i was going through highlighted quotes on my kindle and here

anonymous asked:

Hey! Do you think you can make a post about your kindle/e-reader? I would love to hear your thoughts on it. Thank you❤️

Yes, of course!!

I’ve had my Kindle Paperwhite since 2015, and I am absolutely in love with it! For anyone who doesn’t know, Kindles are e-readers created by Amazon.  There are four versions currently for sale: 

- Kindle: The basic Kindle device (which currently costs $79.99 on Amazon) is the cheapest e-reader Amazon offers and, consequently, the one with the least features.  It’s just a simple touchscreen, so you can either tap or swipe to change the page (to go either forward or backward).  As far as I can tell, there are really two things that set this Kindle apart from the Paperwhite: it has a lower screen resolution–only 167 ppi compared to the Paperwhite’s 300 ppi (for perspective, the iPhones 6 and 7 both have 326 ppi, at least according to a quick Google search I just did haha),which really isn’t a huge deal as the text is still perfectly visible for reading; and the screen doesn’t light up.  This second flaw is really the only reason I chose the Paperwhite instead.  While you would still be able to read just fine in daylight, you would have to turn on a lamp or something to read in the dark.  I imagine you could buy a book light and clip it onto the device, but I just personally felt that would be more hassle than I wanted.

- Kindle Paperwhite: The Paperwhite (which is what my Kindle is), currently costs $119.99 on Amazon.  You can pay more to get your Kindle with built-in WiFi and/or 3G, but I have never quite understood how that works and not having it has not been a problem for me, so I wouldn’t recommend that.  Again, the Paperwhite is just a touchscreen like the cheapest model.  It actually has the biggest screen of all the Kindle devices, which is interesting.  I pretty much already covered the differences, so basically it is just the basic Kindle with a built-in light and higher screen resolution.  In my experience, the built-in light is one of the best things about Kindles because it allows me to read in the dark without needing a lamp (which is especially convenient when I’m outside or in a car in the dark–I still remember the struggle of squinting in attempt to read in the car at night because my parents would never let me turn on the lights in the car).  The light is adjustable, so you can have it set to anywhere from 0 (basically no light) to 24 (AKA blinding light).  To give you an idea of how bright it is, I typically keep it at around 10 when I’m reading in the dark before bed and increase it to 15 or so during the day–it all depends on the lighting.  As you might expect, it definitely drains the battery more if you keep the brightness high, but it’s clearly not necessary to have it that bright.

- Kindle Voyage: The Kindle Voyage, which was the fanciest model at the time when I was trying to figure out which one to get, costs $199.99 on Amazon at the moment.  Its screen is smaller than that of the Paperwhite (but slightly bigger than the basic Kindle), but its main feature is that it has “page press,” which is basically just these sensor-button things on either side of the screen.  You can still use the touchscreen as you would on the other Kindles, but you can also change the page simply by pressing the buttons.  Initially, this was the Kindle I wanted, but I tried it out in a Best Buy store and decided against it.  The “buttons” aren’t raised or anything, so instead you have to press pretty hard on the side of the device to get the page to turn, which just seemed like more effort than it was worth, in my opinion (granted, that was two years ago, so it’s possible they have since improved the technology–if you think you might be interested, I’d recommend going to a physical store that sells the devices to try it out for yourself).  In my opinion, it’s just not worth an extra $80 just for some buttons and a smaller screen.  

- Kindle Oasis: Finally the most recent addition to the Kindle family is the Oasis, which costs $289.99.  In my opinion, this is way too much money for not much improvement.  What makes it costs so much is that it comes with a cover that charges the device.  Frankly, unless you’re going to be somewhere where you won’t have access to electrical outlets for weeks (or, according to Amazon, months), there’s no reason to pay this much money (as far as I can tell).  As I will explain more later, all of the Kindles have incredibly long battery life even without this fancy cover.  I just don’t get the point of the device.

