Goodbye Nook, Hello Apple!

nook tablet 16gbI have been a HUGE advocate for anything Nook, for years. I love Barnes and Noble, love their customer service, and really was sold on Nook over Kindle because of the user friendly library on the readers.  I can honestly say that I have owned every Nook device, except the HD+, and have loved them all.  However, my committed relationship to Nook slightly broke when I purchased the Nook HD Tablet.

I love the lightness of the device, the quickness compared to the Nook Tablet 16gb, and the longevity of the battery.  I could go 2 days without having to charge it, sometimes 3/4 days, depending on how often I was using it.  So, what caused my relationship to turn with the latest device, Nook HD???  One simple, yet important factor: I couldn’t download books from Adobe Digital Editions!  After being on the phone for hours with various customer service support, I was finally told that the Nook HD didn’t support ADE.

It would have been great to have been told that immediately, instead of being transferred to numerous departments, but it doesn’t matter. What does is my inability to download books from NetGalley, Edelweiss, and Overdrive.  Because a huge bulk of my reading is for the purpose of writing reviews for publishers, tour companies, and authors, I really needed access to those 2 companies.  Instead, I had to download books to my Nook Simple Touch (Glowlight), onto the SD card, then place that very same SD card into the Nook HD Tablet to access books I’ve downloaded.

While it seems like no big deal, it is.  I have to basically be near my computer, plug my Nook Simple Touch to it, and do the few steps needed to download to an SD card.  It’s time consuming and when I have other books I can read quicker, I just tend to put those on the back burner…not good!

For years, I have been fascinated with the ipad.  I thought it was too costly and didn’t think I would really use it. Other than, I admired it from afar.  Having tossed around the idea of buying a Kindle to download books easier and forfeit the need for an SD card, I found myself dragging my feet.  I don’t have anything against Amazon or Kindle. I know many people who love Kindle and I love Amazon.  Personally, with as much as I spend on Amazon, I think I should have invested in stock!

So, why not Kindle?  Well, as I have stated before, and in earlier posts:  having owned a Sony before, I was use to the format my books were listed and organized AND I loved the option of downloading books from my library.  So, it was natural for me to move to Nook and make it my go-to device for reading on the go.  Eventually, paperbacks became a thing of the past and I embraced fully reading on an e-reader.  I had bought a Kindle when everyone was raving about them.  However,  I didn’t think the online library was user-friendly and it was a bit confusing on how to organize my books.  With Nook, I can add libraries and it’s more eye appealing.

This brings me to ipad.  I mentioned to my husband that it would be nice to have an ipad because I could have both devices: Nook and Kindle, which would make my life easier with the transfer of books.  Then, one day I came downstairs from a nap and saw a beautiful white box on my couch.  Funny how I associate white boxes with Apple and blue boxes with Tiffany ;)  Anyhow, I was elated and a little overwhelmed.  What would I do with my Nook devices?  How could I abandon Barnes and Noble completely and move towards Apple?  Would I find that my love from afar was nothing but eye candy, but no brains?  I kinda liked my long distance fascination with ipads and didn’t know what to expect.

I started downloading my books and found ipad very user friendly. I must admit, it is more than what I thought and I am in love.  I am sorry to contribute to the Apple and Kindle craze, but I love that I can download quite quickly and directly on my ipad books that I otherwise would have to use the SD card for. I also love that the charge holds forever, I can take it anywhere and choose to use my keyboard if I want.  I love that there are so many free apps that my daughter can enjoy,too.  In fact, my husband surprised our little girl with her very own ipad mini, and she is also in love.  I think we both didn’t know how to act when we received our ipads as gifts and felt a little pulled by abandoning our Nook devices.  She would ask about her pink and white book, so I bought the exact case for her ipad mini and she no longer asks. Truthfully, she doesn’t know the difference.  But, I do.  She has so many more apps to use for education, she loves her Netflix movies, and reading all of her favorite books, which are still on there!

While I no longer use my Nook devices, I will always love and remain loyal to Barnes and  Noble.  I was given a wonderful device for many years, it brought joy to my life and my daughters, and the customer service canNot be beat!


love hate

So, if you read my blog, you will find that I wrote a whole piece on my love for the Nook HD Tablet.  Well, I am sad to say, that my love for the HD was short-lived.  I bought my Nook HD Tablet and didn’t use it for a whole week so that I could wait to put the screen protector and case I had purchased through Amazon.  I didn’t want to accidentally scratch it. It was by far, my best reader ever!!! Or so I thought.

