Go-Go Gadget or Inkworld

Anyone who knows me well, knows that I am probably the most bookish person you will ever meet. My entire room is decorated around the 300+ books that I have collected over the past 5 years. In my opinion, there is nothing in the world as wonderful and comforting as books. Books are the carriers of civilization. Without books history is silent, literature is dumb, science crippled, and thought and speculation would pass away with the thinker. They are the engines of change, windows of the world, lighthouses erected in the seas of time. Many see books as the foundation of culture, the cornerstone of wisdom and the gateway into history.

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Part of my book collection!

It is no surprise then that there is such resistance to the new arrival of the e-book, that newfangled contraption that threatens to put the bookstore out of business. Though printed books have strong sentimental value and are more reliable, I have discovered (as a Kindle owner) that e-books also have their appeal and have proved themselves to be more practical for transportation and space, and they also are much better on the environment.

I am one of many people that are very sentimental about printed books. In my mind there is nothing quite like a book; the gentle caress of the pages between your fingers, and the whisper of the words, waiting to come alive as you lose yourself within their mysteries. Books will always be there for us; they don’t require batteries, and they don’t rely on the cooperation of technical devices to be readily available. If a person wants a new book, all they have to do is walk down to the local bookstore and purchase one of the thousands of volumes on the shelves. We can take a bath with a book without worrying about damaging the mechanical parts, and we can take them camping without trying to conserve the battery.

I have read many online blogs of people that simply refuse to own an e-book because they don’t want to support the industry that is threatening their precious books. They worry, as I did, that if e-books become more popular than print books then there is a chance that publishers will stop printing print books, and bookstores will go out of business. Many fear a loss of literary writing and reading, others of the world’s storehouse of knowledge if it all goes digital. Few stop to consider that the chance of this happening is very slim. The e-book was born in 1971 … and is now 40 years old, and yet e-book sales still only make up barely 1% of book sales.

An E-book is a computerized device that can contain an entire library of books within 6 ounces and approximately 6.5 x 4.5 inches (Amazon Kindle). E-books are definitely more practical when it comes to transportability and space management. For example, if a bookworm like myself decided to go on vacation in Florida, naturally she would want to bring all of her favorite books along with her. It would be a challenge packing and toting 20 books onto a plane, not to mention heavy. But if that same bookworm had an e-book, all she would have to do is stick the device in her hand bag and she’s all set.

Another aspect to consider, is the environmental impact of books. It is becoming very common for people to make environmentally “light” choices in their every day living. So now I will bore you with a short analysis of the environmental impact of this argument. E-books don’t require paper and are therefore, much easier on the environment. Simply the process of making paper is a huge strain on our environment. Chemical pulping [to make paper] involves cooking the wood at elevated pressure with a solution of sulphur-based chemicals to extract the fibrous component (cellulose) from trees. The sulphur chemicals account for the rotten egg smell of many pulp mills. Less than 50% of the tree is used in the process. The remainder ends up as sludge, which is burned, spread on land or landfilled. So we cut down a whole tree and then only use less than half of it, the rest becomes an unusable waste called sludge. I personally like to get all of my books from thrift-stores, so the environmental side doesn’t really affect me all that much, because the books are already made.

I LOVE using books for decorating! There is nothing to compare to the homey, comfy look of books in a room.

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My Tolkien Collection

So if you are concerned about the environment or travel a lot, an e-book is probably the best option for you. But if you have room in your home and are addicted to the feel of the page in your hands, and the welcoming smell of the paper and ink, then by all means, grab a book and make yourself at home!

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Random Questions

Mirriam from Thoughts of a Shieldmaiden posted some anonymous questions on her blog, and said that any one else who wanted to answer them could as well! I thought that it would be a good way for y’all to get to know me better, so here are my answers…
♦ Five ways to win your heart? Love God, buy me books, be a gentleman, love me no matter what, be funny.
♦ Something you feel strongly about? Abuse, bullying and suicide.
♦ A book you love? Just one?!?!? Impossible… I shall give you a short list of books that I could not live without. The Inheritance Cycle By Christopher Paolini, The Ranger’s Apprentice By John Flanagan, Stowaway By Karen Hesse, And of course anything written by J.R.R. Tolkien!

