Daily Prompt: The Final Pages

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There is always a problem when I reach the final pages of the book I am reading, because I have to decide what the next book will be.  I enjoy reading, losing myself in other worlds and imaginations of the authors.

I do not read books made of paper and hard covers. I have a Kindle. I gave up with books a long while ago, as my space was getting smaler, we already had 6 book cases packed with books. When I married Mr. Swiss I discovered he was also a reader and many books I brought into the relationship were the same that he already had, his were in german and mine in English. That is one of the reasons why we no longer buy real books, we have no room.

We both have Kindles and find it the best method for our reading addictions. Another advantage is that we both have the app on our iPads, so I can also read books that he has on the Kindle on my iPad and vice versa. I have my own taste of fiction, a little different to that of Mr. Swiss. He prefers the realities of daily criminal life with their plots and “whodunnits” and I like mine tinged with a little supernatural perhaps, but not always. We often meet in the middle and I wait for him to finish what he is reading so that I can read it as well. He is now reading the latest Jussi Adler Olsen book “Selfies”. We are both fans of the Carl Morck adventures and when he has finished I will read it on his iPad. Olsn is a Danish author, but the first editions in a foreign language are usually in German which Mr. Swiss reads. I do not have a problem reading in German, so I do not have to wait for the english version.

It is easy to choose a new book from Amazon, they have everything and it can be uploaded withint seconds.   My problem is that everything that interests me is usually in a series of many books.  Last week I read the first book in the Alex Cross Series by James Patterson (a american detective who is also a psychologist). Patterson has wrote many Alex Cross books and of course I began with the first. At the same time I am reading through the Terry Pratchett books on the Discworld, am now on No. 9 and there are more than 40 . The Invisible Library Series by Genevieve Cogman is also one of my favourites, and am now ready for book 3, there being 4 books in all up to now, not to mention the Peter Grant books by Ben Aaronovich, of which a new one is appearing later this year, bringing the total up to 7. It seems I am always on a quest for the final books and will probably never reach my goal.

Book Series seem to be the popular today. Now and again I might pick out a best seller from the New York times list, or the Guardian. My last book was my second Friedrich Glauser book, a Swiss author from the 1930’s with his police officer Wachmeister Studer. I read them in original German (with a slight touch of Swiss German now and again). I prefer reading in the original languages when possible, although it seems Glauser is also available in English. Glauser wrote many books, but not in a particular reading order, so I can choose my next book t random.

I must say one advantage with Kindle is that you cannot quickly flip to the last page to see what happens in the end. It is possible, but too much bother, and it would also spoil the fun of the suspense of the book.

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Daily Prompt: The Final Pages

20 thoughts on “Daily Prompt: The Final Pages

  1. I too love Kindle and the Kindle app for my other devices. When I moved in 2012 to a smaller space I had to put many of my books in storage and I don’t have room for more books in my current space.
    Also since I have vision problems (retina surgery) I don’t see as well as I used to so I can’t read regular books.
    Kindle is a lifesaver since I can enlarge the text.

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    • Kindle is definitely an advantage if you do not see so well, as you can alter the print size. I remember my Kindle of the first generation, it did not have a back light, which was very inconvenient when it got darker in the evening. Thank goodness that problem no longer exists. I would be lost wihout my Kindle. We still have many books in the cellar, all nicely organised in book shelves and I cannot bring myself to throw them away.

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  2. I have a problem with books. There are books about China and by Chinese during the Cultural Revolution in boxes in my garage. I cannot imagine another living soul who would want those books. I got rid of tons (literally) when I moved. I had a bookcase much like yours in my house in California. As soon as I knew I was moving, I began taking boxes to the library to be sold, first so I could “stage” the bookcase and second so I didn’t have to move them. The books I have no serve no purpose at all. Some are just sentimental and others are??? So I imagine as I’m in the purging of possessions state of mind, I’ll be hauling them out sometime this summer. I don’t read any more. I can’t read fiction without wanting to re-write it. The only writer I’ve found recently who doesn’t affect me that was is Jane Gardam. It’s awful. Books used to be my friends. Now they’re burdens.

