So, as I mentioned before, I am not a great fan of e-books or the idea of e-books. To me, it just goes against the grain, is contrary to nature, it just somehow seems so wrong. Quite a while ago I did download an e-book (or a version thereof) onto my computer (It was the Hunchback of Notre Dame), because it was free on Google books. I never read it – oh I tried. Boy did I try. It felt wrong & I hated it, so I gave up.
I just know that I am going to be (or at least try to be) the last human on the planet to buy an e-reader. I feel that strongly about them. I don’t want to support something that is attributing to the demise of the book store, the library & the paper book (ok, maybe we could argue about the first two, but I am right about the last one!). Call me a traditionalist (I’m Ok with that!), but I think that publishers are being short sighted when it comes to the publishing of e-books over paper books. I think they are limiting the audience who will get to experience these wonderful books & in my mind, that is never a good thing. It’s almost like segregation, only with books. Sure, e-books are often (at least in the UK) cheaper than paper books, but the readers you need to read them on sure aren’t. I can’t afford to spend £111.00 on something that will allow me to read books. How many people are being denied wonderful books just because a small portion of the world wants everything to be digital?
Now, one of my favourite authors has just released her latest book (her fourth! 🙂 ) & the only way that I am going to be able to read it is by buying the Kindle version & downloading it onto my laptop. This is the book in question:
– the book that is causing me untold emotional stress (ok, maybe I am exaggerating slightly). I want to read her book, I want to support her, & I want other people to read her book & support her, but something is stopping me from pressing that button on amazon.co.uk & downloading it onto my computer….what to do, what to do!
As I’ve mentioned in a few of my posts, I sometimes read books which have been loaned to me by friends/work colleagues & on occasion I have loaned or suggested books I have really loved to other people. So, what I was wondering was: Is it really possible to be someone who borrows & blogs about these borrowed books, to be objective about these books in their blogs? I always worry about whether I will enjoy the books I borrow & what I will say to the person I borrowed them from if I don’t. How do you successfully borrow, read, not really enjoy (or maybe enjoy but think the book could have been so much better), & blog about it without ending up in the ?
I recently loaned a book which I dearly love – a book which I have read more times than I care to remember – to someone & they hated it. I could tell that they were really worried about telling me, because they knew how much I had loved that book. I have to admit that I was saddened that they didn’t enjoy it like I had, but that’s life, right? What a horrible world it would be if we all read & enjoyed the same books!
So, how to deal with it when the shoe is on the other foot? Do I tell a little white lie & say I enjoyed it? If I did, it would mean not writing about that book here on my blog, because I want this to be an honest account of the books I have read. Or, do I be honest & say what I think both in person & on my blog, while risking really hurting someone’s feelings? OR do I go for the 2-pronged approach? Tell them it was ok, say a few things I did or didn’t like & do the same on the blog, thereby becoming a coward & taking the easy way out?
What’s a book blogger & a book borrower to do?
2 years ago today I was sitting in my living room contemplating begining this blog. A lot has changed over the last 2 years – we’ve moved, I’ve changed jobs twice, there have been the usual ups & downs, I’ve written 81 posts & read 80+ books.
So, Happy anniversary to Ceinwenn’s book ramblings & here’s to many more posts to come!
After living out of a suitcase for 4 years – for those of you who might not know, I travelled all over the UK for work, which meant that I was moving to a new location roughly every 4-6 weeks. At the time I did not have a base, so everything I owned had to fit into 2 suitcases, which I dragged around the UK on the trains. I got into the habit of buying and reading a book, passing it on, then buying a new one & doing the same. I had to do this because my suitcases were so full if I bought something new, something old had to come out. There simply wasn’t any room for anything else. That meant that, out of necessity, I couldn’t buy a lot of books all at once.
I now have my own place & plenty of extra space for books, but for some reason that habit has remained. As I was saying to a friend only last night, it’s actually a habit I don’t want to get out of. Don’t get me wrong, I love books & I love buying books, but I have discovered that I am uncomfortable with buying books for the sake of buying books, as in buying books because I like them and want to read them, but buying so many that I never get around to reading them.
On the book forum I belong to everyone, except me it seems, has a tbr pile (to be read). I think it’s cool that these people have so many books (some of them have admitted to having a pile of books to be read numbering in the 40’s & 50’s (or higher). While I think it’s nice to have choice (& for some people a lot of choice) I think it’s kinda sad that all those books are sitting there waiting to be read. Someone on that same forum mentioned an image that they had of their books standing on the bookshelf, waving their arms (if books had arms!) shouting “pick me, pick me!!!!” – funny image, but kinda sad.
Please don’t misunderstand me, I am in no way saying that I think people shouldn’t have TBR piles – to each their own & whatever works for them, but it’s not for me. So………….that said, why oh why did I go out & buy 7 books today? My bad! Must not happen again!