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From the moment I first discovered Nook, I have owned every device Barnes and Nobles has introduced. I can’t help it, I love Nook, love everything about it and can’t resist buying their devices.  Currently, my daughter has her own Nook Tablet and loves it! I  have the Nook Simple Touch Glowlight (LOVE!) and bought the Nook HD Tablet. It takes some time to figure out the tools and to navigate through the screens.  However, with some time, it is a great Tablet. It doesn’t use much battery and I love that it includes more fonts, more font styles, and backscreens to choose from. I also love that the dim light works great at night.


Because I review books for publishers, I often use NetGalley to download the book.  WELL….after 2.5 hours, no minutes, not seconds….HOURS…2.5 hours of being on the phone with Nook Support (after I spent 3 hours by myself trying to figure it out), I found out that Nook HD Tablet is not compatible with Adobe Digital Editions and NetGalley.  Nook is still trying to work out the kinks with those companies and so I can’t download books from Adobe Digital Editions, which I always use. I use that more than

old is the new new

So, I’ve learned a valuable lesson.  Sometimes, just sometimes, “Old is the new new”, and it’s okay to not have the latest device.  After coming to terms with the fact that my beautiful Nook HD Tablet just won’t do the things I need it to do, I hooked up my Nook Tablet to the computer and downloaded my books from Adobe Digital Editions with no problem.

And, that, is my love/hate relationship with Nook and it’s irristible hold it has on me with their new devices.  I’ve learned that not all devices will do what I need and I may just need to stick with what is working.  So, I am glad I still had my Nook Tablet and my handy little Nook Simple Touch to help me tonight….when another device that is supposed to better and newer just couldn’t do what my old devices could ;)

i love books

Below are books I love, that you may enjoy!


All That is Better and Sweet by Ashley Judd

A Stolen Life by Jaycee Dugard

Alice I Have Been by Melanie Benjamin

Holy Ghost Girl by Donna M. Johnson

The End of Normal by Stephanie Madoff Mack


Christian Fiction:

The Faith of Ashish by Kay Marshall Strom

People of the Book by Kathi Macias

The Oak Leaves by Maureen Lang

Words by Ginny Yttrup

The Maid of Fairbourne Hall by Julie Klassen


Contemporary Literature:

Hidden Wives by Claire Avery

The Paris Wife by Paula McLain

The Good Sister by Drusilla Campbell

The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh

Miss You Most of All by Elizabeth Bass

The Violets of March by Sarah Jio



Flat-Out Love by Jessica Park

Color My Horse by Bev Pettersen

Here, Home, Hope by Kaira Rouda

Between Sisters by Kristin Hannah


Historical Fiction:

Lady in Waiting by Susan Meissner

The Apothecary’s Daughter by Julie Klassen

The Maid of Fairbourne Hall by Julie Klassen



The Barrett Solution by Robert Norris

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My Review:

I was first drawn to this book because the title grabbed my attention. I was at Barnes & Noble, and the books were on a table for sale. I then, read the synopsis and immediately knew this was a book that I would love to read.

The book has everything to keep the reader hooked from the beginning. Mixed with mystery, kidnapping, murder, suicide, family secrets, and memories, this book pulled me in from the very beginning.  I couldn’t imagine the guilt, sadness, and anger Janet felt when her little brother was kidnapped from the park.  She has a daughter that reminds me of Nancy Drew. She wants to find out what happened to her Uncle Justin.  Janet is interviewed on the 25th anniversary of the kidnapping and death of her brother, which brings a whole lot of unresolved issues, unanswered questions, and even questions if perhaps Justin is somewhere out there living in anonymity.  It is a book that will keep you guessing up until the very end, and even then, you will be left wanting more.

I loved everything about this book.  The plot was well developed, the characters each had their own set of issues to overcome, and the storyline flowed mixed with mystery.  It is a book that I loved and highly recommend!


My Review:

I was first drawn to this book because of the title. I am definitely a visual person and with the cover and title of the book, it just stood out amongst all the other titles on Net Galley.

