Q: What are you currently reading? Tell us about it.
A: The pile (this thing explained here), has taken on a new shape. I'll be telling you about it when I talk more about books later in the week. But the ins and outs of the pile are still the easiest way for me to tell you about what I'm reading right now. Five books were added to the pile this month: Thomas Pynchon's Against the Day (yes, I am scared); David Guterson's Snow Falling on Cedars (a hint of what I think about this here); Mary Roach's Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers (I heart non-fiction quirkily done: hoping this will be one, but I haven't quite started yet); Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale (read here for why); and; Stieg Larsson's The Girl Who Played With Fire (I'm re-reading the series).
Q: Autumn is coming! What’s your go-to drink when curling up with a book at night?
A: Probably a bit late in the day, and not overly imaginative, but I can't go past reading with a fresh brewed, real coffee. And a chocolate biscuit.
Q: Printed books vs. e-books: What are the pros and cons of each?
A: Printed: smell, heft, texture. e-Book: access, mobility, de-clutter. I'll be keeping both forms.
Q: Buying books vs. library books: Which do you prefer and why?
A: I used to borrow. A lot. But books got cheaper. Now the structure of the pile and my inability to walk out of selected places with only one thing (book stores, video stores, shoe stores, thrift stores, libraries) mean that I both have too much that I own to read, and too long a reading cycle to borrow. There is talk of this thing called Oyster. It's currently only available on iPhone, but hopefully, once they have taken it for a ride and seen what it can do, and fixed any bugs, it'll come to iPad too. For $9.95 a month you have access to thousands of books on a borrowing basis, unlimited, with new books available all the time. For that I may consider going back to library type systems.
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