Sunday, September 16, 2012

The good. The bad and Stop You're Killing Me

The good.  The weather here has been really nice of late; lower temps, gentle breezes and low...low for around here humidity, non stormy brief rains  all of which collectively  means I hate to stay inside with the windows and door to the outside closed, blessing the air conditioning.  When it is hot and humid I must admit I get more done by way of my art.  But give me a great out of doors day and bye bye sewing machine... gotta go.  Gonna take a walk in the sunshine.  So I'm back to walking the neighborhood. Remembering always to wear a hat on my head and to take along an umbrella both for  rain showers and for shade when the shade from trees along the way are few and far between.  Now I understand why women of the south in the old days and in the tropics carried parasols.

I walk to the movies, to Barnes and Nobles when I want the latest issue of an art magazine, to local restaurants for lunch or dinner or to the pharmacy for my prescription refill or to the market for a few easy to carry items.  If only I could roll out of bed earlier and get back into walking around the lake in the mornings. Maybe that too will come....
But mostly the good means I read and boy have I been reading a lot of late which brings me to the bad.
The bad.  My Nook.  Yes I know it could also be considered the good.  I do love having it, if not for the fact that getting a new book to read is sssooooo easy.  It's just a matter of reading the last word in the last book no matter what time of the day or the middle of the night and how  easy it is to go online to get another.  The good/easy.  The bad; you should see my bank card statement. 
When it comes to deciding what to read next I use my laptop to find the answer to that.  My first stop has always been the Barnes and Nobles 24/7 website.  Of course they aid my reading addiction  help out by sending me e-mail notices of new releases  and when said releases will be available.  As nice as that is I don't  have a file in the back of my head that keeps these dates and the newest book titles  by my favorite authors available for quick recall.

While browsing their website  I saw  there was a new Lee Childs, Jack Reacher book available and a new release in the Eve Dallas "In Death series by J. D. Robb.  Needless to say I downloaded them post-haste into my Nook and read them. 
My favorite reads/genre  since the first Nancy Drew novel I read in my pre-teens years has been the mystery/thriller/cops sort of stuff that keeps you guessing the who, sometimes the why, the how and features a continuing main character and supporting characters.
The middle of last week as I finished one book and was on the hunt for others I came across a very helpful website that is becoming my go to first website.  That brings me to...
Stop you're killing me :  If you love my favorite genre you will like this website.  I like this  website because it gives me several ways to find  all the books written in chronological order by an author featuring my favorite characters.  While on the SYKM website when you click on a title it will  take you to where you can buy the books or read a brief synopsis of the book.  Since the Nook came into my life it is rare that I will buy a paper versions of a book I want to read for fun.  99% of the time I download them.    I've read, listened to, on tape or CD, so many book that I don't remember titles  but give me a few sentences (clues) and I know instantly if I have or not.  So let me say here and now that I am not promoting or Barnes and Nobles   I am simply telling you what I have discovered and for me having on the Amazon site that brief synopsis available to read is a very good thing

This time last weekend I was being the class angel in one of the two classes Ellen Lindner taught for my Local Quilt Guild.   Between keeping everything running smoothly for her and the participants (the facility/room set-up, students settled in, lunch, etc) I read.
 I plan to take a book along with me on the bus trip to the Jacksonville Quilt Show this coming Saturday too.
Next up on my read list is a "Back Fire" a Dillion Savich/Lucy Sherlock FBI series by Catherine Coulter after I finish "Bad Faith" by Robert Tannenbaum a Butch Karp NYC/DA series. 
So far now and for me today it is back to the balcony with my Nook, butt in one chair, feet propped on the other with a cup of coffee later maybe with a glass of iced tea.  Reading....



Anonymous said...

FYI - Here in Arizona, the Phoenix Public Library offers "free" downloads for the Nook. Your public library might also offer this service. Happy Reading!

Dee J. said...

Oh Juanita, I do so know what you mean. As a reader too, I find myself too often caught up in some great read at the expense of everything else. Of course, I think now my mind runs on single tracks, and whichever track it's steaming down is at the exclusion of everything else.

I enjoy browsing through your blog and love your fabric artwork.


Juanita Yeager said...

The library for my county just started lending books for e-readers. I check in ever so often to see what they have. As of my last search I didn't find anything I haven't read already because their offerings are not large or varied. Plus it seems like the ones I want to read most (newest releases) are always on a wait list I hate to wait, hence out comes the bank card. Need I say When I want to read I want to read now.