Monday, February 27, 2012

Review: Beauty by Robin McKinley

Beauty by Robin McKinley
Pages: 325
Release Date:  January 1st 1978
Date Read:  2012, February 13th-17th
Received:  Own
Rating:  4.5/5 stars
Recommended to:  12+







SUMMARY -
Grace, Hope and Honor have lived the finest life in the city, well taken care of by servants and, most importantly, their father.  Honor, the youngest, goes by the name of Beauty, although it does not fit her, as she is the ugliest of the three sisters.

When trouble strikes and the family is forced to move into a small house in the country, Beauty hears stories of the Beast who lives in a castle in the woods behind their house.  She is unsure if she believes the stories...until her father returns from a trip, claiming that he has seen the Beast, disturbed his presence and now must pay.  Either he must return to the Beast, or one of his daughters must take his place.  Beauty, and only Beauty, just might have the courage - and the love - to change the lives of everyone she knows.

MY THOUGHTS -
I love books like this.  Slow, like thick, sweet honey pouring from a jar.  Or like melted chocolate drizzling over strawberries.  I don't even know.  Just sweet, lovely, and very savory.  Wow!

The beginning of Beauty was really good, but the end was good times great.  Beauty doesn't even leave for the Castle until after 100 pages in, but I was hooked from the first page!  Beauty, her family, their story - all intrigued me.  I wanted them to be well.  And I love how everything was so perfectly set up and how everything tied into the end.

McKinley's writing is seriously beautiful.  It's all-encompassing...like, the words surround you when you read them.  I'm dying to get to reading more more more!

CHARACTER NOTES -
Beauty (Honor) is a wonderful character.  She's sweet and stubborn and loves without restraint.  She's consistent, but I also saw character growth as I read.  She made an impression on me and I won't forget her, no matter how many heroines I get around to reading about in life.

Beast is somethin' else.  He isn't like the Disney Beast, who goes from "loser" to "lover".  I don't want to say anymore abut him and spoil it...but - wow.  I loved him from the moment Beauty first met him.  Seriously, my heart started pounding!

There are some fun minor characters - Ger, Hope, Grace, the father, even the horse Greatheart.  They added to the story and I cared for each one of them individually.  I was especially hoping for Grace's story to end happily - read the book to find out if it did!

STORY NOTES -
This is a slow story, but not in a boring way.  It draws you in and doesn't let go - but it also gives you room to breathe and just enjoy.

Beauty has some seriously beautiful imagery, especially regarding the gardens.  The one scene that talked about the sunset causing the garden to glow a golden color....that's just one instance that had me melting with love for the beautiful descriptions.

The reasons I give this book 4.5 stars and not 5 are not big things, or even issues to begin with - just a few things I wished had been different.  I am, still, entirely satisfied and loving this book.  I guess my main thing is that I wish the change of feelings in Beauty hadn't been so sudden.  I could tell it was coming based on the scenes, and because, DUH, everyone knows how this story ends, but it was a bit too sudden for me when she realized she loves him.  Which brings me to my other thought - I wish the last few pages had been more passionate.  It was so wonderful and gut-wrenching and lovely and then it was like, "Yay, we're happy.  The end."

But despite that, when there was passion.... ACH!  Beauty made my heart ache.  The nightly proposals, the learning to trust, the sweet, beautiful moments shared...  I'm seriously already looking forward to reading it again!!

SUMMING IT UP -
Delectable.  I'm still thinking of golden sunshine, red roses, and Prince Charming.  That's what Beauty promises, and it delivers perfectly.

For the Parents -
Nothing!  A kiss or two.  Verrrrry clean.  Recommended to 12+!

Friday, February 24, 2012

Beauty (Quotes)

The castle rose up before us like sunrise, its towers and battlements reaching hundreds of feet into the sky.  It was of gray stone, huge block set on block; but it caught the sunlight like a dolphin's back at dawn.  It was as big as a city, I thought; not one building, but many, tied together by corridors and courtyards; I stared around at what I could see of the wings and walls of it stretching in many directions.  I could not begin to imagine the number of rooms it must contain.  But it stood silent, the windows dark, apparently deserted.  But not quite deserted, I told myself unhappily.  Oh dear.
- Part 3, Chapter 1 page 131

I love this imagery....  It's magnificent!!

Review on Monday!

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I'd Quickly Save If My House Was Going To Be Abducted By Aliens


This is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish!

