September Wrap Up //2020

September was nice. There was a mix of great days and bad days; of spending time with family and friends, and even going to the beach for one last time this year. For once, it already feels like Fall and I’m seriously considering putting away most of my Summer clothes before November because it is cold, windy and just lovely outside. Let’s talk about books now.

I had a great reading month. I read a bit more than what I was expecting considering what I was feeling. I set a TBR in the beginning of the month featuring so many good books – new releases, arcs, sequels, buddy reads – and I was truly excited for all of them but eventually it made me feel so overwhelmed… So, I will not be making a Fall or October, though I do have a vague mental list of which books I’m planning to read (mostly thrillers, fantasy and horror).

BUT! I discovered a new all-time favorite, received and read an arc for one of my most anticipated releases & I even received my first physical arc!! (The Wolf and the Water by Josie Jaffrey, an Atlantis-inspired fantasy.)

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Reading Ebooks: Pros, Cons & Personal Preferences

This month was off to a great start for me in terms of reading but as the semester progresses, the workload increases and it seems I underestimated how much work I would actually have to do this month…

It’s in these times that I turn to ebooks! Most of my classes require me to carry my tablet or computer around as it’s simply not practical to just carry a notebook or use my phone. To those who have light MAC computers, maybe you can carry a physical book with you everywhere but those of us who have a medium sized laptop (I’ve got a 13-15 inch one, I think? the measures may be different), it’s too much weight. Ebooks are practical as hell, though. 

Personally, I prefer physical books, but I love any type of book. (I love owning a physical copy of the book because of the feel and the reading experience, in general.) In the past, I’ve read ebook versions of some books that I ended up buying a physical copy of and rereading several times (like The Young Elites and The Song of Achilles). 

However, when I’m extremely busy with college, I read ebooks. Plural, yes, as in several a week/day, depending on the size and/or of my free time. I’ll admit one of the perks of reading ebooks is that you can read them in class and your teacher might not even notice anything unusual. Back in March, I read Hollow City, The Foxhole Court, Heartless and Boy Meets Boy (all ebooks), most of them in class and/or in the bus. Sadly, ebooks do take a lot of my tablet’s battery. 

Ideally, all ebooks would have a clean, simple format with good margins. Sadly, some are so badly-formatted, it’s actually painful to read. Of course, that is because of the origin of the ebook (which may or may not be an illegal pdf from the internet). I won’t comment any further than this but apparently, Guttenberg.org offers lots of free ebooks. Smashwords also has free ebooks (put there by their authors) and very cheap ebooks.  

At the moment, I’d like to read my physical copies of Traitor to the Throne, Spice &Wolf Light Novel Vol. 2 or The Raven Boys. Too much weight for my back and shoulders, though, so I’m currently considering to read one or more of the following books (that I have in ebook format): 

  • The Midnight Sea – Kat Ross (The Fourth Element book 1 of 3)
  • The Final Empire – Brandon Sanderson (Mistborn book 1 of 7?)
  • Talon – Julie Kagawa (Talon book 1 of 5)
  • Three Dark Crowns -Kendare Blake
  • Siena – Zoe Blessing
  • The Near Witch – V.E. Schwab
  • Soundless – Richelle Mead
  • The Knife of Never Letting Go – Patrick Ness (Chaos Walking book 1 of 3)
  • Lover Reborn – J.R. Ward (Black Dagger Brotherhood book 10 of ?)

 

What are some of your thoughts on ebooks? Do you prefer them over physical copies? Do you read on your phone or kindle or nook or…? Comment your thoughts!