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Friday, January 8, 2010

Book Club, Anyone? Anyone? Seriously!

For Christmas the BF got me a SONY EREADER. I know, I know, I was totally against the Kindle and thought nothing compared to the feel and smell of an actual book in your hands.

Well people, that's all changed! I'm in love and there's no turning back. Since I've had the Ereader I've read so many books. I'm currently reading the Quickie, it's all right. I'm not one for murder mystery books.

Here are some of the books I've read, since having the reader:

1) Lovely Bones - This book was all right. I found the style of writing difficult to read as the sentences at times didn't make sense. The book jumps quickly from one character to another without a smooth transition. I found myself, often, having to go back and re-read pages. I thought for a moment something was wrong with me, however I know others who feel the same way about the book. Despite the fact, I can't wait to see the movie.

2) The Blindside - I thought this was a great book. I think everyone should read this book. It had it's slow parts, when they were talking about football back in the 80's, however I think it really made the book in the end. The little brother is hilarious! I can't wait to see the movie.

3) The five people you meet in heaven - If you need a good cry, then read this book. Great, quick read.

4) The Notebook - I've been dying to read this book so I could finally see the movie. I was very disappointed in the book and the movie. I think after waiting so long, I had higher expectations. The book started off well, then I became bored. It did have a nice ending. Too fairy tale for me.

Why I like the Ereader over the Kindle:

1) It's a touch screen. Come on now, need I say more?

2) You can share your books. This makes it priceless. I just put my books on an SD card and hand it over to my friends who have Ereaders. Kindle you can't share books at all! Isn't the whole point of reading books, being able to share them with friends.

3) It comes in pretty colors (Red, Silver, Black and Pink), unlike the Kindle's boring White.

4) You can rent books from your library online. HELLO KINDLE, you can't do that!

5) It's wireless (not my version, the new Ereader version is). I don't think this is worth the extra $100 as since I can share books, I don't see myself having to buy as many books. The Kindle is wireless as well so I guess this makes them even in this category.

6) It's easily readable with the book light. I've heard the Kindle sucks when using the book light.

7) The Ereaeder reads various formats, such as PDF. The Kindle not so much. Only Amazon formatted books. Yeah no thanks!

8) People can by you Ereader gift cards easily from Best Buy. $25 and $50 denominations.

9) It's an MP3 player and holds all your photos. Kindle, eat your heart out!

So I've talked two people into purchasing the Ereader. My sister and a Co-worker, which is really great because now we can swap books. Talk about saving money! Not to mention it's small and thin enough to fit in my purse and take anywhere. Another perk is they have children's books as well. So not only do I always have a great book on hand to read, so does my son. BOOOO YAHHHHH SON! This is the BEST INVENTION EVER!!

So I've decided to start a BOOK CLUB with my co-workers. Our first book is going to be:

THE HELP, by Kathryn Stockett

The book club will begin on Feb 1st, as most of us are currently in the middle of reading other books at this time. If you want to join in, please do!

What have you been reading?


MiMi said...

Aaaah! You suck!! I'm jealous! The Help is EXCELLENT. We just picked a new book for our online book club and it is Have a Little Faith by Mitch Albom if you wanna read that too! :)

Lisa Anne said...

I want to read that one too. It's on my ereader waiting for me. LOL

Cassie said...

Now if only you had told me all these things before I made my Christmas list... O well, my birthday's in the spring.

Steph said...

I got the Sony Reader for my birthday and I LOVE it! I too was initially anti-kindle, or any electronic reading device really. But I have since overcome that. And my library has thousands of digital books, for free, so that's a BIG plus.

I'm currently reading "Strength in What Remains" By Tracy Kidder.

Evonne said...

I'm still on the fence about getting a reader thingy.

I just finished Patterson's Tut and want to start reading Under the Dome by Stephen King, but the 1000+ pages are a little intimidating!

____j said...

Reading this post made me really want one of those! If I had the time to read, I would definitely get one. Maybe once I finish college. Thanks for the review!!

