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book storage issues

A somewhat rambling post …

I have problems – lots and lots of books. I love books. I love curling up in bed with a good book, flipping through the pages.  I love seeing books on my bookshelf. But now I have too many books.

I've been giving a lot of thought to getting an eBook reader. On the Dear Author site, they have been giving recommendations and reviews on eBook readers. But I'm confused as to what to get still. The problems I'm concerned with is the screen size, the lighting, the format of eBooks.  It sounds like there are a few file types and not all readers support them. Converting sounds possibly complicated. The price is not so cheap either. I want to get one where if I didn't like it, I wouldn't be upset I spent $300 on it. The other problem is whether there are enough eBooks sold. Do all the books/authors I like and would want come in eBook format?  And I think eBooks aren't cheap. Can you buy "used" eBooks? So many questions …

Overall, I think I want real books. But the problem is storage. Plus, there are books you read once and it's meh and there are books you read over and over again. Once I buy a book, I have a hard time letting it go, even if it wasn't great and I wouldn't read it again. Argh.

So lately I've been putting books in plastic bins. But I dunno. I like seeing my books. But we don't really have space for bookselves and for me to display all my books. *sigh*

I think a eBook reader is a good solution – then I can buy and lots of books, I can try new authors etc., even the ones I think might be bad, I can still read them and they won't take up space. But the market for eBooks and eBook readers might not be ready yet. I don't want to have a bad experience and be turned off eBooks forever. Btw, this would all not be a problem if my local library is awesome, which it is not. Darn it.

Riley Jensen (book 5) …

I got the first book in this series off PBS based on a recommendation I got somewhere, maybe Dear Author?  The basic premise is this … Riley Jensen and her twin brother Rhoan are half vampire/half werewolf.  Rohan is more vampire like, in that he has to drink blood; but Riley is mostly werewolf, but with vampire speed etc.  They are both part of an organization called the Directive, which is basically like the supernatural police force. In Book 1, Riley has to rescue her brother, who was captured by some shady organization doing shady medical "research".

There are quite a few issues I have with this series:

1) I'm not a big fan of werewolf books in general.

2) There's a lot of random gratuitous sex.  The idea is that wolves have to try to find their mates because they mate for life.  Every full moon, they go into this mating frenzy – basically they have to have lots of sex during this time or they'll go nuts. And wolves are more comfortable with their bodies, meaning they can run around naked and not have a problem with it.  So under this premise, there are these "clubs" where wolves "dance" – basically people are having sex on the dance floor and everywhere else.  This is sort of a strange concept.  I don't mind so much the sex, it's more the randomness of it. It doesn't seem to serve much purpose at all.  Riley will have sex just to relax or let off steam or whatever. I might enjoy these gratuitous sex scenes if they're hot, but they're sort of not that hot – more matter of fact than anything else.

3)  I'm not entirely convinced about the cast of characters.  Riley is more or less likeable. But there seems to be a certain lack of growth in the books regarding her character. There's no strong emotional connection for Riley.  She doesn't seem to be growing in her relationships with men.  And her relationship with her twin is weird too.  Because she's more wolf-like and he's more vampire-like, a lot people don't even know they're related. So the family relationship is weird too.

The series has an intriguing concept – but I think it is just not quite delivered. For the first 4 books, the connecting plot is their finding out more about this "medical research" organization that has been messing with Riley and Rhoan. We find out the organization has been trying to alter Riley's DNA, which has been giving her increased powers – such as some clairvoyance etc. But in Book 5, Riley freaking shifted into a BIRD. Yeeah. I think this might be the polar bear moment for me.  (Remember on Lost when Lock went into a hut and smoked and saw polar bears? That was the moment I stopped watching that show.)

Overall, I'd give this book a C.  As for the series, I might keep reading it, but I'm not hearting it much. It was so promising … but I think overall, I'm not hooked.