Readers’ Choice, Reviewer’s Slump: eBook vs. Hardcover

Hey guys! Before putting out my upcoming review on Things That Happened Before the Earthquake by Chiara Barzini 32336175 (which will also be featured in Padmore CultureWhere Reading Is a Lifestyle) I wanted to address this question with you guys and see what you thought:

Since becoming a “professional reader,” as we’re often called–though I prefer the term “spirited book reviewer :)”–I have become inundated with ebooks! They’re easier for publishers to send back and forth (definitely more cost effective) and you can easily take them with you on the go. A book-lover’s dream, right? Maybe, wrong.

I hit a little bit of a slump over the past few days and I couldn’t figure out what it was. I LOVE reviewing books and chatting with you guys about them on all of my platforms just as much as I love the actual act of reading and the emotion that comes with it. So, what was it? What was causing the slowing of my reading cycle and my reluctance to pick up the next one? Then, I figured it out!

I just picked up 3 of the next books that I will be reviewing (I have about 10 on my review list at the moment!):

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I grabbed them from the library where they were on hold for me. The LIBRARY–what a crazy notion these days, right? With Amazon and Kindle, etc., it’s easy to forget about your friendly, neighborhood library, which I’d, regretfully and admittedly, done. Also, the majority of the novels and books that I review are sent to me directly from publishers, whether as hard copies or as UNCORRECTED PROOFS via ebook, so I don’t have the occasion to go to the library very often for that reason as well.

BUT, in going there today, I realized that it’s the physicality and the tangibility of books that I’ve been missing! That feel of the pages between your fingers, the weight of the book in your hand that lets you know how far into the story you are–that allows you to mentally gauge whether the story is moving at an appropriate pace (or sickeningly slow or heart-racingly fast!) simply by the feel of how many pages you have remaining on the right versus those you’ve already read on your left. Those simple things that drew us all in as young readers Once Upon a Time ago. (I mean, no one from my generation, at least, started with ebooks! Of that, I’m pretty sure! :))

And now, my fervor for reading has been renewed, Navi Review followers! And all it took was the simple touch of actually interacting with the next book I’m going to read. Of being able to see, touch and feel it in my hands and feeling that Tell-Tale (for you Poe lovers out there) feeling of anticipation organically. What a novel idea right (simply couldn’t resist)? I think that proves that I’m a traditional reader for sure. I can churn and burn through ebooks for review, but I’d rather snuggle up with a good read actually in my hands, hands down! But, what kind of reader are you? Traditional connoisseur,  ebook fanatic or audiobook guru? 🙂 Let me know!

 

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A Little Something Shiny – Pretty Books We Buy But Never Read!

Every now and then, we avid readers all get bitten by the Little Something Shiny book bug, don’t we? During your stroll down a bookstore aisle, you may pass by a dazzling new book cover that calls your name to be picked up or the irresistible call of an author you love or have heard about in recent buzz feeds. Either way, we all have our moments of weakness where we buy a book for the exterior appeal, only to find that we never once crack the spine on it. Here are a few of mine! Which Little Something Shiny books do you have on your shelves?

Displaying 20170521_113202.jpg I think the appeal of this one is obvious–the very epitome of a Little Something Shiny, Crazy Rich Asians called my name from the moment I saw it! Of course, I’d also heard the buzz all around this one, the debut novel must-have by all accounts in all of the commercial novel circles. So, I grabbed it–but, shamefully, it’s never been cracked open once! Soon though!

Displaying 20170521_113116.jpg Navi Review followers know what a fan I am of Stephen L. Carter. His prose is absolutely poetic, his voice an easy stand-out in the crowd. When I started backtracking through his fictions works, I ran across this one and was immediately sold by the Trinity force of name recognition, book flap description and the White House looming on its cover, hidden in the shrouds of what promised to be another mystery. Of course, I have every intention of reading Palace Council, but I haven’t been able to just yet!

Displaying 20170521_113057.jpgThe Chronicles of Narnia. Need I say more? This one is an absolute classic, beloved by all. The cover grabbed me from across the room and its preceding reputation urged me toward the register, but it has become another casualty of my Little Something Shiny book collection.

Displaying 20170521_113031.jpgThe Black Isle is a truly special one to me. I found this little gem while I was interning at Little, Brown in London. One of amazing perks of being an intern there was our access to The Book Vault. IMAGINE, an actual vault (well, there was no safe-like combination to this vault, but it was shaped and doored like one nonetheless) where you can go and take home books that have as yet been unreleased to the masses! As you can see, this one was a pre-release copy, which I snagged and brought back home with me, all the way across the pond to the U.S. Still, haven’t even started page one on this one yet though.

Displaying 20170521_113008.jpgGod Help the Child was a pure and simple case of Respect=Purchase. Toni Morrison is a phenomenal writer, whose novels I’ve been exposed to since high school and whose one and only published short story, “Recitatif,” quite literally changed my life and my outlook on short stories. So, when I spotted this minimalist cover with simple covers popping out at me, I immediately wanted it and sincerely intended to jump on reading it ASAP! But, the day has not yet come that I’ve done so.

Displaying 20170521_112944.jpgMy version of My Dear I Wanted to Tell You is another uncorrected proof that I was gifted with during my time interning in the London offices of various publishing houses. I did not, however, intern at HarperCollins, the imprint that produced this novel, so I’m not sure of which house I picked it up at. Back in those days, there was absolutely NO cooler feeling than knowing that I was reading a novel that the masses hadn’t seen yet. The thing about My Dear is, though, it was the cover art of this uncorrected proof that grabbed my attention. Because I generally have no interest in wartime romances, it’s highly unlikely that this one will ever be read or reviewed, BUT, it looks great on my shelves. 🙂

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