This is an awesome theme!! :D  I'd say if our house got burnt down or something like that...but aliens are great too. ;)


Well, obviously, I could get another Bible if something happened to mine...but I love my Bible.  It's pretty darn amazing.

Incarceron and Sapphique by the Genius and Wonderful Catherine Fisher
I could never, EVER, pass up these books in my LIFE.


My Lauren Oliver books.  Mmmmmm.


Inkheart, Inkspell, Inkdeath
Cornelia Funke
The master of fairytales.
Favorite books.
First fantasy I ever read.
Still some of the best.
DUH.


N. D. Wilson
I mean, I'd grab the entire pile of his books.  There's no way I'm letting these go.  EVER.


The Idiot by Fyodor Dostoevsky
WOW.  This book seriously makes me fall in lovelovelovelovelove over and over and over again.


Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
I would have to grab this one from under a giant pile and run, but it would be worth it.  Oh, how it would be worth the falling books and the scurrying out, and possibly being abducted with the rest of the house because I couldn't get out in time.  Maybe I could use a few stupefy spells on the aliens to protect myself.
Or maybe not.


Link me up to your lists! :)

Happy reading!

Monday, February 20, 2012

Review: Divergent by Veronica Roth (Divergent #1)

Divergent by Veronica Roth (Divergent #1)
Pages: 487
Release Date:  May 3rd, 2011
Date Read:  2012, January 12th-15th
Received:  Library
Rating:  5/5 stars
Recommended to:  14+





SUMMARY -
Beatrice Prior, now sixteen, is faced with the decision every sixteen-year-old in her society is faced with:  Which faction does she choose?  There are five factions:  Erudite - the intelligent; Candor - the honest; Amity - the peaceful; Abnegation - the selfless; and Dauntless - the brave.  Beatrice's family is of Abnegation, but Beatrice does not know if she could stay with them and live life to the fullest.  He choice is the beginning of everything to Beatrice, now called Tris.  The initiation process brings her closer to herself than she's ever been before, and closer to the boy who may or may not be a part of her future.  And it brings her closer to discovering the meaning to the dangerous fact of her existence that she's been told to keep to herself.  But how can she last, being the only one of her kind that she knows of, before falling into the wrong hands?

MY THOUGHTS -
I am rejoicing right now - that this is a Forever Favorite!  For the first 70 pages I had this feeling of, "Well, I like it, but it could go either way for me."  I'd heard so many good things about it, but was so worried it would fall short.

I started to realize that I really liked it at the choosing ceremony, when she decided on a faction, the faction I was hoping for, and I grinned like mad.  I stared loving the book when I read the Ferris wheel scene.  That...made my heart burst with happiness.  From then on out it got better and better and better.

And then...
ExplosionofbeautifulnessincredibleWOWZERScan'tbelievemyeyesheartFOUR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
LOVE.
The end.

Or perhaps not.

CHARACTER NOTES -
Tris...she really stole the show - in a very slow process, yes, but she did it.  At first, her character was undefined.  There was nothing to set her apart from others; she was lost among the crowd.  But then she decided on a faction, and began to act accordingly.  It was as though she blossomed and became a woman and a totally original someone.  She was finally set apart from the crowd.  By the end, I totally loved her and felt like I knew her.  It just took a simple choice to shape her into who she was to become.  I loved that.

And while Tris was fantastic....there is someone even more incredibly awesome:  FOUR.  I honestly haven't stopped swooning over him since I finished the book a month ago, and will never stop swooning over him, loving him, being totally enthralled by him and his all-consuming wonderfulness.  I loved his transformation from harsh trainer to lovelyamazingbeautiful FOUR.  I kind of guessed his true identity, and I must say:  1. I don't really love his real name, even though it fits.  2.  I fell in love with him when he was Four, so I think he'll always be Four to me.  But in any case, he was real, tangible for the entire book.  So consistent and portrayed as a very manly man, a fighter, a lover.  *Cue swooning maidens*  I recommend this book because of him, among other reasons.

