I got precisely one book this Christmas: The Wolf Man (Graphic Freud), from my husband (aka The Comics Scholar). I read plenty of Freud and other psychoanalytic theory in grad school, but though I’ve read about the Wolf Man I never read Freud’s case study; I’m looking forward to this.
I got some bookish things, though.
In his role as Gadget Man, the husband gave me and my daughter Kobo readers: a Glo for me and a Mini for her (my son is a reader too, but he’s got no interest in a reading gadget). I’d been thinking about a new e-reader for a while. I got
my beloved (and life-changing) Sony for Christmas four years ago, also from my husband. I didn’t really need a new reader, but I did increasingly want note-taking capabilities, and since I often read later in the evening than he does, a lighted reader was tempting (I sometimes read on my iPad, but it’s heavy for reading in bed and I find the backlit screen tiring for my eyes since I work so much on the computer).
I had been wondering whether to switch e-reader allegiance to Amazon, but it turned out to be an easy decision to stick with an ePub reader because they don’t sell the Paperwhite in
Canada yet and appear to have no definite timeline for doing so. [Don't ask me about my attempts to give my American dad Kindle books for Christmas. He will have to "return" some of them for a gift card and use that to buy an edition he can download. Why can't a world-dominating company allow me to give a version of the book the recipient can actually download, or at least see if the version I can view is available in the recipient's region? I am not thrilled with Amazon at the moment].
I also got the one thing on my Christmas wish list, an external hard drive so I can move my e-books off my aging netbook, which badly needs the space. It’s a “my Book,” which I find amusing. I have spent more time in the past few days moving files around, fiddling with software changes, importing books into Calibre so I can load them on my new reader, and finding e-books I know I bought in stray folders–and, you know, hanging with my visiting family–than actually reading. So far, though, I really like reading on the Glo. The hardware is not as lovely as my red metal Sony, but it’s small and light and the lighted screen is great. The main issue I have is that the infrared touch screen takes a bit of adjusting to after the capacitive screens on my other touch devices.
We’ve spent a lot of time in the last week eating delicious things and hanging by the fire. The main drawback of living where I do is being so far from my family, so it was great to have my parents, uncle and sister all here. My mom and sister introduced my uncle and daughter to Words With Friends; rather than getting out the old skool Scrabble board they had four iPads and multiple games with each other on the go.
With the gift card that came with my reader, I grabbed some romances that ended up on a lot of people’s “best of 2012″ lists. And I’ve got some books on request at the library in pursuit of my New Year’s resolution to read more literary fiction. Now, off to read so that I can actually post about books!
What was your best book(ish) gift? Got any reading resolutions in the works?