This book is a sequel to, “Learning to Swim”, however I did not feel that there was a huge chunk of information I was missing.  The main character, Troy, is a news reporter and helps the police and her neighbor piece the information together after finding a frozen body underneath the ice.  It starts off pretty intense, but then there were times in the middle of the book that too many characters were introduced, which overloaded me with information.  I also felt that the the ending was trying to tie loose ends from the first book, which would have been fine if the book was longer.  Nonetheless, I did enjoy reading the book.

Overall, the book was mixed with mystery, possible murder or suicide, and a great storyline.  I did at times feel the book could have flowed better without being introduced to characters too late in the storyline, however understand their importance to the ending.  I would consider reading the first book, as I may have had a different reading experience completely.


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Reading on my Nook

I am a Nookie.  As you’ve read in other posts, I love the Nook line and the personal customer service I get when I walk into any Barnes & Noble Bookstore.  I have the Nook Tablet (NT) and the Simple Nook Touch (SN).  I needed a cord for my Nook Tablet (b/c you do need a separate cord for each style of Nook for charging purposes), and bought it at my local B&N store.  Unfortunately, it was a dud and didn’t charge my NT.  I called the B&N Customer Service Line and they immediately realized it was the cord,but b/c I had lost my charger on the one that came with the NT, the representative said I would get a free one mailed to me.   I took the cord I bought to the B&N store and they immediately gave me a new one and I decided to keep that one to have a spare.  It was really great and just reflects on their customer service, which I couldn’t get with a Kindle.

Recently, the Nook Touch Glowlight has been reduced to $119, and with the 2 year warranty, it brings it up to the original price of $139.  Overall, a great deal!  So, yes, I bought it last week.  Having an iPhone and working on my computer, sometimes I really don’t want to have any more computer light and won’t read from my NT.  I love my ST, but I really hate how bright my book light can be when the room is dark and my hubby and little girl are sleeping (yes, we co-sleep).  I can’t explain my level of excitement about the Glowlight!!!  It is the best invention made and I am so happy that I made that purchase.  It doesn’t disturb my family sleeping, I can adjust the brightness, I don’t need a bulky cover anymore ( I have a pink silicone cover), and it holds a great battery charge.  It is the best reader out there and I would highly recommend it to anyone wanting a reader.  I also bought a case to hold a stylus pen and so that I can carry it with me everywhere.  I tend to carry my SN with me, but on occasion, I will carry my Glowlight with me.


Lately, I’ve been reading quite a few of advanced reader copies for 2013.  So, while I’ve been reading, I haven’t been blogging.  There are some great books that will be released later this year and next year, and I can’t wait to share those with you!  In the meantime,I also read some books already out that I wanted to share with you.

One night, not being able to sleep, I watched “The Shunning” on Netflix.  It’s a movie based on the book title from Beverly Lewis. I loved the movie and couldn’t wait to start the second book. I started, “The Confession“, and was quite disappointed.  Granted, the movie will tweak and change characters a bit, but the movie really took some liberties.  So, reading the second book was a letdown for me and I didn’t even finish the book because it started to become predictable. After getting over the shock of Laura’s husband and his ulterior motives, I quit reading when Katherine gets hired as a housemaid in her biological mother’s house.  So, yeah, it wasn’t a good book for me.  Of course, I know….I didn’t finish the book!  Oh, well.  I moved on to another book, which I will write a review for later.  I’ll be interested to hear from those who did read the book because there was a huge, “what???” moment at the end of the book.  Stay tuned!






The Don’ts of a Book Review


Last night I was browsing through the Barnes and Nobles book store on my Nook.  I came across some books that sounded interesting and were on sale, so I started reading the customer reviews to read some of the comments.  As I was reading some reviews for one book in particular, I was very disappointed (as were many other readers) that reviewers had included the ending of the book!!  After knowing what happens in the end, it is rather pointless to buy the book.  So, I started to think about what NOT to include in a book review.

The Don’ts of a Book Review:

1.  Recap-  When I read a review, I don’t want to read a revised version of the synopsis. If I’m reading a review, it’s because I have already read the synopsis and am interested in the book.  I don’t want to basically re-read the synopsis in your words.

2.  Spoilers-  Obviously, I don’t want to know the ending. I also don’t want to know what happens in between the pages, such as specific answers to questions the author has included in the synopsis.

3. Rewrite-  It is inappropriate to include what should have done differently with the characters, critique the author’s decisions regarding characters and plots, and add a different ending.

