Sunday, February 5, 2012

Sunday Snippet

Firstly, I want to thank Relish from 'Literary Relish' for giving me this award:

It's lovely to receive awards like this, because it's great to get recognition for the posts I write, however infrequent they are.

Anyway this week has been a interesting one, because on Tuesday I received a late birthday present (which I bought for myself).

For a long time, I have considered buying myself a Kindle to read books on. Some of you may remember that I decided against it, because my theory was that I was contributing to the death of the paperback. Well, a few weeks ago I decided to take the plunge and get one, reasoning that I would only use it for storing doorstop sized books like Ken Follett's, for easy storage and transportation. To cut a long story short, I decided that instead of just buying a machine that I could only read books on, I would buy a tablet PC which I could do that and a lot of other things too.

Being someone who loves a bargin, I wasn't just prepared to settle on spending 500- 600ish euros on an I-Pad (you're just paying for the name in my opinion), I decided to shop around. By doing that, I am now the proud owner of a tablet computer, which does everything I want it to do, for a fraction of the price. The only downside is that at 7 inches, it's smaller than an I-Pad and the camera isn't fancy. That's no loss to me however, because I can work prefectly well on a smaller screen and I already have a camera phone AND a digital camera, so why would I want another camera?

With my tablet, I also have not one, but two apps for reading books, Kindle and Aldiko. Both work very week and offer a large range of free classic books. However, I do prefer Aldiko because I know that it sounds sad, but I like the fact that with Aldiko your books are stored on a virtual book shelf.

So far I have downloaded the following free books:

'Pride and Prejudice'- Jane Austen
'Treasure Island' -Robert Louis Stevernson
'Aesop's Fables'- Translated by George Fyler Townsend
'Les Miserables'- Victor Hugo
'Dracula'- Bram Stoker
'Frankenstein' -Mary Shelley
'Great Expectations'- Charles Dickens
'Romeo and Juliet'-William Shakespeare
'Sense and Sensibility'- Jane Austen
'The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr. Hyde'- R.L Stevenson
' The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn'-Mark Twain
' The Adventures Sherlock Holmes'- Arthur Conan Doyle
' The Count of Monte Cristo'- Alexandre Dumas
'The Curious Case of Benjamin Button'- Francis Scott Fitzgerald
'The Divine Comedy'- Dante Alighieri
'The Hound of the Baskervilles'- Arthur Conan Doyle
'The Iliad and the Odyssey'- Homer
'The Time Machine'- H.G Wells
'The War of the Worlds'- H.G Wells
'White Fang'- Jack London
'Wuthering Heights'-Emily Bronte

I have started reading 'The Hound of the Baskervilles' by Arthur Conan Doyle and although the reading experience will NEVER be as good as with a 'real' book, it's not as bad as I had anticipated. You are able to change the font size, margins and which background you are reading the book on and I love the fact that both apps have in built dictionaries on them. I haven't read for long periods of time on my tablet, so time will tell whether I will be happy with Ebooks. Do you have a Kindle or tablet? Have you read a lot of books on there? What are your opinions on the reading experience, is it as good as reading a paperback?

So back to this week's 'snippet'. Due to playing with my new toy and suffering from a bad back this week (both things aren't connected), I haven't read as much as I would have liked. To be honest, I'm started to not enjoy 'Falls of Giants' by Ken Follett. The reason being is that the story has detracted completely away from how it was at the beginning. It has become increasingly more political than I had anticipated. Whilst some of you may enjoy this, I'm more interested in the characters within the story and so for me, it's disappointing. I only have a few 100 pages until the end, so I will continue. Here's a 'snippet':

Page 667: 'Vyalov's Packard Twin Six was waiting at the kerb. A new chauffeur stood proudly beside it, a kid from Kiev. The commissionaire hurried to open the rear door for Lev. At least I'm still riding in the back, Lev thought.'

Fall of Giants' by Ken Follett.

Whatever you're up to enjoy the rest of the weekend and if there is a lot of snow where you are, wrap up warm!

Happy Sunday!


  1. That's an impressive list of books you've downloaded to your Kindle/tablet. I don't own a kindle or a nook or a tablet. I'm a traditional reader, preferring to turn pages, feel the paper between my fingers, and smell the ink as I savor the words.

    I've heard that Follett's Giant is a big read. I've yet to read it, but plan to give it a whirl.