Kindle eBooks

As someone who doesn’t make a habit of purchasing new books, I love buying books on my Kindle.  I am fortunate enough that I usually receive several Amazon gift cards each year from family and friends, so I just put them on my account and constantly keep my eye out for deals.  I never buy Kindle books for full price (frankly I think $10 for just a digital copy is ludicrous), but Amazon constantly puts eBooks on sale for $2.99 or less.  Most books I buy are $1.99, and they’re not just random books no one has heard of.  To give you an idea, here are a few books I have purchased for $2.99 or less in the past year or so:

  • I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai
  • First & Then by Emma Mills
  • The Love That Split the World by Emily Henry
  • My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Jodi Meadows, and Brodi Ashton
  • Open Road Summer by Emery Lord
  • Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

And the list goes on…

Also, as you may know, most classic novels can be “purchased” for free in eBook format as older novels are usually in the public domain.  This comes in handy when I want to have a more portable copy of whatever book I’m reading for class, as most are in the public domain.

While I love both of those features, the way I get most of my eBooks is through my local library’s digital book collection.  Many public libraries offer eBooks through Overdrive, and those eBooks can easily be sent to your Kindle for you to read while you have them checked out.  I absolutely love this because I could get a new book in the middle of the night without the obstacle of library hours.


As I alluded, the Kindles (or at least the Paperwhite) last forever without charging.  Depending on how much I’ve been using my Kindle, I can usually go at least one week, if not two or three without charging (and even then, I’ve never actually let it run out of power).  I never have to worry about bringing my charger on vacations because I know I’ll be fine, which is so great.  

Kindle Features

Here are a few of my favorite features of Kindles:

  • Goodreads: You can easily access Goodreads on Kindle, which is nice for finding new books and updating your reading progress.
  • Kindle Store: You can also get to the Kindle Store and purchase books right on your device, which lends itself well to impulse buying (thus how I have so many books on my Kindle, haha).
  • Highlights: It’s super easy to highlight quotes you like, all of which are stored in a “book” called “My Clippings” for easy access (it even stores highlights from library eBooks that have since been returned).  As you can probably guess, this is super useful for me in storing quotes to share with you guys, especially if I am at school when I come across them, though I’m weird and nostalgic so I like to go back and look at the dates and times when I highlighted certain quotes (I like to figure out what class I was in at the time lol).  Also, the highlights do save even if you are not on WiFi.
  • Dictionary: Even when you’re not connected to WiFi, you can always click on a word (or sometimes even a phrase) to look it up in the dictionary.  On WiFi, you can also look up a word on Wikipedia or have the device attempt to translate it into another language.

eBooks vs. Physical Books

I know lots of people are against eBooks (in fact, I used to be one of them), but I love them so much.  The Kindle screen really feels like you’re just looking at paper, so I don’t find it to be hard on my eyes at all, unlike how my phone and computer are.  It makes me able to read more books in more places and carry multiple books at once.  It has been so incredibly helpful with reading at school.  Now, I am able to sometimes walk to class while reading (I haven’t run into anyone yet lol), and it’s not quite so cumbersome to get a book out and start reading as it is with a physical book.  I do still love physical books and read them regularly.  I think they both certainly have their merits!

So, long story short, I absolutely adore my Kindle!  I use it almost every single day.  If anyone has any more questions about Kindles, please feel free to ask!!

anonymous asked:

do you have advice on how to remember and absorb from what i read? this is for more like recreational reading bc i always tend to forget afterwards. do you write notes or smt?

Yes, I always take notes: I underline quotes, I scribble down my thoughts, I highlight in different colours different themes, etc.  Then often after I finished reading the book, I wait a few days and only then come back to reflect on the material.

