The Beauty Around Us

Showcases Portraiture, Scenic & Nature Photography and Feaures a Photo Journal Blog

Posts tagged ‘Reading’

My New Kindle

20150401_124702693_iOSThis is my new Kindle.

Bob gave me a Kindle Keyboard as a Christmas present in 2010.  Since Christmas 2010, I have enjoyed reading books on that Kindle.  Recently I felt as though I had outgrown the Kindle Keyboard.  Not all electronic books could be read on that Kindle. In particular, I read ePub ebooks on my iPad via the OverDrive App. Recently, I purchased a few photography electronic books, and  I have read those books on my iPad as well, via the Kindle App so that I could view the displayed media. I will still need to use the OverDrive App to read ePub ebooks; however, all reading will be done on the Fire.  Any photographs and diagrams contained in electronic books is displayed on the Fire.  It will be nice to have one go-to device for reading electronic books. That go-to device is my new Fire HD Tablet.

I sold the Kindle Keyboard to a friend.  I am sure that she will get many years of enjoyment from the Kindle, as I did.

A Favorite Pastime

One of my favorite pastimes is reading. My books of choice are romance novels, although I enjoy other genres from time to time. My favorite romance writers include Belva Plain, Nora Roberts, Nicholas Sparks, Danielle Steel, Robert James Walker and Phyliss A. Whitney.

In December 2008 I received an iPod for having the most upsells in the call center at which I worked on a part-time basis. I soon discovered a new way to enjoy my favorite pastime.

In March 2009 I subscribed to a 14-day trial of the AudibleListener Platinum plan, which included two free audio books. On March 14, 2009 I downloaded Danielle Steel’s “One Day at a Time” and Nora Roberts’ “Tribute”. As I read each book, I found that my reading experience was enriched by the feeling of a pause, a breath or a smile through my headphones. At the end of the 14-day trial period, I chose to keep my Audible membership at a cost of $22.95 for two downloads a month. From March through September 2009 I downloaded ten additional audio books:

  • “Crossroads” by Belva Plain
  • “True Betrayals” by Nora Roberts
  • “Someone Knows my Name” by Lawrence Hill
  • “Salem Falls” by Jodi Picoult
  • “Black Hills” by Nora Roberts
  • “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” by Stieg Larsson
  • “The Girl Who Played with Fire” by Stieg Larsson
  • “The Help” by Kathryn Stockett
  • “The Shack” by William P. Young
  • “The Last Song” by Nicholas Sparks

I “retired” from my call center job in May 2009. The cost for Audible was an unnecessary expense, so I ended the subscription in September 2009. I returned to work in August 2010 but did not reinstate the AudibleListener Plantinum plan subscription. I was reading, but I had gone back to reading the printed word on the paper pages of a book.

Along comes Christmas 2010. Bob gave me a Kindle for Christmas, and I discovered yet another way to enjoy my favorite pastime. Since December 2010 I have downloaded the following books onto my Kindle:

  • “Safe Haven” by Nicholas Sparks
  • “Vision in White” by Nora Roberts
  • “Bed of Roses” by Nora Roberts
  • “Savor the Moment” by Nora Roberts
  • “Happily Ever After” by Nora Roberts
  • “One Deadly Sister” by Rod Hoisington
  • “Summer Secrets” by Barb Freethy
  • “Public Secrets” by Nora Roberts
  • “Bridleton” by Becky Barker
  • “The Outsider: A Novel (Shaker)” by Ann H. Gabhart
  • “The Best of Me” by Nicholas Sparks
  • “Just the Way You Are” by Barbara Freethy
  • “Happy Birthday: A Novel” by Danielle Steel
  • “Legacy: A Novel” by Danielle Steel
  • “Deeply Devoted (the Blue Willow Brides)” by Maggie Brendan
  • “All She Ever Wanted” by Barbara Freethy
  • “Lakeside Reunion (Love Inspired)” by Lisa Jordan
  • “O Little Town: A Novel” by Don Reid
  • “The Next Always: Book One of the Inn BoonsBoro Trilogy” by Nora Roberts
  • “A Plain & Fancy Christmas” by Cynthia Keller
  • “The House of the Whispering Pines” by Anna Katharine
  • “Change of Heart” by Fran Shaff
  • “Fools Rush In” by Kristan Higgins

