The Pros and Cons of a Library Card

If you are a reader of any sort, you probably have memories (be it from childhood or adulthood) of the library- either going there to find a new book, taking part in a program, or just spending a few hours (hopefully air-conditioned) getting lost in a good book! However, like anything else in life, there are pros and cons to a library card that may not suit a reader as much as they would like. This is a realistic look at what a library card can offer you, and what the drawbacks are!

The Pros and Cons of a Library Card

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4 Entertaining Chick Lit Books

Although chick lit tends to get a bad rap from some reading communities, I am a big fan- while I love to jump into an in-depth historical study or biography, sometimes I just want to escape and don’t want to have to think too hard about anything. Chick lit can be anything from a humour book to a tale of overcoming a death or crisis to a trip- I tend to gravitate towards chick lit that is more on the entertaining side than anything else, usually someone in a physically different place and a new career, with a little bit of romance. These are four of my favourite fun and entertaining chick lit books!

4 Entertaining Chick Lit Books

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A Book and a Beverage: February 2018

I’ve decided to start a new series celebrating two of my favourite things: reading and tea. Once a month I am going to share one of my favourite books at the time, and one of my favourite beverages! No matter what is going on in my life, I can almost always sit down and enjoy a cup of tea, and I can read or listen to a book to escape for a few hours. I’ll try to vary it month to month (with both books and beverages), and if you are interested in guest-posting for A Book and A Beverage, please use the Contact Page or send me an email at anhistorianabouttown@gmail.com! Now, for the book and beverage….

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Kobo vs. Kindle vs. Google Play Books: A Guide to eBooks

The eBook and eReader market is a vast and somewhat overwhelming place these days; it seems like everyone has an eReader and an app and something that apparently sets them apart but probably doesn’t. Today I’m here to wade through the three main competitors in the eReading game: Kobo, Kindle, and Google Play Books. (I don’t own any Apple devices, and from what I can tell, Apple isn’t strong here, so iBooks isn’t included.) Whether you are looking for your first eReader to get yourself started, or you are trying to find the best deals on your favourite authors, or just trying to figure out what the difference is between them, I am here to help!

A Guide to eBooks

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New Year, New Books

Welcome to the new year- I hope that everyone had a lovely evening. I’m going to start 2018 with Monday and Friday posts. Fridays will still be Style File Friday, but for now I think that Mondays will be books/hobbies. Once I’m eating regularly and normally again, I am hoping to have some recipes to share again (hopefully by February). I may put up a snapshot type post on Wednesdays when I’m out and doing more, but at the moment I mostly stay within a 15 foot radius so nothing too exciting is happening. (Then again, my 3 am rambling thoughts may appeal to you…) Today I’m going to be sharing the books that I received during the holidays and my upcoming/future reading plans.

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2018 Reading Challenge

Now that we are coming to the end of the year, and with it the end of my 2017 Goodreads challenge (and the Goodreads awards, go Lucy Worsley!), and I’ve been spending time analysing my 2017 reading. In addition to looking back at what I’ve been reading, I’ve also started planning what my 2018 reading year is going to look like, and I’ve got to say, I’m truly, truly excited for what I’m planning. This post is for all of the book nerds out there who spend as much time thinking about their reading as they do reading- my 2018 Reading Challenge!

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My 5 Top Non-Fiction Book Recommendations

A lot of my book recommendation posts focus around a theme, because I find that people (myself included) aren’t just looking for any book but one in a certain genre or on a certain theme. Today’s recommendations are fairly broad but also focused: my top 5 non-fiction books! Although I’m open to most any genre, a lot of readers like to focus on non-fiction, and there are some truly gifted writers who aren’t working in fiction. History, humour, biography, there’s a good range in topics and styles for anyone to enjoy!

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Books for a Rainy Afternoon

I don’t know what everyone else’s weather is like right now, but my weather has been particularly rainy and cold as of late. I’m a fall and winter person, so I’m not entirely upset but sometimes you find yourself with more time inside than you originally planned on having. Although I’m sure that many of us have lost more days (or weeks) to the draw of Netflix and other streaming services than we would like to admit, sometimes it is nice to unplug and unwind from the world a little bit. Today I’m recommending a few books that will tide you over for a days while you are waiting out a bad patch of weather and hiding from the world!

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Kobo Audiobooks: The Lowdown So Far

For anyone who is even slightly interested in ereading and audiobooks will know that most companies stick to one or the other. You will have the odd pairing like Kindle and Audible who work together (through their parent company Amazon) but it’s usually one or the other. Well, that has now changed: Kobo has entered the audiobook game! This may not be a big deal to those who aren’t particularly invested in the arena of electronic books but I can assure you that this is huge news. I actually screamed when I saw the post in line at Tim Hortons- the screaming hasn’t stopped yet. So, here is the breakdown and what we know so far:

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The 5 Audiobooks You Need to Listen To

Audiobooks are a fairly controversial topic in the world of books, possibly even as controversial as the raging debate over physical and ebooks. (You may think that I’m being dramatic, but these are big issues that companies pour far too much money into promoting one side or the other.) Many people see listening to audiobooks as “cheating”, that if you keep track of the books you read for a yearly challenge or countdown, that it doesn’t “count” because you didn’t read it with your eyes. It’s okay if you are hearing impaired, otherwise it’s reading the traditional way or nothing. Well, I’m hear to say (pun INTENDED) that taking a book in through any venue is a worthwhile pursuit and good for your soul. These are my five favourite audiobooks that I think that everyone should listen to, and I hope you will give them a chance!

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