Sunday, October 26, 2008

Sunday Salon - Random

The Sunday

How is it Sunday once again? Time is just passing by too quickly... And I'm NOT ready for winter (but that's another post for another day). Anyway, I'm not reading and blogging like I should. I've allowed other things to take priority in my life and as a result have been neglecting my personal time. As a way to balance the unwelcome demands, I recently discovered scheduled posts! I think this will help me tremendously, especially with posting my book reviews. Don't you love it when you discover the littlest thing that will just make your life a bit easier?

On to my reading: I finished The Smart One and the Pretty One earlier this week (my review can be found here) and I'm currently reading The Dead Place. I have about 60 more pages to read and I plan to finish this evening and post my review later this week. Next up will be Harvesting the Heart by Jodi Picoult.

On a different note, I watched the first 20 minutes or so of Oprah on Friday. She stated Amazon's Kindle is her new favorite gadget. Numerous people have asked me if I have or plan to purchase a Kindle and I said no to both. Occasionally, I will read reviews about it on Amazon, but just not sure if it's something that I would be interested in. (Although, I said the same thing about my iPod and now that I have one, I can't imagine not having it. I take it everywhere I go.) Anyway, listening to Oprah go on and on about how great the Kindle is, made me wonder: what exactly am I missing regarding its appeal? (And why are people so surprised that I don't own one?) I wished she would have said more about her transition from reading an actual book to reading a book on the Kindle. I think that is what's stopping me from purchasing it (that and, well, the price!).

I loved the feel of a book in my hand, especially a brand new book! I can't imagine not going to the library (I go several times a week) or buying a book from Border's or Barnes and Noble. I do, however like the idea of having my collection in one place and being able to take just the Kindle when I travel instead of packing three or five books (which I normally do), the price is cheaper than buying a new hardback and you can read a sample chapter before purchasing the book.

I don't know. I think for now, I'm more open to it then I was in the past. If anyone owns a Kindle or is on the fence about purchasing it or not, please share with me your comments. I would like to hear what other people think about it (especially how do you balance going to the library/bookstore with purchasing books from Amazon to download to the Kindle). May be I'll just wait for the 2.o version to be released (for upgrades). For now, I'll continue to weigh the pros and cons and read the reviews posted on Amazon.

Enjoy the rest of your Sunday!


  1. I hear you about the Kindle...not sure I understand the fascination but I like be able to take one on vacation with me loaded with 5-7 books...but I'm waiting for v.2 as well.

  2. My biggest issue with the Kindle is $$$. Not just the cost of the device, but the cost of the books to fill the device. Right now I get the majority of my books used or free, and I just don't see myself spending the money every time I want something new to read.