Wonderful Ways of Reading and Latest Reads O’ Mine

Just look what Santa TOTALLY surprised me with this Christmas:

Yep, a Sony eReader!  The picture to the left is the sweet lit’l cover that came with it while the picture to the right is what’s found when the cover is opened. While I pondered if I wanted an eReader or not, the Santa in my life surprised me and boy do I LOVE it! This is a Sony PocketReader–no internet, no sound, nothin’ but good reading ahead. I have a laptop and a BlackBerry, all I want my eReader to do is let me read books. Santa SO scored on this one!

For me, the question has never, ever been ‘books OR eReader’. I love to read and I will take it any way I can. I love the feels and smells of my paper books and I enjoy the convenience and abilities of my eReader. Reading while eating is so easy–no book to hold open, just use one finger to press a button. This is a big deal for avid readers, is it not?!?


The picture to the right >>> over there is how I get my reading fixes these days–any and every way possible! I enjoy using Border’s mobile eReader app on my BlackBerry (have tried B&N and Kindle apps as well, Border’s wins for smoothness and ease).  Actually, that above mentioned perk goes beyond eating whilst reading, it’s great anytime.  I really like having several books handy when traveling or waiting whilst out and about. What a fantastic and wondrous world we’re living in!!

So, having all my reading opportunities in place and always at my fingertips, what have I been reading?

*How To Bake A Perfect Life by Barbara O’Neal– Even if you are not a baker or ever intend to bake, this is simply a good story–an enjoyable story. The characters are believable and likable, I turned pages wanting to know more. I hope to see these characters again in further stories.

*Chasing The Night by Iris Johansen– I have enjoyed reading Ms. Johansen for quite some time now. I like her Eve Duncan and Joe Quinn characters–including Jane and Trevor(both of whom were not in this book but I hope will have another appearance soon).

*The Fiery Cross and A Breath Of Snow And Ashes by Diana Gabaldon– I have loved the Outlander series of books by this lady from the very first one and have read all of them thus far. These books were the first ever novels that I wanted to re-read in bits and pieces, just stroll through and visit friends from time to time. I think that is perhaps the best feeling a reader can have about characters. I have never in my entire 40 years–and I’ve been reading voraciously as long as I can remember–wanted to just pick pages to re-read in a book before this series came along.

I hope you’re finding great reads that bring you comfort, excitement, peace, laughs…whatever it is you seek at the time!

~Happy Reading!


Well…Hello Digital Books…

I’m one of those avowed book lovers who swears that no ‘puter screen or eReader could ever fill the shoes a good book in my hand can. I love the textures, the smells, turning pages…yep, in my hand.

That being said…recent snow (and more snow)falling from the sky and drifting on my driveway and making roads dangerous has a way of deterring me from any desire to venture away from home to my beloved library. Enter my first ebook<<<stage left. Desperate for something new to read, I went to the newly launched, shiny Google Ebooks site, clicked on a free Adventures of Sherlock Holmes and…the rest is history.

I now believe avowed book lovers like myself who love the very smell of books–the older the better–can surely also be ones who love to read, whatever the medium. That, rather than detracting from my love of books and/or my experience, digital formats are merely another tool in my toolbox.

Whether or not I will ever buy an eReader remains to be seen but my BlackBerry (JARVIS) and my laptop(Calypso) both have brought digital books into my life. And what a wonderful life it is!

**Let it be noted that until the above mentioned click, this reader had never ventured into a Sherlock Holmes story on paper–well, in a book…I mean, had never read a Sherlock Holmes story firsthand, I should say. While I shall save details for another post, suffice it to say that only pages(clicks)into this book, I am a new fan.**