Caleb, Will, Christina, Al, Peter, Drew, Eric, Jeanine, etc....  All played his or her own special role, and htey were all very realistic.  I appreciate side characters who are just as well-done as the leads.  And Peter - I think I was more angry with him than with the lead antagonist.  I wanted to shoot his face off, ooooh he made me soooo angry!!!! >:[

STORY NOTES -
I don't think I've ever read a book with a more original use of these concepts.  Selflessness, bravery, honesty, etc., and the balance between them all.  Is balance worth dying for?  Is moderation in all areas of life?  We may have individual gifts - writing, singing, photography, etc. - but shouldn't we all strive to be all of those good things - brave, honest, peaceful, etc.?  That is what I love most about this book - second to Four, of course. ;)

There were some pretty intense scenes, scenes where I held my breath, or sat very still in my surprise.  Some scenes made me want to punch someone (I'm looking at you, Peter) and others made me very sad.  There is a sense of reality to this story that can't be ignored.

I loved everything that had to do with the fear landscapes!  So cool!  And this whole book is a fast read, too.  The story flies by, catching the reader on a fast wind.  The writing isn't my favorite, but it was easy and clear and definitely impressed beautiful imagery into my mind as I read.

SUMMING IT UP -
Dauntless - because that is one of the factions, and because that's what this book is.  I look at it and I think, "Veronica Roth is a very brave writer."  I respect that and eagerly (Ok, verrrrry impatiently!) await Insurgent!  May is going to be a very very very veeerrrryyy good month!! :)

For the Parents -
The romance in this story is sweet and clean.  A few kisses are shared.  In once scene they are alone in a train and the kiss gets passionate - not much detail.  Once he has his shirt off and they kiss, a scene which has more sexual tension in their conversation than anything.  (They talk about how Tris isn't sure what his "expectations" are because he's older.  She thinks he's had sex before but he hasn't and the conversation embarrasses him and well as Tris.)  I recommend this book to anyone between the ages of 14 and 100.  ;)

Friday, February 17, 2012

Friday Buys 2/10-17/12


BOUGHT

I Am Number Four by Pittacus Lore
A very favorite.  A must buy.  I'm so glad - and feeling very honored - to have this on my shelf.
 


Athena the Brain by Joan Holub and Suzanne Williams
Look, Small!  I got it!!  :D  My little sister and I plan on reading it together... It'll be grand, I'm sure. :)


A Curse Dark as Gold by Elizabeth C. Bunce
I really enjoyed this book when I read it almost a year ago.  It was a really beautiful tale...I'm excited to one day read it again! :)


The rest are books I bought for my family this month as a "just-because-I-love-you" thing...I've already read Peter Pan (it's a Forever Favorite) but I just had to share this amazing copy of it.  My mom's a lucky gal. ;)  The rest I'm super interested in reading! :)








THE STASH

My stash...


Their stash...


NetGalley



Divergent (Quotes)


I hold the knife in my right hand and touch the blade to my palm.  Gritting my teeth, I drag the blade down.  It stings, but I barely notice.  I hold both hands to my chest, and my next breath shudders on the way out.
I open my eyes and thrust my arm out.  My blood drips onto the carpet between the two bowls.  Then, with a gasp I can't contain, I shift my hand forward, and my blood sizzles on the coals.
I am selfish.  I am brave.

- Chapter 5, page 47


This is one of my favorite quotes ever. It's loaded with emotion and intensity. Just like the rest of this AMAZING book.

Review to come...ON MONDAY!! :D

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Review: Eve by Anna Carey (Eve #1)

Eve by Anna Carey (Eve #1)
Pages: 318
Release Date:  October 4th, 2011
Date Read:  2011, December 18th-19th
Received:  Own
Rating:  4/5 stars
Recommended to:  15+








SUMMARY -
The school protects.  It keeps safe.  The girls inside - they are no match for the terrors of men that lay beyond the walls.  The girls are given fine educations and grow up well cared for.
Ever, Valedictorian of the year, almost a graduate, discovers the terrifying truth.  If all she knows is a life, then she must escape.  Anything is better than what her future at the School holds.
Can she survive the outside?

MY THOUGHTS -
I've wanted to read Eve for quite a long time.  The cover, the synopsis - everything fascinated me.  Now that I've read it, I'm bummed that the book didn't turn out to be a favorite, but I really did enjoy reading it.  Anna Carey's writing is clear and precise, without the unneeded fluff, and also really enjoyable.  I found the story thought-provoking and I definitely want more.

CHARACTER NOTES -
I've heard a lot of, "Eve is so stupid!  I can't believe she did all that and never learned!"  I've even heard a few "I HATE EVE" statements.  If that was your opinion, that's fine.  But I highly disagree.  Not only did I think Eve was a strong character who I totally felt a connection with, but she is not stupid.  She's naive - there's a difference.  She's been locked up in a school and lied to her whole life.  She's been protected and sheltered in extreme ways, so she doesn't know much about the way the outside world works.  Her mistakes all helped her learn and grow.

