Books

E. M’s Sunday Ramble # 7

Books

Do you prefer digital, paperback, or hard-bound books?

Most of my books are hard copy paperback, or hard cover books. Generally, if the book is thick, I would prefer it has a hardcover. The not-so-thick books would be paper back books. Then sometimes, I must think about the expense. If I feel that the hardback is not worth the expense, I opt to get the paperback version.

But I ran into a dilemma when I used to travel around performing duty with my National Guard unit. I find that traveling with hard-covered books tends to be heavy and that it takes up a lot of space, so in tis situation, a paperback is more convenient, weighs less, and doesn’t take up as much space. But, having books in the field, they get dirty, and during the night reading and holding a flashlight can be a hassle. Plus, after a few days, if the books weren’t put together well by the publishers; pages used to fall out. I would end up having to throw away the book if it got wet.

It made me think and wished that I had a device that could hold multiple book titles, that was plastic and durable that took up minimum space. Then “hey presto,” the E-reader was invented. This answered my prays. But when the E-reader first came out during the early 2000’s; there weren’t many established book titles in electronic format.  By the time established book, titles were converted into electronic format; I retired from the National Guard.

Today, I use an E-reader if I have to take a trip by train or bus, or when things are slow at the gov’t office where I work as a gov’t bureaucrat.

Do you have a library full of books or just your favorite tales?  

I suppose that all the books combined can be considered a library. Would you believe that most of the books are non-fiction, then there are fiction, very few classics.  Keep in mind, I use to get books from the public library so just because I don’t own some titles, it doesn’t mean I didn’t read them.

Harry Potter, Narnia, or Twilight? (You can choose all three or pick and choose.)

Would you believe that up to this day, I have not read a single Harry Potter book. Who needs to, when you can watch the Harry Potter movies.

I haven’t read a single Twilight book either. But if it is anything like the movies, then I’m glad I didn’t. I don’t agree with the notion of vile creatures like vampires being spiritual beings.

As far as Narnia; I started reading some of the books when I was younger, but never finished them.

Overall, those titles are paranormal, and I have lots of books of non-fiction paranormal information. In fact, True_George talks about paranormal events right here at http://www.truegeorge.com.

Do you like when books are turned into movies? Why or why not?

Yes, I like when books are turned into movies. How would I know Harry Potter existed if the movies didn’t come out. Even Stephen King horrors and the Sookie Stackhouse series.

I loved to see superheroes come to life on the big screen. The movies bring your imagination to life.

What I don’t like is if the movies deviate from the story as it is written in the book. Now I understand, that the cost of producing the movie is the biggest factor whether the movie production should be like it is written in the book or not.

What is a book that you have read over and over again?

Unless the book is a technical manual; or looking for some type of information of material that I am learning from. I rarely read fiction books repeatedly. Once I know the story, it gets boring if I read it over and over. The exception to this would be comic books. When I was younger, I loved reading about superheroes that sometimes, I would read a comic book story more than once.   

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11 Comments »

  1. I have a few novels but they’re either children’s books (as I generally like light-hearted stuff in a novel) or similarly light reading. But I have quite a few Dennis Wheatley occult novels which are very good. But mainly, most of my books are true-life outdoor adventure stuff – usually in the mountains.

    I generally prefer the book to the film as, because the film is so condensed, quite a lot has to be missed out. In ‘A Clockwork Orange’ the whole last (important) quarter of the story was missed out in the film – where ‘Alex’ grows up and grows out of his ‘ultra-violence’.

    There is one exception though with 2 of my Dennis Wheatley books. In ‘The Devil Rides Out’, the film is great fun and brilliant and I much prefer it to the over-wordy book. However in ‘To The Devil A Daughter’ I hate the film as it hardly related to the book and the book is a real page-turner and really well written.

    I think e-books and e-readers are a great idea and I keep thinking of getting one but I do like handling books and also reading at the table when I’m eating – I don’t eat or drink near electronic devices in case I spill on them and wreck them so I’m still on hard-copy books.

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  2. Hi True_George! Happy Monday! Your rambles about books were very interesting. I will have to check out that Sookie Stackhouse series. I love vampire stories. My favorite one is J.R. Ward’s Black Dagger Brotherhood series. The movies for Twilight are not really like the books at all. The books are much better. The movies were disappointing to me. Thanks again for joining in on my Sunday Ramble!

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