My Kindle and I

Once upon a time… no.

There once was a book… no.

Oh, screw it. Let´s talk about my Kindle.

 

Kindles- The small hand held electronic device for reading books. Since it´s first release in 2007 the book world has never been the same.  Gone are the days of having to carry physical books around. I mean- what a pain in the ass that used to be, right? Pfft. Thank all that´s pink and fluffy we don´t have bricks in our purses anymore.

 

Kindles – A blessing for the book-loving community

 

It´s true- Kindles are a God-given gift. There are so many advantages of having a Kindle ( or any e-book reader ) that it would be insane not to have one. And depending on which generation you have ( there are 7 Kindle generations, so far ) you can either do more than just read or keep it simple!

Yeah, well… I have a Kindle. A Kindle Paperwhite 2 ( 2013 ). I remember being one of those people who refused to join the Kindle hype so I never had one until the ( back then ) new Paperwhite was released. What had me sold was the promise of being able to read in broad daylight and that the screen felt like paper.

I even sold my Asus Nexus 7 tablet because I really REALLY wanted the Kindle Paperwhite. Not that my Nexus was terrible. It wasn´t. I think ( correct me if I´m wrong ) the Nexus 7 was one of the best tablets on the market back in 2013. It was okay but I´m not much of a tablet user so I had no need for it.

 

 

But the Paperwhite? Gurl, those features!

 

So, where were we? Aah, yes. Kindles. Fast forward 6 years – Judging by the number of books I have on my kindle ( 149 e-books ) I can say that I haven´t had much use of it. The damn thing is barely touched!

As it is with everything else in life – There´s a reason for my 149 e-books…

 

I don´t like e-books. I dislike my Kindle Paperwhite even more.

 

Blasphemy! How does one not like being able to carry around a mini library? Think of e-book prices! Think of how easy authors can send ARCs! And what about the 1-click feature?!

Yes yes. But all those advantages are worthless when this happens.

 

Kindle charging
My enemy

 

 

I need to charge my Kindle. While this is a first-world issue it´s still something that bothers me. Having to charge a device in order to read. So, ANOTHER thing I need to hook up with a cable.  * sigh *

This isn´t all, though. What aggravates me the most is when my Kindle notifies me that I don´t have much time left to read.

 

Kindle battery
It´s dying.

 

 

Your battery is running low…  * sigh * This gives me exactly 20 more minutes to read then its lights out for whatever book I´m invested in. This, for me, isn´t life quality.

 

I know this is all my fault. If I were a little more enthusiastic about e-books and/or my Kindle Paperwhite I´d probably treat this whole matter with a little more care. Perhaps thinking about plugging the damn thing in would help? Pfft.

Even if Kindles ( e-book readers ) are great I can´t seem to see the beauty in ´em.

E-books might be a great alternative for physical books but they´re not practical for me. If I want to read I´ll take a book out of my bookshelf or go to my local bookshop. Or, I´ll order one online. I´m a patient woman. I can wait until bookmail arrives. ARCs aren´t an issue for me because I don´t accept them anymore. And the 1-click? That, for me, is a great way to lose a full overview of my finances. 8.99 Euros here, 5.99 Euros there. Before I know it I can´t buy groceries for the next 15 days.

Also, what I´ve come to learn is how fast e-books land on my TBR list. It´s a trap. Because e-book prices are often lower you just pile on, thinking you´ll read that book… eventually. This hardly happens because some of us like to get distracted by shiny objects ( other books ).

And then charging the Kindle. Yes, I´m not a fan. I´ve spent years forcing myself to pick up my Kindle and read one of the many unread treasures only to realize my battery is it a sleazy 18%. I don´t have to charge a physical book.

I think, for me, being able to carry a mini library around is great but not practical. When I´m out and about I don´t read. When I´m on vacation I tend to buy physical books and see those as vacation souvenirs. “I got this book while I was in… ” They´re memories as well as entertainment.

And last but not least- The fab features? * sigh * They´re not so fab. Sure, I can read out in the sun but I can do that with a book, too.

So, yeah. My Kindle and I… We have a rather restricted relationship. It´s there. It collects dust. It pisses me off sometimes. It hates me. I hate it. That´s about it.

The only (!!!) thing I absolutely LOVE about Kindles: They don´t take up any space at all.

 

 

There ya have it. My My Kindle And I story.


