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Review – Spektrum Glasses

I know, I know, not a book review, but any of you who read on a Kindle, Nook, other e-reader, tablet, or anything with a screen may appreciate this!

I was contacted a few weeks ago by Spektrum and asked if I would be interested in receiving a pair of their glasses to review.

I read a LOT, and more than half of my reading is done on some type of electronic device. Besides reading in my free time, I also sit in front of a computer screen for 8 hours a day. I have had a problem with severely dry eyes for quite a while now. My eye doctor told me it was most likely because of the time I spend in front of a screen combined with my contact lens use and recommended some drops for me to try. Since I can only use them when I’m not wearing my contact lenses (so a little while before bed each night) they haven’t done much for me.

I wasn’t familiar with Spektrum’s glasses, so I visited their website before I agreed. The Spektrum glasses block either 50% or 99% of blue light from your device, depending on the model. They claim to reduce eye fatigue, headaches, dry eyes, and even help you to get to sleep easier. This definitely sounded like something I needed, so I agreed to check them out.

I received 2 pairs of glasses from Spektrum – the Artist and Elite models. Note – I did receive these glasses for free, but was not paid to endorse or review them.

Artist

These are the 50% blue light blocking glasses, and the ones I have been wearing all day at work, and most of the time when I pick up my phone or Kindle at home. They are surprisingly light-weight and comfortable, and I even like the style. They do impart a very slight yellow tint while wearing them, but it’s not at all unpleasant. Now for the important stuff – do they work?

I’ve been wearing them for almost a week now. I admit that at the end of day one, I didn’t notice any difference at all. At the end of day two, however, I realized that my eyes didn’t feel as dry or scratchy as normal when I left work for the day, and by day 3, I was not going through nearly as many contact rewetting drops as usual. They totally cut the glare, but don’t interfere at all with my vision. I am hooked and will be wearing these at work all the time now!

Elite

The elite glasses have a much more pronounced tint when you wear them which you would expect since they are supposed to block 99% of blue light. I have tried using the built-in blue light filter on my phone an on my kindle, but I always turn it off since the color appears way too distorted and I just can’t stand to look at it. These do have a strong tint, but I still preferred looking at my screen through these glasses rather than using the built-in filter.

I don’t normally have issues falling asleep even after reading on a screen in the evening, so I can’t say whether these glasses will help if you do. I can say that they are as light-weight and comfortable as the Artist glasses, and the slim style makes it easy to look over the top if I want to look at something other than my screen and don’t want the yellow tint.

I’d have to give these glasses a 5-star rating and highly recommend them to anyone who spends a lot of time in front of a screen. My eyes are much more comfortable after just a week of use. That means more time I can spend reading in the evening!

 

 

2016 Book-to-Movie Adaptations

I don’t get to the cinema as often as I’d like, but I’ve noticed quite a few good book-to-movie adaptations out recently or coming soon. I’m always a little apprehensive about seeing a movie after having read the book, but there are a few that look promising, or that I haven’t read the corresponding book yet. Let me know if I’ve missed one you’re looking forward to – I can always use a good recommendation!

The BFG – coming 7/1/2016

Based on the book by Roald Dahl. My oldest daughter has made it quite clear that we’re not going to see this one. She says it is nothing like the book, and she is not happy about it! I think most people have felt this way about a movie adaptation of a favorite book at one time or another, and I can understand her feelings so I guess we will skip this one. For those who have not read the book, or who can think of it as a separate entity from the book however, it does look like it might be fun.

MIDDLE SCHOOL: The Worst Years of My Life – Coming in October

Based on the bestseller by James Patterson. Neither my daughter nor I have read this one yet. I love James Patterson’s mysteries, and my kids have enjoyed his I Funny series, so I think we’ll be able to agree on this one, described as “Ferris Bueller meets Home Alone”! 🙂

Me Before You – out now

Based on the JoJo Moyes novel. I’m not usually a fan of books or movies that can be described as tear-jerkers, but this one looks very sweet and I’ve heard so many good things about the book, that I may give it a shot.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them – coming November 2016

Based on the JK Rowling book of the same name, and set in the Harry Potter universe. I will be first in line. Ok, maybe not first, but I will be there!!

The Girl on the Train – Coming October 2016

Based on Paula Hawkins’ book of the same name. I loved this book. (Hated most of the characters, but loved the book!) I am very anxious to see how it translates to the big screen. The kiddos are going to have to stay home for this one though… 🙂

 

Somewhat “loosely” based on Lewis Carroll’s novel, the colors and characters alone make me want to go see this one.

I know there are a lot more out there, so tell me what you are looking forward to seeing!

 

 

Free Listen – Moby Dick (The Big Read)

Maybe I’m the last one to find this, but I just had to share. If anyone is an audiobook fan, be sure to check out http://www.mobydickbigread.com/ to listen to Moby Dick for free.

Each chapter in this massive undertaking is read by a different person of interest – authors (China Miéville), actors (Benedict Cumberbatch), even Prime Minister David Cameron reads a chapter.

You can listen to each chapter online, as a podcast, or download them from iTunes. There is also some great art inspired by the novel included on each chapter’s web page that’s worth checking out.

I’ve only managed to get 5 or 6 chapters into Moby Dick, so I think I’ll give it a try this way!

 

Will PRH be cancelling your favorite cozy mystery series?

For my cozy mystery readers who may not be aware….

There has been a merger between Random House and the Penguin Group, and  Random House has now decided not to renew several cozy mystery series. I won’t pretend to understand the reasoning behind this, but it does include cozies published by Berkley Prime Crime and NAL Obsidian lines. It sounds like they will be cutting the number of these books that are published drastically. I do not have a comprehensive list of series that will not be continued, but Avery Aames Cheese Shop Mysteries (one of my favorites!) and Molly McRae’s Haunted Yarn Shop Mysteries are among the casualties.

For those who are so inclined, please take a minute to visit Penguin Random House’s contact form (click the logo, scroll to the Send Us a Note drop-down near the bottom, and select General Feedback) and ask them (in a polite and respectful manner, of course! 🙂 ) not to discontinue their cozy mystery series.

Penguin Random House

A Facebook group called Save Our Cozies has been created for those who would like to stay informed – please visit them for an up-to-date list of series that have and haven’t been renewed. Please feel free to use the sharing links below to tweet or to share this post on Facebook.

AS ALWAYS – the best way to keep your favorite series alive is to buy the books, or ask your library to buy them so you can check them out, and of course READ the books, and review them! 🙂