On Kindle

The Kindle has come a long way since it first debuted nearly a decade ago. And Amazon keeps making it better. But seeing is believing, not just reading about it.

Recently I happened upon a co-worker reading in the break room at work. I saw him reading on a new Kindle. I asked which model it was because it looked nice. He said the $79 one, which is the regular Kindle. Now I know I’ve said I’m trading mine back in because I just don’t use it, but his device was great. I mean, I didn’t expect the base model to appear so advanced. The text is so much more clear than mine. The screen is much easier on the eyes. And it appeared about as thin as a strand of hair.

And of course Amazon just announced their newest edition. All this is simply to say that the “regular” Kindle is a great device, so I can’t imagine how superb the more advanced models are.

PS: Still not using mine or buying a new one.

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Top Five Wednesday: Hard Topics

Yay for another Top Five Wednesday. This week’s topic is books that deal with hard topics. This was another good one for me because I once again broke the rules. I came up with six books instead of the five EVERYONE else does. Whoops.

But as we all know, books can be avenues to address just about any topic we can think of. And the books I mention today (in my opinion) all do a great job of hitting on some really important topics. Sex. Drug use. War. Racism. Mental illness. Family. Faith. Religious persecution.

All topics addressed by the handful of books (+1) I talk about today.

What are some books you’ve read that address “hard” topics?

Happy Birthday, Beverly Cleary

I think today may have been Beverly Cleary’s 100th birthday. So let’s all say happy birthday.

I’ve actually not read any of her books. But I know they’re tiny. And I think they’re young adult. I think she wrote the Ramona ones, right? Eh. I guess I’m just too cool for her books. Ha!

Have you read any of her books? And do you think she has a ghost or anything at 100? 😂

I’m not Convinced

The LA Times Festival of Books was this past weekend. It’s one of the most popular and anticipated book festivals in the country. There was a little of just about everything.

I’m not really interested in the awards that were havded out. Except for James Patterson’s. I’ve already written about it on here, but the reason I want to talk about it again is because he gave a speech at the awards gala. He talked about his BookShots project I’ve also already written about. I didn’t get to see his entire speech, but I did see some. And I still just don’t know why he (or his publisher) think these books are going to get people to somehow enjoy books.

I understand that he’s done a lot of things as an author and many of those things have proven very lucrative, but this just isn’t adding up for me. People who don’t read, DON’T READ. They don’t care how many times you say the book is like reading a movie. They don’t care how many pages the book has. And they don’t care who’s writing the books. I don’t know if everyone involved in this is clueless or arrogant.

This is like a beer or drink company proclaiming they’ve come up with the drink to get EVERYONE drinking, even people like me who refuse to drink alcohol for any reason.

I’ll end with a question for Patterson and the team behind this new project. What evidence do you have that these books will be bought by anyone besides Patterson’s regular readers? I’d love to know.

Booked!

I told y’all just yesterday that I was already looking at places to visit for my second trip once my DC trip comes along. Well I’ve decided to go to Austin THIS week! Ha! I might be crazy. I just happened to get my two days off on consecutive days, which never happens. So it’ll be a short trip, but I’m still excited.

The plan is to visit the Texas history museum, the LBJ Presidential Library, the Texas memorial museum, the Texas state cemetery, and perhaps two other places.

Nothing spectacular, but Austin is probably the one city in Texas every Texan should see. Maybe? I mean, it is the capital. No 6th Street for me. Not really interested in that scene.

No question today. It’ll be a fun couple of days, hopefully.

Saturday Selects #25: On Travel

Saturday Selects is a series of posts I write on the first Saturday of each month (usually) about something outside the general bookish theme of the blog. Today’s topic: travel.

Some of you know my first real trip is coming up. It’s next month and I’m going to Washington DC for four days. I’ve been in Houston my whole life and I’m ready to start seeing the world. That sounds like such a clichĂ©, but there’s so much out there I hope to see.

Well I’m still six weeks away from my trip (planned four months ago) and I find myself thinking of other places to visit in the US. Is this normal or am I suffering from an incurable ailment destined to ruin the rest of my years!? I’m even looking at dates! Uh oh.

For the record, I don’t spend money. I have a little bit saved up that’s causing all this. I can’t imagine what I’d be doing if I had a higher paying job. I’d probably lose my job after deciding to ditch work for a quick trip 1 too many times. Welp.

The two places I see myself visiting next are Austin and the Grand Canyon. Most likely in that order.

Tell me your best travel stories! And if you can remember your first trip, tell me about that too!

PS: I have a few comments to reply to. I intend to get to all of them today.

This Week in Books: Tennessee’s State Book

Welcome back to This Week in Books. Today’s topic is not to be taken lightly. I know most people couldn’t care less about any state’s official state book, but what if that book also happens to be the Bible? Would you raise your eyebrows at that? I would. Which is how today’s video came about.

Seeing a state even consider naming the Bible as its official state book in 2016 should be a head scratcher, but it’s isn’t. Not when you take a minute to think about all these so-called “religious freedom” bills that are constantly popping up all over the country.

Now watch, please! And don’t forget to tell me what you think!