Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Under the Skin

The gods were smiling down on me.  Seldom do I win anything, maybe because seldom do I enter to win anything.  But books are one of my best friends in the whole wide world.  So when a book is on the giveaway table, I enter.  Yes I do.  When my blog friend, Vicki Lane, hosted a drawing for three copies of a bound galley copy of her new book, Under the Skin, there I was with my greedy little hand held out.  I'll bet you figured out by now that I was one of the winners.  I WON!



This book is the fifth in the Elizabeth Goodweather series, set in the shadows of the Appalachian Mountains.  The other books are Signs In The Blood, Art's Blood, Old Wounds, In a Dark Season, and The Day of Small Things.  Read them.  All of them.  You will be very glad you did.

Vicki Lane takes me to a place I have visited a few times and fell in love with through touristy eyes.  She invites me into the mountains and introduces me to the superstitions and ways of Appalachia.  I have not finished reading Under the Skin, but what I have read so far has not disappointed.  It is a darn good book!

Now for an unexpected observation - at least unexpected  to me. You see, I've been enjoying my not so new anymore toy, The Nook.  It goes everywhere with me.  I download books from the library and from online stores.  My cookbook is with me when I go to the store.  If I need to know a recipe ingredient, all I have to do is wake up my Nook and look it up.  My Nook library includes some of the Classics like Little Women and Pride and Prejudice and The Bible.  And for the record... Angry Birds is addictive.  I love my Nook. 

The unexpected observation is:  I miss my books.  When I pulled Under The Skin out of the envelope and held it in my hands, it felt good.  As I flipped through the pages, it felt good.  I'll even admit that I sniffed it.  It smelled good.  As I soaked in hot, soapy, water, reading, it felt good.  (I dare anyone to take a Nook into the bath tub... double dog dare even...).  Books are an experience, an event, a get away - whether paper held in hand or swiping fingers across a device.  But there is nothing like a good BOOK.  And that is what I am holding in my hand today.  A good book.

Thank you Vicki Lane.  Thank you for sharing your mountains with me, autographed "For Deanna, my online friend!  Vicki Lane".  I treasure it.

12 comments:

Toriz said...

Congrats on your win! :)

Toriz said...

Oh, and... There's nothing that beats having a real book in your hands. The feel of it, the smell of it... other formats just can't compare!

Vicki Lane said...

Thanks for the kind words, Deanna! Yes, though I enjoy my Kindle, I really prefer a 'real' book.

Rita said...

Congrats on winning!
I am so used to turning the pages, smelling, feeling the weight of a book in my palm, and pretty bookmarks that I have not yet tried reading any other way. I am sorely tempted. The idea of having hundreds...thousands...of books at your fingertips is hard to resist.
I will have to look for Vicki's books. :):)

ChicagoLady said...

I too have wondered about getting a Nook or a Kindle. But nothing beats holding a book in my hands and turning the pages, dog-earing a page or placing a bookmark. I guess I'm just old-fashioned that way.

Congrats on your win! I will have to look and see if my library has any of Vicki's books for me to read.

Library has four: Art's Blood, The Day of Small Things, In A Dark Season and Signs in the Blood. Only missing Old Wounds.

Sweet Tea said...

Congrat's on your win. Having won the book will make it even sweeter.

So glad you stopped by my Blog and chose to FOLLOW along. I am doing the same with you. Anyone who describes herself as "Silly Grandma" is my kinda gal. :-)

spacegirl60 said...

My granddaughter and I were talking about books the other day. She's 14 and is not interested in e-books. She loves the paper, the feel and (like you) the smell. It is nice to see someone of her generation choose to keep something old fashioned. Funny part is her brother (he's 11) feels the same way and he doesn't read nearly as much as she does.

Congratulations on your new Vicky Lane book!

AliceKay said...

Congratulations on winning the book. It sounds like a good series. :)

GardenofDaisies said...

Congratulations on winning!! This book looks good! I'll have to do a search for it. (I like real books, no kindle for me. )

Texas Gal said...

Trying to catch up somewhat on blogs...I don't think I could ever read an ebook. I like to cuddle up with my pillows and relax while I read. :) Glad you won a book that you are really enjoying!

Cheryl @ The Farmer's Daughter said...

Congrats on your win, Deanna! I haven't read any of these books yet. They sound very good, so I'll be looking for them to read. Take care!

Intense Guy said...

I enjoy actually turning pages and putting a book down... without worrying about the batteries...

I'll probably get over that in a say, 5 years...

Congrats on winning - :)