Monthly Archives: September 2012

Baby’s Got a Brand New E-Reader

New iPadWay back when I got married. What I forgot to mention was the great gift Andrew gave me to celebrate the occasion. He bought me this new e-reader. I believe it’s called an iPad?

Sorry, I know that sounds like bragging. And maybe it is a little. But mostly I’m just excited! The iPad was perfect for our trip to France. Not only did we not need to lug around a laptop, but the iPad’s Google Maps magically worked when we were out on the road nowhere near WiFi. (Trust me, we needed those Google Maps.)

One of the aspects I am most looking forward to, though, is the new e-reading possibilites. While I already have a Kindle (and so downloaded the Kindle app), the iPad opens up so many new opportunities. I already added the Nook app and I’m considering the iBookstore. I love that I’m no longer tied to Amazon. I can keep buying Amazon e-books, but now I have options. I can spread the e-commerce love around. I can support a physical bookstore with my digital purchase. I can take my money wherever I’d like. And so forth.

So I have to give Andrew thanks for a wonderful present. I just can’t decide what’s better: the iPad or Andrew’s other wedding gift to me…


Harold Fry Takes Me By Surprise

The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold FryI shouldn’t have been surprised. I knew The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry was leading somewhere sad. I knew it. I just wasn’t quite prepared for where it went.

Yesterday I described Rachel Joyce’s novel as “pleasant reading.” After finishing the book, I don’t think I did it justice with that description. It starts quiet but it makes an impact.

Almost immediately after pressing “publish” on my last post, I got to the crux of TUPOHF (my new acronym since the title is too long to keep typing.) I won’t spoil anything but there came the expected tragedy. But it wasn’t quite what I expected. Even though it made me really sad, I appreciated that there was a new depth to the book.

Overall, I would recommend TUPOHF. It’s delightful tale of a man walking across England and the people he meets along the way. At the same time, it is thoughtful and emotional.

And I really like the cover.

Call Me Mrs. Blogger Now

Wedding photoMan, it has been a while! During my blogging hiatus I went and became an old married lady in Florida and then jetted off to fabulous France for 11 days of mooning with my honey. It’s been amazing, but it feels good to be home and back to reality. Well, it feels good to be home. Reality has it’s pluses and minuses.

In the midst of all this hectic fun, I’ve been reading too. Since last we talked, I’ve read a couple of work books, Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter, How To Be a Woman by Caitlin Moran, and most of The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce. Not bad, right?

Here’s the quick rundown: I really liked Beautiful Ruins and I was very happy to hear it’s this month’s book club pick. So more on that one after we meet. How To Be a Woman was more feminist ideas than the simple funny anecdotes I thought it would be (there were those too), but it was quite enlightening. And I’m enjoying Harold Fry. It’s not the most fast-paced lots-of-things-happening type of book, but it is a pleasant read.

My next book is a toss-up: Either Baby Love as per my mom’s list or Where’d You Go Bernadette. It depends on whether I loan out my Kindle for a fellow book clubber to read Beautiful Ruins. It also depends on whether I’m up for a book about deciding to have a baby. We’ll see.

It’s just nice to be back and talking about books again!