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Hey Readers!

February 21st, 2007 at 05:47 pm

Hi, my name is Peg and I am a reader. I will read any book that's lying around. Even if there are no boks handy, I will read anything as long as it has words- cereal boxes, junk mail, the ingredients in my toothpaste. Hehe.

Because of work, I cannot get to the library during the week and heck, it's even hard to make the trip during the weekends, but for all my fellow readers out there- there's hope! To my great surprise, there are many websites offering free online books- a lot of the great literary classics can be found. My favorite is bibliomania which I stumbled upon while trying to find a copy of "Dubliners" by James Joyce (yup, it's on that site). The site also has poetry and plays, as well as some handy reference books in case you want to look up that obscure word or try and remember who said what quote.

I could probably spend hours absorbed in reading (and rereading) many books online, but sometimes you just don't have the time. Which is why dailylit is the perfect solution. Enter your email address and choose a book, and each day you will receive a "fragments" of that book. These portions are perfect when you have 10-15 minute break and just want to read a little bit. Reached a cliffhanger? Don't despair, you can have the next fragment sent immediately.

Lastly, I must must MUST mention paperbackswap. I love websites that promote sharing and fellowship among a community with common interests, and paperbackswap lives up to it's name. Imagine a communual bookshelf that is accessible to the entire US. Members list their books and then you browse other peoples' bookshelves and request whichever books catch your eye, and then that member mails their book to you! It's that simple, but of course, the concept works because of karma; you must actively post AND mail books in order to receive credit to ask other members for their books. This site is especially good for catching up on the bestsellers, since they tend to be volatile and constantly requested and reposted for others to request. There have been too many times I've purchased a "beach/vacation" reading book and ended up donating it to the library or trying to sell it at a garage sale. With paperbackswap, it's nice to be able to exchange my book for one that I want to read...or maybe even keep. If you join paperbackswap then look me up (I'm "paigu"). I don't have as much books on my shelf now, but I'm planning to list more.

Well, I've certainly given you lots to read. Here's what's up on my "To Be Read" list:
The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
The Opposite of Fate by Amy Tan
Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen

Happy reading!

6 Responses to “Hey Readers!”

  1. jodi Says:

    The Kite Runner was excellent. I haven't heard of that Amy Tan book - is it new? I usually love her, but never got through the last book I read of hers as it didn't kept my interest - unusual as I usually can't put down her books.

    I'll have to check out dailylit - sounds like a neat concept.

  2. mbkonef Says:

    I also loved the Kite Runner. I think I read the Amy Tan but cannot remember. I am hoping that I did not cause I really like her writing and it would give me something new to request from the library and look forward to. Lucky for me, our local library is less than 5 minutes away. I also have to always have something to read. I walk around the house looking for something, anything if I don't currently have at least a book or two that I am reading.

  3. JanH Says:

    I bought the Kite Runner at the library sale and it is also on my to read list. When I was a kid, we didn't have access to many books and I used to read the cereal boxes.......Thanks for the sites!

  4. Carolina Bound Says:

    I've read all three. All wonderful books. The Amy Tan book is a collection of nonfiction essays about her life and her writing. I saw her speak not too long ago and she included a lot of material from this book. She was fabulous.

  5. tinapbeana Says:

    another cereal box reader!!! i've even been known to read the shampoo bottle in the shower....

    when i go to the library, i head straight to the new releases section and pick up 7 books. depending on how life is going, this will get me through either one week or two.

    can't.... afford.... my reading habit!

  6. rabbitfoofoo Says:

    Check out bookcrossing.com... You read a book, register it with the site and release it to the "wild". You can also request books and link up with people in your area who have books to swap.

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