Thanksgiving Readathon 2017

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It’s finally Thanksgiving week, y’all, and time for a break from everyday life! Homeschool is on hold until next week. The Boy has plenty of activities to keep himself busy with. Poppy is in charge of Thanksgiving dinner this year (hallelujah!!). All I need to do now is sit back… and read, of course! What better way to do that than to participate in the first ever official Thanksgiving Readathon, right?

The Thanksgiving Readathon, hosted by the blogs Novels and Nonfiction and Death by Tsundoku, will run from Wednesday, November 22 through Sunday, November 26, 2017.  It’s a very informal and laid-back style of Readathon, in that your goal is simply to read as many books as you can over those four days. No rules or regulations, no competition, no pressure. My kind of thing, for sure. For more information about how you can participate, read this post.

I don’t know exactly what I’ll be reading during these four days, however I do have four books I would definitely like to get into:

I have several other books on my Kindle Paperwhite as well as a stack from the library that are waiting patiently for me, so things are not limited to just the four mentioned above by any means. I cannot wait to get started and down to business.

The main concern I’ve heard from friends is, “Isn’t this going to interfere with your Thanksgiving plans?” To which I respond, “What plans?!” Not really, y’all. But Thanksgiving, for my small family, has been very laid-back for the last few years. It’s just Poppy, The Boy, and myself eating a happy meal on the special day. There’s no big to-do or traditional gathering, etc. I definitely prefer it to Thanksgivings past, where we did have to go through the motions of a big holiday feast. This is so much more relaxing, and meaningful, in a way.

The best part of our small, laid-back holiday is, of course, that I have mucho time for reading!! I’m so excited to get started on the Thanksgiving Readathon, so I’m going to go do just that. I hope you decide to join me and have a blast yourselves! Either way, y’all… Happy Reading!!

Do you celebrate Thanksgiving in your home? What are some of your traditions? If you’re participating in this year’s readathon, share your TBR below!!

Amazon Brings Goodreads to First-Generation Kindle Paperwhite

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When Amazon released the 2nd-generation Kindle Paperwhite last Winter, one of the features I was most envious of was the direct link to Goodreads located on the main menu of the device. I have lamented the fact that my 1st-generation Paperwhite does not have this feature on a daily basis since then. If you are in the same boat as me, well then I have got some awesome, awesome news, my friends! Amazon has announced that it is bringing Goodreads to the 1st-generation Paperwhite! This free upgrade will be available via an automatic, wireless download or as a manual download via USB, and will include several other groovy enhancements including inline footnotes, the ability to skim pages and chapters without losing your place, improvements to bookmarks, highlights, and notes, as well as the option to coordinate stored content via Cloud Collections.

With Goodreads now on your Kindle Paperwhite, you will be able to:

  • Rate books
  • View your shelves (read, currently reading, & to-read)
  • View Goodreads friends’ activities
  • Share your favorite passages from within the book you’re currently reading
  • Add your Amazon book purchases to your Goodreads shelves

But wait, you say. How will we know when we finally have Goodreads? I’m so glad you asked! Take a gander at the photo below:

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You’ll know your 1st-generation Paperwhite has Goodreads when you see the Goodreads “g” on the top right-hand side of your navigation bar.

If you just cannot wait for the automatic update, here are directions for How to Get Goodreads on Your Kindle Paperwhite Right Now. Please keep in mind that the post I just referred you to will direct you to download Update 5.4.2 – that was the update for the 2nd-generation Paperwhite. You will want to download Update 5.4.4. It really is very self-explanatory if you read the post I indicated and then visit the 1st-Generation Paperwhite update page.

If you’ve decided to wait around for the automatic upgrade but want to learn more, Engadget has published a post in which the author goes Hands-on with Goodreads for Kindle Paperwhite.

What do you think about Goodreads on the Kindle?

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Book Binge – July, 2013

Oh, y’all, July was a banner month for book-buying! Thanks to Book Gorilla and all my free Amazon gift cards from SwagBucks, my total out of pocket cost was $4.73. It doesn’t get better than that, folks. Now all all I have to do is stop checking out so many library books so I can start reading the ones I actually own! Take a look at the awesome haul I pulled in:

Now, I have already read a couple of these books, but had previously checked them out from the library and really wanted my own copies. Some of the titles were ones I may not have normally purchased, but at such low prices, it was worth it. For example, The Hangman’s Daughter books were only $0.99 each – awesome price, right? Plus the fact that with my Amazon gift cards, they were free for me. So, totally worth it once I get around to reading them. Other books were ones that I’ve been wanting to read for a while now {some for quite a while!}. In addition to signing up for the free newsletter from Book Gorilla, you can also find good deals on Kindle books on the Amazon website itself. Look for the Kindle Daily Deals; they also offer Monthly Deals at $3.99 or less. There are a ton of other resources out there, too – all you have to do is look. Books, books, everywhere, people!

