Sunday, 28 May 2017

How do you mark yours?

Good Evening readers and visitors!

Yesterday was my sister's Wedding so there is a good chance I might be curled up on the sofa in our holiday cottage reading my latest book resting are the day's events, but tonight I want to move away from the books, bookcases and eReaders to chat about the humble bookmark.  First off let's dispense with this nonsense of turning over the corner of the page, this really isn't acceptable, it's definitely a no-no if your are borrowing someone's book or hiring it from the library.  If it's your book then I guess that's fair enough, personal it makes me want to slap you round the face with your book, just kidding, I don't condone violence of books!😉 This post isn't really about that, it's about the whole world of creative marking your missing out on.

Freebie Bookmarks
If you love reading but have never bought a bookmark on holiday ... well that's like going to the seaside and never having fish and chips, allergys permitting, and for my foreign visitors it's a British thing!  When I was kid a visit to a boring stately home (when you're 9 anything like this is boring) it was some how compensated by the fact that you would be allowed to pick a small item from the gift shop.  I would head straight for the bookmarks, pens, pencils and erasers were a close second, it's a stationery thing but I won't get into that here.  Once we returned home or back to our holiday cottage I would immediately swap my current bookmark for the new one.

Gifted Bookmarks and bookmarks from visits.
At the end of a school trip to the Zoo, most people would head to the cuddle toys, or the overpriced build your own Zoo kit, not me.   I would, in an effort to appear normal, meander around picking up various items all the while my eyes were searching for my next bookmark.

When is a bookmark not a bookmark, when it's a hairclip, a finger puppet or a paperclip!  I use all these as bookmarks.
In fact one of my saddest moments from childhood is being on a school trip, in France I think, and losing a little bag of things I had bought, a gift for my sister, a couple of postcards and a bookmark! Oh, how my stomach flipped and the tears pricked my eyes.  I spent the rest of the afternoon asking everyone on the trip if they has seen my little paper bag from the gift shop but to no avail.  I hope who ever found it gave a bookmark pride of place in their next book.

Handcrafted Bookmaks from friends
Too bulky for a book but perfect for my eReader! 
I have quite a collection of bookmarks and below is a photo of two of my most favourite.  They were both bought for me by my grandfather.  I recently laminated the one with my name on as the ink is starting to fade and run.  The other is covered in Birds of Prey.  My grandfather was a keen birdwatcher and introduced me to this wonderful hobby.

My two most favourite bookmarks.
Now I'm older I still love to come across a bookmark, with the invention of eReaders I fear they are a dieing breed.  They still sometimes have freebies in the library, or I come across an abandoned one in a charity shop and of course I still scour holiday gift shops for them.  Age has not dulled the pleasure of spotting a shiny new Marker of Pages!

So, how do you mark yours?  Do have a favourite bookmark or do you slip in an old receipt or bus ticket to keep your page?

Bookworm Blessings.  x

Sunday, 14 May 2017

Physical book versus eBook

Evening bookworms!

Over one third of the UK population has an eReader, are you one of those people?  I am but for a long time I couldn't be swayed by the hype surrounding these new "books".  So what changed my mind...

I had been contacted on Twitter a few times about writing book reviews, a free book in exchange for a review - simple!  Except, they were all eBooks, but I wasn't going to pay out for an eReader to write a few reviews.  If you know me well, you will know I like to try and be thrifty; in the case of books they get passed around within the family, audio books are shared and then passed on to the hospital and I borrow a truck load of books from the library.  All good reasons for not needing an eReader. However it was my thriftness that led me to get an eReader.  I was browsing Streetlife (now Nextdoor) for freebies or low cost items, in particular we were hunting for a sofa, when I spotted an eReader in return for a charitable donation.  I still took two days to decide whether I really "needed" it but finally came to the decision that if I didn't like it then at least my pennies had gone to a worthy cause.

I must says I was pleased with the exchange, I now had a Kobo mini complete with case.  I charged it up and downloaded my first book "Lust, Money & Murder: Book 1 by Mike Wells" which was free.  I loved the book and you can read the review here.  My eReader, it was lightweight and comfortable to hold.  It didn't have a backlight but I wasn't too worried as neither does a paperback lol! Another plus point was it looked nice on the bookshelf in it's little brown leather case.  I have downloaded an extensive library, 99% of which were free.  It's a great product for a commute to work, going on holiday or a long journey.

I got my Kobo back in October 2015 and to date I have only read 3 books, all by Mike Wells coincidentally.  I am currently reading my fourth "The girl who tweeted wolf" by Nick Bryan.  It definitely takes me longer to read an eBook, I put this down to so much time spent in front of a screen in other areas of my life that reading this way loses it's appeal. I started this book in Oct 2015 and I am now only halfway through, and that really isn't because it's not a good book or I'm not enjoying it but reading on a machine just lacks appeal for me.  

When I use my Kobo I feel myself yearning for a "real" book to hold, I want to feel and hear the pages, have the pleasure of marking my page with a bookmark (my collection that really doesn't fit with eBooks) and dare I say smell the book?!  Oh come on, we've all done it, whether they have that fresh new smell or that old musty scent about them, it's all part of the delight of a real book.  The other thing I miss is choosing which book to read next, the anticipation of picking what to read using my Kobo eLibrary lacks the excitment of picking from my own collection or the local library.   I love looking through all those different spines on the shelve of my four bookcase and pulling out different books, decided what sort of mood I'm in and what I feel like reading crime, romance, historical, etc and whether I want a quick read or a lengthy tome.

Whilst may be the practical benefits of an eReader will always outweigh the those of a physical book, there are other senses which can only be stimulated by holding that one book.

Bookworm Blessings.  x

All photographs are my own.