 

What about you? Are you pro e-book reader or against e-book readers? Which Kindle generation do you have? Do you have more e-books or more physical books? Let me know in the comments below. I´d love to know your thoughts. ❤


 

That´s it for today, folks. Thank you for reading. I hope you enjoyed.

Many warm bookish hugs,

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Books, Baths & Boobs – Recreating Bookstagram Images: Part 7

Hello and welcome to Part 7 of Books, Baths & Boobs, the one place where Bookstagram recreations happen.

After having lots of ups and downs with this experiment I´m happy to finally approach a much loved and copied Bookstagram theme called Books & Flowers/Plants.

Or, as I like to call it- Find whatever you have in your/your neighbor’s garden and pair it with a book.

I guess you can say this theme belongs to Books & Deco/Props because flowers and plants are, in a way, just more props when it comes to Book features. For me, though, I see this in a separate category because of how simple these features are.

Just a book and some outdoor green.

 

If you´ve spent enough time scrolling through Bookstagram you´ll find there are plenty of books with plants or blossoms. Take a look at this beauty by Bookstagrammer @bluestockingbookshelf

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What a stunner. It´s hard to believe that so little can look so beautiful. Just a touch of nature with a book and coffee… That´s basically all you need. It´s why I chose to recreate this image. It´s idiot-proof. I need idiot-proof after all the other Bookstagram recreations I´ve done.

Voila!

 

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Ha! Would you believe me if I said this is the first Bookstagram copy I´m actually proud of? It´s not a great 1:1 copy but I truly like how my over-filtered image turned out.

 

How I Recreated @bluestockingbookshelf ´s Bookstagram Image

 

#1  You probably have everything at home… If you´re not me. *g*  The cup & saucer issue popped up again but I dealt with that the only way I could: By using a bowl. The image is a high angle shot so I´m assuming no one will tell right away if I´m using a bowl. The smaller mug belongs to my youngest ( I needed something to fit into the bowl ),  coke as a coffee substitute, a Hardcover book, and a white shirt. Why the white shirt? I´ll show you.

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I´m more of a rustic furniture person. With the years I´ve learned to invest in sturdy stuff that´ll possibly out-live me. IKEA can do a lot ( especially for my books ) but not out-live me. To recreate the original Bookstagram image I needed something light. Speaking of light: You get the best lighting outdoors.

 

 

#2   It´s only a matter of placement. Easy enough, right? Just smooth out the white shirt on the table, cut the ivy to the right size, open the book, fill the cup with coke and you´re good to go!

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#3   Play with filters. Obviously, the shot didn´t turn out picture-perfect. I had to work a little with some filters. I used 2 filters, played with the contrast button and brightened everything up.

 

#4  It´s quick. I think I didn´t spend more than 2 minutes taking the shot. I stood on a chair after setting everything and took two shots. The set up took maybe 5 minutes. The only thing that took some time was cutting the ivy.

 

My Conclusion

 

Finally, a Bookstagram theme that´s user-friendly. I´d definitely recommend this type of feature to anyone who isn’t blessed with endless decorating skills. This Bookstagram feature is also inexpensive, should anyone want to recreate this theme. Effortless and stunning. I couldn´t be more happy with the results.

 


 

What do you think? Did I hit the mark or did I shoot way past it with my copy? Have you done this type of feature before? Let me know in the comments below. ❤

 


 

 

Thank you for reading. I hope you enjoyed.

Many warm bookish hugs,

XO´s

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Books, Baths & Boobs – Recreating Bookstagram Images: Part 5

It´s Bookish Art time! 

 

This is what I love about Bookstagram –  The creativity. How someone can use something simple as a book and turn it into a piece of art.

The Bookstagrammers who specialize in this niche are true artists. From optical illusions to simple shape creations… You can literally feel the love oozing out of each feature.

My “Let´s recreate Bookstagram images” experiment has gotten exciting because this time I´ll not be using props. The only objects required are books.

The image I chose to recreate is from Bookstagrammer  @booksbyfran

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This is cool. It might not be everyone´s favorite shape but you have to admit that this looks pretty neat. Even her toenails match with the books. I could definitely pull that off, too. Well, the toenail color but not the book colors. This is why I decided to recreate this image but add a little twist to the mix. My weapons of choice?

Socks. ( because I was too lazy to paint my toenails after having removed the previous polish ) and black books.

And this is what came out. Am I satisfied? You bet!

 

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So, I didn´t use blue books. Possibly because I don´t have 29 blue books. I have 29 black books, though. Works just as great.

