September 27, 2013
I’m sorry that this and a few post to come aren’t quite running-related. But, then again, this is my blog and I can do what I want with it! But I do thank you all for reading it!
I suppose this is a mixed blog about running AND nerdy activities. They often overlap, but not always. I’m adding a new Tag called Non-Running to distinguish these posts from the running-related stuff. These non-running related things already appear under my “Geeky” category.
I mentioned that I was going a little stir-crazy because of my cold. It somehow occurred to me that I could be reading while I have downtime. In fact, I’ve been meaning to do a lot of reading.
Many years ago, I bought a Kobo eReader as part of the first wave of e-ink devices. The reader itself was featured in my review of Christopher McDougall’s “Born To Run.” I liked the convenience of having all these books at easy access, but this reader was REALLY slow. Years later I got a BlackBerry PlayBook tablet that I started to use for eReading again. The tablet was good, but a little to big and heavy to hold when riding on the subway. So, this downtime and some encouragement from a friend has got me reading again.
I went to Costco the other day and saw they had these Kobo Mini eReaders for only $39.99! What a deal! It even came with a SleepCover which makes it open, look and feel kind of like a book. The SleepCover accessory alone is $39.99 on the Kobo website!
When I brought the reader home I was pleasantly surprised that it synced with my Kobo account and all the previous books I’d purchased appeared. My Dragon Age books, Born To Run, and The Bible. Yes, I walk around with a copy of the Bible like any good little Christian boy. But I do it 21st century style 😉
I like that it’s MUCH faster than the previous version. The touchscreen is pretty intuative too. I thought it would be too small but it’s easy enough to read, and it fits comfortably in my hand. I can hold it with one hand, and “turn the page” by just tapping my thumb to the right side of the touchscreen.
I already downloaded two new books. I bought the ebook version of “The Summit Seeker” by Vanessa Runs. I have the paperback version, but this one will be easier to carry around. And, since I’ve met the author before and expect to meet her again this fall, I wouldn’t mind her signing my actual book. It’s a little hard to sign an e-book.
I also downloaded Harry Potter and the Philosopher Stone. I regret I’ve never read any of the books, yet. Downloading it was an adventure in itself though! All the Harry Potter eBooks are now only available through Pottermore. So I had to buy the eBook through the Pottermore store, then have it ported to my Kobo account, and then it was wirelessly synced to my eReader. Black Magic I say!!
I’ve gotten through a lot of this book quite quickly already. There are many more I plan to read soon:
- “Game of Thrones” series by George R. R. Martin
- The “Hunger Games” series by Suzanne Collins
- The rest of the “Harry Potter” books by J. K. Rowling
- Scott Jurek’s “Eat and Run“
- “The 8 Habits of Highly Effective People” by Steven R. Covey
- “The Upside of Down” by Thomas Homer-Dixon
- “Atlas Shrugged” by Ayn Rand
- “How To Win Friends and Influence People” by Dale Carnegie
- “Mass Effect” novels by Drew Karpyshyn and William C. Dietz
So… this list could take a while. Some of these have been on my lsit for a long time.
Are there any books I should add to my reading list?
Edit Oct 11, 2013:
One more book added to my list be someone really important to me. It will probably go near the top of my list:
- “The Book of Negros” by Lawrence Hill