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!