Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Spring Break Announcements

Hi guys! Hope you all are having a wonderful Spring Break so far!:)
Just a reminder to finish Unwind by the time of our next meeting (which is TBA: officers I shall text you !).

Since this is spring break, no topics this week, but anticipate one for next week.

Also, the Google Followers gadget is up on the right side of the blog, so members please follow!:)

And send your little biography blurbs and a pic to the LOHS email please. :) Thanks!

See you guys all next week:)

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Showdown Week 1: The Mighty Pen

original post

My choice: Print books

The only reason that I prefer print books over ebooks is that I'm less likely to get distracted while reading a print book. I use ebooks a lot recently, when I can't find a book at the library, and it's hard to concentrate since there is so much else to do when I'm on my laptop. A lot of the time I end up procrastinating on the reading. It's gotten so bad that sometimes when I'm reading a print book I get impatient and glance to the bottom corner of the page to check the time.

However! One isn't inherently better than the other when it comes to reading. I could just as easily have picked ebooks since they're more easily available and portable than print books. (Technology is awesome! And not causing the collapse of society as we know it! We can enjoy used book sales and online books simultaneously!) Both are great, and as long as I have a book to read SOMEWHERE, I'm happy.

Showdown Week 1: SleepingKitty's take

Original post here

My choice: WHO CARES AS LONG AS PEOPLE READ

I feel like less people are reading at all, and even people who like to read can't find time to do it anymore (talking about myself hahaha). So why argue over how books are read? Instead of debating whether paper books are better than kindles (or whatever other e-readers there are, honestly I'm really bad with Technology), we should focus our attention on getting others to read. "United we stand, divided we fall." I don't know who that quote is from but it fits.

So basically everyone read. :)) )

Showdown Wk 1: Kyendwarrior's take

The Original post here

So I guess I'm up first to bat eh? ;)

My choice: PRINT books

There are pros and cons of both, but nothing beats the smell of ink and paper and the feel of that solid book in your hands.  And is it just me or does that world inside your head when you're reading feel different when you read an e-book?  The world seems more... techno (LOL) regardless of the type of fiction it is.

Might just be a "me" thing though xD.

E-books may be instant, but not everything that's instant is good for you (instant ramen, anyone?).  I think it's totally worth the wait for the book to come in the mail or hand pick it directly from the library or the book store.  There's something about that first meeting where you know from the feel of the book (soft, bumpy, shiny, thick) that it's just going to click with you.  Reading on a Kindle or a Nook... eh not so much.  It's also harder to gauge how much the longer there is to the book until it ends (esp when you're really into the book  and don't want to take that loooong second to tap the screen).  I like knowing how many pages I have till it ends because it tells me a lot about the direction the book's going to take.   A girl likes to have some warning (even if it's just a vague feeling!) before a Rickhanger cliffhanger wrenches your heart and stomps on it with high heels. ;)

So there you have it! Not exactly a "fight to the death" argument because I am guilty of reading e-books myself. xD  But in the grand scheme of things, nothing replaces good ole' paperbacks!

:)

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Showdown: Ebook vs Print

Showdown (the beta title until we think of something with more pizazz) is a weekly book meme/ activity for our LOHS book club members (and anyone else who wants to join in!).

All you have to do is pick a side (no halfsies! Be confident in your position! :)), and defend it to the death- or pretty darn near to it.  ;)  Talk about why you chose it, what makes it so special to you, or anything else that's relevant to the term "defend." (It can mean different things to different people!)  Maybe you want to just post a picture and end with a smirk knowing that you totally blew people's mind.  Be creative!!

There are a few guidelines:

1.  If you do want to use only a picture for your post this time (meaning the picture is the only thing on the post, and any text- if there is any- is just a small caption) , you can't use this tactic for another month.  I want you guys to write! It's fine to use it every once in a while, but not every week! So save it for when you really need it. :)

2. Keep it PG (no cursing, vulgarities, swearing, or anything that can be stretched to PG-13).  This rule applies to any pictures or gifs you might want to use.

3. You have a week to decide your position and to defend it.  We will post the official deadlines on the post containing the topic of the week.

4.  There are no set number of words or lines.  Write as much or as little as you want.

5.  Make sure to link back to the post with the prompt somewhere on your personal post.

Have fun!:)

This week's topic:


           Ebook                                                                             



Print

vs     


Which one will you choose?
:)

Last day to post will be on March 12th *EDIT: I've decided to extend the deadline until Thursday night March 13th! Please have it in by then! :)* 




Showdown of the week: Intro

Hi guys!

So, we've decided to start a little book meme/ activity where every week, there will be a showdown between two book related topics.  All you have to do is pick a side (no halfsies! Be confident in your position! :)), and defend it to the death- or pretty darn near to it.  ;)  Talk about why you chose it, what makes it so special to you, or anything else that's relevant to the term "defend." (It can mean different things to different people!)  Maybe you want to just post a picture and end with a smirk knowing that you totally blew people's mind.  Be creative!!

There are a few guidelines:

1.  If you do want to use only a picture for your post this time (meaning the picture is the only thing on the post, and any text- if there is any- is just a small caption) , you can't use this tactic for another month.  I want you guys to write! It's fine to use it every once in a while, but not every week! So save it for when you really need it. :)

2. Keep it PG (no cursing, vulgarities, swearing, or anything that can be stretched to PG-13).  This rule applies to any pictures or gifs you might want to use.

3. You have a week to decide your position and to defend it.  We will post the official deadlines on the post containing the topic of the week.

4.  There are no set number of words or lines.  Write as much or as little as you want.

5.  Make sure to link back to the post with the prompt somewhere on your personal post.

Have fun!:)