The Reading Spree

Flipping pages and finding common denominators

Category: E-Books


A free comic on this day of freedom. Download Skyworld: Dominion here.

For a backgrounder on Skyworld, read my 2014 review of the series, as well as Trese and Tabi Po. 🙂

“Saga”: A Fun Space Opera

I’ve never been into love stories. I’m all for the real-life version, but when put on paper, they just don’t look interesting to me. That’s why I don’t read romance novels and chick lit — I don’t care about meet-cutes, superficial situations, and Happily Ever After. There’s much more to life than those plot devices; and I don’t have that many fucks to give.

But I do make a few exceptions. The trick is to throw in elements that keep the love story compelling and fun, and to avoid all things sappy and corny. And no overly tragic tricks, please.

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Bundled Up!

"A Tidy Bundle" by Ray Sadler

“A Tidy Bundle” by Ray Sadler. Image from Flickr under CC BY-NC 2.0 license; no modifications.

When it comes to books, I’ll always, always prefer owning physical/print versions over digital copies. There’s nothing better than having a book in your hands, turning pages, writing on margins, and underlining and commenting on specific paragraphs and passages. I also don’t have to worry about battery life, file compatibility, or proprietary formats.

(This funny IKEA ad basically highlights what we love about printed material. Amazing. Nice Apple jab, too.)

But I also buy, download and read e-books; and I’ve obviously gotten rid of the “strictly print” stance that I had back in 2010. Took me a while to get to this point, though.

At first, I’d get and read whatever title I wanted, even if that title was locally available. For me, it was all about the lower prices and convenience. Eventually, I saw for myself the downsides of having e-books.

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Future Worlds.

It took me a while (four months, to be exact), but I’m finally ready to write about the next round of books! And for this round, we’re going to the not-so-distant future.

What I love about this particular trio of books — aside from having a clear theme — is that they reminded me of something I really love about reading: the escapism it affords. Yep, real life can suck sometimes. It can suck so hard, you’ll find yourself looking for (healthy) breaks and distractions more often. Getting back to reading didn’t just give me those breaks and most of the oft-mentioned benefits; it also reignited my imagination by taking me to different versions of the future and presenting a trove of scenarios, possible and impossible.

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Deep Dish: Life Behind the Scenes.

Nope, I’m not talking about the famous Chicago pizza — although that would be real nice to have right about now. 😊

We’re a week into 2014, and I do hope things are going well for everyone so far. On my end, I’m relatively fresh off a four-day beach holiday with family — which clearly requires a “recovery” holiday for many reasons — and I’m still dealing with extreme wanderlust; sunburn; peeling skin; and really huge, itchy and nasty bites on my arms, shoulders and hands from sea mites and bugs. (Yuck.)

Remember, kids. Don’t be like me and leave the shore without slathering on sunblock! You will pay for it dearly, and quickly.

Before 2013 ended and before I left for Pico de Loro in Nasugbu, I crossed two awesome books off my lengthy reading list. We all love tell-alls, and the two titles certainly held up their end of the deal. They dished about what really goes on behind the scenes of the wide-ranging US service industry — and the complete craziness that transpires even at the “front of the house” whenever guests and customers aren’t looking or paying attention. They also made me look back (and cringe) at everything I’ve done while on holiday or out to eat, and certain things stayed with me even during this very recent vacation. Yeah, many of those confessions will get stuck in your brain, even if you don’t want them to.

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The Pursuit Of Happiness.

I still can’t believe that we have exactly two weeks until 2013 ends. The year went by real fast for me, but it also managed to dole out extreme highs and lows in both work and personal life. Most of 2013 fucking sucked, to put it bluntly.

This “early” on, I’m setting goals and making resolutions (they’re actually two different things, explained by the author of the reviewed book below) for the coming year, as well implementing several changes in how I live. (No, decreasing alcohol consumption isn’t one of those changes. Hah.)

I also did something a few months ago that I never thought I’d do ever again. I always thought that happiness would manifest only with the right circumstances, opportunities and people; that it occurs over time; that everything would just fall into place. Throughout the past few years I’ve realized it’s a really long process that starts with good ol’ me — and I haven’t really taken the time to do that.

Happy campers! Photo: “If you’re happy and you know it, Clap your hands” by Kate Ter Haar. Source: Flickr

So I did what a book nerd would do: get a self-help book.

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The Latest In E-Booklandia.

I’ve grown to love reading on electronic devices as much as reading print books. Photo by Wiertz Sébastien; downloaded from Flickr.

Well… not really the latest. I’m months behind on all developments, but at least I’m catching up. Somewhat. 😉

Out of all the news items from the past weeks or so, five got my full attention. I’m interested in trying them out — or talking to someone who already has.

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