4.  Not Read the Book-  When I went online at the B&N book store, I was surprised at how many reviews were posted by people who hadn’t even read the book!  Yet, these very same people were already rating the book.  If a book hasn’t been read, why would anyone think it is appropriate to rate the book?

5.  Personal History-  Books can bring up personal feelings, especially if the story truly resonated with the reader.  However, the review should not include these personal issues.  

There is an Exception to the Dont’s Listed Above!!

One exception to the “Dont’s” listed above, is a blogger writing a review on her site.  Bloggers may include spoilers (but usually will let their readers know beforehand), and all the other “Dont’s” listed.  However, that very same blogger will post her review on other review sites (Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Goodreads, etc) with a condensed version of her original review posted on her blog. 

There are many reasons why a blogger may choose to include one or all of the don’ts listed in a blog review.  Readers can decide to read or not read that particular review.  However, at a review site, the reader is limited to reading the reviews posted and won’t be alerted, especially with spoilers included.  That is the difference! 

Next Friday:  “The Do’s of a Book Review!”

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The Burb’s List Replacing Thrifty Thursdays

I will no longer be posting for Thrifty Thursdays.  There are so many sites available that list freebies on a weekly basis, and I just felt that my work was becoming a bit redundant.  Granted, I do this all on a volunteer basis and simply out of my love for reading, but why do the same thing??

So, on Thursdays, I will be posting The Burb’s List.  This was created out of my own desire to have a site that I can visit each week or after reading a book to get an idea as to some titles I may want to read next.  I love reading book reviews, but sometimes, I just want a title that I can quickly glance at to buy, borrow, or check out from the library.  These books will consist of different genres, will include a freebie book that I recommend or am interested in myself, books I have received or purchased that I cannot wait to read, and other book titles I have come across that have been placed on my TBR list.

So, if you are wanting to read a good book but don’t know where to start or just want some ideas, then The Burb’s List will be perfect for  you.

There are some freebie sites that I do recommend.  If you have an e-reader, then you will still want to download some free books, I am sure. Below are some sites that do list freebies.  If you know of any others, please let me know and I will gladly add them to this list.

Freebie Sites:

Pixel of Ink:  Books are primarily Kindles, however it will list free Nook books,too.

Barnes and Noble Community Forum:  These are for Nook users only.  However, I have found that if a Nook book  is free, then chances are it is also free at Amazon.  The books are added as they become available, so just go to the last number page and work backwards to make sure you haven’t missed any freebies.

Barnes and Noble:  For Nook users, you can simply type in the number: Zero(point)Zero—->0.0 and it will pull up any free books that are available for that moment.  I write that because there have been books available for one day and then next were full price.

E-Book Finds:  These are usually for Kindle books, but sometimes audible freebies are also listed.

The Frugal Girls:  Freebies for Kindles and Nooks are usually listed.  Sometimes, just great deals are listed.

Life Optimizer:  These are free classics. Of course, you can always visit Google Books to download them, but I do like this list too.

The Vessel Project: This is a Christian site that has a link for Free Resources.  The books listed are usually for Kindles and Nooks and are typically free.  You can sign up for their newsletter and receive updates as soon as they are listed.

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Thrifty Thursday-It’s Back!

I had been thinking of not continuing this feature on my blog, as I know there are plenty of blogs out there that already do this.  Who wants to keep doing what everyone else is doing???  However, I thought I’d add some interesting books I haven’t seen or been hearing great reviews on, as well as any books I have personally read that I absolutely enjoyed, too!

One of my weekly favorite things to do is to download free books on my reader.  I have quite a few books and wonder if I may actually have time to read them all considering that new freebies are listed each week.  However, I am a mood reader.  I read certain books depending on the kind of mood I am in.

Sometimes I want to read a little mystery, a feel good story, a thriller, a romance storyline, or Christian book.  If you are a bibliophile, then chances are you completely understand.  I liken my reading choices to clothes:  not everything looks great every day and you have to be in the mood to wear it.

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***There is no guarantee that by the time you decide to download these books that they will still be free.  My suggestion to you is to download them as soon as you can and then you can decide when you want to read them.


The 2 books listed below are currently on sale for $2.99!! That is a really great deal considering I purchased The Lace Reader for $9.99 over the summer!

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Happy Reading!

What’s In a Name?

