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E-Readers vs Physical Books 

This is a very tiring argument but I wanted to add my own two cents…

Nothing beats the experience of walking into a bookstore and inhaling that beautiful scent of books, or grabbing a book and flipping through the pages, or just holding it in your hands feeling the smoothness of the book. It just feels… right.

It was just a few short years ago when I joined the dark side. I bought my first tablet in 2013, but I went in completely clueless and blindsided. Notice I said tablet. I was not familiar at all to the digital world as far as ebooks went but I had heard about the Nook from Barnes & Noble and headed to the store to check out was all the fuss was about. The Nook HD was pretty pricey but from what I read and what was explained to me, it was worth it. Of course the employees would talk up their product, right? Well, I purchased it anyway because I really thought I would use it.

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At first, I loved it, I even bought a cute little case for it thinking this was going to be a great tool for me. That feeling quickly evaporated, I maybe read one book on that thing. I was so distracted with the countless other options it had I pretty much forgot what I intended to use it for. On top of that, I couldn’t be on the tablet more than maybe 30 minutes because it would strain my eyes. I eventually let my kids use it as a way to keep them busy while I was doing other things, and for me, passing things on to my kids means that I’m pretty much over that particular fad.

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I used it maybe for an entire year before I switched to the Amazon Kindle. Best. Decision. Ever. I had the Kindle App on my Nook but because I didn’t like how it hurt my eyes, I figured an actual e-reader would be the better option. This time around, I did my research and went to Best Buy to buy this handy little gadget.

I went everywhere with this ereader. I took it to work, read it as I put my kids to sleep. I really did do a lot of reading on it. It helped that Amazon has a bunch of great deals on their ebooks. At the time, I didn’t even think about night time reading. It just didn’t cross my mind. I still hadn’t fully converted into the digital world so this was enough for me. It was another year before I realized that I could be doing a lot of reading during the dark hours of the night.

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I eventually got my favorite ereader of all time, the 6th generation Kindle Paperwhite. I absolutely love this one. I take it everywhere with me and even thought it’s in great condition as far as the surface, it is now laggy because of all the books I own. I recently cleaned it up a bit and flushed out all the books I won’t read, have read and organized them. The battery life is great and I am so grateful for this gadget. E-Readers are a matter of convenience for me and I am not ashamed to admit that I mainly read ebooks. I buy physical books with the intention of reading it, but more often than not, I purchase an ebook copy so I can read it during my lunch break or at nighttime– which are essentially the only times I get to myself.

I don’t like the argument that one is better than the other because reading should be enjoyable no matter the format. For some, it’s more comfortable to read a physical book, and for others, it’s just easier to carry a lightweight piece of technology that holds thousands of ebooks that are at hand if you’re in the mood to read something different everyday. Also, I personally don’t like to carry a book around in my purse where it can get damaged, because I have kid-ninjas that like to go through my stuff behind my back.

Do you have a preference? Let me know in the comments!

Happy reading,

R.

 

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Book Blogging Newbie Tag

1. Why did you start this blog?

I started this blog as a way to get in touch with all sorts of people and discuss a broad range of topics. On Facebook, I tend to comment on different kinds of articles and for the most part, find that I can hold civil conversations with these strangers. This specific blog isn’t specifically for books but the few articles I’ve posted have all been book related but I do plan on writing on various topics soon.

2. What are some fun and unique things you can bring to book blogging?

I love football. I’m a huge NFL and NBA fan, with basketball being my first love. During NFL season I write for NFLFemale.com and talk about my favorite team, the Philadelphia Eagles. If there are any sports fans out there, I would love to be able to talk about football and basketball. I also watch too much TV, and I’m a huge movie buff. I can talk about that, too. I’m interested in the most randomest of things, sometimes it can be embarrassing but I’m hoping that by talking about it, other people will be able to relate and we can gush about our common interest via the internet.

3. What are you most excited for about this new blog?

Meeting new and interesting people. As a mom, I don’t get much time to go out. I have a few close friends that I hang out with occasionally, but outside of work I really don’t get too many opportunities to meet new people. Plus, I can be very awkward and I’m horrible at first impressions. But on the internet, I can be who I am without the fear of being judged on my quirkiness.

4. Why do you love reading?

Because it takes me away from reality. When I was younger, I needed a place to go to so that I can get away from my hectic childhood. My face was always in a book. Now, although I have nothing to complain in my personal life, the real world sucks balls and reading, again, takes me to far away places that I wish I can visit someday and pulls me away from my own thoughts, because sometimes I want to get out of my mind. Reading is much more than something I do, it’s something I am.

5. What book or series got you into reading?

I really don’t remember which one specifically got me into reading. I remember reading the Disney hardcover books, and the Nancy Drew series and the Boxcar Children and The Baby-Sitters club and Amelia Bedelia… I really can’t point out which one in particular got me into reading back then. But I do remember the book that got me out of the reading slump I was in as an adult: I was reading very little because real life had set in, I was a mom of two little ones, working two jobs and at that specific time, we were moving into a new place. Anyway, I was browsing the web and I don’t remember how, but came across books somehow and Miranda Kenneally’s Catching Jordan caught my eye. I ordered it on Amazon and when I got it, I read it at work and finished it in one day. I love that book. Not only because it’s back story is about football, but that book, just like all of Kenneally’s, is just so good. But anyway, I guess I can say that Catching Jordan rekindled my love for reading and I have NOT looked back since. I cherish this book with all of my heart.