So, the first thing I would recommend is to create an accessible note-taking system, by which I mean a way to keep organized all your notes (you can take notes however you want) of all the books you have read (and deemed note-worthy). For non-fiction, I use the notes I took to make a summary. This helps both my understanding and my retention, but also it makes it easily searchable and review-able. For fiction, sometimes I post the quotes here (usually when I have read the ebook, because transcribing them it’s quick) and I do go back and scroll through my own tumblr. Actually the whole point of this blog is to be a collection of things that I have encountered and somehow shaped what and how I think. If you are reading for entertainment, your notes don’t have to be anything in particular except what had impact on you, the quotes you loved – this kind of thing.

Second, do take advantage of Goodreads. I often post a review that captures my feelings in regards to the book or the judgement I have derived of it as a whole. A few words could spark your recollection of what the book was about. For the same purpose, don’t be ashamed of googling the author/the title/the summary of a book you have read but don’t remember completely. This is the other way I use goodreads. If you asked me about all the books regarding a certain topic I have read, I wouldn’t be able to remember them on top of my mind, but goodreads offers you the possibility of keeping track of all the books you have read. Perhaps you want to take this to the next level and keep a blog dedicated to your book reviews (tumblr then comes in handy).

If you read fewer books, and if you re-read them regularly, you will retain more. I personally chose variety over depth, but I do highly encourage re-reading. Some books are worth re-reading because of the question they pose and they insight they give, some books are worth re-reading at different points in your life. The other day I picked up Pollyanna again. I had this book practically memorized when I was a child. Yet, I forgot big chunks of it. And reading it now it’s a completely different experience. You don’t even have to re-read the whole book, but you can skim through it and read the parts you enjoy the most, or only review your summary, or re-read the quotes you have highlighted. There’s this great app/extenstion that “sends you a daily email resurfacing your best Kindle highlights”. (edit: I noticed I haven’t inserted the link, the app is called readwise, i will add the link tomorrow morning)

Above all, know that it’s okay. If you are reading for entertainment (but even if you are not), I don’t see why not being able to recollect everything you read should be a problem. Forgetting is normal. I’ll leave you with a quote from “How to Talk About Books You Haven’t Read” that I recently finished:  “Even as I read, I start to forget what I have read, and this process is unavoidable. It extends to the point where it’s as though I haven’t read the book at all, so that in effect I find myself rejoining the ranks of non-readers, where I should no doubt have remained in the first place. At this point, saying we have read a book becomes essentially a form of metonymy. When it comes to books, we never read more than a portion of greater or lesser length, and that portion is, in the longer or shorter term, condemned to disappear. When we talk about books, then, to ourselves and to others, it would be more accurate to say that we are talking about our approximate recollections of books, rearranged as a function of current circumstances.”

averesentimenti  asked:

Hi there! I was wondering what kind of French classes you took/take (in school, outside of school, online, etc.) because I'm an anglophone who's been taking French in school for four years, but I'm nowhere near your skill level. Thanks :)

Prepare yourself because this is going to be a LONG post! 

So I started French almost three years ago at university and my first two years were just French 101, 102, 201, and 202 - the basic sequence at the college level. If you’re American, this roughly translates to four years of high school French. 

At the end of that, which was about a year ago, I had done extremely well in my classes but I still wasn’t happy with my level of French. I basically have my summers off, so I decided to spend that time really getting into French. I tried a LOT of techniques and some of my favorites can be found on my Masterpost, which I’ll reblog for you but which is also found on my homepage. 

One of the first things I did was improve my pronunciation with Introduction to French Phonology, which is produced by US government for soon-to-be diplomats heading to a francophone country. It’s very boring, but extraordinarily effective for helping with pronunciation. (It’s a public course, and you’ll need the textbook and the tapes - both can be found on the site I linked but if you google the title you’ll find it hosted in a lot of places.)

This was around the same time that I got more into Tumblr. On here, I started following a lot of francophones and people who blog quotes and writing in French. (search “citation” or “français” and you’ll find a lot). Every morning I got up, scrolled through my feed, and made a list of maybe 20-30 words I didn’t know and looked up the translations. I then made flashcards out of those words in Ankidroid, an flashcard app on Android (dunno if it’s on iOS) and reviewed them from time to time (maybe 4 times a week). 

