I’m a book lover! My family even gets to hear me read books aloud to them while they play video games or sit around browsing the web. I like a few new books every week, and since I’m on vacation… there is time to do a little library exploring. Let’s venture forth armed with four virtual library cards and cards for two hometown libraries (not counting the expired cards from our old home towns).

Jillian Michaels would be so happy to know how I motivate myself to get regular exercise. My dog and I like going for walks. Near my new home, there is a special library we can just walk into with a handful (ARMLOAD) of books and walk out with a handful (ARMLOAD) of different books. It’s just across the park from me.


Look what I found there !!!

Someone brought in a whole box of books that were completely new to me. Oh wait, it’s Manga. I just read 5 pages of nonsense. How does it work? It looks like the front cover is on the back, upside down. Hmmm. Intriguing. Just a sec, I can ‘google’ this: (Walker Books has published a helpful little chart.)


Before you do a blank search for “Manga” on the internet, there’s something you should know…

there are a lot of different types.

To avoid a nasty surprise, do a little research first  (Short Glossary & Filters) (Longer explanation with links).


Online Books!

So, maybe it is seriously cold where you live and you just do not feel up to walking to the local library, you could visit a few virtual libraries.

Some local libraries, and many college libraries, let you log into their ebook collections as well as renew checked out books from home.

Elfquest.com has my favorite graphic novel series online for free. “Self Defense for Cowards” by Alice Greenfield McGrath is a funny little book/ebook  from OpenLibrary.org available for borrowing. It requires a free account and a reader called Adobe Digital Editions (ADE). Recently, I read “How to Succeed in Animation” by Gene Deitch, which recommended McGrath’s book and  “The Animator’s Survival Kit” which I read last year for ARTV-1303 when I created curious little Molly.

New books are available by subscribing to emails from BookBub by category or Inspired Reads Christian books , both offer free or reduced price ebooks. I know, they want to get you hooked by letting you read the first in a series for free, but I don’t mind buying books from authors I know I like. It’s a win-win. All the bookstores have similar email subscriptions, but fewer new books are free from them. Amazon keeps me checking back with a wish list button and easy access to Kindle Apps on my school PC, home Mac, and anywhere I have my phone or tablet, oh, and don’t forget they have a cloud reader too.

Boil some water

Okay, so now we can both dig into a new book, maybe warming ourselves with a hot cup of something, a comfy sweater, and a throw blanket. I may not blog again this week, because I’m a little busy learning to read in a different direction.


5 thoughts on “These Books are New to Me

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  2. Reblogged this on VisualFling and commented:

    2014 UPDATE: Most of the time I read something it is listed on a syllabus, but I have some mailing lists that tempt me to pick up a new book now and then. If you are into free or low-cost ebooks, or have the free Kindle reader on your phone/laptop/tablet, subscribe to a genre mailing list at http://www.bookbub.com or a Christian booklist at http://www.inspiredreads.com
    Relax a little. Get yourself a comfy lap blanket, and have a chapter or two on me.
    ~ Lucy J

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