And her decision at the end - I can't hate her for that.  Yeah, maybe a good number of us would have chosen differently, but I felt it wasn't terrible beyond belief and will definitely have a good affect on the story. So, in the end, I loved Eve and look forward to more time with her in Once.

Caleb - he was great.  I really enjoyed who he was and the change he wrought in Eve.  Their romance started in friendship and blossomed very sweetly - and realistically.  He made me grin often throughout the book.

The other characters all had their own independent impacts on the story, which was nice and refreshing.  I hope to see some of them again in Once!

STORY NOTES -
This book is intense.  It takes place after a Plague - after mayhem and chaos and death - and the world outside is scary.  The world inside is scary, too, but shhhh!!!  No one knows!

I got chills more than one time.  How terrifying it would be to live in a world like that!  However, as much as I enjoyed this aspect of Eve, it reminded me a lot of Enclave by Ann Agguire.  Did anyone else see this as well?  Maybe not in character, but in setting and some aspects of the story, they were strangely alike.

In any case, I liked what Carey did with a story in the wilds - now I can't wait to see what she has in store for the city...and for the plot!  That whole twist with the King, and at the end with her decision and how it affected Caleb, and the School?!

SUMMING IT UP -
Bright.  For some reason, I cannot get that word from my head in relation to Eve.  The characters shine, the story catches attention, and the writing is clear.  I really enjoyed myself - looking forward to more!

For the Parents -
I would recommend to 15+.  Very intense (sometimes dark) themes, and intense scenes of survival.  There's also an attempted rape, and lots of talk about men being monsters who merely use women.  A few kisses, not described much, very innocent romance.


Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Top Ten Tuesday: Books That Broke Your Heart A Little


This is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish!

I love this week's theme!!  :)  Ok, these are not in order or anything, just 10 (or, ahem, 11) books that broke my heart.  Some of them even ripped my heart out, stomped on it, tore it in two, and then put it back in again.  Just sayin'...

A Voice in the Wind by Francine Rivers
This book, and the whole series, is a gut-wrencher.  It didn't make me cry, but MAN OH MAN was my heart broken.  I was pretty angry at parts, too.  The end to this one (the first book in the trilogy) made me scream.  I furiously ran and got the second book off the shelf, so strongly affected by it.  I'd say it definitely broke my heart.  (It's a good think book 2, An Echo in the Darkness, mended it, right?)


The Silent Boy by Lois Lowry
Not only have I read this book a few times and cried every time, but oftentimes I'll cry just talking about it with someone.  Like the one time I tried to tell my dad what it was about and got all teary eyed and had to take a deep breath and compose myself.  It's one of the best books ever.


Red by Ted Dekker
This is the second book in the Circle Trilogy, and man oh man it had me bawling like none other!  I usually cry about books when I'm at home in my room, or in the car, or somewhere that's not public.  But I'm pretty sure I was shedding tears over this one at a restaurant.  It's intense stuff.  It's such a beautiful story, of life, redemption, and a Love beyond all other loves.


Peter Pan by J. M. Barrie
This book is such a cute and happy book - at times.  At other times it's melancholy and slightly depressing.  It's like a wake-up call to real life, good but sometimes hard to face.  It does break my heart what happens with Peter in the end, probably because it's the most realistic thing that could have happened to the story.


The Princetta by Anne-Laure Bondoux
Oh.  DON'T even get me started with this one.  It's so sad!!  It reminds me of a Greek epic/tragedy, all together, wrapped into one beautiful book that I will never forget and always cherish.  My sister and I always share a look of incredible sadness whenever this book is brought up.


Delirium by Lauren Oliver
Did anyone think this was not going to be on here?  OMG.  This book made me cry for 30 minutes straight when I'd finished.  And it wasn't due to hormones or exhaustion or anything like that.  It was purely the fact that I need Alex.  Plain and simple.  Re-reading this one VERY soon before my pre-order of  Pandemonium comes in the mail!!


Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver
Honestly, while this book totally broke my heart, it also made me so incredibly happy at the same time.  I mean, the finality of that last day, Sam's actions, the redemption and beauty of it - so perfect and wonderful and sad and a million other things all at once!


