Tag: reading

So I faced a dilemma about a week or so ago. I had finished reading “The Last Tudor” by Philippa Gregory (you can read my review of it here.) and began a new book: “Origin” by Dan Brown. I have read all of his books, so naturally, I needed to read this one as well.

I began reading it, and about three chapters in I stopped. My issue with the book was that there was a lot of Spanish in it without any translation. Of course, some of it can be guessed at by looking at the context, but not all of it. I was sad because I really wanted to get into this book. After going to another book in my collection, I decided that I should continue reading “Origin,” mostly because I know the book has to be good. My persistence paid off, as more of the foreign language sections were translated the further I went into the book.

While I am glad that I continued reading (and still am reading), it made me wonder: At what point do you stop reading a book? This is nowhere near the first time I’ve stopped a book. I had to re-read “The Constant Princess” by Philippa Gregory because I had given up on it the first time. I still have not finished her book “The Other Queen,” mostly because my mind kept trying to compare the story with the TV show “Reign,” both being about Mary, Queen of Scots. I’ve also stopped reading the “Outlander” series by Diana Gabaldon because it became boring to me.

I hate not finishing a book. I want to know everything that happens in a book, and I want the satisfaction that I completed my task. However, there’s just a point where you have to say that you can’t continue. For me, it’s often that I get bored. When I get bored, I skip paragraphs, then I miss things. One of these days I’ll finish reading these books, but for now, I continue on with “Origin.”

So I wanna know from you guys: At what point do you give up on a book?

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Calibre

Wow, somehow I must find words to describe the awesomeness that is Calibre. Like, I mean. Seriously. I love Calibre. Almost as much as I love my fiance. Yeah, it’s that awesome.

So, I guess I should tell you guys what Calibre is. According to the website, it’s “the one stop solution to all your e-book needs.” And boy, is it ever!

I have used this software almost as long as I’ve had a Kindle, so quite a few years. It’s so easy to use, especially if you want to put books onto your Kindle (or other device) and it’s in the wrong format. Calibre not only converts, it bulk converts! I’ve done a select-all and bulk converted many times, which saved me so much time. You can sort by author, title, or even file type. This is especially handy when you need to bulk convert from epub to mobi, which I’ve had to do numerous times.

If you get your books from a place other than the official Amazon/B&N ebook store, you can add your books to Calibre. It allows you to edit the metadata so that you can fix the name. This is handy if you have multiple books in a series and want to change the title to reflect which number the book is in the series. I did this with Terry Pratchett’s Discworld series. Now, even if I don’t have internet, I know which book is next in the series.

I also love the convert method. Almost every book I’ve put on my Kindle has had to be converted from epub to mobi. One handy feature is that if you have a lot of comics in the CBR file format, you can use Calibre to convert them into mobi. It doesn’t ruin the comic and the text is still very easy to read.

Then there is the saving grace: you can copy your entire library from your Kindle and put it in a file on your computer. This was very handy for me, as I had most of my ebook files on my other computer. As I mentioned in my last blog post, I’m getting a new Kindle on Friday. I want to have my entire library transferred onto my new Kindle. With Calibre, I was able to take all of my books (many of which were not purchased in the Amazon store) and put them onto my other computer. Now, I’m ready to load up my new Kindle when it arrives.

The one thing that kinda bums me out about Calibre (which is not their fault) is that you cannot natively create collections and add books to them on an un-jailbroken kindle. This is more Amazon’s fault than Calibre, as it requires special access to your Kindle to manage those collections. Kind of a bummer, but with everything else made so easy by Calibre, I’ll take this one caveat.

So, if you’re looking for an effortless way to manage your Kindle or ereader device, I HIGHLY recommend Calibre.

Oh, did I mention it’s FREE!? And available for both PC, Mac, and even a “mobile” version (for Chromebooks!!!)

Yeah, you’ll want to get it here.

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Hey all!

So, my topic of today’s blog post is the “All-New Kindle Oasis.”

Now, before you start, I know a lot of people don’t like ereaders and prefer to read a physical book instead. I love physical books as well (especially my 1st American edition of The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux), but you have to concede the convenience of ereaders. Kindles in particular, since they sync across many devices.

Anywho, back to the Oasis. Now, normally I would shy away from something that’s priced near $300. I mean, who in their right mind would spend that kind of money, especially if they already have a working Kindle? Well, it turns out that person would be me.

BUT GUYS. IT’S WATERPROOF. Like, IPX8, which means it can be held underwater (fresh water, mind you) for near an HOUR. Now, for those of you (like me) who love to read in the bath, this is a must-have feature.

Let’s go Billy Mays and say BUT THAT’S NOT ALL!!

It also comes in an 8gb version OR A 32GB VERSION. Now, the current Kindles (at least the Paperwhite, Voyager, and Oasis) are only 4gb. That is a good amount for ebooks, even if you have a ton. I have over 1,000 ebooks on my current Kindle Paperwhite, and it’s only halfway full. But I don’t have all of my comics on there, so I don’t know how much room that will take up. I like the idea of 32gb because it future-proofs your Kindle experience. That, and it allows for the audiobooks you can get from Audible.

So, excited, I went over to Amazon and hit pre-order. The next thing I saw made my jaw drop.

IT WOULDN’T BE DELIVERED UNTIL NOVEMBER 21ST.

This thing comes out on October 31. If I ordered it today, it should be here on release day. That gives it time for the Prime free shipping to get it here. But noooooooo. They wanted me to wait almost a month to get my new toy! Not fair!

So I Googled “Kindle Oasis delivery delays” and boy, am I glad I did! I found a blog post that had a bunch of comments on it with different people listing their arrival dates for their Oasis’s. Some people were apparently getting it on release day, but they ordered it the day it was announced. Everyone else showed sometime mid-to-late November.

Except one person. They posted that they ordered it the other day, and were getting it on release day. But they didn’t order it from Amazon, they ordered it from BEST BUY!! I didn’t think I would be able to get my 32gb version from Best Buy, but lo and behold, it was there! I was so excited. I immediately cancelled my Amazon order and placed one for Best Buy. My new delivery date is November 3rd. I could have paid an extra $20 and gotten it on release day, but I can wait four days and save the money. It’s still better than mid-November.

So, lesson learned. I can’t wait to get my hands on the new Kindle Oasis and will be sure to post a review for it a few days after it arrives. Keep an eye out!

-Jen

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Hello,

I am K. I couldn’t possibly let Jen do all the posting, but let me say she has been wonderful when it comes to this website. For the most part, I feel you will see most of the posts will be from her. I will try to be as active as she is, but I make no promises.

As you saw, the title of this is Always Bring a Book. This is very important to me given how my day went today. I am, as some would say, a “big reader.” True, I do love reading, but I read so slow that I cannot read as many books as some of my friends can in a year. I started It by Stephen King in the beginning of this month (after the 2017 movie release I feel like everyone is reading it now) and I haven’t even hit page 50 yet. With birthdays, a wedding, my full time job, and my love of sleep, picking up the novel is not a priority most days. With over 1,000 pages, it’s also very intimidating.

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