The Book Thing

During the last few weeks I have started to buy actual physical books which is something that I haven’t done in quite a while.

Last week arrived a delivery of a collection of mostly used Neil Gaiman books and the other day I purchased these two beautiful graphic novels. Also Neil Gaiman… there’s a theme hidden in there.

For the last couple of years I have been mostly reading on the Kindle, which even though nice and for the greater part convenient, in hindsight leaves a feeling of having missed out on things. At the moment it feels much nicer to read an actual book.

Then again, it’s thanks to the Kindle in the first place that I actively started to read again a few years ago, but the experience of reading a book like the above or graphic novel like the Sandman can’t even be compared. One is experiencing a piece of art, the other is looking at a PDF (in case of a graphic novel.

I guess I will still buy an e-book from time to time, but will definitely focus on trying to get the actual physical books whenever possible, for aforementioned reasons and because “Books are sharks” (Douglas Adams, look it up if you want to), and they are.

Finished the audiobook of “Sputnik’s Guide to Life on Earth” by Frank Cottrell Boyce earlier today. It’s a fun story and the reading by Peter Capaldi in a scottish accent is amazing. It took me a while to get used to it, but I was quickly able to follow.

I just finished reading the audiobook of Stephen King’s “Bag Of Bones”, read by the author himself and enjoyed it a lot. I generally like how he manages to create his characters and fills them with life 📚.

Finished the audiobook of Neil Gaiman's “The Anansi Boys” read by Lenny Henry who really knocks it out of the park. Outstanding reading! I read the book two years ago, but it was lovely to read it again. Such a great book. 📚

Thanks to a minor home-improvement project I managed to listen Terry Pratchett’s “The Light Fantastic” (book #2 in the Discworld series) as well as start with the audiobook of Neil Gaiman’s “The Anansi Boys“. The performance of the latter, by Lenny Henry is as excellent as I heard it would be. Highly recommended.

Finished watching Good Omens as well as the audiobook of Stardust also by Neil Gaiman and enjoyed both immensely. The appendix of the audiobook contains an interview with the Neil as well, which I found also rather interesting 📚.

Finished reading Neil Gaiman’s The Sandman Vol. 2: The Doll’s House. What a book! I never really had been a comics reader, but these books make me forget that I’m even reading a comic. Just brilliant! 📚

Finished reading The Sandman Vol.1: Peludes and Nocturnes by Neil Gaiman. It's the first graphic novel I read in a long time and already got me the next 3 books which were on sale at Comixology.