Inkspell by Cornelia Funke
This is a tear-jerker every single time I read it.  Like, I bawl.  I love Dustfinger so much, and everything that happens with him...well, you can only imagine.  Inkdeath makes it better, of course, but I think a piece of me dies every time I read the end of this book. So. Sad!


Num8ers by Rachel Ward
Holy crud.  I just recently finished this book, listening to it on audio every time I drove to work and back.  I was bawling in the end.  It had so much redemption and beauty, but man!  It was saaaaaddddd.....


The Idiot by Fyodor Dostoevsky
Woah.  This book contains so many beautiful themes, but also many tragic themes.  It's one of my top 5 favorite books and I can't even begin to describe my love for it.


Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J. K. Rowling
I don't see how you can read this book and not bawl your eyes out the entire stinking time.  Like, literally, from the beginning of Godric's Hollow to the end, I was crying pretty much the entire time.  Almost every event, and for sure every death...oh man, you don't even know.  Well, unless you've read the book, that is.


What are your lists?  What books broke your heart?  Link me up!!

Monday, February 13, 2012

Review: The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan (The Heroes of Olympus #1)

The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan (The Heroes of Olympus #1)
Pages: 557
Release Date:  October 12th, 2010
Date Read:  2011, October 14th-20th
Received:  Own
Rating:  5/5 stars
Recommended to:  11+





SUMMARY -
When Jason wakes up on a bus headed toward the Grand Canyon, he has no memory.  What he does have is a beautiful girlfriend named Piper and a best friend named Leo.  They are a part of a school for troubled children; everyone knows who Jason is and has memories about him - except their coach.  Then things get even worse - the school hottie turns into a monster, and storm spirits attack them on the Grand Canyon.  Jason knows he has training for this, but from where?  They barely defeat the storm spirits when a chariot pulled by flying horses appears on the scene to take them to Camp Half-Blood, where demigods reside.  The girl, Annabeth, needs Jason's help.  A very special Hero has disappeared, and Jason is the one to lead the Quest to find him.

MY THOUGHTS -
Oh, Rick Riordan, you have quite tortured me with this book.  First you steal away my first and an only true demigod love and put him in possible danger - again!  And then you create a new demigod who comes to a close second and make me love him!  Oh, it is just too much!

What drew me in from the first was that my dearest Percy Jackson was missing, and I must go on a quest to save him!  But I learned - this book is more than that.  Riordan has created a new series, yes, but it is a continuation of the story of the Olympians, and I believe big plans are in store.  (If you haven't read Percy Jackson and the Olympians, you don't need to in order to read this book.  But honestly, I'd start there.  If I hadn't had the knowledge I did, or loved the characters I loved, it would have come across as less amazing, in my personal opinion.)

It was very interesting to read Riordan in third person, as well as from three new perspectives (Piper, Leo, and Jason).  But he nailed it.  Really nailed it.  I'm incredibly impressed.

CHARACTER NOTES -
Let's start with Jason.  He was wonderful.  Kind of hardened by a past he doesn't remember, by his frustration, but he still made an effort to be a friend and help the camp.  And when I found out whose son he was, I about died of excitement.  Over the course of the book, I found myself more and more drawn to him.  By the end, I was hooked.  I want more Jason!  I also want romance between him and Piper.  It's mandatory.

Speaking of Piper... Dang, I love that girl.  She's a heroine who is drop-dead gorgeous and kicks butt.  I don't want to compare or anything but I liked her better than Annabeth.  Of course, Annabeth is the perfect other half for Percy (who is my one true love), so for that I love her, but I was able to relate to Piper more as far as personality and real-life-outside-of-camp go.  (Definitely not the drop-dead gorgeous/kick-butt stuff...haha!)  She made my laugh, she was strong, and she loves unconditionally, even when she has to make hard choices between friends.

Leo definitely amazed me.  He possesses great skill, is sensitive to those around him, and has a past he wants to bury.  He was a crack-up and had the funniest one-liners of the group.  He made the team on the quest complete!

The other characters were all up to par, especially the hilarious Gleeson Hedge, wise Thalia, and adorable Mellie.  I want more of all these fantastic characters!

STORY NOTES -
This is a crazy story, in all the best ways.  Nonstop action, intense physical and emotional struggles, and a lovely new budding romance.  Then there's the mystery of the new villains, and how to defeat them.  Who's behind it all?!  I also really like how the POV changes added to the atmosphere, giving a different perspective to everything and everyone.

