Won't you come in? Please take a seat! Can I interest you in some iced tea? Or perhaps some iced mocha? This hot spell is so exhausting to one, is it not? I see you can hardly tear your eyes away from my sagging bookshelves. There are a zillion of books here aren't there? Shall I tell you how I came to have such a wonderful library at my fingertips?
Ok, randomness over.... Down to the point of all this! :)
If you were to ask me to name my favorite website, I would instantly reply, "Project Gutenberg!" When we first discovered this site a couple years ago, I was beyond thrilled; I was delirious!! For anyone who does not know about this most enchanting place... Project Gutenberg has digitized THOUSANDS of books whose copywright has expired and are now in the public domain. Their selection ranges from the classics of Shakespeare, Dickens, Austen, and Gaskell to virtually unknown authors. You can read the books online or download them in several formats from PDF to ereader versions. Their mission statement is 'to encourage the creation and distribution of ebooks'. Entering the online catalog really is like walking into a vast library of treasured volumes (the majority of them were published before 1923)!! In fact, whenever I click on the PG icon on my toolbar, the delicious smell of old books always comes to mind. =) The button to the right will take you straight to this vast library.
Besides all the better known classics and authors, PG has all sorts of books I had never heard of before. Although not all of these unfamiliar titles are worth perusing, many have proven themselves to be wonderful stories. I will be reviewing many PG books in the future, sharing some of these great but lesser known books with you.
Another site we enjoy is LibriVox, which has free audiobooks. Many of the texts used for these readings come from Gutenberg. They also offer dramatic readings of some of their books. Two of my sisters were listening to a dramatic reading of Sense and Sensibility the other day and enjoying it.
I will be using the following system for my reviews:
I will be rating books on a scale of one to ten, with one being the least desirable and ten the most desirable.
My family loves reading aloud. I have read aloud to my younger siblings all my life and there are usually no less than three books in the process of being read aloud at any given time. Thus many of my book reviews will also carry a Read Aloud Rating on a scale of one to five.
Look for my first book review later today!!
Miss Melody Muffin