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Let me tell you more about the books I read > A to Z Book Survey

by Anica 1. September 2013 18:47

 

The more books I read, the more difficult it becomes to pin down my favourites.

I saw this post from Queen of Contemporary and  I also wanted to sink my teeth into this! The original post was done by The Perpetual Page - Turner.

Turned out to be more than I thought! But here goes.

Author you’ve read the most books from

Terry Pratchett. My sister first introduced me when I received "The Witches Trilogy"  as a twelve birthday present. I have been collecting ever since.

Best sequel ever

Catching Fire from the Hunger Games Series.

Currently reading

Plain Truth - Jodi Picoult (So this is probably the third time I have changed this, since I started the post) I am taking a break from the Mortal Instruments Series.

Drink of choice while reading

Tea! I am such a tea person. As a treat, hot chocolate with extra marshmallows.

E-reader or physical book

E-reader. Now I can read in the dark without the night lamp and no more bending the spines of my novels. And instant access to the latest books! I still collect my favourites as good old physical books.

Fictional character you probably would have actually dated in high school

I reluctantly admit the mysterious , slightly awkward Mr Darcy.

Glad you gave this book a chance

Game of Thrones, even though I loved the  TV series, I didn't think that I would enjoy the books. WRONG! The books are even better (doh) and now I know what is going to happen! Can't wait for the next book in October!

Hidden gem book

 I had no idea what I was getting myself into when I started Night Circus - Erin Morgenstern. Without any inclination of what the book was about, I was enchanted, from the beginning to end. Loved it!

Important moment in your reading life

 I have to agree with Perpetual Page Turner. Discovering Goodreads. I have only been on it a few months, but without it I wouldn't have discovered half of the awesome reads I mentioned in this post.

Just finished

City of Ashes- Cassandra Clare.

Kinds of books you won’t read

Thrillers. As much as I love Stephen King, I am a bit of a light weight when it gets to his books. I read the Dark Half in my teenage years, and after the first few pages of Gerald's Game I had to quit. I read scary stuff, but some of his stuff is too creepy and too horrifying. So I try to avoid stuff that might give me nightmares.

Longest book you’ve read

Les Miserables and I read it before the movie. Loved the movie too!

Major book hangover because of

 22/11/1963 -Stephen King. I totally bought it because 22 November is my birthday.

Number of bookcases you own

Ehrm, so I don't actually own a bookcase...My hubbie promised to build me one. For now I stack them on an old TV stand.

One book you have read multiple times

Only one? I used to re-read my Terry Pratchett collection every year. Because I started young I did not catch all the jokes and references. That's why Terry Pratchett's books are so epic, there is always something new to discover in his books.

Preferred place to read

If I have a pillow and a blankie I'm good. Spot in the sun and I am in heaven!

Quote that inspires you/gives you all the feels from a book you’ve read

“A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies, said Jojen. The man who never reads lives only one.” Dance of Dragons - George RR  Martin > That must be the most incredible quote that I have read.

Reading regret

Too many books, too little time! But isn't that the anguish of all readers everywhere?

Series you started and need to finish (all books are out)

Erhm...none at the moment.

Three of your all-time favorite books

Jeez, this is tough...

Wyrd Sisters  - Terry Pratchett

Girl with a Dragon Tattoo Series

Fault in our Stars - John Green

Unapologetic fangirl for

Song of Fire and Ice. Discworld. Lord of the Rings. I think that means I am a fangirl for fantasy.

Very excited for this release more than all the others

 The Winds of Winter and A Dream of Spring - the sixth and seventh book in the "A Song if Ice and Fire" series

Worst bookish habit

I read the last sentence of the book. Is that weird?

X Marks the spot: the 27th book of my shelf

Snuff - Terry Pratchett

Your Latest Book Purchase

Les Miserables is on it's way :D

ZZZ-snatcher book (latest book that kept you up way late)

The Storyteller - Jodi Picoult. Kept me up until 4 am. I had to stop a few pages before the end because I had to get some sleep...

 

Doing and finally posting this survey took me way too long!

Now it's your turn!

Let me know and link your post in the comments!

 

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I was born a reader - Kobo Touch Review

by Anica 3. August 2013 17:29

I was the lucky winner of a Kobo Touch e-reader. (Competition details at the end of the post)

From the start I will admit that I received a Kindle Paperwhite for my birthday last year, and it's probably the best gift that I have ever received. So please forgive me if I am biased.

 

Okay back to the Kobo.

 

 

My favourite aspect is the cute character that indicates whether the reader is sleeping or charging. It gives a certain friendliness to the Kobo and makes using it a bit more fun.

My second favourite feature is Kobo Reading Life. It tracks your reading stats from the first time you turn a page. It's pretty neat, I would love to know how much time I spent reading on my Kindle. (If you know how, let me know in the comments!) With Reading Life you also get Awards that incentivises you to spend more time on the reader or to link your account to your Facebook. I am a bit obsessive so I want to get those awards as soon as possible.

The diamond patterned back of the e-reader makes it comfortable to read and quite appealing. On the other hand, the matt finishing quickly smudges which will drive a neat freak crazy. So make sure your hands are clean.

The reading experience is pleasing, changing the settings simple and it is really easy on the eyes. It fits comfortably in your handbag and it won't weigh you down.

Also the Kobo allows a bunch of formats, even CBZ and CBR. That is a big plus!

On the down side, it is not as responsive as you might expect so you might have to turn the page a few times. 

Also the lack of a back light is a deal breaker, but that's personal preference.

These are the technical details > I got them from the Kobo website okay...

Available Colours

Lilac, blue, silver, black, and white

Wireless Connectivity

802.11b/g/n

Processor

Freescale 508 Processor

Device Size

114 mm X 165 mm (4.5 in X 6.5 in)

Device Depth

10 mm (0.4 in)

Weight

185 g (6.5 oz)

Display

6" E Ink XGA Pearl screen; 800 x 600 resolution
16-level grey scale

Storage

2 GB*

Memory Expansion

Up to 30,000 eBooks with a 32 GB Micro SD card

Connectivity

USB, Wi Fi

Battery Life

1 month**

Supported File Formats

eBooks: EPUB, PDF, and MOBI
Documents: PDF
Images: JPEG, GIF, PNG, BMP, and TIFF
Text: TXT, HTML, and RTF
Comic Books: CBZ and CBR

Pre-Loaded eBooks

15 free previews

Fonts

10 font styles, 24 sizes

Software

New and improved free Kobo Desktop software

Advanced Features

Library personalization, predictive search, double-tap PDF zoom in, SimpleTurn™ page turning

*1 GB available to store content (up to 1,000 eBooks).

** Actual results may vary depending on individual use.

Final thought:

It is an entry device with loads of features, perfect for the traveller, simple to use and you do not have  to lug around a bag of books.

 

Okay, as promised, the competition details to win your very own Kobo:

Simply tweet the book's name that you are currently reading with the hashtag #STbooks

More details:

http://bookslive.co.za/blog/2013/06/30/twitter-competition-win-a-kobo-ereader-with-the-sunday-times/

 

 

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