My new favorite ebook app: Marvin!

I’ve been using my phone a lot lately to read books– way more convenient, size-wise/weight-wise/not-needing-a-booklight-wise– I love it. Part of why I love it so much is because of Marvin, an iOS-only EPUB app. Before Marvin, I had no idea that EPUBs could be so nice! There are currently two versions of Marvin: the free one, which has all the same features as the paid one except that you can only read one book at Read More …

BookLikes! a somewhat incomplete review

Booklikes! It’s like Tumblr and Goodreads had a baby. But is that baby something you’d want to cuddle in favor of all the OTHER social media darlings already in the world? PROS: easy to import your Goodreads ratings/books/reviews (though your reviews will be messed up as the HTML will NOT ne imported) you can connect your account to your various social media accounts, including Twitter you can use your own affiliate links in your posts! Read More …

The Thin Man by Dashiell Hammett

For all that The Thin Man was written in 1933, it still feels like a pretty modern book. Partly that’s because of the short, sharp sentences and partly it’s because it’s just a COOL book. If this book were a person it’d be a hep cat smoking a cig in the corner of a gin joint (or something). All the characters are messed up in some way– Nick’s an alcoholic, for instance, and most of Read More …

The Sunday Salon (Apr. 1):The Hunger Games movie review

Happy April, everyone! I’m going to do my monthly review later this week. Today I want to try and catch up on writing reviews, which have really piled up lately because I’ve been reading SO many good books that all deserve a longish review. I’m not sure how it happened, but I’m basically reading three trilogies all at once, which is strange. Usually I try to break up series books so I don’t get overwhelmed, Read More …

The Sunday Salon (Feb. 19): A review of ebookfling

I’ve been a member of ebookfling since December, and though I haven’t used it all that much I really like it so far. Basically, it’s a website where you can lend and borrow ebooks with other people via the “lend” ability of Kindles and Nooks. As such, it only works with Kindles and Nooks (or Kindle/Nook apps) and their corresponding ebook formats and lending rules (two weeks to keep a borrowed book, can only lend Read More …

Why the Singapore National Library is awesome

I’ve been a member of the Singapore National Library (or “National Library Board Singapore” or “Singapore Public Library”) for about a month now. I first learned about it at the Mobileread forums, but I didn’t think of actually joining until now. Probably having all my paper books packed away had something to do with that… So! The Singapore National Library is free to join. Everything’s in English, including the website and books. You don’t need Read More …

Thoughts on Cirque du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant (2009)

I went to see Cirque du Freak: The Vampire’s Assistant with my parents last weekend, and I wasn’t too disappointed. It was a little cheesy and ridiculous, but since the book series is cheesy and ridiculous and yet somehow still enjoyable I didn’t much mind that part. I’ve only read the first book of the series, and I thought it was mostly mediocre but with potential for more awesomeness as the series goes on. The Read More …

Thoughts on Romancing the Stone (1984)

I’ve seen Romancing the Stone at least ten times by now, but that doesn’t mean I can’t write a semi-review about it! It’s actually just some thoughts I had while watching it on Sunday, and so there’s some spoilers for the movie here. If you haven’t seen the movie already you may want to proceed gingerly; but it’s an awesome movie so you should definitely see it ASAP. I first saw Romancing the Stone because Read More …