As for how I managed to set up my books in a heart shape… Was it hard / easy? Let´s get into the details.

 

How I Recreated @booksbyfran´s Bookstagram Feature


#1  Find 29 books. Which wasn´t hard. I have enough physical books scattered all around the house. The only problem was finding 29 same / similar in color books. Most of my books have black covers.

 

#2   Have patience. If you don´t then find a way to become patient because this book set up comes close to a game of tumbling dominoes.

 

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It was no surprise that my books didn´t stand straight like actual domino stones. They´re paperbacks – Bendable. I had to be patient and creative about this whole process.

 

#3   Work fast. As soon as the books stood in place I included my feet and took some shots. I didn´t care if they came out good or not. I didn´t have enough time to dwell on angles and lights. The books kept threatening to fall. If it hadn´t been for my feet they would have fallen over. This recreation didn´t take longer than 20 minutes.

 

#4   No filters needed. The only thing I needed to do was crop and shift the image in place.

 

My Conclusion

 

This was the first Bookstagram recreation that was actually fun. A little nerve-wracking but still enjoyable.  I think I wasn´t able to get frustrated because I knew the end result would be so satisfying.

“Omg! A heart shape made with books! I DID THAT! “

It´s the little things in life that bring us joy.

Would I recommend trying this type of Bookstagram feature out? Definitely. Unless you flip out easily- Then you might look for something less challenging.


 

What are your thoughts? Was this copy a success or a failure? Let me know in the comments below. I´d love to chat. ❤

 


 

Thank you for taking the time to read this blog post. I hope you enjoyed.

 

XO´s,

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Books, Baths & Boobs – Recreating Bookstagram Images: Part 3

Welcome back to Books, Baths & Boobs!

If you´re new here and haven´t a clue what this is all about- Don´t worry. I´ve got you covered. Books, Baths & Boobs is an 8 – day blog theme where I recreate popular Bookstagram images.

Today it´s time to talk about outdoor Bookstagram shots.

There´s a reason why almost every Bookstagrammer has done this type of book feature- Because it´s easy. You pick a book, go outside and that´s about it. Whether or not you want to include yourself in the feature or not… is totally up to you- As long as you´re showing off a sky, some grass and maybe a bush/tree… you´re creating outdoor content.

The most difficult part of this experiment for me was picking the right image to recreate. Since there isn´t a shortage of outdoor book features I spent half a day deciding on what would be the easiest image for me to copy. I finally settled for this simple yet pretty book feature done by Bookstagrammer tiffysbookshelf.  

 

 

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A classic beauty. Isn´t it pretty? This type of book feature will always receive my approval because it´s all about the book. What this image is saying is

“Hey, look at the book I just read/purchased. You should / shouldn´t read this book.” ( among other things )

Well, I ditched the bathrobe, got dressed, grabbed a book and took a deep breath before stepping foot into the seven pits of hell ( was 37°C outside ).

Voila! The first recreation that didn´t tick me off.

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Lucky for me- I have book #1 from the series the Bookstagrammer featured. I recently purchased  `Begin Again` ( Again #1 ), a New Adult, Romance by author Mona Kasten, so I had that. The original image shows book #4.

 

How I Recreated @tiffysbookshelf ´s  Bookstagram Feature

 

#1  Preparing for the image. The original image shows a little bit of arm, a thumb( with a painted fingernail ), a watch, nature and a book. I dug up my wrist watch, painted my thumb nail with nail polish ( since the thumb is the only visible finger in the image ) and, just for shits and giggles, covered my tattoos. I have tattoos around my whole wrist and the Bookstagrammer I copied from didn´t seem to have any visible ink so… tons of concealer was used ( which you can see in my copied version above )

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#2  Finding the right spot and angle. Finding trees or bushes isn´t a problem. Finding the right angle can be difficult, though. Holding a book with your arm stretched out for a few minutes: Puuh. Tilting the book in that position ever so slightly: UUGH. Your arm begins to feel like lead pretty quick.

 

#3  This feature doesn´t require much time. I think I spent a total of 20 minutes outside. Which is not too shabby. Compared to the 2 hours I spent with the Books & Coffee recreation, this was a nice walk in the park.

 

On the plus side...

Thanks to the natural light there wasn´t any use for filters. Nature offers some vibrant colors that give off nice contrasts. The only thing I did was try to blur out the house on the left side of the pic ( which you can still see a little ) and crop the image.

 

My Conclusion

 

Aside from a few differences, I don´t think I can complain much. This Book & Outdoor feature was fun and easy to recreate.

