Caribbean Murder Series

I stumbled upon the Caribbean Murder Series by Jaden Skye by chance. I got an email from BookBub offering one of her books for free. I admit I was caught by the title and book cover art. The first book in the series is Death by Honeymoon where the leading female character, Cindy is introduced.

Caribbean Murder Series #1 - Death by Honeymoon
Caribbean Murder Series #1 – Death by Honeymoon

I admit I wasn’t too keen to read the rest of the books in the series based on the first book. Namely, the story seemed a bit to short for my liking. While all the suspense was building up, it unwind way too quickly. Luckily, her other books were offered as bargains on BookBub, so I took a chance and added #4, #5, #6, #7, and #9 of the Caribbean Murder Series to my collection. So far, I’ve read Death by Desire, Death by Deceit, and Death by Proposal in addition to the first book in the series. While the plots got better, and the story telling improved in my opinion, I was strongly appalled by the grammatical and spelling errors. I know I’m not a native English speaker, and I’m pretty sure there are mistakes in this post, reading a book with too many typos, takes away a lot of fun in reading. This is something I often found in books translated to my language (once I actually read in a translated book that the USA president lives in ”a white-coloured house” instead of using the name for the house, as in ”The White House”). Ok, that was off topic. Anyway, I’m sure I’ll read more of her books, but I’m really sceptic about the mistakes I found in her books. It really takes away some of the pleasure reading.

Death by Desire
Death by Desire – #4 in the series
Death by Deceit
Death by Deceit – #5 in the series
Death by Proposal – #7 in the series

Eleven

Last 4 months were very untypical for me. I managed to read two books only. As I usually read before bed time, these months I was unusually more tired then before. Yes, it was a change of life style, being up too early every morning. I admit, I’m still not used to being up so early, and lack of sleep is just getting bigger every day. Many nights I managed to read only few pages, and unfortunately, I can not make a critical review of Eleven by Carolyn Arnold. I liked the book, but it didn’t feel like a page turner to me. As I mostly read to relax and unwind in the evenings to take my mind off, I wasn’t reading the book every evening as I couldn’t stay awake. It’s the first book in the Brandon Fisher FBI Series. The plot was interesting, and since I keep reading familiar authors, Arnold was the first of the unknown. I’m definitely trying some of her other books to see what her other books are like. Most likely, I’ll try the second book in the Brandon Fisher FBI Series, and see how the characters will evolve. As for you, if you like thrillers, it’s a book to try.

Eleven by Carolyn Arnold

Keeping New Year’s resolutions

The end of the year is closer every day and this is the time to think back if you kept your New Year’s resolutions. One of mine is to buy less books to save on money (and space). And I never managed to keep this resolution. This year I found a perfect solution – the BookBub. By signing in, it keeps me posted on deals and bargains on Amazon and Kobo for ebooks matching my interests. I’m considering this site as an alternative to library, where I can actually get books from unknown authors to try something new and not feel bad about spending money on something I might not like. And they don’t take any shelf space, either. If you’re an avid reader like me, this is something to try out.

BookBub

Paperbook vs. E-book

About 2 years ago, I was totally against e-books. I mean, what’s the charm of reading a book on your computer, tablet, or any other electronic device? My opinion slowly changed in the following months, and I started some research on E-books and E-book readers. And eventually, a year and a half ago, I bought a Kindle Paperwhite on a trip to London, UK, as at the time they were not available in my country.

I was positively surprised about the quality of reading using Kindle, and before the summer, 4 months after buying Kindle, my boyfriend and I decided we need another reader device. It became  impossible for us to share one. This time we chose a different one, also being a tablet, but primarily developed for reading. Kobo Arc was bought in Trieste, Italy. In addition, Kindle and Kobo support different E-book formats, giving as more options for buying E-books on bargains. Both of them serve us well and I’m glad I made the choice of trying reading E-books on electronic devices.

I still prefer having paperbooks on the shelves, by the bed, in my hands, but there are some advantages of E-books, that unfortunately can’t be said for paperbooks. Most of the time I read in bed before going to slip, and as E-books don’t need a light turned on, this also means an open bedroom window in summer nights, no mosquitoes, and no annoying itching in the morning. I love reading thick books that last longer. And when going to a doctors appointment, where I know in advance I’ll have to wait my turn, what’s better than relaxing with a book in your hands. Well, E-book takes off a lot of weight to carry around, and fits in my shoulder bags much better than a 800-page novel would. In addition, I can store much more than 1 book in the 200-g device, so this also means less luggage and less weight to carry around. Living in a small apartment is not always friendly for storing books, and having E-books saves some space. Often, I find bargains on E-books, selling cheaper than in a local book store, and saving more money means getting more books for the same price.

Paperbook vs. E-book

 

However, there are some disadvantages to E-books and readers as well. A battery can run out, and you’re out of reading material. Again, advantage of readers vs. tablets is that reader’s battery usually lasts longer. In addition, E-books are not available widely in all languages, so this is a problem for those that read books in their native language. And if you spend your days working on a computer, using another electronic device in the evening before falling a sleep is probably not what you have in mind for relaxing evening.

The way this works for me is that I change from reading paperbooks to E-books frequently. This way I can enjoy a good old book with a cup of tea sitting on a sofa early in the morning, or grabbing a Kindle on my way out, and knowing I don’t carry much extra weight.

In the end, it’s not an easy choice to make between paperbooks and E-books, and I made it easier for keeping (and acquiring) both types of books.