What Did I Just Do?

I am not sure how I got myself into this. I blame Anne of Green Gables, actually. What can you expect from a troublesome red-head?

It started innocently enough with a comment over on sj’s blog. Oh, that’s right. It was sj’s blog. I blame her, too. Anyway, she is celebrating a year of reading whatever in this world she wants, and Anne of Green Gables is there on her list. I’ll show you the slippery slope I stepped upon right here.


Two things here. Anne of Green Gables and free books. I was up a creek already. See that last sentence? Yeah. That one.

A few hours later, I wandered into the used book pound and met this little guy.


Look at what is living in my house!

It licked my face, peed on my shoe, and crawled into my lap. What else could I do? (that rhymes. I rock.) I took it home.

Let the record show that I had an e-reader once. It was beautiful and happy, and it did everything short of fetching the paper. I loved it, but I hated Amazon, so I sent it back. I’ve been in the half-hearted market for another e-reader that didn’t require the selling of my soul to the devil or a credit card, so I knew I wanted a Kobo.

This version is a year and a half old (happy birthday, little friend), and there are no bells and whistles. It’s not backlit like I really wanted, but after using my trade credit, it cost me all of $8. Worth a try, right? Definitely. Especially since there’s a money back guarantee.

Koko the Kobo works well. It’s intuitive, I’ve been able to use all functions easily, and I’ve even converted some ebooks I had into epub format and loaded them onto the device. Hold me back! I’m in the 21st century!

Here’s the problem. I have ten days to take it back, and the only thing left to determine is battery life. I feel obligated to spend as much time as possible with the little guy. I’m getting nothing else done. I get up, I read. I eat lunch, I read. I weed eat the lawn, I read. Because I have to.

My New Year’s resolution was to write 1000 words a day, and I’m already behind after being ill the first few days of the new year. I’ll catch up, right? Even though all my free time is spent reading with my new best friend?

Phoebe and the cats will no longer speak to me. My lap is unavailable for cat or canine because Koko is already ensconced on his pillow. And forget about petting. I need a hand to turn the page.

Husband is no longer speaking to me because the time I am not test-driving the reader is spent scouring the internet for clothes to dress Koko up in. He needs a pretty cover, and a light, and maybe a new chew toy. And forget cooking a meal. That would involve tedious time-sucks like, I don’t know, grocery shopping.

The kids are no longer speaking to me because, being forced to raise themselves, they have turned feral and are living in the woods.

The upside is that since no one is speaking to me, it’s quiet enough to read.

What should I read next?

48 thoughts on “What Did I Just Do?

  1. So who is Kobo affiliated with? Did you buy it used off Amazon? I have a Nook Color, but I’d like to have one with the e-ink that’s not so hard on the eyes – and that, uh, is not so tempting with the angry birds and stuff so that I fail to ever read on it.

    I LOVED Anne of Green Gables. Did you ever see the miniseries that was on years ago?

    • Kobo was its own entity and became (briefly) affiliated with the now defunct Borders. We have an incredible used bookstore here that sells all kinds of things, including used e-readers. It has e-ink, which I like better than I thought I would.

      I have not seen the mini series. Was it good? And did it do the books justice?

      • It really did. The actress playing Anne was Megan Follows and she did an incredible job. I think it originally played on the Disney Channel, back when there were more quality programs on Disney.

        WOW, I wish I had a used bookstore like yours around here. Great deal.

  2. I live very near Powell’s Books (the largest independent book store in the U.S. ((I think)) and I was very encouraged when I saw that they are offering E-Products now. They are doing it through Kobo I believe as there is less proprietary hoops to jump through.

    In short good on ya!


  3. I’m not sure I like you getting an e-reader, Heather, thinking back on all your posts about wrestling with computers and other objects of a technological nature. That being said, I’m sure we have a lot of entertaining e-reader related posts we may look forward to πŸ™‚

    PS: To speed up the process of your moving into e-reader insanity, I do recommend the software “Calibre”, which lets you convert eBook formats and upload/download your eBook, so that you can share with friends.

  4. You should come to my annual Anne of Green Gables party, which features watching Anne of Green Gables and Anne of Avonlea back to back, tea sandwiches, and, of course, some wine.

    And now I just read the comments above and YOU’VE NEVER SEEN THE MOVIES?!

  5. Ooh, have you ever read Peter Pan? I only read it two months ago when I got my first e-reader and I found it on PG. It’s SO GOOD I can’t believe I never read it. I’m going to read it again soon!

  6. I’m still stunned by your savvy… I would have NO idea how to convert whatcha-ma-callits to whatevers on my e-reader! I know how to turn it on, off and “next page.” And, since I too have issues with Amazon (I guess until they are carrying my book and I’m famous), I tend to leave it at home, unless I’m traveling. My guess is that your posts count for nearly 1000 words and we all keep talking to you… so leave the family and ebook behind and just live with us. We will make you happy. πŸ˜‰

  7. Oh the joys of an e-reader! I’m so excited for you. πŸ™‚
    I got the Kindle Fire for Christmas – I who vowed that that a screen could never replace the joy of real pages (and it can’t but it’s DARN convenient) – and it’s been wonderful…

  8. Project Gutenberg is my favorite thing on the Internet, and that’s saying something. I have had my Kindle for nearly 3 years now and I have purchased maybe 5 books for it. I love me some free! And now I am off to download Anne. She’s my turn of th century Canadian bestie.

  9. First, YAY KOKO! (Or maybe Cujo.)

    Second, you have to watch the miniseries. HAVE TO. It’s one of my favorite things in all the land. I saw it as a kid and adored it, and PBS was re-airing it a few years ago and it sucked me right back in – and it was just as amazing as I remember. You will LOVE it.

  10. I have a Sony e-reader so I don’t have to use Amazon, but I find the Reader Store does not always have everything I want to read either. So I recommend Diana Gabaldon’s the Outlander, I saw it at the Reader Store recently – on sale & everything. It’s part of a series & I’m sure you’ll like it.

  11. Later in the day i shall send your the list of books my readers recommended, you will remember because you recommended the first one i read.. But ‘snow child’ is pretty awesome and the ‘tigers wife’ is brilliant. Now off you go and throw a few bones into the forest for your children’s dinner. maybe they will find a gingerbread house out there to pass the time! c

  12. Heather sounds like Kobo sure has rocked your world. Lol. I highly recommend you read ayn rands books. I’m currently reading ‘wht men marry bitches’, pretty interestingcread. πŸ™‚

  13. I’m reading The Brother Karamozov – which is brilliant but difficult and perfect for an e-reader – and How Music Works by David Byrne which is wildly interesting (but I’m not sure it’s on e-reader… so I don’t know why I mentioned it).

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