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My mom gave me a Nook for Christmas…actually she gave everyone in my immediate family a Nook.
I had a friend ask me how I was liking my Nook. I told her that I like it but I wasn’t sure if my enthusiasm for it was just the excitement from getting something I’ve never had before or not. I told her to ask me again in six months.
Since our Nooks are registered on the same account everyone in my family gets the same ebooks downloaded to their Nook whether they want them or not. So far it hasn’t been a problem though.
The first book we downloaded was a free ESV Bible. Reading the Bible on a Nook isn’t as easy as just picking up a regular Bible and quickly getting to a particular chapter and verse but in a pinch it will do.
My husband has downloaded all the works of John Calvin and some other Reformed literature. I suspect I’ll read some of those some time in the future but lately I’ve been on a fiction reading binge.
So I downloaded Stephen King’s book Under the Dome. I paid $9.99 for that and have since learned that Barnes and Noble lets you sample many books before you actually buy them. If I had sampled King’s book before I paid nearly ten bucks for this obnoxious bit of reading material well…then I wouldn’t have purchased this obnoxious bit of reading material. It just goes to show that reading a book’s synopsis can be misleading about the actual content.
After that I sample the first book in the Trylle Trilogy. Yes, the first book was only .99 cents but I guess I felt really burned after the Stephen King escapade. Barnes and Noble offers a wide selection of mostly self-published titles ranging in price from .99 cents and up. I believe the Trylle Trilogy is a self-published series although after checking out the author’s blog it seems that a publishing company might pick up her last book. Which seems kind of strange when you think of it. Why would they offer to publish the last book in a series? In any case it is trifling bit annoying since I’ve read the first two and now I don’t know when I’ll ever get to read the third one. Now I know how the people who have been asking me for a sequel to my book have been feeling. I feel terribly guilty now and have once again started on my sequel for oh…maybe the third time in three years. I just hope they’ll forgive me and still want to read the sequel by the time I finish it. But I digress…
So…since I cannot read the third installment in the Trylle Trilogy, I downloaded The Complete Works of Jane Austen also for .99 cents. Now THAT is a bargain! Until I downloaded that I did not know that Austen wrote Northanger Abbey. I watched Northanger Abbey on Masterpiece Theatre when I was a preteen or teenager. In any case I loved that story and was pleased to find out who wrote it.
I started reading it last night and I find the storyline quite funny. Austen’s main character, a seventeen year old girl named Catherine Morland, is delightfully naive as she leaves her parents home in a small town for an adventure where she hopes to become some sort of romantic heroine in the town of Bath. No doubt that when I watched the story on Masterpiece Theatre all those many years ago I too was just a naive teenage girl and I probably missed a lot of the nuances of the story because of that. Looking at the same story as a forty-something year old woman is very amusing. Though the book was written in 1803 and times do change, human nature remains the same making this a timeless work.
When I’m not in the mood to read I can play Sudoku on my Nook as well. If I knew how to play chess I could play that too. I think I’ll stick to Sudoku for now though.
Now if I can just learn how to highlight a text on my Nook my reading enjoyment will be complete. I think. Ask me again in six months.