There are quite a bit more visions, dreams, and prophecies in this book, which I really enjoyed.  new gods are introduced, some good, some funny, some evil.  I loved the Roman aspect of the story (brings up a lot of questions); Roman/Gladiator training = definitely amazing.  It's a great way to learn mythology, even the lesser known stories.  Let's just say - I love Heroes.  Wanna know who my favorite is?  Duh!  Percy! :D

SUMMING IT UP -
Lightning.  It's fast, bright, and awe-inspiring.  (And let me give you a sneak peak at my review for #2, Son of Neptune: it was even better than this one!!)  I'm already impatiently awaiting book three, The Mark of Athena, due out this fall.  You really can't go wrong with Rick Riordan!!


Friday, February 10, 2012

Friday Buys 2/3-10/12

Here it is, another round of Friday Buys...  There's not much, but...erm...there's a lot coming in the mail, so next week will be...full. ;)

BOUGHT

Howl's Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones
$2.00
I had a credit to the Paperback Book Exchange and this had just been shelved and I was soooo excited!!  I've never read DWJ before and am stoked to try her out! :)


The Little Princesses by Marion Crawford
$20 on sale for $8!
 This is not "The Little Princess"....  Notice the "es" at the end of Princess.  But I still love the cover, and the fact that it's a first edition from 1950!  It's beautiful! :D




Our New Way Round the World by Charles Carleton Coffin
$5.00
Isn't it just beautiful?!?!?!  And it's a copy from 1880!!!!!!  I love it.  SO. MUCH.




THE STASH



What did you get this week?  Link me up! :D

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Hardcopy VS ebook

If you know me, I'm a die-hard reader.  (Well, obviously, I have a book review blog, so I better be!)  But it goes deeper than that.  I am a die-hard reader of hardcopies.

All my life, I've prized my hardcopy books above most of my other possessions.  They have always been so beautiful, sitting upon a shelf or a nightstand, or even the floor.  They are trophies, sometimes hard-earned with babysitting money, sometimes a surprise, sometimes just because.  Either way, they are incredibly wonderful objects, full of delectable stories, inspiration, art.

But with the rise of technology, eReaders were created.  The way to transport books in an easier and faster system became popular; that system took off in society.  Now, many avid readers own their own eReader.  Nook, Kindle, Kobo, etc. - and if I'm not mistaken, some non-readers (you know who you are) have been turned onto reading because of the ease of reading an eBook.


Only recently, I purchased a Nook, for NetGalley purposes mainly, and a few short stories and eBook only books.  It's a similar experience to reading a "real book", except there are a few key differences.  1.  There is no wonderful smell.  (That alone is a huuuuge factor.)  2.  You have to tap the screen to turn the page, not actually flip the page.  3. Each book loses some of its individuality, because you think, "I need my Nook."  NOT, "I need Princess of Glass.  And Incarceron.  And Inkheart.  And Divergent."  While you can see a hardcopy at any time, you can only see an eBook when you're reading it, and even then it's very 2D.


Hardcopies, on the other hand...  Books smell absolutely incredible.  You can flip their pages and feel the movement of the paper, sa though it's living and breathing.  Each cover holds its own story - and you can see that cover and be reminded of what's inside, whether you open it or not.  Books are beautiful, with art you can display.  Books are like friends - I imagine how lonely my room would look without my 300+ books sitting around.  Books can be organized in really fun ways - by cover, spine color, by publisher, title, author, genre, etc.  Books show sign of love, wear, and even tear - all good things (unless it gets a little too torn)...  Books will show the tears that slipped from your eyes onto the page for as long as that page still holds together - for a very long time.  Can such emotion be so carefully preserved by an eReader?  No.

As you can see, I'm very passionate about this subject.  And it's obvious that I think physical books should always come first, should always be a part of our lives.  In some cases, however such as in the case of promoting new books, getting the word out - I think owning an eReader is hugely rewarding.  It's a little like borrowing books from the library - you check it out, read it, decide what you think, and maybe, if it's good enough, you'll buy a copy for yourself after you've returned it.  That's why I purchased my own copy of Everneath - it was just too good to "give back".


And these are my thoughts!  I want to hear yours!  Do you sport the eBook colors?  Or are you on the fence?  Or against anything but the pages between your fingers?  Do you do what I do and only use your eReader for NetGalleys, or do you buy lots of eBooks as well?

Share away, my friends!