Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Sunday, April 21, 2013
I've been having a hard time reading and blogging lately. I'm not in the mood and have no energy. I'm trying to just take it easy, and go with the flow. In April, I've read 1 book... 1! This has never happened before. I'm hoping to change this soon. I have so many reviews that I need to write.
Here are some review books I received:
The Light in the Ruins by Chris Bohjalian
Duchess by Susan May Warren
The Lighthouse Bay by Kimberley Freeman
The Best of Us by Sarah Pekkanen
Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline
Royal Mistress by Anne Easter Smith
The Dark Heroine by Abigail Gibbs
From Ashes by Molly McAdams
Taking Chances by Molly McAdams
Tuesday, April 16, 2013
The inspiration for Perdita is really Georgian Bay. The story came to me at the Cabot Head light-station up at the tip of the Bruce Peninsula. My husband and I were assistant lighthouse keepers one August, and we fell immediately in love with the area. The story came at first in fragments, but one evening as we were on the shore watching the sun setting, I suddenly visualized three figures—a little girl sitting between an adult woman and man, all of them arriving at the lighthouse in a horse-drawn wagon. That was my first encounter with Marged Brice, and from that point on, her life began to unfold before me.
2. Did anything surprise you when you completed the book? Did the characters/story change from your initial thoughts?
3. What elements do you believe a good story consists of?
Tuesday, April 2, 2013
Sunday, March 31, 2013
I received some great review books this week. I'm really excited to read these:
Life After Life by Kate Atkinson
The Smart One by Jennifer Close
The World's Strongest Librarian by Josh Hanagarne
Flee, Fly, Flown by Janet Hepburn
The Best of Us by Sarah Pekkan
Lighthouse Bay by Kimberly Freeman
Thursday, March 28, 2013
The Kobo Arc recently upgraded it's software to Jelly Bean. I'm really happy Kobo has kept their word and released the update. I'm usually skeptical of what Kobo promises. I'm really enjoying the update, I find the keyboard more responsive and I like the new notification center. One thing I don't like is that the time was moved to the upper corner, and no longer appears when you are reading in the Kobo app. I have to exit Kobo to look at the time. Also, the menu keys were off to the left, and are now centered. This took a few days to remember.
Previously I disabled the Discovery Bar because I hate Kobo's recommendations. The books that appear are ones I would never read, and don't understand why they would be selected for me. I'm not a romance reader... Also many of the books I own, and bought through Kobo appear. Once I updated the software, and disabled the Discovery option, apps suddenly wouldn't open. I tried to delete the shortcut to add a new one, but my screen went blank and started flashing over and over. Restarting it wouldn't work, I had to factory reset it. I didn't realize what the problem was until I did it a second time and the same thing happened. Eventually, I turned back on Discovery, and installed a launcher. I'm using the Apex Launcher Pro, and really liking it. I no longer have tapestries, but it doesn't really bother me. I have much more options now. Installing a launcher is very simple.
When I called Kobo about this flashing problem, they told me they know what it is and they would send me an email in 24 hours on how to fix it. I asked him why they couldn't just tell me how to fix it if it was known problem. He said that was their procedure. Not wanting to wait 24 hours, I factory restored it.
Before the update, original launcher, and Discovery was disabled. Even with it disabled, that black bar cannot be deleted.
This is the new launcher...not a good photo. I'll try to replace it later.I find it much cleaner and enjoyable to use.
Now, I'm waiting for the snapbacks to finally be available. It's been coming soon since the Kobo launched. I wonder if I will ever see them in stores.