Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Blogger Spotlight: H.M. Wilson at Plottinger Twist

Blogger Spotlight is a new feature that I'm introducing to A Splash of Ink where I interview other bloggers in the blog-o-sphere. The purpose of this feature is to get to know the blogger behind the blog and discover new blogs. I'm always curious to hear more of a blogger's story, so this feature gives me the perfect excuse to ask! I hope you enjoy the answers as much as I do. Hannah @ Plottinger Twist, has so graciously agreed to be the first interviewed, so without further adieu, I give you H.M. Wilson!

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

A Skeptic Reads an E-Book on the Kobo Aura

I'm going to put it out there right away. When it comes to e-readers, I'm not 100% on board. About this time last year, I interviewed my sister about her experiences with her Kobo. Together we came to the conclusion that paper books and e-books can compliment each other, but as you can tell from the interview, I was a bit skeptical of their value. Theoretically, I wasn't opposed to e-readers, but I wasn't sure if I wanted to own one.

Up until recently, I had never actually read an e-book on an e-reader. I had read a bit of a Netgalley arc on my tablet, but I had never read on an e-reader. Quite frankly, I wasn't planning on reading an e-book, but on our last long weekend vacation that changed.

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Sunny Smith's Guide to Understanding Your Camera: Aperture

For a long time I've wanted to help other bloggers understand their cameras better. I see so many people struggling to get the photos they want for their blog, so this series is my attempt to help. Over the series I am going to be breaking down each part of the camera that you can manipulate to get the photos you want! Some of the different sections that we will look at are aperture, shutter speed, ISO, and white balance. Today we're going to look at aperture.

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

The Joy of Summer Reading

I love to read, and I am always reading a book. It's rare for a day to pass without me opening a book and settling in to read, even if it's only two pages before bed. There's always a book on my night table (or floor beside by bed or purse or desk or car...) and I'm always working my way through a story.

Throughout the school year my reading "sessions" are very limited due to limited time. I might only get through five or six pages in one sitting. It might take me twenty or thirty sittings to finish a book. I'm used to reading this way, and I never really took note of it until this past weekend.

For us Canadians, we had a long weekend (no work, yay!), so naturally my family packed up our mini van and headed to our family's cottage. It was a vacation away from the electronics of life as there was no internet and iffy cell service. Being bookwormish, my solution was to pack a few books for the trip. After the appropriate amount of socializing, I spent most of my weekend sitting on the deck (or laying in bed) reading. I spent hours just reading, with no interruptions. I can't remember the last time I did that.

I burned through Amy and Roger's Epic Detour by Morgan Matson in maximum three sittings. Reading that book was a totally different experience from how I normally read. I'm used to returning to a book and being forced to re-aquatint myself with the characters every time I return. By the time I'm familiar again, I can't keep my eyes open to read any more. With Epic Detour, the time in between readings was so minimal that it was easy to slip back into the story each time. I had the time to really loose myself in the story.

I realized that being able to read a book cover-to-cover in as little sittings as possible is the best way to appreciate the story. Unfortunately, that is not a luxury that is available all year around. As much as I'd like to lay in bed and read my days away, I'm glad that I can't, because it makes reading in the summer holidays so much sweeter.

Reading in more sittings gives you a chance to really think about the themes and the art of the novel, but the beauty of summer reading is that you can escape reality for a few solid hours. 

I know this is a shorter post, but I felt like I had to share my new-found appreciation for summer reading. Have you had a chance to do some good summer reading? What are your reading habits like? Let me know what you think in the comments!

Reading: Changeless by Gail Carriger
Listening: Rend Collective
Watching: The Unpopular Opinions book tags on Youtube
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