6. What questions would you ask your favorite authors?

I really don’t know. If I ever meet Dean Koontz or Stephen King, I would ask what takes them to that dark place and ask what their biggest fear is. I’ve met a few YA authors and asked the usual what books are you writing about next, why did you write about this subject, are they based on people you know, why did you write YA, would you write adult fiction. If I ever get to be one on one with them, I’d probably ask what they liked about the character they wrote or if they have a favorite novel or their favorite author… this is all once I get over my awkward first impression, of course.

7. What challenges do you think starting a blog will be the hardest to overcome?

Staying committed. I don’t think I’ve written anything for the month of March and it’s not because I don’t want to, I just don’t have too much time. I’ve literally started like 4 or 5 articles but get caught up at work or at home with other things that I save them under the drafts thinking I’ll come back to them later only to forget about it or not in the mood to continue writing it. There are lots of things to talk about in the blogosphere, I just have to make sure to stay on top of my blog so that it can continue to grow.

8. When did you start reading?

I have been reading since I can remember. I mean this in the literal sense. I can remember being three or four years old reading little board books. I don’t know if I actually read the words, but I always had a book in my hands. I got in trouble once for reading too much. Seriously. My dad said I spent too much time reading than spending time with family. My dad is very weird.

9. Where do you read?

My room mostly. I do most of my reading at night so…

10. What kind of books do you like to read?

My favorite genre is horror. Any and all subgenres also apply: thriller, suspense, ghost stories, true crime (because let’s face it, serial killers are also known as monsters, and what’s scarier than real life actual living monsters?), paranormal (and not vampires, but like The Exorcist type supernatural), etc. I’m also into Young Adult, Contemporary, Adult Fiction, Chick Lit and I’ve gotten into Sports Romance. The least subject I read about are self-help books. Other than that, if the plot is interesting enough, I’ll give it a shot.

 

 

Welp, that’s about it. I probably revealed a little too much about myself, but oh well.

I have been doing a lot of book shopping this month. Book Outlet had an amazing sale last week and I took advantage. I also came across a rummage sale last weekend and went a little crazy. But I am officially on a book buying ban for the remainder of Spring and Summer, unless any one of my favorite authors come out with a book in which I will pre-order/purchase. But bulk buying is absolutely out of the question. The 2017 NFL Draft is coming at the end of April which means that the NFL schedule will be released around the same time and I have to save up to purchase tickets to see my Eagles since they will be here in SoCal TWICE this  year. I am soooooooooo excited!! 🙂

Anyway, I hope you guys have been having a lovely March 🙂

Happy reading,

R.

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Book Blogger Hop #1

Okay, I seriously have no idea where I got this meme from. I want to say I stumbled upon it while book-blogging-stalking, or it must have been someone new I followed today, but anyway. I guess it doesn’t matter. I found a new book blog in which to follow! 🙂

In my old book blogs, I tried so hard to be current with the book memes and try to participate but I failed every single time. I’m not too sure why, but I could never get on board with them. This one caught my eye and I thought I would participate in these weekly, or at least if the question was interesting enough. Because I saw this today, I am little late, but it starts every Friday and ends the following Thursday. So here goes:


Book Blogger Hop

About Book Blogger Hop

BOOK BLOGGER HOP is hosted by Billy at Ramblings From A Coffee Addicted Writer. Each week the hop will start on a Friday and end on Thursday. There will be a weekly prompt featuring a book related question. The hop’s purpose is to give bloggers a chance to follow other blogs, learn about new books, befriend other bloggers, and receive new followers to your own blog. This week’s question was submitted by Elizabeth from Silver’s Reviews.

Question for week of 2/17-2/23: CAN YOU READ AND WATCH TV OR LISTEN TO THE RADIO AT THE SAME TIME?

In short, yes. As far as TV/Reading, it depends on what I’m

watching. For example, if I’m watching the same kids movie for the billionth time, safe to say I’ll catch up some reading. Or any other television show designed for my children, my face will be in a book whilst keeping an eye on them. Or if my bf is playing video games, or watching a movie I’m not interested in watching, you’ll catch me reading. And even during sports games or shows. Like preseason football games or basketball games early in the season, or anything on ESPN or NFL Network,  I’ll have that on just as background noise. So yeah, safe to say I am able to read and watch TV. But the radio is a different beast. I’ve tried, but it’s hard for me to focus if I have music on. Maybe some jazz or classical music but that’s rare.

See, I grew up in a chaotic home environment. I’m used to being surrounded by loud noises and being constantly interrupted. It doesn’t phase me in the least. I can zone out when I want to. I can’t do that as often as I used to, of course, but when my brain needs a break, I’ll just block everything out for a few minutes.

But tell me: can YOU read and watch TV or listen to the radio at the same time?

R.