February 06, 2012

Saying Goodbye to Paper and Binding

'Tis a sad, sad day in my life. The end of an era some might say.

As you may have guessed from the title of this post, I am relinquishing my hold on traditional books with proper binding and paper pages and moving, with a heavy heart, to a Kindle. 


Despite being a total nerd and loving all things techy, I could just never bring myself to get on board with e-books and e-readers. I have literally spent my life reading, or rather, inhaling, books. So much so that, any time I thought about modernising my literary pursuits, I've been overcome with such overwhelming waves of nostalgia that I haven't been able to make the great leap from page to screen. 

However, almost six months into being a daily commuter and with a number of trips on the horizon, I have manned-up and decided to save myself the added weight of carting books around with me and become an e-convert. 

But, wait, there's a catch. 

Being that books are my forever friends and I feel bad enough about leaving them behind as it is, I have decided to save them a gross injustice and give them a decent send off by making sure that I read every single unread book in my "library" before the changeover commences.

Here's what I'm working on;

Look, I even made a list;

And in a less-depressing filter;

The books stacked up on the right are those that I've already read. Those on the left are those still to go. 

Blow by Blow: The Story of Isabella Blow by Detmar Blow
Flash and Bones by Kathy Reichs
The Maze Runner by James Dashner
The Scorch Trials by James Dashner

To Read
Seizure by Kathy Reichs
Coco Chanel by Axel Madsen
We Need to Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver
Deal Breaker by Harlan Coben
The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides
The Man Who Broke Into Auschwitz by Denis Avey
Blue Bloods Series Books 1-4 

In case you're interested; I've read two-thirds of The Maze Runner series. It's similarly dystopian in nature to The Hunger Games trilogy but, I'm not sure if I care for it as much. I guess when I read the third and final book in the series it will be in the form of an e-book which, for the record, annoys me. I like having "complete" sets and it still makes my skin crawl that I don't have the fourth series of The O.C. on DVD even though I hated it. OCD, moi?!

For anyone with an interest in fashion and fashion history, Blow by Blow is an absolute must-read. Before her suicide in 2007, Isabella Blow was one of the foremost thinkers in fashion and is credited with discovering milliner Philip Treacy and, the now-deceased, Alexander McQueen. This story of her life and death told through the eyes of her devoted and long-suffering husband Detmar is both tragic and inspiring.

Flash and Bones by Kathy Reichs is part of the Temperance Brennan series of books. Nothing much to say about this one except if you like forensics and crime novels, you'll enjoy this. Although, you will start to wonder how one woman manages get caught up in some life-threatening situation in each of the FOURTEEN books so far and always escapes relatively unscathed. I guess realism isn't Reichs' strong point. 

So, that's it from me and my books. 
I'm setting to work on The Man Who Broke Into Auschwitz next.

In future, I think I'll be putting similar posts to this on the new blog, Food, Flights and Everything Nice so, be sure to check that out here


  1. We need to talk about Kevin is a super read. Very chilling.

    1. Ooh good! Am looking forward to it! x

  2. Oh I love when you put up things about the books you're reading! I'm really nosy that way, I'm big into knowing what books people are loving at the moment and adding them to my "to read" list.
    I don't know if e-readers are for me, but physical books are sometimes so pricy - especially when I'm also buying big & heavy college textbooks. Maybe I'll convert eventually...! Great post!:) x

    1. Thanks Carol! It's a sad day but, needs must! x

  3. this has nothing to do with this post but I just have to say... you gals are AMAZING!!! I discovered your blog yesterday and went through all the posts yesterday evening and today :D I love your FOTDs, NOTDs and everything else!!! I'm just really impressed. and I LOVE your taste in lipsticks :D

    1. Thank you so much! That is quite possibly is the nicest comment we have ever received! S x

    2. you definitely deserve it! :D

    3. Thanks so much, we were both having a bad day when this comment came along :)

  4. Ah Sinead I was in a similar pickle myself recently as a fellow bibliophile. I love everything about books: the sight, scent and heft of them. But thanks to the demands of modern life I haven't read a "real" book cover to cover in too long.

    I've almost exclusively been reading books on my iPhone for the past year. The Stanza app is amazing. It scales the text to be readable on the small screen, and the brightness and colour is adjustable so as not to wake the other half if the lights are off.

    To assuage my guilt, I've become a book collector instead. I'm deveoping a nice little collection of signed copies of my favourite first editions (recent publications, can't afford the classics yet!) and pretty box sets. Perhaps this is something you'd like to do too?

    Best of luck with your book send off. It may feel like a little death (like every time I reach the end of the Harry Potter series) but sometimes you just have to let go.

    1. Glad I'm not alone Kat! Feel like I will have empty nest syndrome once the last book closes!

      I find it really uncomfortable to read on my iPhone unfortunately so Kindle it is!

      Oh yeah I die a thousand deaths every time I come to the end of Harry Potter!!

  5. Oh my gosh I could never give up my books, I'm half afraid to buy a kindle in case I love it, I'd feel guilty for abandoning my books, even though I rarely get the chance to read them?! Started again after Christmas, just to relax in the evenings - working my way through all my Harlen Cobens at the minute, read them too fast the first time round but taking the chance to read them properly now!

    Oh and completely understand your OCD, I was missing one Harry Potter film (Azkaban) and I had to go and buy it even though I've seen it a million times. I haven't even watched it, I just like to see full collections of things :/

  6. I love love LOVE my kindle! Saves so much space and while it's initially pretty expensive, you can download loads of free classics from amazon which is great. You won't be sorry you made the switch!

  7. I love my Kindle too, I downsized majorly last year (moved from a house to a teeny weeny flat) and have converted to e-books.
    My boyfriend bought me one, with a cool cover with a light in it, so I can read in bed, so handy.
    Not all the books I love are available on Kindle, so I was careful about what I donated to the charity shop and kept a few old familiars. :)


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