Also on my phone I downloaded Memrise and started doing the course Advanced French (there are 3 parts) which introduced me to a lot of cool and useful words and phrases that are used commonly in France. There are other “Advanced French” courses on Memrise that are probably also good, but I can only vouch for that one personally. 

I wrote something small almost every day, either in my journal or as a private entry here on Tumblr. Sometimes, I submitted those things to Lang-8, where it would be corrected by native speakers. 

I watched a lot of movies and television shows in French - sometimes with subtitles, but I tried to do without when I could. There are millions of recommendations out there but I’ll highlight the following things: you can watch shows from Canal+ here (I like Le Petit Journal et Le Chiffroscope) and on Netflix there is a show called Les Revenants that is creepy but addicting. 

I also watched a lot of Youtube - some of my favorite channels for learning are Easy Languages - French, and silly things like Bref (a little more advanced) and Parole de Chat. The nice thing about Youtube (obviously) is they’ll give you a lot of recommendations in the sidebar and you’ll probably discover your own channels that you like. 

On Facebook, I started following a couple French news sources like Courrier International and Le Monde and I tried to read a couple articles every day. This is a pretty common tactic and it’s good, but try not to focus too much on news because I have found that everyday French and news French are pretty different. 

Books: I read Le Petit Prince on my Kindle and I downloaded some pdfs of books in French that are recommended as easy for non-native speakers. I also read the first Harry Potter in French (can’t find a link right now, but it’s floating around on line). The site FluentU does some good blog posts about books, and if you search “french edition” in the Kindle store you’ll find some kids books and stuff. 

When school started up again, I was in another intermediate level French class that kind of mixed literature and grammar/vocab. We read L’Etranger (not my favorite but pretty easy to understand and obviously a classic) and part of a book by Marc Levy called Le Voleur D’Ombres. That one is more modern and fairly easy to understand as well. 

I listened to a LOT of radio and podcasts. I walk to and from school and it’s about 2 miles, so I had a lot of time to listen! If you have a smartphone, download the TuneIn app and search “france”. Some of the my favorite channels for listening were RFI and France Inter - both do news and features with guest speakers, which is good because it will expose you to a lot of different accents and voices. Sometimes you’ll find you understand someone very well, and sometimes you won’t be able to understand a word, and it’s more based on the speaker than the content or level of French, so it’s very good experience. 

For podcasts, I liked Native French Speech (weekly conversations about different topics in French - usually something relating to France so you’ll also learn a lot about culture, history and geography) and News in Slow French, although for the whole content you have to pay and I’m not wild about that. Both are available on iTunes.

Lastly, I made a close friend this year who is French and there is no resource like having a native speaker friend. We have lunch at least once a week and we talk for an hour or maybe two in French, and we spent a week together on vacation and spoke in French about half the time. If you can find a way to have regular conversations with a native speaker, do it - but I don’t harp too much on this point because I have an incredibly hard time with new people and I know a lot of others do as well. It was just serendipitous that I made a good friend this year who is French.

To conclude, I’ll give some short and sweet advice:

French is a common language for Anglophones to be learning so there are a TON of class-type resources out there on the Internet and in bookstores. But honestly, they’re all at at a similar level, and you won’t necessarily advance very much with something like Living Language or LiveMocha if you already have an intermediate vocabulary, understand and can form all the verb tenses and know grammar decently well. That’s the level a lot of class sequences try to get you to. Same with Youtube channels titled things like “Learn French with so-and-so.” Many are fantastic for beginners, but in order to make the jump from intermediate to advanced, you have to just sink yourself into real spoken and written French as much as possible. (Note: I’m not at all familiar with your skill level but I assume you’ve spent the last four years focusing on grammar and vocab. If you’re still weak on those things, then Living Language tends to be a good resource as well as things like Duolingo.) 

I hope this helped! Please feel free to ask if you have any more questions.