With the advent (and growing popularity) of eBooks, I’m seeing more and more articles about how much “better” they can be, because they have the option to be interactive … videos, music, glossaries … all sorts of little extra goodies to help “enhance” your reading experience, rather like listening to the Director’s commentary on a DVD of your favorite movie.
How do you feel about that possibility? Does it excite you in a cutting-edge kind of way? Or does it chill you to the bone because that’s not what reading is ABOUT?
Well, I just got myself a Nook, so I don't know if I can be the best person to answer the question. Personally, I love a book I can hold in my hand. The only problem is that I can only hold so many books on my shelves. So I focus on the books I actually want A LOT to own on paper. The books I've gotten for my e-reader are basically books only available in e-book format and a few others that are available in real book format that I don't think I'll want in real book format. I don't really care all that much about fancy extras, even on some movies. Maybe some of the extras will be cool, but, I probably would care less about most of them. I just enjoy reading the book.
Welcome to Update Thursday, my own personal meme (but feel free to use it if you'd like) that I started to keep track of everything going on in my book blogging/writing/own world. Basically, I list off a few different things that have happened in the last week.
1. My approach to 100 followers is coming fast! My giveaway is coming sooner than I thought. And this excites me!!!
2. I have Saturday off this week and have no idea what to do. I generally only have, let's see, maybe 4 or 5 Saturdays off in a year, mostly ones I request off. This one, I was just given. I need to find something good to do.
3. I watched all of Gossip Girl Season One over the course of 4 days. And this is in between working the last 3 days. Needless to say, I am hooked on that show now. And currently in the process of getting Season Two and Three.
4. Speaking of TV shows... I have to say, on almost every TV show that I like, I have a huge crush on one of the characters. With Veronica Mars, it was Logan (Jason Dohring). With The OC, it was Ryan (Benjamin McKenzie). With Bones, it's Booth (David Boreanaz). And currently, I have developed a new crush on Gossip Girl's Chuck (Ed Westwick). I can't help it. And I have this tendency to become obsessed, over and over again.
5. I want to post a disclaimer to my fellow bloggers and followers: For some reason, our internet is moody. It decides once in awhile that it wants to act like a dial up internet instead of high speed. This ends up preventing me from being able to comment as readily to comments made on my page, not to mention keeps me from viewing your pages as often as I'd like and commenting on them. So... if I don't seem like I'm as active, it's not my fault. I actually have just been spending the last 2 hours this morning trying to work on this post and checking up on updates, the latter to no avail apparently. I was able to look at like three pages at most. We're supposed to be working on fixing the internet situation, so hopefully it won't last forever and I can take a look at more of your reviews and posts soon. ^_^
6. I need to get going on my reading and writing more. Especially my reading. I don't want to get behind. Plus it's annoying to have to repost every week that I'm still in the middle of the same books. At least I finished one this morning. :P
Wannabe Writers is an Internet writing group hosted by Sarah at Confessions Of The Unpublished. Anyone is welcome to join. It's a place to meet other writers, ask questions, and get feedback. Basically, you post about your current writing progress, problems, and she asks a question she needs help answering. Go check it out!
Where I am in the writing process: Hmm, somewhere between 7500-8000 words last I looked. I haven't done any writing over the last few days, only a couple brainstorming notes I typed into my phone.
My current problem(s): Distractions? Lol. That's part of my problem. TV on DVD marathons happen once in awhile. It's kept me from reading much too. Other problems, tying in a couple scenes. I jumped ahead a scene or two and now I'm trying to figure out how to get a dialogue going between my main character and a new additional character. Until I get it figured out, I skipped ahead to the next chapter, since that scene is pretty irrelevant as far as the main story goes.
My question(s) this week: Length? How long do you like your YA novels to be? I had found a site that had a list of approximate word counts per genre, but I cannot find the page at the moment. I looked it up on Wikipedia, and found a page about Word Count. What I remember reading from the other page basically said that a Young Adult novel can range from 45,000-80,000, but they average between 50,000-60,000.