Thing #57: Libraries are Cool September 23, 2010Posted by Toy Lady in 101 Things, What we're reading.
First, a confession.
When I originally made my 101 List, I looked all over the Internet to see what other people were doing – I mean, 101 is a LOT of Things, you know? I needed some ideas.
And there was one thing that popped up several times – lots and lots of people had resolved to “read the whole Twilight series.” Reading a book – or an entire series of books – is certainly a worthy goal, but since I knew nothing about those books, but, well, I had my doubts even then, I thought I’d leave it a little more open-ended. After all, this little project of mine is as much about stepping outside my comfort zone (or at least sticking a toe out there!) as actually accomplishing things.
And it turns it that it’s just as well that I left myself some wiggle-room. The more I’ve heard about this Twilight stuff, the happier I am that I’m older than 15 and, well, so over the sparkly vampire thing. (Which is NOT AT ALL to say I was ever INTO the sparkly vampire thing, but, well, Dark Shadows.)
So anyway. Here I am.
OK, obviously, if I’m going to read an author I’ve never read, I’m going to borrow something from the library. After all, the last thing I need is Yet More Stuff cluttering up the place!
And we liked it, and I noticed it was “based on” a series by Tess Gerritson.
A novelist I’d never heard of.
Before I got too excited about that, though, Peeps reminded me of the Bones incident – Bones was also based on a series of novels by Kathy Reichs, and we both loved the TV series. So I ran out to the library and checked out as many of the books in that series as I could, to come home and read.
I hated them. (Okay, maybe “hate” is a strong word. I disliked them. A lot. Still love the TV series, though.)
So, OK, I’ll avoid the “series” books by this author for now and check out a random book by Tess Gerritson.
Problem solved, right?
Another confession coming up: for the first time EVER, I actually had to take my glasses off to be able to read the book I was trying to read.
They’re obviously making the print blurrier than they used to.
Aside: I had an eye exam last week, and ANY DAY NOW, I need to go pick up my new bifocals.
So where was I again?
Oh yeah. Wanting to read a book, but unable to see it.
Here’s where the coolness factor comes in.
A couple of weeks ago, I was reading Heather’s Home-Ec 101 blog, and she talked about “borrowing” digital books from the library.
So, what you’re saying here is that I can log into my library’s website, borrow a digital book, load it onto my i-Pod, and “read” a book while I’m walking the dog?
Sign me up!
It was a simple matter of loading some software on my computer, then just choosing what I wanted! The software interfaces with i-Tunes, which automatically loads it onto my i-Pod. After the designated time (1, 2, or 3 weeks – I get to choose), it’ll just automatically delete return itself to the library. Dog-walking just got a whole lot more fun!
And the book?
Well, I enjoyed it. It was well-written, kind of a mystery, with a bit of the old romantic novel thing thrown in! I’d certainly read more novels by this author, although I must say, my “wish list” will keep me quite busy for quite a while – and they seem to be adding more books all the time!