Month: February 2014

eReader or Paper?

Are you an avid reader and can’t decide how to best enjoy your books? Personally I mix my reading between electronic and paper.

Maybe you’re a hard core paper book reader and love the feel of an actual book in your hands … the feel of turning pages and knowing you’re halfway through just by holding it. Or you’re an woman on the go, trying to fit your full life into a little device so its convenient.

Here’s some of the pros and cons to both:

PAPEROpen Book

Includes hardback, paperback with those little things called pages.

Pros: The feel of the paper turning. Some love the beauty of a line of books on a shelf or the ability to know exactly how much you have left. I love the sense of accomplishment as you close the last page and put that book on the ‘finished’ row in the shelf. There is a more emotional connection to a physical paper book.
Cons: If you’re an avid reader like me, the vast quantities of books piling up is overwhelming and unmanageable. Not to mention the amazing ability of my kids to pull out a book marker. While traveling the books take up way too much space in my very efficient carry-on. And sometimes my fingers get number from holding a book at the angle I like.

ELECTRONIC READEReReaders and tablets

Includes iPad, Kindle, Nook, Google, Kobo and may more.
Pros: Ahhh you just put the kids to bed or finished cleaning the kitchen and there’s nothing better than settling down with a book … oh wait, you still need to send an email. Multi-tasking is one of the greatest benefits of another device. Plus you can store hundreds of books in .1% of the space needed for physical books. And lastly, my kids don’t have to roll their eyes or get embarrassed when their mom is reading a book with a cover graphic showing bulging chest muscles and bursting busts. I can sit on an airplane reading a love scene and not see the guy next to me peaking over.
Cons: For some the cover of the book is an emotional part of the journey. You pick up the book and are reminded and attached to the cover so in electronic reader there’s almost no connection to the cover. You don’t have a feel for where you are in a book unless you look at the page numbers. Many readers are challenging to read outside – so a trip/vacation to the beach may not be ideal for a reader.

In the end it’s a personal choice. Every person wants a different experience from there books.

I personally use a mix. I mainly read my books via iPad … but every 20th book or so I’ll buy because I liked the cover or the author and save it for a day at the beach or to make me feel like I’ve taken a step back in time from my busy hectic life.

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Free book review: The Wild One

***** 3.95/5 starsThe Wild One by Danelle Harmon

It’s few and fair between when you find a good, free book download, so I was pleasantly surprised with The Wild One by Danelle Harmon. Of course, I know after reading it now that I’m hooked for the next four books. This is Book One in a five book series.

Here’s my rankings:

  • 3.8/5 stars for hero/character
  • 4.1/5 stars for plot
  • 4/5 stars for overall

Download it free here: iTunes or Amazon

My summary:

A great and less standard storyline. Not perfect hero and near perfect lady. Interesting plots and conflicts that I haven’t ran into before.

Oh, and there’s a clever little twist at the end that makes me want to buy the next in the series: The Beloved One. The Defiant One.

Their description:

“The bluest of blood, the boldest of hearts; the de Montforte brothers will take your breath away.” England, 1776: Lord Gareth de Montforte is known as an irresponsible rake with a heart of gold. When he takes a bullet for boldly thwarting a stagecoach robbery, he is stunned to discover that the beautiful young woman he has heroically rescued, Juliet Paige, is his deceased brother’s American fiancée, accompanied by her infant daughter. Despite his brother the duke’s refusal to acknowledge Juliet, Gareth is determined to do right by the courageous woman who crossed an ocean to give her baby her rightful name. But Juliet is wary of marrying this black sheep aristocrat, even while she is hopelessly charmed by the dashing devil. Never has she met anyone who embraces life so thoroughly, who makes her laugh, who loves her so well. And, even when it seems the odds are against them, Juliet has absolute faith that Gareth will go beyond the call of duty, risking his life itself to give her and her daughter a home — and a love that will last a lifetime.

Electronic readers comparison

What’s the best device to read on? There’s no perfect answer … It just depends. What are you looking for? Here’s some research to help you decide:

  1. iPad
  2. iPad mini
  3. Kindle
  4. Nook

In case you were wondering, my device of choice is iPad. Mine is more than two years old and as of yesterday has its first crack along the top of the screen courtesy of an adorable but energetic toddler. It’s got folders and folders of books from iTunes and other downloads.

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Best Romantic Series

Got an extended vacation planned? Or a quiet summer schedule? Or are you just looking for a long-term commitment? It’s time to dig into a good romantic series. Here’s a list of some of my favorite series:

  1. Stephanie Laurens: Cynster series. Is there anything sexier than siblings with travel, fight for their country and love accidentally? Travel the world and fall in love …. Buy here from iBooks.
  2. Stephanie Laurens, Black Cobra Quartet. OK, I know I’m overdoing my Steph Lau series here, but I couldn’t leave the Black Quartet off the list. I got my dad to read the series … So that’s proof it’s got a good dose of action in it. Plus I love the travel from the Middle East! Buy Brazen Bride here.
  3. Cynthia Wright, Raveneau and Beauvisage Series. Who doesn’t love a little US history mixed in with their romance. In this series, you’ll meet strong men and woman who travel by sea and sea of love as America and Britian fight. Order all three books of the Raveneau for only $7.99. Order all four books of the Beauvisage for only $9.99.

Mary Balogh The Huxtable Series