Do you have a Kindle? Where do you find deals on Kindle books?

101 Reasons I Love My Kindle Paperwhite

paperwhite.jpgI’ve mentioned previously how crucial my Amazon Kindle Paperwhite has become to my reading life. I use this thing for hours, most days. I use it every day, though, no matter what. There are so many things I love about my Kindle, and while I probably could live up to the title of this post and tell you 101 reasons, I’m going to let you off the hook by only giving you ten…

1.  It is clean.

I’ve shared my issues with the cleanliness (or lack thereof) of library books and my OCD tendencies. My Kindle has solved these issues for the time being. It is clean. It has only been used by me. If it does become soiled, I can clean it myself and restore it to it’s original, pristine condition.

2.  It Glows. Like Magic.

While the Kindle Paperwhite does have an e-Ink display, it is also lit from within, allowing me to read wherever I am. Outside at high noon with the brightly shining sun? No problem. In bed, with the lights out? Smooth sailing. The display is always clear, crisp and easy as pie to read. Perfect for these aging eyes.

3.  It is compact/portable.

If you are a Reader, you most likely bring a book with you everywhere you go. If you are an OCD Reader, you make sure to bring an Emergency Book as well. This makes for a very heavy purse! My Kindle Paperwhite stands at roughly 7 x 5 inches, is .36 inches thick, and weighs less than eight ounces. This is a HUGE difference in the room it takes up when I’m on the go, not to mention the weight it (doesn’t) put on my shoulder when I’m carrying it in my purse. And since you can load multiple books on your Kindle, I have multiple Emergency Books with me at all times!

4.  It is easy to hold.

I don’t know if it’s because I’m getting old, or what’s going on, but when I’m holding a heavy book in certain positions for too long a period of time, my hands start cramping up pretty badly. My Kindle is so light that this is not a problem. It’s also so much less bulky that it’s easier to hold in certain positions, such as when I’m laying in bed.

5.  It tracks my reading pace and place.

My Kindle saves my page every time – it never loses it. And we’re not talking short-term, here, either, people. I borrowed a Kindle book from the library, returned it without finishing it, checked it out again two months later, and when I opened the book it opened to the exact page I had left off at. I like. The best part, though, is the way it tracks my reading pace. The Kindle Paperwhite will measure how long it takes you to finish each page and calculate how long it will take you to finish each chapter individually as well as the book as a whole. This was a trigger for my OCD at first; I was in a constant race with the Kindle’s timer – I had to beat the predicted time and woe be to the person who interrupted me and caused me to turn the page even one second too late… I’ve settled down quite a bit now and remember to freak out about the time race only occasionally.

6.  It has a Magical case.

I love my Kindle case! It is a black Poetic slim case; I bought it on Amazon for $8.75 and despite the low price it is super-sturdy. Here is the Magic part: when I open and close it, my Kindle turns on and off on it’s own. I know! Magic! Actually, I’m told it’s magnets. But I prefer to call it Magic.

7.  It has a long battery life.

The Kindle Paperwhite is advertised as having a battery life as long as 30 days. Now, this is if you only read 30 minutes per day. I read for hours a day, so I have to charge mine more often that that. Still, I can get away with charging it only every five to seven days. For as much as I use it, that’s fairly impressive.

8.  It syncs with the Kindle App on other devices.

I’ve loaded the Kindle App onto my iPhone and to The Boy’s iPad. That way, if I (gasp!) forget my Kindle at home, or if it’s charging, I can still read. Also, I can get books for The Boy to read on his iPad. The great thing about this is that no matter what device I’m using, my place in the book I’m reading will have been saved just as if I were on my Kindle.

9.  It has a built in Dictionary.

I love the built-in dictionary on my Kindle. When I come across a word I’m unfamiliar with, all I have to do is tap on it and the definition will pop up! Very handy.

10.  It has sentimental value.

My Kindle Paperwhite was given to me by someone very close to me, who loves me enough to celebrate my love for reading in such a thoughtful way. Every time I pick it up to use it, I think of her and of how lucky I am to have had her – and her family – in my life over the last seventeen years.

Do you use an e-Reader? Are you thinking about using one? What are your pros and cons about it?