Sunday, 5 August 2012

No To Thumbs Up!

I haven’t read a book in nearly two years, when I say I haven’t read a book, I mean a paperback book. Since buying my Kindle I have downloaded more books than I care to count, but I do love my Kindle. One of the reason is that I can make the font large enough to see without needing my reading glasses, ok call me vain, but I think we all are when age creeps on, or races on as it as a tendency to do. So, why am I reading a book again? I hear you ask.

Well, the lovely Carol E Wyer sent me a paperback copy of her latest book, Surfing in Stilettos. The reason for sending me this book, no not to review, I don’t do reviews, well mainly because I’m not really good at them, I know what I enjoy, but that is not about reviewing. Whoops, sorry, I digress. Carol sent me a copy of her book because, to my surprise, she has mentioned me in her acknowledgements and wanted me to see this. I am deeply honoured on both accounts, the wonderful mention and receiving a copy of Surfing in Stilettos.

The book is just my cup of tea, it is filled with laughter, surprises and is beautifully written, which gives me even more reasons to feel honoured to be mentioned! I’m actually reading the book because I just couldn’t wait until the Kindle version comes out in September, but reading a book does present problems. I am trying desperately not to crease the spine, I don’t know about you, but special books I hate to mark, I want them to stay new forever! And as well as trying to keep the spine perfect, I hold the book across my hand, I never hold any book with my thumb in the middle of the pages. This practise harks back to my junior school days when we not allowed too read a book holding it with our thumbs in the middle of the pages. The teachers swore it would ruin the book held this way. I can still hear down the passages of time, one teacher bellowing at a boy who dared to hold his book with his thumb and I still tremble! Of course those teachers could be right, but I will never know, as I still cradle my books the way it was instilled into me. Though I wonder if this rule still applies today for those who read paperback books?

How do you hold your book?

Thank you for stopping by and I hope you’ve had a great week. Wonderful how many medals including Gold medals TeamGB are collecting, it makes you feel proud. It always gives me a feeling of pride when I see such hard work and dedication rewarded.

As always sending sunny rays your way! Phew it is very hot here!


Dizzy C said...

I agree this is a fab book from Carol.

I try to hold and book with both hands. I do find myself sometimes holding with thumb in middle but this is uncomfortable.

Kindles are much easier :) but I do love paperbacks.


Pauline Barclay said...

Hello Carol, I agree it is uncomfortable and as much as I love paperbacks, I find my Kinldle so much easir too. :)

Carol Hedges said...

Yup,I'm a two-handed gal. And I read in/on bed, with book propped up in front of me, cat on chest, second cat curled along side and coffee nearby.
And I have a series of dodgy bookmarks (Bills/Labels cut out of clothes, etc).

Fun blog post, thanks.

mohadoha said...

Since I got the Kindle App for my iPad, it's been more ebooks for sure -- especially those by indie authors. For those books I'm looking forward to reading by established authors, the paperback has been the way to go. I have a sneaking suspicion I will soon be in your camp Pauline...

Pauline Barclay said...

Hello Carol, sounds the perfect place to curl up with you book and cats, coffee and dodgy bookmarks! Thanks for stopping by :)

Hi Mohadoha, My Kindle is filled with Indie author books and there are so many great ones out there. I think established authors too will be using Kindle more in the future. Have a great day.

Rosalind Adam said...

Thank you for sending those sun rays. We're receiving them warm and clear. I've hardly used my Kindle. I've gone back to books. I'm just a great big old dinosaur!

Pauline Barclay said...

Hi Ros, glad those sun rays arrived :) So you've gone back to books, never mind, your Kindle is there should you need to use it again. Dinosaur hugs x

Chris Longmuir said...

I prefer to read on my Kindle because I can do it pain free. Holding a book open is murder on my thumbs because of a wee bit of arthritis in my wrists. So maybe I'll try it the thumbless way and see if it is any better. said...

Hi Pauline
Like you I'm a bit of a Kindle addict, but think I may have made a mistake in going for a conventional 'book' cover. A friend bought the kind that opens vertically (like a shorthand notebook?) which you can prop up - as I see people do with I-pads. i.e. no hands necessary. Great if you are in cafe or reading in bed!

Pauline Barclay said...

Hi Chris, I'd stick to your Kindle it will ease the pain in your thumbs. Thanks for stopping by.

Hello AliB, I love my Kindle, but have not heard of another type that flips open. Interesting!