Smoke Break


I used to work with an older man who smoked. Multiple times a day, he would go out to his truck and puff away through a cigarette. All the while reading a book on his Kindle. I remember being jealous of his book reading at work; jealous that I couldn’t do the same.

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No matter what, my old boss would always be looking for my coworker whenever he stepped out to smoke. Angered my boss to no end to see my coworker smoking and reading away in the parking lot. Oftentimes he would smoke for 15 to 20 minutes. But no matter, he took a break, and he got to read.

As you work through your day, do you take any breaks? In a job where it feels like I am often glued to my desk (someone has to answer the phone), I have wondered what it would be like to build a “smoke break” into my day.

One day I will figure this out.

Do you take breaks at work? What do they look like?

Tide and Tempest by Elizabeth Ludwig


Bryan Note: I would like to welcome my wife, Tabitha, to JBG with her debut book review of Tide and Tempest. I love her review’s conclusion. Enjoy!

Tide and Tempest, by Elizabeth Ludwig, is a story about Captain Keondric Morgan who has just docked his ship, the Caitriona Marie, in New York Harbor. His plan: reload supplies, make repairs to the ship and then be off delivering more cargo. However, a deathbed confession about a poisoned traveler, Braedon McKillop, has the good Captain worried about Braedon’s fiancé, Tillie McGrath, and the danger she may be in without her knowledge. Now Captain Morgan, his first mate, and brother Cass have to protect Tillie from harm and from each other’s love for her.

Tide and Tempest

Apparently this is the last book in the three-part Edge of Freedom series. Being the only book in the series that I have read, the author did a great job of allowing me to know some background of what has happened with the characters up until this point. The cast of characters in this book was extensive. I found the constant switching between a character’s last name and their “Christian name”, as the author put it, very confusing and hard to keep straight.

The digital copy I received had numerous glitches (Kindle version). For example, several words had letters missing or the author’s name would appear randomly between paragraphs. This made the book both hard to read and comprehend.

Overall, Tide and Tempest is a story of two acquaintances trying to figure out a mystery surrounding a ring and fall in love in the process. The typical Christian fiction book: a little mystery, a little scripture/prayers recited, and the boy always gets the girl…after he falls in love with her at first sight. Sigh.

I was given a copy of this book by Bethany House. All opinions are my own. I was not required to write a positive review.

Kindle Discount?


How does a $25 discount on a Wi-Fi enabled Kindle sound? Not bad, huh. What if I told you that the $25 discount would lead to a lifetime of having to view “special offers and sponsored screensavers”? Doesn’t sound so generous of Amazon now does it.

Experience the joy of advertising.

Advertisements are everywhere, even in some video games. Books represent one of the last frontiers advertisers have yet to crack, until now. Dropping the base priced Kindle by $25, to $114 exactly, Amazon is hoping to entice readers who have held back from the e-book market. But is it enough?

Personally, I ‘d rather pay the $25 extra dollars to enjoy a product free of ads. If this move by Amazon is any indication of where the e-book market is heading, count me out. Physical paper books have never asked me to buy something that I don’t want or need. In an age saturated with advertising, enough is enough.

Time Killers


The age of the Internet is slowly changing the way we consume media. Over at Confessions of  Tech Addict, @jacobingalls has come to the realization that brick and mortar stores are quickly becoming places to kill time (for more, check out his post: In Order of Obsolescence). What is sad about this realization is that I think he may be right.

Last year, I purchased a Barnes & Noble Nook as a birthday present to myself. I had been hearing a lot about e-readers and so I decided it was time to get into the game. The Nook was priced cheaper than the Kindle, which isn’t the case now, so I went with the cheaper option. After learning how to navigate the Nook, I was soon purchasing my first e-book. Touch. Bought. Downloaded. The ease of use, instant access to content, and pricing has sold me on the Nook and e-books in general. No longer do I have to take a special trip to the store to purchase a book. On rainy days now I can simply relax and read.

The days of the brick and mortar bookstore may be numbered…but I doubt it. Stores provide a place to physically interact with whatever it is your planning on purchasing, as Jacob pointed out. They also provide a place to congregate and immerse ourselves amongst people and community. The Internet brings with it a price, instant content and lower prices made possible by the lack of a physical place and actual human interaction. While I enjoy reading on my Nook, I also enjoy browsing a good bookstore…even if it is essentially a place to kill time.