I never thought I’d multi-read, but lately I have been.  I am currently reading Sweet Sanctuary on my Nook, The Violets of March in paperback, and I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings on my iphone.  This is usually because it allows me to read anywhere, anytime, when I can.  I am loving these books, but The Violets of March has really started out with a bang.  I am finding myself taking my time reading this one because I want to savor each moment with the characters….and this hasn’t happened to me in a long time with a book I’ve read.

Reviews on all 3 books, plus a few others I just finished reading, will be posted within the next couple of weeks.

In The Violets of March, there is a character that theorizes a man will stay married or divorce after so many years based on his first name.  This isn’t the whole premise of the book, but it really got me thinking about names and book titles.  I am a huge name person.  I love learning about the meaning of a name and finding out where it derived from.  I was certainly not one of those moms that picked a name because it was cute or trendy…and definitely not because I just ran out of time and ended up picking a name at the hospital.  No, I searched, processed, imagined by babies being adults with their name, and simply just wanted them to each have their perfect name.  I remember when I was pregnant with my second born that I was adamant about picking a name from a whole different pool of names.  I figured that if a name hadn’t been good enough for my first born, it certainly wasn’t going to be good enough for my second born either.

The same goes with choosing books I haven’t heard of before.  Even though I do receive books to review and see which books have become a best seller, I am still intrigued about finding that special book that is squished between best sellers and suggested book titles.  While I don’t typically judge a book by its cover, I do judge a book by its title.  A book title for me is like the first sentence of a book…it is what draws me in to continue reading it.

I have always been an independent thinker, one that thinks outside the box, doesn’t always go with the mainstream, and certainly doesn’t do anything because it’s popular.  I suppose that is why I am drawn to all kinds of people and love working with a variety of populations.  So, it’s only natural that when I am selecting a book to purchase, it’s not going to be the book that everyone is reading.

If I’m at a bookstore:

How I choose a book is quite dependent on the book title.  It’s what grabs my attention and whispers to me, “Read Me”.  If I like the book title, then I will read the synopsis in the back of the book.  I never read a book based on the reviews included in the book because what book is out there that will have a negative review on its own book???  Never.  Exactly!  It’s just more fluff and I want to know what it’s about.  When I buy an actual book, it isn’t because I am wanting to read it right then.  I usually have a stash of books at home that I will gleam through and see which book I want to read then.  However, purchasing a book is quite different.

If I am purchasing a book on my Nook:

Being a blogger, I also enjoy reading reviews of books that I haven’t heard of and those will usually peak my interest to simply purchase the book on my Nook.  I have to admit though, I have become quite the book collector of purchasing freebies.  It’s quite addicting to download free books and have them in my library to read at a later time.

Reading a Book I’ve purchased:

I am a bit strange when it comes to reading a book I already have purchased.  I view books like clothes, it’s not always the best time to read it and you have to be in the mood for it.  So, I typically have a wide range of books that include mystery, romance (chick-lit), Christian fiction, biographies, and YA.

I read The Heretic’s Daughter by Kathleen Kent with my book club last year.  It was an excellent read that we all enjoyed discussing.  We were absolutely thrilled to learn that Kathleen Kent had written a prequel to it, titled The Wolves of Andover.  Now, I have to admit, the title just didn’t draw me in and certainly didn’t do justice for the storyline.  However, Kathleen has recently changed the title to The Traitor’s Wife, which is absolutely fitting and is a book I definitely would have gravitated to.  It is the perfect title for a book that I absolutely enjoyed reading and we all enjoyed discussing the book with Kathleen Kent, too!

So, what does the name of book mean to you?  How do you select a book when you are surrounded by books in a library or bookstore?  I’d love to hear from you!


Thrifty Thursday

Discretion:  Each week, I will post books that I have found for free.  By simply clicking on the link below each book cover, you will be directed to where you can download it.  I cannot guarantee that when you do visit the link provided that the book will “still” be free.  I have found that publishers/authors will sometimes have a book listed for free as a way to promote a book, which can sometimes be listed for free for a day, for a week, and sometimes indefinitely.  I will try to post Kindle books as well.  My sources are Barnes and Noble and Amazon.  I don’t typically download from Smashwords, however if it is really a great book, I will post it.  Books listed will typically have ratings of 4/5 or 5/5 from customer reviews.

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