I had been saving up for an iPad and waiting for the second gen to come out until recently. The game changer came when I discovered Ken Follett.
I started with Pillars of the Earth and just couldn’t get enough. After battling two monstrous hard backs roughly 1,000 pages long I decided it was time for an e-reader. Also, our bookshelves are more than full. I usually handle this by using swap.com but now I don’t want to wait; I want the next Follett book like I need air. Screw the iPad, I couldn’t wait.
Monday, home from work because of the blizzard, I suddenly had to have one right now. So I did my research and decided that I either needed to get the Nook Color or the Kindle. The Nook Color appealed to me initially because it’s kind of like a watered down iPad for half the price. It has some pretty neat functionality like web surfing, a few game apps, Pandora and that sort of thing.
After some thought I went with the Kindle for these reasons:
- The device really does mimic the pages of a book, which I love.
- I have technology ADD. No matter how good the article I’m reading is, I constantly hop over to other tabs to random things and sometimes forget to come back. If I’m on the Nook, I might do the same thing.
- The Kindle can be read in daylight without glare issues. I don’t exactly sit outside that much but I do read on the bus and inside Starbucks under a large window. The glare on the Nook screen could get annoying.
- The Kindle has better battery life.
- The Kindle weighs half as much as the Nook. This may not seem like much of a selling point but it is when you consider that I’m carrying it around in my cross-body bag with all my other essentials.
- I can get my email on my smart phone (as well as Facebook and Twitter) so the reader doesn’t really need to do that for me. I also have a netbook if I think I’ll need a computer. Working in an office, I’m in front of a computer all day and have three at home. I’m never far from one.
- Price: the new Kindle with wi-fi and 3G is still cheaper than the Nook Color by about $70.
So far I’m very pleased. I forget that I’m holding a device and get lost in the books just like the paper versions. I miss the smell of books but I’ll never give them up completely. I’ve been using it non-stop and haven’t had to charge it once. The sleep screen delights me with a different picture every time and it fits into my Marc Jacobs like a glove.
My Ken Follett fixation continues. Pillars of the Earth, World Without End, Fall of Giants, The Man from St. Petersburg, Trouble Over Water, Eye of the Needle and now on to Whiteout. I love this man. Thank God he’s written a lot of books.
Readers of RachelintheOC’s blog will be happy to know that she’s now publishing a book, A Walk in the Snark: The Best of RachelintheOC. As the name implies, the material is pulled almost exclusively from her website.
Rachel describes herself as a recovering pharmaceuticals rep and spends her spare time making us laugh. I say spare time because she’s a mother, a wife, and a full time snark. That last bit is why I love her so much.
She tells it like it is and isn’t afraid to laugh at herself – or the men around her. Her “Mancode” series attempts to make sense of the strange and often childish things that men do. You know, the things that annoy, inconvenience, or otherwise bewilder us. Like why they can’t remember that we need coffee while they’re at the grocery store and the impossibility of their EVER changing the toilet paper roll.
Rachel is a fiery red head that takes liberties in making up her own words, admits to needing vodka to survive and stands out in the sea of blondes that is Orange County.
In fairness, she accepts that women are creatures of mystery too. She explains why men should never say “we look fine” and why it takes so long for us to get ready.
She knows that the sexes speak different languages and has compiled a guide for both of us. Rachel put it best when she said “Men are from Seinfeld, women are from Friends.”
The first time I came across her blog I found myself reading post after post and laughing the whole time. This book is no different.
Check out A Walk in the Snark as well as the other books in the Blog Tour de Force at http://www.blogtourdeforce.com/Blog_Tour_de_Force/Home.html
The following is an incomplete list of the books I’ve read this year, not entirely in order, accompanied by a loose grading system.
- Sellevision – Augusten Burroughs – C
- Dry – Augusten Burroughs – B
- Autobiography of a Fat Bride – Laurie Notaro – A
- Son of a Witch – Gregory McGuire – A
- Mirror Mirror – Gregory McGuire – B
- Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister – Gregory McGuire – B
- Son of a Witch – Gregory McGuire – A
- A Lion Among Men – Gregory McGuire – A
- You Suck – Christopher Moore – B
- Sex, Drugs & Cocoa Puffs – Chuck Klosterman – C+
- Lamb – Christopher Moore – B
- God id Not Great – Christopher Hutchins – C
- A Dirty Job – Christopher Moore – C
- Heat – Bill Buford – A
- Wicked – Gregory McGuire – A
- The World of Karl Pilkington – Karl Pilkington – A
- Gerald’s Game – Stephen King – D
- Such a Pretty Fat – Jen Lancaster – A+
- Running With Scissors – Augusten Burroughs – B+
- The Martian Chronicles – Ray Bradbury – B
- Good Omens – Neil Gaman – B
- Save Karyn – Karyn Bosnak – A
- We’re Just Like You, Only Prettier – Celia Rivenbark – C+
- Unbearable Lightness of Being – Milan Kundera – A
- When You Are Engulfed in Flames – David Sedaris – A+
- Pretty in Plaid – Jen Lancaster – A+
- The Carrie Diaries – Candace Bushnell – B
- Inappropriate Men –Stacey Ballis – B+
- Not Tonight, Honey – Susan Reinhardt – B+
- 20 Times a Lady – Karyn Bosnak – B
- The Talented Mr. Ripley – Patricia Highsmith – A+
- Ripley Under Water – Patricia Highsmith – A+
- The Boy Who Followed Ripley –Patricia Highsmith – A+
- Ripley Underground –Patricia Highsmith – A+
- Ripley’s Game –Patricia Highsmith – A+
- Memoirs of a Geisha – Arthur Golden – A+
- The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle – Haruki Murakami – B
- Oryx and Crake – Margaret Atwood – B+
- Pillars of the Earth – Ken Follett – A+
- World Without End – Ken Follett – A+
- The Bourne Sanction –Eric Van Lustbader – A
- Return from the Stars –Stanislaw Lem – A
- Monster, 1959 –David Maine – B+
- The Giver –Lois Lowry – A+
- The House of the Scorpion –Nancy Farmer – A
- The Children of Men –P. D. James – B-
- How Proust Can Change Your Life –Alain De Botton – A-
- The Art of Racing in the Rain – Garth Stein – C+
- You Better Not Cry –Augusten Burroughs – B+
- My Fair Lazy – Jen Lancaster – A+