I like my Kindle very much. My Kindle resides in a leather book-like case. It feels like a book in my hands. I can even fold back the case, like a paperback book. I no longer have the iPod. I sold it when I purchased an iPhone. I can, however, still listen to audio books on the iPhone or on my Kindle. My preference, though, is to read the written word rather than have someone read the book to me. Audio books do still appeal to me, especially when riding in a car. I learned quickly that it is not possible for me to listen to an audio book, while lying down in the dark. I fall asleep!

Reading Kindle books is easy on the budget because Amazon and other Internet sites have books available to download free or at a very low price. In addition, my public library now offers Kindle library books for loan. The majority of the Kindle books listed above were from the public library or free. I paid for the first five books with a gift card that my wonderful husband gave to me, along with the Kindle. The Kindle provides an economical way for me to enjoy my favorite pastime. It is a good idea to keep an eye on unnecessary expenditures at all times; however, it is more important now that I am once again “retired.”

A Day to Myself

I had the day to myself yesterday. Bob spent the day in the Pittsburgh area getting his motorcycle worked on.

While Bob was away, I straightened up the house in preparation for company on Easter Sunday. Later in the afternoon I did some laundry. I spent time on the computer, too. I read the Times Observer newspaper that we subscribe to electronically, read and commented on blogs that I follow, reviewed messages posted on photography forums of which I am a member, prepared and responded to email, and paid bills. I also sat on the front porch enjoying the heat and sunshine. The temperature rose into the 80s today. It is Spring but it feels like Summer! While sitting on the front porch I read a book named “The Duchess” by Jude Deveraux. I suspect that I will finish reading the book this weekend. I find that once I start to read a book by Jude Deveraux that I become absorbed very quickly in the story. This book is no exception.

FIVE New Audio Books

I downloaded five audio books from audible.com. I have an audible.com membership and earn 2 credits each month. I used 4 credits plus a $10.00 gift certificate to make my purchase. I have now used up all my membership credits. The $10.00 gift certificate was from Audible to celebrate my 6-month membership anniversary. After downloading the audio books, I canceled my Audible membership. I am not dissatisfied with Audible; however, not having the membership will save me approximately $22.00/month. I enjoy listening to audio books. Each audio book that I have downloaded from audible.com have been thoroughly entertaining. I always have the option to renew my membership. The five audio books that I downloaded are:

“The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” by Steig Larsson
“The Girl Who Played with Fire” by Steig Larsson
“The Last Song” by Nicholas Sparks
“The Shack” by William P. Young
“The Help” by Kathryn Stockett

These five audio books will provide me with approximately 75 hours of listening pleasure. I am familiar with only one writer, Nicholas Sparks. I believe I have read every book he has ever written. This will be the first time I listen to one of his books. The other three writers are new to me. The publisher’s summaries and consumer reviews secured my interest in each of those books. The first book I will listen to is “The Shack”. I have heard SO MUCH about this book. I want to see for myself if it is worth all the rave reviews.

Book Review – “Someone Knows My Name”

In late May my Canadian blogging friend, Peggy, published a blog about meeting the Canadian author Lawrence Hill. Peggy had read Hill’s novel “The Book of Negroes” earlier in the year. Peggy wrote that the novel was “a really good read” and highly recommended that I read it too, if I like historical fiction. I like historical fiction, so I searched audible.com for “The Book of Negroes”. I couldn’t find it. I then searched for Lawrence Hill. I found an audio book called “Someone Knows my Name”. The publisher’s summary sounded like the same story as “The Book of Negroes”. Peggy confirmed that the book was published as “Someone Knows My Name” in the USA. Although there is a real historical document called “The Book of Negroes”, Hill’s publishers thought it an inappropriate title for a book published in the USA.

