Glad you made it.
I felt bad about leaving our old cubit too, but since our reading thread is so active we really need an administrator that's going to be around. I guess jadajoy was going to school or something (I might have gotten that wrong)
Definately keep a link so occasional people can find this one. With luck the older one can stay around, but we need to talk books. Champlain is interesting but as a heavy paper back it hurts my shoulder to hold. No, I am not switching to new types of readers. I have enough trouble with a computer. Back to champlain, I didn't know that he originally was a sailor.
When I bought my new computer books for windos 7, I noticed ' The Guernsey Literary & Potato Pell Pie Society' on sale as well. I was amused when I read it before & then passed it along to a friend. So bought it, read it again & packed it away for a relative for next Christmas. It sort of grows on you & Champlain has gone to Spain.
Susan, yes, Jada is working on a masters degree in library science. She probably doesn't have much time for reading for fun at the moment. Hopefully once things slow down for her, she'll jump back in with our discussions!
So far The Book Thief has been a very unusual book. I haven't decided if the narrator is Death, or just some unnamed entity that collects the souls of people as they die. The book is about his observations of a little girl that he calls the Book Thief, as he encounters her various times throughout her life. I'm maybe 50 pages into it, and I'm starting to get used to the really unusual word combinations and phrasing of it. The descriptions he uses are just so unexpected!
Still picking away at Twins too, but losing interest. He talks a lot more about his own development as a composer, and all the different teachers and experiences he had as he pursued his interest in music, than he does about how it all relates to his twin sister. It just rambles a lot, and I feel could use more focus. The point was supposed to be how his life was impacted by having a twin sister who was suddenly removed from the family and institutionalized at age 8, and how his family was so secretive and refused to discuss it. Parts of it are very enlightening, but then you hit a long stretch where he just wants to talk about how different historical composers have influenced his work. Maybe it would be more meaningful to me if I had much of a frame of reference for all the musicians he talks about.
I used to get ideas on what to read on DG - but the forums there have really slacked off in the last year
I have difficulty reading regular books as my shoulders and upper arms are painful. I bought an iPad a few months ago, and was disappointed to see that the iPad software "iBooks" requires you to pay for books. I buy very few books, but I have a lot of library cards! I have access to several libraries and can usually find something at one of them if I am looking for it. I was talking to a librarian recently, and she told me how to check out "ePub" and "PDF" type books, and use on the iPad, by using Adobe Digital Editions. Problem has been that their is a waiting list a mile long on most books. And, they only have about 4000 books - including all kinds. A few of my favorite authors have a book or two on there. I am on a waiting list for about 10 books.
So far, I like using the iPad to read. I can blow up the text as big as I need to, and it's easier to hold than a "real" book.
By the way, have you put "tag" words on this cubit so that others can find it? I found it by looking in the "new cubits" area. I just looked for cubits with Book or Reading subjects and this cubit didn't come up.