I may have mentioned before that one can put one’s Kindle in airplane mode and, ahem, expired library books won’t disappear when it can’t connect to the internet. My life would probably be better if I had not discovered this, as instead of reading them in the 2 week borrow period, I’ve had a set of 5 books that I’ve been meaning to get to for months. I’ve also checked out other books which I’m then forced to either upload through the usb, which I am almost always too lazy to do, or read through the Overdrive app. This was less of a hardship when my iPad wasn’t broken; iphone screens are really too tiny for comfortable book reading. And Overdrive books disappear right on the dot of expiration, even if not connected to the internet and even if you’re reading the book at the time. (That happened once. There were tears.) I also have books that I’ve obtained for Kindle through other means, which I’m also reading on my phone. Seriously, this was not a good idea.
Considering the backlog of books I have otherwise, both print and ebook, why am I even checking out library books? Well, that’s usually the way I read new bestsellers, because hardback prices give me heartburn, and also to try new authors. Here are the books that I’ve allowed to hang out too long:
Amelia Peabody mysteries – I love them so, and I’m trying to read them in order, but I don’t quite love them enough to buy the entire set of 20. This is the 2nd one, so slow going since I always have to put them on hold. Finally read this several weeks ago, and wondered why I waited so long as it was delightful.
Neil Gaiman is still a genius. Unnatural Creatures is one of best short story anthologies I’ve read – mostly I’d describe them as fantasy, but with a dark edge. They were all very, very good, and my favorite, The Cartographer Wasps and the Anarchist Bees, was by E. Lily Hu, an author I’d never heard of and who seems to be published only in magazines and anthologies. I’d love to see a collection from her. And The Ocean at the End of the Lane is indescribably wonderful. Gaiman captures the truth of childhood, its fears and missed connections and how things never line up quite right. I’ve hung on to these so long they’re now out in paperback and I’ll probably just buy them as I’m not ready to let them go.
I’m about half done with this and it’s short on plot – it’s a short book anyway – but it’s long on humor and has a smattering of random trivia. I love random trivia. The humor hinges mostly on the ridiculousness of corporate workplaces, so anyone who has every had a job in a large company will know exactly where she’s at. And once I’m done with this …
I’m probably going to connect my poor lonely Kindle back to the mothership and let this one go without reading. I think this is one of those things I feel like I should read instead of actually wanting to read. If I change my mind, the used bookstore should have multiple movie tie-in copies.
On my phone I’ve lately read:
I’ve never read a Nora Roberts book before. No, I’m not quite sure why, but I’ve also never seen Titanic or The Notebook so it’s something about distrust of the crazily popular. I enjoyed this one enough to kick something else off my holds list so that I could queue up for the 2nd in the series. There are 60 people ahead of me for 7 copies, so I should finish it in time for the 3rd one to come out in October. This one is on sale for $2.99 on Kindle – lots of her books have been on sale, lately. I wasn’t sold enough to immediately want to read her entire backlist, if that’s even possible. The “other books by” part at the beginning took up several pages. The woman is an industry unto herself.
And I’ve just checked out:
I fell in love with a Lee Smith short story in high school, out of a southern lit anthology, and I’m hoping to find that same magic again.
I do love the Kindle reading experience, my growing distrust of Amazon notwithstanding. (Though honestly I don’t know who to side with on the Hatchette thing; I suspect there’s plenty of blame on both sides.)