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    • We once had a big clear out with books, but the books from our childhood we could not get rid of. We will no longer read them, but they were part of growing up. I once got rid of all the stuff I had from my days of genealogy, I had collected so many papers and information on the way, but I realised it was no leading nowhere. I kept all the certificates and everything else disappeare in the trash. I had so much on my Xp computer, which no longer existed, just the hard disk and I still do not know why I have the hard disk, Mr. swiss saved it when we got rid of the computer. I have volumes of Biritsh Battles, British History and 4 volumes of the History of India, all collected by my grandfather. I even had them transported from England by truck to Switzerland, They are now valuable books, but from the turn of the century. I cannot part with them, and one day my son will have them and it is up to him what he does with them. There comes a time in life when you have to say goodbye to certain things, you cannot take them with you. I can understand your connection to the Chinese books. One day we just have to be ruthless and get rid of them – thank goodness for computers at least.

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      • I am hoping sometime along the road I meet someone to whom the Chinese books would have meaning. I want to meet that person for his/her own sake and because they will value the books. My Goethe books are very precious to me as are the books I bought to research Martin of Gfenn. Then there are books that I just really enjoyed. 🙂

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          • I have no way to know for sure, but I think for my grandpa it was Jean val Jean’s relentless struggle along with the poverty. But it’s a captivating story and maybe that’s what he was really thinking and anything else is my mom’s editorializing. 🙂

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    • I love my Kindle, you always have a book to read wherever you go and no weightly books to drag around and turn pages, which I am no longer so good at. I can do it, but I notice my hands no longer have the power they used to have.

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  3. I am a book-person myself, but I gave an e-book-reader to my sister who has a smaller place to live in and cannot store that many books there. She still has some, as you have, but uses her Tolino now (not a kindle, I did not want to go down the amazon-route – I hate monopolism, and with a Tolino she can use normal book-stores, Thalia-gift-cards, online-e-book-sellers like hugendubel and e-book-de) to get newer ones. She can store up to 5.000 on the reader and 10.000 in the cloud – but as she is about my age she probably won’t come around to read that many books anymore.

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    • I have never heard of Tolino. I am no longer a book person, but completely Kindle. We still have books. Perhaps one day we will re-read them. My Kindle has WiFi and 3G which is handy if I am somewhere else and finish my book as I can upload a new book without connection to my computer.I did this in Germany as well as in England with no problem. I am very satsified with my Kindle and like the Amazon system very much. I always have something to read somewhere and it is also very interesting to discuss our books with each other at home.

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    • With over 500 pages I suppose it would. Not really my sort of thing with Scottish poets and their mysterious life, but I will think about it. If it was cheaper I would try it, but for a kindle edition it is a little on the expensive side.

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  4. Wow…what collection..I envy your bookshelf 🙂 I’m also an avid reader, although I prefer books over kindle. I had kindle and tried reading books there but I am more obsessed with real books and love to carry one around all the time(considering when I might get a chance to read that one 🙂 ) And I do understand that it gets difficult to have a place reserved for books in your home as the collection keeps on growing and space otherwise 🙂 I think I should try kindle once again 🙂

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    • I love my Kindle and if I go somewhere I can easily take it in my handbag with me. They have also improved considerably and the battery lasts a long while. I find it more comfortable to read a Kindle. I also find it easier getting the books I want to read as on Amazion I. Do not have to wait for the language version I want as they have both German and English available. In a book store I have to order what I want and wait until it arrives.

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    • That hasn’t happened yet, but it has fallen off the bed. Luckily it has extra top and bottom protection. One small problem is that I have my iPhone and my old and new iPad on the bedside table, each fitted with the birdsong alarm in the morning. I have to turn each one off, but I am definitely awake.

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