With rising costs and a growing disinterest in Amazon, I decided earlier this year to distance myself from their website. This included all things ebook and Kindle. While I prefer reading in bed on my stomach late at night, I also prefer supporting artisans and authors the old fashioned way: by purchasing their products in, dare I say it, actual stores.
My distaste for third party vendors grew with an announcement from Etsy, when they decided to take even more revenue from sellers who put all the work into what they thought were their shops hosted by the site.
Both decisions came at the same time: that I would no longer support Amazon or Etsy due to their business practices. So while I may no longer be “on the up and up” when it comes to new book releases, I actually find that change refreshing. Never being one to go with the crowd as a kid, I hated the idea of having to “keep up with appearances” just so I can be one of the first to review a book at the time of its initial publication.
What about books that aren’t immediately available to the public? What about the ones that might be out of print but available for check out in a library? What about the books that haven’t had a true chance to shine because they were published “at the wrong time?” That’s why I switched from the temptations over on Kindle to having to do a little more work through the library app called Libby.
What I love about Libby is that I’m able to check out all sorts of media – audio books, magazines, fiction, nonfiction, et al – rather than rent or purchase digital copies of the same things. I used to do online gaming, and I hated that I was buying “pixels” rather than actual objects (you can guess my feelings of NFTs just from that statement alone lol). Naturally, since switching to Libby, I’ve been able to read a whole lot more nonfiction.
I only use Amazon’s embed because I didn’t see one for Libby, so use it if you so wish. The book is, after all, an Images of America one, so while there is a lot of information in it, it’s mostly in photo form.
While I wish there had been more written information, it was neat to see mansions that no longer exist, especially in historical Pittsburgh neighborhoods that have seen a lot of development over the years.
Will I permanently add this to my nonfiction collection at here at home? Probably not. Not unless I want to research some of the original owners of those homes. That’s a blog post for another day!
There was a time when stories of hauntings, ghosts and goblins fascinated me. So much so that I loved the show Supernatural well into my twenties during my college days.
However, the older I got the more jaded I became with my so-called belief in the supernatural. While I believe some things cannot be explained by modern science, I also believe there’s always a basis of fact behind the events.
Speaking of the events, I have a whole blog post review of Haunted Pittsburgh on this site. I invite you to check it out!
This is another book that I’ve got under my Fifty First Pages book review page, but thought I’d share it here as well.
THE FOREST OF VANISHING STARS is, first and foremost, a story set in World War II. If you’re not a fan of such tales, then I’d suggest skipping this one.
However, there is currently a sale right now (as of 7/3/22, when this post is being written), so if you’ve been wanting to read it, now’s the time to snatch it up.
If you’d like to know my thoughts on its First Fifty Page, please follow this link!
So I didn’t realize until after the fact that this book is part of a series. Yes, it says “Gaslight Chronicles” on its cover, but nowhere did I find where it said it was book number six. Until I went back and read the description.
So I was not only a bit disappointed in that, but I was a bit disappointed in how short the story was. It felt rushed, romance barely there, and seemed a bit cliche to the time period.
I’m not often critical of books on my site, but unless you like quick tales and unrealistic situations, I’d skip this one completely. The concept was there. Just not the execution.
A long time ago, when this book was first published, I reviewed it right here on my website. But because its counterpart, BRIGHT, was released just a little while ago, I decided to read it again as a refresher.
My thoughts on SHINE haven’t changed. I almost wish they had, but I know too much about the author and situations surrounding its publication that I’m a bit jaded on its subject matter.
But, if you’re looking for a new YA novel to read, and know absolutely nothing about Jessica Jung or Girls’ Generation, then this might be a fun read for you.
There are, most definitely, more books I’ve read over on Libby, but if I showcased them all then you’d be here, reading this post for a very long time. I couldn’t do that to you! I’ve got some more reads coming up. And yes, most of them are Pittsburgh and Pennsylvania related.
I’ve got a nonfiction sickness, what can I say?
I only wish I could read in the car. Tomorrow is the 4th of July, and my family and I are heading out to the Flight 93 Memorial and then down to West Virginia for the rest of the day. Not being able to read in a moving vehicle has been a personal gripe of mine for YEARS (lol). So maybe I’ll be able to work through a couple of them this week on during my overnight shifts at work?
Do you have a favorite type of book you prefer reading on a device over an actual book? I, personally, enjoy having resources at my fingertips and I don’t have to worry about accruing late fees for keeping something too long. If you’ve been looking for an alternative to your current ereader, perhaps it’s time to look into Libby, or whatever library app is available in your area. Happy reading!