Mostly About Books

I had a plan today. I planned to read the next chapters of my writing course. However I stupidly left the book in the back office and I’m sat on reception. Doh! I’ll work on it this afternoon. I will, I will, I will.

I got a book in the post today. It’s only another prize from a competition I entered! This book’s really exciting for me, as it’s a) not available in England and b) an author I’ve never heard of – this could be a whole new discovery for me!

The competition was one of those ‘be the first to comment…’ over on The Lady Loves Books. The book is ‘At Home with the Templetons’ by Monica McInerney. Can’t wait to get started on it.

This may sound a little stupid, but I had a realisation this morning. I’m currently reading Husbands by Adele Parks. I bought the book a few months ago in one of those library sales I love. This morning though, as I walked between tubes (hurried should I say, not cause I was late, but cause I wanted to read more) I realised that before I started reading the novel I didn’t know what it was about.

‘Why’s that?’ you ask? It’s because I bought it without looking at the back. I knew it was Adele Parks, and I knew I hadn’t read it, so I had to buy it. It didn’t matter what it was about.

I developed the thought further and realised I’m the same with quite a few authors – if I love them, it doesn’t matter what their new book is about, I want it.

I thought I’d make a list of authors that this is true for, so here goes:

  • Sophie Kinsella
  • Adele Parks
  • Jane Green
  • Marian Keyes
  • Cecelia Ahern
  • Rowan Coleman
  • Audrey Niffenegger
  • Lisa Jewell
  • Dorothy Koomson

I’m sure they’re some I’ve missed out, but that’s pretty much my favourite author list!

I think I want a Kindle. There’s an advert at the tube station I go to in the mornings, and I keep looking at it… Anyone would think they put it there on purpose as Christmas is coming up…

I’d always been put off them, because I like books. I like holding them, reading them, turning pages etc.

But, I’ve just found a huge reason for wanting one – its size. I’ve got a few books on my TBR list that I’m desperate to read, but I’m put off because they’re so big and heavy to carry round (and I always have the book I’m reading in my bag). Although, if I did have a Kindle, I’d have to re-buy those books. I’d have more chance of reading them though.

Does anyone else have one? What do you think of them?

I’ve just had a quick look on Amazon and stumbled upon Jane Green’s Straight Talking. I wouldn’t say it was my favourite book ever, but it moved me, and actually changed my life – improved my life. I loved it. BUT Amazon reviewers didn’t as much. Out of 55 comments, 13 gave it one star, 3 gave it two stars and 5 three. What is wrong with these people??? I’m going to have to add a review of my own! *giggles to self* Well, actually, I’m going to have to re-read it, then add a review. Woo hoo – I’ve got an excuse to re-read a novel I love. Love it!

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4 thoughts on “Mostly About Books

  1. My only complaint regarding the Kindle is the proprietary format that it uses for book files. For that reason, I went with a Nook from Barnes & Noble. I don’t know if Barnes & Noble bookstores can be found outside of the US, so it may not be an option for you.

    If you do all of your book buying from Amazon, the Kindle may be the way to go. Otherwise you may want to look into other readers from Sony and the like. I believe they utilize the ePub format, which appears to be the open industry format.

    Knowing of only one UK bookseller, of the top of my head, I checked out the Book Depository and it appears as though they offer their eBooks in ePub format. I know the few times that I price checked them against Amazon they were competitively priced, so their eBooks may be the same way.

    Regardless of your choice, I think you will be surprised by the convenience of your eReader. Not having an actual paper novel is a hurdle I thought that I wouldn’t be able to get over. The convenience factor put that worry aside in just a few uses.

  2. I didn’t see my name on your list of fave authors *assumes a very unmanly pout*

    This might just be the incentive I need to actually finish writing the next book so you can read it. Maybe I’ll publish it in the e-format so you can Kindle me. If that doesn’t sound too rude.

    • Mhahaha. My evil plan worked… Not including you may lead to a second book. I’ve been waiting MONTHS now for the next chapter *shakes head in disgust*

      Yes it does sound a little rude… never a bad thing (esp when it’s innocent).

      What? You’re still reading? Get on with some writing….

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