12. Why Physical Copies Beat eBooks

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With the rapid advancements in technology, books have evolved into something much more than paper and ink. They’ve taken the form of a lighter and much brighter version that satisfies all the lazy moms that can’t get out of the house to buy a physical book. eBOOKS BABAY!

I don’t think electronic books are dominating the literature industry, but I do know it’s playing a critical role in its evolution. E-books are cheaper, easier to access, and are normally more reliable.

Why, then, are so many people still buying physical books? Stories are the same in both its physical and electronic forms, and most everybody has either a smartphone or tablet. So wouldn’t it make more sense to only purchase eBooks?

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Here are Three Reasons Why Physical Copies Are Better:

ONE: Physical copies appeal to the senses.

There’s nothing like buying a new book from the local bookstore, reading its flap cover, and then flipping through its pages with eager anticipation.

The scent it carries reminds me of the bookstore, which is my favorite place to be. And the weight of the book assures me that a long, exciting journey awaits between its pages.

TWO: Bookshelves look amazing when bedazzled with bookzes.

My main Christmas present last year was a giant bookshelf. It’s my favorite ornament in my room, and it’s clothed with the finest genres known to man: Adult, YA, and Children’s fantasy, Dystopian, Science Fiction, and a collection of a few creative projects (soon to be revealed).

If reading was only attained through technology, then my room wouldn’t have the literary character that I love.

THREE: Lending and borrowing is easier with physical copies.

One of the greatest joys I have in life is lending books to friends. Lending helps my friends enjoy stories I have enjoyed, and it opens new topics for conversation.

When I let someone borrow a book, I’m constantly asking how the book is coming. “Have you reached the climax yet?” “Can you guess who the murderer is?” Such questions are the doors to unlimited discussions.

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I hope I’m not butchering eBooks… They can be helpful in some situations. For example, it’s easier to read at night with an eBook. In a dark room where your sibling is trying to sleep, eBooks help conserve lighting, and annihilate the tediousness of a book light.

So what do you guys think? Which do you prefer? And Why?

 

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9. Stories Need to End…

Lingering Lamb Update:
Recently, I’ve been blogging whenever I’ve had time to write. From now on, though, I will be writing articles in advance and schedule them for Tuesday and Saturday.

During vacation six years ago, I picked up a book that sparked my imagination almost as much as the Harry Potter series did. The book had compelling characters, an amazing plot, and a universe where Greek gods assisted their demigod children in legendary quests.

The book: Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief.

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The Percy Jackson series consisted of five volumes, all of which made it on the New York Times best-seller list. The series did so well that Rick Riordan expanded Percy’s story into five additional books known as the Heroes of Olympus series.

All ten books were worth reading. While the first series introduced a bright, intriguing world with a great arc, the second series focused on its cast, introducing a broad range of relatable characters.

I have to say, Riordan did a great job transitioning from Percy Jackson to the Heroes of Olympus. While the Percy series weaved Greek mythology into the story, the Heroes series introduced Roman mythology in contrast with the Greek (long story sort… without spoilers, the Greek gods and the Roman gods are the same…) The books were beautiful, and I learned more about Greek and Roman mythology through them than any other books.

Something concerns me, though. The Heroes of Olympus series ended only a year ago, and a new book, Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard: The Sword of Summer has come out.

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Riordan said in an interview that the protagonist, Magnus Chase, is none other than the cousin of Annabeth Chase, who is one of the main characters in both the Percy AND Heroes series.

In my opinion, story’s need to end. I don’t like it when an evil villain is stopped, then another villain appears out of thin air. For example, what if Harry Potter realized, after defeating Lord Voldemort, that Nevil Longbottom was Voldemort’s evil nephew, and that he was an even bigger threat than You Know Who?

I fear that this is about to happen with the Sword of Summer. Riordan was able to pull it off with the Heroes series, but I don’t think he can with this one.

My point is… If Riordan, in any way, ties Magnus Chase and the gods of Asgard with his previous books, it will denote the significance of the book that sparked my imagination: Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief.

The Sword of Summer is on my Christmas list, so I will definitely be reading it.

What do you guys think? I know many of you are Percy fans. What are your expectations for Riordan’s new book, Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard: the Sword of Summer?

4. Essential Readings Before Spring

One of my favorite things to do during break is to read; nothing soothes my weary soul more than a good book (romance novel *cough cough). Ever since starting college, my time has been spent reading boring textbooks :P. I’ve been drooling to dive into the various unread books on my shelf.

I have two 3 credit hour classes out of the way, and now I’m ready to enjoy the rest of my semester with less homework.

Since two huge classes are done, I will be substituting that extra time with these:

ONE: 100 Cupboards series

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Honestly, I only bought these books because they were cheap. The covers looked fancy, and I’ve heard positive reviews from the internet and friends.

TWO: The Books of Elsewhere series

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I walked into my favorite bookstore, and this caught my eye. The cover clearly depicts a young female stepping into an unknown world. And like her, I want to explore. :0

THREE: Magic the Gathering: Lorwyn book 1

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I’ve seen the cards EVERYWHERE! Other than Pokémon, Magic: The Gathering seems to be the best. Honestly, I know anything about Magic: The Gathering, but since my friend suggested it, I feel obligated (but excited).

FOUR: The Lord of the Rings Trilogy

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A friend of mine (whose fantastic artistry is the logo for this blog) said that until I read LOTR, then I didn’t deserve the title of fantasy lover. As this statement brought me to tears, I contemplated her reasoning. She was right. The Lord of the Rings is what shaped modern fantasy, and without reading the trilogy, my title of fantasy lover would be quite hollow :’(.

FIVE: A Song of Ice and Fire: A Game of Thrones

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Before I bought the series, I quickly read the prologue from A Game of Thrones. It made me want to hurry and read the rest. George R. R. Martin blew me away with his intense writing ability, making even the blandest of scenes feel real and exciting.

There is one problem, however… I’ve asked fans about the series, and they’ve said that the books are nothing short of EXPLICIT. So with enthusiasm—and caution—I will inch my way through the first book.

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There are a few other books I plan on reading before the Spring Semester. But for starters, I think I’ll get going on these.

Until my next post, I want to know what books you guys are reading (or want to be reading). HEHE!

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