Friday, February 25, 2011

Books I've read lately

Thanks to my Nook, I've read more books in the last month that I read in the previous two years.  I've been surprised to find out that some of the free books really are good ones.  "The Apothecary's Daughter" by Julie Klassen, is an example.  I just finished it a couple of days ago and enjoyed it.  It was recently featured as a Friday freebie, but I see it isn't free now.  
Thanks to the fact that I use Swagbucks as a search engine, I've gotten over $40 worth of Nookbooks free; I trade in my Swagbucks for e-gift cards and buy books I wouldn't otherwise spring for.  Most Nookbooks cost $10 or less, so I'm loving my Swagbucks.  
If you haven't read "Water for Elephants" and have a Nook reader, it's only $5; it's one of my favorite books of all time, and Cliff enjoyed it, too.  I didn't download it, since I kept the paperback.  .
The very first book I started reading on my Nook was Anna Karenina.  I got to page 669 (of 1180) and then decided to take a break and read "At Home" by Bill Bryson, which I found quite interesting, even though at times I got a little more information that I would have liked (yuck).  
Since then, I've read a couple of shorter books.  I will get back to Anna Karenina, trust me.  I've gotten acquainted with the characters and I want to see what happens to them all.  
I've just started "Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet".  Excellent, so far!  When I'm shopping for Nookbooks, I check the synopsis of the story and read a few of the customer ratings.  Doing this, I have yet to be disappointed in a purchase.  
Of course, I've read three or four library books on my Nook, too.  I do get impatient waiting for some of them to become available; there's a waiting list for e-books, just as there is for real ones.  Also, I've had some problem at times getting the library book from my computer onto the Nook.  
Since I bought the Ipad, I have both the Kindle app and the Nook app installed on it.  I still don't care for the backlighting, though. I prefer the actual e-reader.  
Now, I know a lot of people say they'd rather hold a real book in their hands: something tells me they haven't tried reading an entire book on an e-reader, because I find it SO much easier to hold, and I don't have to worry about what to do with the book when I'm done.  
However, if I'm at a garage sale and see a cheap book that looks interesting, I will buy it.    
Meanwhile, I probably have enough books on the Nook to last me for two years, even if I didn't download any more. 

It's been a good winter for reading:  the current mess outside my window wasn't supposed to amount to anything, but it looks to me as if we got at least four inches of snow.  Way to go, weathermen.  You're all fired.


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

I had a stash of books all lined up for winter reading and I've come to the bottom of the pile so now I'll be using my Kindle. I'm looking forward to seeing what all they have to offer. I can't spend much but have heard there are some free ones out there so that is what I'm looking at first. We have a good 6 inches on the ground so far today and it was predicted here so they are right on the money...just waiting for it to clear so we can shovel out once again.

Midlife Mom said...

I've read more this winter then normal as we have had such a harsh one. I think the Water for Elephants sounds interesting as I went to the site that gave a write up about it. The bank is giving a free Kindle when you open a new account so I think I will do that and give it a try. If I don't like it (the Kindle) at least it didn't cost me anything. I have always loved to read. As a child I spent many, many hours reading.

Love your new header picture, you always have good ones.

Ms Martyr said...

I am so intrigued by a Kindle that I'm sure I'll get one someday. On the other hand, my brother read that Boarders book store is shutting down both where he lives and here in Anchorage. That saddens me as I love to spend an afternoon in a bookstore. I will miss the displays calling my attention to a book or magazine that I might never have considered. We used to have a local bookstore chain that was wiped out by the big companies. Now the big chains are being killed by electronics. Sorry, I'll go rant on my own blog.

Forty Pound Sack said...

Water for Elephants is one of the best books I've read in a long time. Do you have to "back up" your Nook to something? I'm such a klutz, I could see myself dropping something like that about an hour after I added a pile of new books to it.....

Margaret said...

Water for Elephants was great! I wasn't fond of The Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet(although I loved the title); I thought it was poorly written and cheesy. Most of the rest of my book club liked it though, so I shut up. :)I need to make a decision on the netbook situation. However, with all the medical bills coming in, I just don't know if I should spend the money. :(

Anonymous said...

If you have the Kindle app, are you aware that you can download a "sample" of a book (consisting of a couple of chapters) so you can decide if you want to buy it. I'm not familiar with the Nook, but I love that feature of the Kindle.

Donna said...

Yes, Anon, you can download a sample on the Nook as well. I usually study up on a book so well before I download it that I'm fairly sure I'll like it without getting a sample. I'm careful how I spend my Swagbucks!

madcobug said...

I have been reading a lot in my e-reader, some interesting and some not so interesting, just something to do. Helen