Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Wednesday Reads and an Exercise Update

Two days of exercise down this week, three to go. So far it looks like I’ll be doing those three, too.

On Monday I rode the bike for 19 minutes and worked the weights on my upper body. Hated the bike, but my knee didn’t object later in the day. So I decided to try to walk on the treadmill on Tuesday. And I did. 20 minutes at 2mph. I might have walked for a longer time except my arms hurt from holding the book I was reading (that thing is heavy, and I ain’t kidding!). Leg felt fine during the walk and it still felt fine later in the evening. I call that a win!

Only one exercise machine bothered my knee—that horrible butt blaster. Is it a good thing that the one machine I loathe is the one I can’t use? My knee was definitely feeling it (no matter what weight I used) and I quit right away. I’ll try again on Thursday, though. Mustn’t give up, right?

I don’t really like breaking up my exercise routine (upper body on one day, legs on the next). It just doesn’t feel like I’m working out all that much. Maybe once I can get more cardio in it will. So I guess I’ll just call it maintaining for now. Better than quitting, in any case, huh?

Here’s what I read this week:

Nov 5: “Jukebox Hero” by Teri Anne Stanley, a contemporary romance novella at 52 pages. Blurb from Goodreads: It’s the fall of 1959, and young widow Peggy Anderson’s sole focus is keeping her little restaurant open for another day. Unfortunately the Jukebox Malt Shop is barely holding its own on a good day. To make matters worse, the neighboring car dealer wants to shut her down and take over the property. The last thing she needs is a very bad boy from her past, rolling in to town to stir up trouble. Ray White has been kept away from Tucker by the good warden of the Eddyville Correctional Institute, but now he’s back, and ready to take care of problems that cropped up in his absence. When his desire for redemption send him to Peggy’s diner, he can’t ignore the feelings that he’s harbored all of these years—but will the secrets between them be too much for love to conquer? Interesting little story, although I felt like maybe it was a little too short. If you’re looking for an entertaining quick read, give this one a try. Unfortunately you can only get this on Amazon for your Kindle. I was lucky and got a copy from the author (yes, she’s a friend) because I like to whine about things that are only sold on Amazon and she wanted me to have a copy (sent me a pdf, which I had hubby format for my Nook). See? Sometimes whining works.

So… Do you do your book shopping ONLY from Amazon? I don’t buy my books from there (unless it’s the only place I can get a paper copy) and I have no plans on buying a Kindle. Ever. I buy regularly from B&N (Nook and paper) and occasionally from Books & Company (paper). I just don’t get why people only sell from one place. I want my books available everywhere!

Happy Reading!



Maria Zannini said...

Amazon almost always has the lowest price so that's where I shop first.

Sometimes if it's a bestseller with a range of prices, I'll Google 'title + best price' and Google will give me a list of online stores with prices.

Stacy McKitrick said...

Maria - Never thought about Googling something for prices. I'll have to try that!

Jennette Marie Powell said...

I make my books available everywhere I can, because I want readers to be able to buy where they want. But I buy almost exclusively on Amazon, because they have the best selection and customer service. I also like the Kindle's interface and shopping experience better than Nook's. B&N lost my business for good when I attempted to make a purchase when the CC saved with the account was expired, and they LOCKED my account, saying I had to CALL to get it reinstated! But people should be able to shop where they want.

Stacy McKitrick said...

Jennette - I like my books being everywhere, too. I just don't understand those authors who don't.

JeffO said...

Glad to hear the knee is holding up so far. I think the trick for you right not is to not over-do it.

Online I buy almost exclusively from Amazon, but we have a B&N about 45 minutes away in "The Big City" and a Mom&Pop bookstore about 30 minutes away that I'll buy from when we're in those areas. It is hard to argue against those prices for the most part.

Stacy McKitrick said...

Jeff - Not over-doing it is hard. Especially when my knee feels fine and I want to push myself. I just have to keep reminding myself that I'm not young anymore and my knee WILL object! :)

The Happy Whisk said...

I've had a Nook and a Kindle and I gotta say, Kindle PaperWhite is the best screen I've used yet. I can read outside, no glare. And with Barnes there were ALWAYS double charging us. So we ditched them.

I buy my hardcover books at Barnes the store, or Barnes online or Amazon online. Just depends on who offers me the best deal.

Stacy McKitrick said...

Ivy - I like the Nook Glow Light for reading outside, too. But as with all electronics, the battery dies at the most inopportune time! :)

The Happy Whisk said...

Oh man, sorry about the battery. Ours stays charged for flippin' ever.

Glad you found a screen that works for you, too. Neato.