Amy said...

I have been wondering about those readers. Thanks for the info.

Your back! You won something while you were gone. Send me your address.

kys said...

Jealous, jealous. I want a Sony or a Kindle so bad! (One reason is that I HATE clutter and it would free up my shelves.) Glad to read so many positives about the Sony.

You are going to love The Help. It's the best book I read last year.

I'm reading The Well and The Mine by --- ? someone, can't remember who. It's really good.

JennyMac said...

Love love love my Kindle although touch screen is alluring. The first book I read on it was The Help.
Have you read The Book Thief? AMAZING. I am reading Cleaving on my Kindle now.

Happy New Year!

Anonymous said...

Ever since I started blogging I stopped having time to read those things people call 'books'. Maybe I should look into that again.

Amy said...

I am so glad you are back.. I am just getting ready to read Dear John. Have a great weekend. I would like it if you would stop by for Round Robin next Month..

Krimmyk said...

Congrats on your new reader! What a super friend getting that for you! I am a book-whore so I love these things all of them! As a Kindle 2 owner I want to correct a couple things on you post tho:
*All your DL books are saved online in your personal site you can pull them save them and email them to someone else, and I may or may not have done that..
*Kindle was made white so it "disappears" as you read.
*You can get free books/dirt cheap all the time (I have over 600 books and only have spent about 130 thats with many 9.99 books BTW)
*Kindle is wireless, heck it gets better pull then my POS Verizon BB!
*Booklight is fine on it, but I don't use it since little dude stole it for "Ghost Hunting"
*Kindle has MP3 player AND surfs the net for free. I used to tweet form it all the time! And send books to friends, they send to me.
*People can buy you an Amazon gift card and Boom you have fundage for your habit.

BTW, I am right now reading Alter of Eden by James Rollins. Its FAB!

celyn said...

woot woot.. I love my EReader. Sony Rocks. To make one comment, we tried to share books with a Kindle Fan and it turns out you can only use .AZM (think that is the extention for the file) books with kindles registered on the same account and the book needs to have been purchased with the same credit card listed on the account.

So you really it is kind of like a 2 year old child... Not really able to share...

Cheers Sis.. now get off your blog and pick me up from work.:)

blueviolet said...

You really sold the eReader with this post. It sounds GREAT!!!

I'm going to have to look up The Help.

Like you, I didn't enjoy Lovely Bones that much. I think part of the problem is that my expectations were entirely too high.

Katie said...

My mother-in-law got a Kindle and it's so light. I am still not sold on those hand held readers. But maybe I'll look into the Sony one. It would be nice to be able to read without having the bulk of another book for the shelf.

I've yet to read Lovely Bones I am afraid the subject would be too upsetting to me.

Multiple personalities.. said...

Very cool! I've been debating whether or not to jump on the Ereader wagon, but I'm still undecided. Right now I'm still trying to make my way through The Dante Club. It's pretty good. Happy readings!

Frugal Vicki said...

Well, lets see shall we? Goodnight Moon, brown bear, uhhhhhhh, i love you stinky face....hmmm. Yep. That is about it! I am still against the kindle. I want that book. I want that smell. I want to turn the page.....unless the kindle or what you have has a light so I can read in bed without the kids really paying attention and wanting my booklight. hmmmm.

Amy said...

Hey, you're back! Missed you. I am waxing jealous over here. I love reading and am always wishing I had a book. What a great invention!

Whatever Dee-Dee wants said...

I loved The Help! Great book.

Welcome back!

~~Mel~~ said...

I'm glad you love your Ereader (even though I AM jealous lol)!!!

My current read is Certain Girls by Jennifer Wiener...next up is My Sisters Keeper.

Lacie @ Creative Attempts said...

this is such a great idea I am a member of goodreads. its a great way to find good books

Margaret aka: Fact Woman said...

I'm so glad to hear about the ereader. I keep looking at them but didn't know anyone who has bought one. I just may have to try it. I just started The Help and can't wait to get into it. I am also reading Still Alice.