Monday, December 06, 2010

Reading

My Nook ereader arrived Saturday; I'm figuring it out one step at a time.  It's very user-friendly, so I'm not having much trouble.  
I can make myself more comfortable now when I read.  I lay the nook down on my lap, only reaching down to "turn a page".  
Thanks to bloggie and Facebook friends, I've found I have access to lots of free books on the Internet;  Inkmesh is great for finding the freebies.  There are classics I've always wanted to read, and great old books like "The Good Earth" and "Grapes of Wrath" that I read in high school and will certainly read again, if I live long enough.  
Looking at the free downloads on the Barnes and Noble site, most of the newer free books on the list don't much appeal to me.  There are love stories, which I dislike unless there's a bigger theme in the background, and several vampire-themed stories.  I don't care for fantasy, fairies, witches or vampires.  I was once in a reading group whose monthly selection was "The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe".  I understand the symbolism in the book, but talking animals just don't do it for me unless we're talking about comic books.  
I actually lean toward biographies:  My two recent favorites are "The Color of Water" and "The Glass Castle".  Those are true-life stories that amazed me; Cliff enjoyed them, too.  
I loved "Water for Elephants", which isn't a biography but sort of feels like one, in the same way "Green Mile" does.   
I'm not quite sure about this business of reading library books on my Nook and how it's going to work:  I downloaded a book I wanted onto my computer, registered my computer and did all the right things.  The Nook shows up on my computer, but I'm not allowed to click and drag the book onto it.  One of these days I'll go to the library, talk to someone, and see what's going on.  I have plenty of books to keep me busy in the meantime.  I'm tackling "Anna Karenina" at present; wish me luck, it's a long book.  I hope I don't get discouraged trying to remember which character is which.  I thought the old Germans around here had long last names, but that's nothing compared to Russian surnames.     
I'll keep you posted.  

12 comments:

Hollie said...

Sounds like a great investment! Enjoy!

I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

It should be a source of endless entertainment for you. As winter is really setting it's the perfect time to have plenty of reading handy. Have a great Monday!

Midlife Mom said...

Sounds good! I always need something to read at all times so I can see why this would come in really handy!

Lindie said...

I am determined to get a Nook. My daughter offered to buy it for me but I told her she could contribute but not the whole thing. I like reading mysteries or period pieces, not too many biographies. I want this mainly for trips because the books are so heavy in my suitcase! My senior English teacher ruined John Steinbeck for me. Maybe I need to read him again.

madcobug said...

Glad that your Nook got there. I make my folders to put books in, then use
http://calibre-ebook.com/ to put them in and transfer them to my Sony reader. Thanks for that book site I will check it out. Helen

TARYTERRE said...

Glad you are enjoying your Nook. Great early Christmas present. Thanks for the link to Inkmesh.

Margaret said...

I love getting new things(and would love a reader) but hate the learning curve! I have a low level of frustration.

Angela said...

The Glass Castle is a good one and if your a Steinbeck fan, also try East of Eden. It's a long one, but well worth the ride.

Lori said...

Glad you got your Nook and that it's pretty user-friendly! Have fun getting reacquainted with some classics.

Candice said...

Sounds like you'll be enjoying your new toy. Aren't they in color now? Very cool.

Lindie said...

I went to Odessa and got a library card. Then I went to Oak Grove and asked them again when they were getting with the program! They think they will have ereaders available within the next 5 to 7 weeks. So go to Oak Grove and get a library card there too!

Astaryth said...

Glad you are enjoying the Nook. It is pretty user friendly, but the more you get into it the more neat little things you find

Be sure and 'follow' B&N and Nook on Facebook so you'll remember to check out the Friday Freebie each week. Like you, I don't care for Romances, but they seem to try to have a variety of different things... although it always seems to me that the Friday Freebies lean towards Mysteries, which are o.k., but not my favorite reading :)