♦ Pet Peeves? When we are playing scrabble and someone bumps the board (It drives me CRAZY when the pieces are out of line), When someone borrows my DVDs and then leaves them lying around without their cases.

♦ How comfortable are you in your own skin? Below average probably. I am very big boned and sturdily built, but I have always been on the chunky side, which has never been pleasant.

♦ Something you always think ‘what if’ about? Whenever I go somewhere, or someone I love does, I always have the “What if this is the last time I see them?” thought.

♦ Five things you really want? A laptop, some fashionable clothes that actually look good on someone of my build, school to be over, a job.

♦ A quote you try to live by?

♦ Five guys you find attractive? Oooohhhh there are alot of them… 😀 Hmmm… Robert Downy Jr., Ben Barnes, Chris Hemsworth, the singer for Nickleback (don’t know his name), I know this may sound a little bit weird, and even nerdy-ish, but I find Aragorn to be exceptionally attractive…… O.o

♦ Five women you think are beautiful? Natalie Portman (Padme from Star Wars and Jane from Thor) Emma Watson, Scarlett Johansson (Black Widow from Avengers) Cate Blanchett  (Galadriel from LOTR) and Vanessa Hudgens (Lindy from Beastly)

♦ Something you’re currently worrying about? Christmas money, and Finals for school are coming up fast (I am always a little worried about finals).

♦ What do you hope your future will be like? I would like to get a part time job as a nurse (which is what I am going to school for), which should pay enough to support my writing. I would also like to fall in love and get married to a nice guy. I also want to travel the world before I settle down and have kids.

♦ Five weird things that you like? Picture hoarding (I collect every interesting picture I see on the internet, which is why Pintrest and DeviantART are very bad ideas for me), collecting quotes & poems, book hoarding (I am seriously only a couple of books away from being on an episode of Hoarders), I love cooking but abhor baking, I am fascinated with medieval ships of any kind and sailing.

♦ Something that you’re proud of? Personally, I am proud of the fact that I finally worked up the courage to go to college after being homeschooled my whole life.

♦ A problem that you’ve had? Forgetfulness. It is weird though, because I used to have the best memory of all of my family, but since I started going to school, my memory has rapidly declined, and now I forget stuff all the time… If I have to remember to bring something to school, I had better write it down or I WILL forget it.

♦ Something that you miss? My best friend, Becca Anne, who lives in Washington and I don’t get to see her very often.

♦ One thing you’re excited for? The Hobbit, Iron Man 3, and Christmas Break (which is a month long)!!!!

♦ Something that bullets your whole day? Someone saying they’re disappointed in me or getting angry at me. (sorry Mirriam, I had to steal your answer here, because it is true for me too 😀 )

♦ Put your iPod on shuffle and name the first ten songs that play? Runaway by 3 Doors Down, I’ve got a Dream from the Tangled Soundtrack, Dance of the Darkness by Blackmore’s Night, Let it Burn by Red, The Mists of Islay by Hayley Westenra, Missing by Evanescence, Beautiful Bride by Flyleaf, It’s War by MBLAQ, Lost November by DIAURA

♦ Things you like and dislike about yourself? I dislike my size, my big hands, my square smile, the fact that I am short and stocky, and my shyness. Things I like: my eyes (which have good shape and are a dark, stormy grey blue), my smirk (which I use more than my smile, because I don’t like my smile), my strength (I suppose being built like and ox has it’s advantages… )

♦ What are you wearing? A brown Tee-shirt with a black velvet cross on it, my black and grey zip up jacket, a pair of comfy blue jeans, socks, blue and black Vanns skate shoes. Oh, and underwear 😀 .

♦ What do you think of school? School is ok, it is all the homework that I HATE. I like literature and history much more than math and science, which is unfortunate because my next year and a half is full of math and science… D:

♦ What makes you happy? When people complement me, or do nice things for me. When people want to be friends with me simply because they enjoy my company.

♦ What makes you angry? When people are ungrateful when I do something for them, or when I am reading and people assume that because I am reading I am not doing anything, and therefor can be interrupted over and over again.

And now I had better start my homework, or I will be in trouble because I procrastinated……..  again…….

Sierra

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