"Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing. " -Helen Keller

Friday, March 18, 2011

boek, գիրք, kitab, кнігі, liburua, βιβλίο, bok, книга, buku, หนังสือ, grāmata, książka, הספר

As mommyodyssey said this morning "What’s that jibberish in the subject line you ask?" Well, given our titles are different, our answers are too.  All those words mean book (what...don't believe me...copy and past any of those into Google Translate and see what you get).

I want to talk about books today. I'm going to warn you ahead of time that this post may be scattered and random because I'm writing it with a germ addled brain...well, composing it with a germ addled brain and typing it with fingers controlled by said germ addled brain.  Ugh, now I have this vision of a brain sitting in front of a keyboard while trying to type despite having no appendages to hit the keys with.

What are you reading? Do you like it? I'm reading The Lake of Dead Languages by Carol Goodman. So far, it's an easy, rather engaging read...not something I would hang onto and read over and over but good. However, I've hit a snag in reading it.  At about 5 chapters in, I figured out who the bad guy is and who she was years ago. This has me itching to flip to the end and confirm what I already know. Would you be able to resist the lure to find out or would you give in and read the end? It is distracting me horribly from the book.

What are you looking forward to reading? There are two books coming out soon from two of my favorite authors and I can't wait to read them. Remember when I begged you to go out and get a copy of The House on Teacher's Lane? Rachel Simon has a new book called The Story of Beautiful Girl coming out in the beginning of May and Rachel has done me the honor of putting an advanced copy into my grabby hands with nothing required except an honest review. Considering her past stellar efforts and the rave reviews this is already getting, I CAN"T WAIT to read it!

I also am really looking forward to reading Devil's Food Cake Murder by Joanne Fluke. It's the latest book in a murder mystery series that Marty and I both like.  I do have to admit, these books raise an interesting question. Why exactly do people continue living in small, quiet (albeit fictional) towns like Lake Eden when they have murder rates that would make a larger city ashamed? And, why do authors describe a town as small and quiet and then have more than one murder a year set there?

Do you prefer "real" books or digital ones? Do you have an e-reader? Which one and would you buy it again? I've really been thinking hard fantasizing about getting an e-reader and I've also been debating the merits of a dedicated e-reader vs. an iPad with the e-reader apps downloaded onto it. The fabulous ladies over at Smart Bitches, Trashy Books reviewed a bunch of e-readers last fall - the Bookeen Cybook Opus, the Kindle III, the Sony Touch PRS-650, and the BN Nook - and, frankly, while the reviews are great, it did nothing to narrow down my choices. Heeeeeellllllpppppppp! I already buy digital books so I know I like reading them that way. Despite my adoration of real books (or maybe because of it),I know this is a purchase I'll make eventually. The shelves in my house will thank me (they are already filled to bursting with books).

And last, but definitely not least, have you signed up for the 2011 book challenge (click on the cute little tab up under my header)?

Ooops, I lied.  This is last. If you participated in the 2010 Book Challenge and want a chance to win the quilted tote that is almost ready to be claimed, go comment HERE and let me know how you did.


Meredith said...

I hope you feel better soon! =) I love the Joanne Fluke Hannah Swenson series! I just finished Devil's Food Cake Murder on my kindle and loaned it to my mom. We got a kick out of walking through the steps of lending an e-book together over the phone. I love Hannah...are y'all Team Norman or Team Mike? I'm Team Norman, contingent on Hannah and Norman developing more chemistry.

By the way I love the point you raised about all the murders in Lake Eden--ditto Cabot Cove, Maine where Murder, She Wrote took place.

MrsSpock said...

I am reading Life From Scratch now (so behind, I know) and am pumped to read the new Kim Harrison novel Pale Demon (an urban fantasy- think werewolves, pixies, witches, and vampires).

I am trying to win enough Swagbucks to buy a fancy Kindle by this Christmas.

battynurse said...

Right now I'm reading The House at Riverton by Kate Morton (I think I got all that right). Some recent reads though that were fabulous were The Blessings of the Animals and One good dog.
Lizzie liked them too but she prefers to eat her books, not read them. I must remember to put them up high where she can't reach.
No reader yet but I keep going back and forth on the idea.

Mrs. Gamgee said...

Sounds like you've got some great stuff on the go and in the queue. I got bogged down in a book that I had been really looking forward to, but it was incredibly disappointing and now I don't want to go back and finish it. So instead I read "Life From Scratch" (better late than never!) and am re-reading HP & the Goblet of Fire. I'm really looking forward to reading the new Jean Auel, but I have one more in that series to re-read first.

Kira said...

I have the NookColor and LOOOOOVE it. I too have bookshelves bursting, and the ebooks are also cheaper. I like the touch screen and the fact that I can get online so it isn't "only" used to read books. Plus BN has a LOT of free books you can download!

Jen said...

I am reading the Gracling. It's a young adult book, but with the way some of those books are, I have to read the kids books before they do to make sure they are ok (keeps me young).
I have an Ipad with nook reader, I love it...it holds some of my more risque books from prying eyes lol.

p.s. you are right about the person in chapter 5 lol