I finished “Someone Knows My Name” this past week. The novel is a superb tale about the West African slave trade and a young slave girl named Aminata Diallo. I, too, like Peggy, highly recommend that others read Aminata’s story. As you read about Aminata’s kidnapping in Africa at the age of 11 and follow her travels from Africa to South Carolina to New York to Nova Scotia to Sierra Leone and to London, you may find yourself, like me, forgetting that the story is a work of fiction.

iTunes + iPod = Great Entertainment!

In December last year I received an iPod for having the most upsells in the call center at which I work on a part-time basis. I’d never had an MP3 player, and I continue to be enthralled with the convenience afforded by my iPod to listen to music or audiobooks while sitting, lying down, riding, and walking. I especially like that I can listen to music or audiobooks in the dark, while sitting or lying down.

This week I imported my CD collection into iTunes. I now have 84 albums and 980 songs from which to choose to put on my iPod. I like that iTunes breaks down music into genres. It didn’t surprise me that country music predominates my CD collection. What DID surprise me was that, if desired, I could put ALL of the music that I imported on my iPod. My iPod’s storage capacity is 8GB. My CD collection totals 4.86GB, or 2.4 days of listening pleasure.

Strafari

A safari to (re)discover Strasbourg

AfterKC.com

Enjoying Life In New Ways

The Frog and PenguINN

Showcases Portraiture, Scenic & Nature Photography and Feaures a Photo Journal Blog

Bicycling the beauty around us

This is a bicycling journal.

The World according to Dina

Notes on Seeing, Reading & Writing, Living & Loving in The North

Skid and Sandy On The Road

Showcases Portraiture, Scenic & Nature Photography and Feaures a Photo Journal Blog

vivacioushoopster

Showcases Portraiture, Scenic & Nature Photography and Feaures a Photo Journal Blog

Brown About

The Motorhome Adventures of Joan and Stephen

My Mommy's Place

Showcases Portraiture, Scenic & Nature Photography and Feaures a Photo Journal Blog

Viewing nature with Eileen

Showcases Portraiture, Scenic & Nature Photography and Feaures a Photo Journal Blog

Deep Thoughts

Showcases Portraiture, Scenic & Nature Photography and Feaures a Photo Journal Blog

Rambling On

Showcases Portraiture, Scenic & Nature Photography and Feaures a Photo Journal Blog

Talk and Chatter

Reviews, talk, and fun

Senior Moments

The random musings of a fairly active Tennessee retiree

Pics & Pieces

Showcases Portraiture, Scenic & Nature Photography and Feaures a Photo Journal Blog

PHOTOJOURNAL OF CORKER2

TRYING TO DO THIS WITHOUT A DEGREE!

Pennsylvania Wildlife Photographer

Showcases Portraiture, Scenic & Nature Photography and Feaures a Photo Journal Blog

MY QUALITY TIME

Showcases Portraiture, Scenic & Nature Photography and Feaures a Photo Journal Blog

Linda's Peaceful Place

Showcases Portraiture, Scenic & Nature Photography and Feaures a Photo Journal Blog

Life's Funny Like That

Showcases Portraiture, Scenic & Nature Photography and Feaures a Photo Journal Blog

JOYFUL REFLECTIONS

Showcases Portraiture, Scenic & Nature Photography and Feaures a Photo Journal Blog

I'll give you a piece of my mind

Showcases Portraiture, Scenic & Nature Photography and Feaures a Photo Journal Blog

Hospitality Lane

Showcases Portraiture, Scenic & Nature Photography and Feaures a Photo Journal Blog

Gretchen's Traveling

Showcases Portraiture, Scenic & Nature Photography and Feaures a Photo Journal Blog

An English Girl Rambles from 2016 to ....

Showcases Portraiture, Scenic & Nature Photography and Feaures a Photo Journal Blog