish and Not-So-Bookish Thoughts is a weekly blogging event hosted by Bookishly Boisterous. It allows book bloggers (and not so bookish bloggers) to write about pretty much anything, bookish or otherwise.


1. For a short week, this one is dragging a bit...isn't it?! #comeonweekend!


2. RIP Peter Tork.


For those of you who are saying... "Who?" You might remember him as "the blond one".





3. If you work, does your company provide any staff appreciation events? If so...do they do it well? How important is staff morale where you work? How might you handle a substantial cut in support, but still having to serve the same number of people with an event that doesn't negatively effect staff morale (even if the balance of funds is being transferred to a valuable cause)?

Just asking for a friend.

4. The Ezra Jack Keats Foundation, in partnership with the de Grummond Children's Literature Collection at The University of Southern Mississippi, announced the winners for the 2019 Ezra Jack Keats Award:


The 2019 Ezra Jack Keats Award winner for Writer is:
John Sullivan , for Kitten and the Night Watchman

Illustrated by Taeeun Yoo 
Published by Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books


The 2019 Ezra Jack Keats Award winner for Illustrator is:
Oge Mora , for Thank you, Omu!

Written by Oge Mora 
Published by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

4. Do you listen to the radio/internet radio at work? If so, what station do you use? I am still using Pandora, but wonder how outdated I am.

5. I definitely have to find a way to get more sleep at night. I am a bonafide night owl, who has to get up at 6 a.m. for my work commute five days a week. But even when I am wiped out, I still have trouble getting to sleep before about 11 p.m. Every day I am increasingly more tired until the weekend comes and I can sleep in to catch up. I'd be frustrated...if I wasn't so tired.

6. "Hate groups in US at highest level in 2 decades," according to an organization that tracks white supremacists and other far-right extremists. 'Nough said.