Bookish Update: August 2013

bookish updates aug 2013

Currently reading: nothing (!), but I’m planning to start Luis Fernando Verissimo’s The Club of Angels in the morning

Books read in August:

  1. Jennifer Echols, Dirty Little Secret
  2. Charles Portis, True Grit
  3. Poul Anderson, A Midsummer Tempest
  4. Lauren Willig, The Passion of the Purple Plumeria
  5. Matt Beynon Rees, The Collaborator of Bethlehem
  6. Sharon Kay Penman, Devil’s Brood
  7. Georgette Heyer, Behold, Here’s Poison

Favorite book of the month: Can I say all of them? I think it’s actually true.

Least favorite book of the month: None of them!

Books acquired in August:

  1. E.F. Benson, Mrs. Ames
  2. Lauren Willig, The Passion of the Purple Plumeria
  3. Naomi Novik, Blood of Tyrants
  4. Isaac Asimov, A Whiff of Death

E-books (all FREE except for *):

  1. Anthony Trollope, The Warden
  2. Paul Leicester Ford, Wanted–A Chaperon
  3. *Charles Finch, An East End Murder
  4. *Lauren Willig, Ivy and Intrigue
  5. Mary Roberts Rinehart, The Circular Staircase
  6. Rebecca West, The Return of the Soldier

Bookish Update: July 2013

bookish updates july 2013

Currently reading: Jennifer Echols, Dirty Little Secret

Books read in July:

  1. Alexandre Dumas, The Three Musketeers
  2. Judith Martin & Jacobina Martin, Miss Manners’ Guide to a Surprisingly Dignified Wedding
  3. Etgar Keret, Suddenly, a Knock on the Door
  4. Sophie Kinsella, Wedding Night
  5. Sarah Addison Allen, The Girl Who Chased the Moon
  6. Stefanie Pintoff, In the Shadow of Gotham

Favorite book of the month: I have to go with The Girl Who Chased the Moon. It’s not my favorite book by Sarah Addison Allen, but it’s still lovely and magical!

Least favorite book of the month: Probably Wedding Night — it was a decent fluffy read, but nothing particularly special or interesting.

Books acquired in July:

  1. D.E. Stevenson, The Young Clementina

E-books (all FREE except for *):

  1. Fanny Burney, Camilla
  2. Fanny Burney, Cecilia
  3. Fanny Burney, Evelina
  4. Willa Cather, O Pioneers!
  5. G.K. Chesterton, The Ball and the Cross
  6. G.K. Chesterton, Eugenics and Other Evils
  7. G.K. Chesterton, Irish Impressions
  8. G.K. Chesterton, The Superstition of Divorce
  9. Wilkie Collins, The Woman in White
  10. *Chris Dolley, What Ho, Automaton!
  11. Maria Edgeworth, Belinda
  12. Elizabeth Gaskell, Life of Charlotte Brontë
  13. Sarah Orne Jewett, The Country of the Pointed Firs
  14. Charlotte Lennox, The Female Quixote
  15. L.M. Montgomery, Kilmeny of the Orchard
  16. Baroness Orczy, I Will Repay
  17. Baroness Orczy, The Elusive Pimpernel
  18. Baroness Orczy, El Dorado
  19. Baroness Orczy, Lord Tony’s Wife
  20. Baroness Orczy, The League of the Scarlet Pimpernel
  21. Baroness Orczy, The First Sir Percy
  22. Baroness Orczy, The Triumph of the Scarlet Pimpernel
  23. Baroness Orczy, The Laughing Cavalier
  24. Sir Walter Scott, Ivanhoe
  25. Sir Walter Scott, Rob Roy
  26. Gene Stratton-Porter, Freckles
  27. Ella Cheever Thayer, Wired Love: A Romance of Dots and Dashes
  28. Anthony Trollope,  Barchester Towers
  29. Anthony Trollope, Doctor Thorne
  30. Anthony Trollope, Framley Parsonage
  31. Anthony Trollope, The Small House at Allington
  32. Anthony Trollope, The Last Chronicle of Barset
  33. Jean Webster, Dear Enemy
  34. *Patricia C. Wrede, the Lyra novels

As you can see, I finally succumbed to the lure of the e-reader! Thanks to those of you who left comments on my earlier post. I definitely took them all into consideration, but at the end of the day I decided to buy a Nook Simple Touch. I was able to get a good price, and ultimately I wanted to be able to get e-books from more places than just Amazon. (As you can see, I went a little overboard this month!) In the coming weeks, as I get more used to the Nook, I’ll post again on what I’ve learned and what I think the pros and cons are. In the meantime, I’m enjoying my new toy!

E-readers: Yea or nay?

First of all, I have to apologize for getting so far behind on reading blog posts and responding to comments! I blame a combination of real life busy-ness and decreased motivation to blog on a regular basis. I would like to get back into the swing of things, though, so stay tuned! I have several reviews to post in the coming days…hopefully I can get my act together!

In the meantime, I am pondering an e-reader purchase, and I need help! I have resisted the lure of the e-reader for a long time. I really love my collection of paper books (over 1,000 now, although I know that’s chump change compared to some of you!), and I definitely don’t want to stop purchasing them in favor of e-books. Basically, I’m thinking of getting an e-reader for (1) free books, like classics that are in the public domain, and (2) books that are only available in e-book form. I’m not interested in a fancy tablet; I don’t particularly want to use the device for anything other than reading.

So basically I am trying to decide between a Kindle and a Nook. In both cases I’m looking at the simplest, most basic version. I’ve been trying to weigh pros and cons in my mind…for example, I know that the Kindle only supports books purchased from Amazon, while the Nook can read any e-book in epub format. This definitely makes the Nook sound better, but then again, Amazon does have a vast selection! And what if Barnes & Noble eventually goes out of business (perish the thought, but it may happen)? I don’t particularly want Amazon to take over the world, but I don’t want to be stuck with an e-reader I can’t use, either.

Long story short, here’s what I want to know: Do you have an e-reader? Is it a Kindle, a Nook, or something else? Do you like it? What would you advise me to purchase? For my purposes, is buying an e-reader even worth it? Any and all advice is welcome!