Would I recommend doing this Bookstagram theme? I would. Using the Book & Outdoor theme is a great way to give books some spotlight. The focus is on the book. There´s nothing else in the image that can distract from the book. Simple and easy- Just the way I like it.


 

What do you think about Books & Outdoor Bookstagram images? Do you like / dislike them? Was this experiment a failure or a success? Drop a comment below with your thoughts. I´d love to chat. ❤


 

 

 

Thank you for reading this blog post. I hope you enjoyed.

XO´s

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Books, Baths & Boobs – Recreating Bookstagram Images: Part 1

Bookstagram

A community of clever minds who specialize in visual book creativity.

Welcome to Books, Baths & Boobs- The place where I´ll be recreating Bookstagram images from Bookstagrammers I follow. Or, in other words:

“Hey, look what I´ve always wanted to recreate. I finally found some time so here I am. Yippie!”

Today´s the start of my new bookish experiment and I thought it would be best to start with something that´s been done a million times over by countless Bookstagrammers- Books & Coffee features.

And because this popular Bookstagram theme has been copied so often I thought I´d also give it a try. I mean- It doesn´t look too difficult. What can go wrong? It´s just a coffee and a book. Well, all this sounds simple but for me, it won´t be easy.

  1. I´ve never done a coffee & book pic before
  2. I live in a coffee-free household.

I would have to pick an image that´s not too difficult to begin with. Something simple. Something I won´t spend all day fussing over.

I´ve chosen a Bookstagram image from Instagram user:  openasabookworm

 

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( NOTE: If you ever get the chance then please pop over and give that woman some love because she has AMAZING book features. I envy this bookstagram talent )

Looks fairly simple, right? Five same sized mugs and books. As I said- A walk in the park.

Now, for the great recreation reveal.

Tadaaaaa!

 

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What do ya think? Is this a recreation well done, or is this a piss poor copy of the original?

But what about the whole process? Was this as simple as I thought it would be? It would be best to give you a rundown on how this image came to be. Because I assure you, there´s more to it than meets the eye.

 

How It Was Done

 

#1 – Preparation is key. I needed 5 books. The featured paperbacks are from P.C. Cast´s `Goddess Summoning`series. The 5 mugs all needed to be the same size as they are in the original image. Since I wasn´t about to go out and buy coffee I decided to go the fake coffee route. Coke, balsamico, water, milk… Whatever liquid´s dark enough.

 

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#2 – Become the mad-fake-coffee-doctor. I admit, this was the fun part of this whole experiment. I got to mix balsamic dressing with water and milk. 

 

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Which was a bit nasty, to be honest. The smell of balsamic dressing with milk wasn´t pleasant. And the end result wasn´t too great, either. I don´t recommend doing this.

 

 

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This, I can totally recommend. Using Coca-Cola was a much better idea. A little messier but hey… This is fake coffee science. It´s not supposed to be clean. After I added milk I was sort of satisfied with the coffee illusion result.

 

#3 – Getting the right angle is also key. Look, I´m short. I have to use chairs and stools to reach stuff. I also had to use chairs to get the right angle for this recreation shot.

 

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My Conclusion

 

Fuck the walk in the park. All this was too much work for a simple book feature. I spent nearly 2 hours mixing the fake coffee, carefully dragging 5 full mugs to my living room and rearranging the mugs, lining them up with the books. I had a near-death experience while standing on my chairs. And all while sweating my ass off in this unholy 34-degree heat. At this point I don´t even care if I succeeded or not. I just don´t want to ever do this again. THAT is how fed up I am.

Book & Coffee Bookstagram images are pretty to look at and I´m in awe of anyone who goes to these lengths to create these pictures. I sure hope these Bookstagrammers continue to create these amazing Book & Coffee features because I sure as hell won´t. I can´t and am not willing to invest that much time for one image.

 

Oh! I almost forgot!

Before I leave I think it would be best to mention that, despite this being a wasteful experiment, not all had gone to waste. Some of the Coke survived and was put to good use. The balsamic dressing and milk didn´t.

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What are your thoughts? Have you done a Books & Coffee Bookstagram image before? If so, how did you do it? Did you use real coffee or fake coffee? Let me know in the comments below. I´d love to chat. ❤

 


 

Thank you for visiting my apocalyptic blog post series on how to recreate Bookstagram images: Part 1. I hope you enjoyed.

 

Sending lots of bookish love,

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