  2. I'm a traditionalist also, but I can see the benefit of having a Kindle/Tablet in some cases (mainly for transport). I have only downloaded these titles, because I want to read more classics and also they were free!

    Thanks for the comment.

  3. Hi,
    When you said "I would only use it for storing doorstop sized books", I expected to see War and Peace on your list. Have you already read it? I'm about halfway through that book, I like it and don't mind at all that it is heavy to lug around - although it does not get taken to waiting rooms. ;)

    I'm like you and said "NEVER" regarding e-readers, but now I have a pc Kindle on my desktop. I suppose that's a start. On it I have only a few books so far, most about writing, but also Treasure Island, Pride and Prejudice, and Aesop's Fables are on there. Problem is, I seldom sit here to read books on my computer.

    I'm afraid I will eventually cave and get a handheld e-reader, but for now I do love my 'real' books. They take up a lot of space, though, but there's nothing like the real thing.

  4. No I haven't read 'War and Peace', but it is one of the free books that I am considering downloading...I have to get through the rest of my real and virtual books first! Is it worth reading?

    Thanks for your comment.

  5. Free download, nice!
    Well, if you like the change of scene almost chapter to chapter (which I think is fine) and the over 600 characters (so it is said, and which I rather like because you don't really have to keep track of everyone), you should find it a good read if you also like historical fiction. This one has a bit of everything and I do like it.
    I bought War and Peace to read just so that I could say I read it. It's better than I expected, although I didn't really know what to expect.
    haha If I had to get through all my other books first .. yikes! I fear I would never get to it, so I have more than one book on the go .. and my library continues to grow. Love books!

  6. I love my kindle. I can't get into Ken Follett's works, but I heard he's an excellent writer.

  7. The iPad is way expensive - glad you found something else!

  8. Congratulations on the Liebster Award!! Well done you!:) I was lucky enough to receive it about a week ago:)!

    Wow, that looks like an impressive list of books that is going to keep you busy! I've been looking into getting a tablet computer, which one did you go for in the end? The ipad is so far out of my price range!

    Good luck with Fall of Giants!!:)

  9. Thanks for the comments! I am really glad I ended up buying my tablet, as it's really good!

    Unpublished Life I ended up buying a Storage Options 53715 Scroll Excel 7 inch Android Touch-Screen Tablet with 3D Output. It's smaller than a I-Pad, but as far as I can tell, does most if not all of the things an I-Pad can do.

  10. hello, my have accumulated quite a virtual 'pile' but i think i like my piles next to my bed so i can grab what i am in the mood for...actually it's a skinny antique white bench but anyway...i do have an iPad and they are expensive but mine was FREE!! my DIL upgraded and i got hers...and i have two of phillipa gregory's books on it, red/white queen i think and a few the GF cookbooks are of value on it because it beats lugging around a cookbook but then it gets all spattered...i prefer my books, i think i am just too old for the readers...i hated every minute of reading those books on it...but felt i 'should' just in case she asked me how i liked it...i do read mags on it too....the apps are great!

    thanks for playing my little game of 'let's make a private blog' last week....i apologize for inconveniencing you as i did all my invitees...sigh, what a mess i made but frankly i suspect google plays a part in that.

  11. I just stopped by to let you know I've tagged you on my blog. Don't feel obligated to participate!But i would love if you will :D
    Book TAG

    Congrats for the Award !

  12. TheDaydreamer thanks for stopping by! I will answer your tag questions tomorrow.

    Linda, hopefully you have sorted out the issues with your new blog. I'm still trying to work out how I comment on your posts, now that I'm receiving them via email. I amhowever, still reading!

  13. Thanks for the mention Spangle :-) The pleasure is all mine.

    Anyhoo - I'm still undecided on this whole Kindle debate myself, I do think that anything that can get people reading must surely be positive but I could only see myself/my family using one for practical purposes (i.e. going on holiday and wanting to take 10 books with you, or, like my brother, using one for his lecture notes at uni) Nothing beats the smell and feel of a good old paperback. Aaaah.

    Have you used the tablet for posting or do you find typing on it too cumbersome?

  14. No I agree with you Relish, nothing can beat a real book. Although I have yet to sit and have a proper reading session with my tablet.

    I haven't posted anything from my tablet, although I have an app to do so, but I have read any comments on it.