The Third Roast ft. Tara Theresa Hill

“A room without books is like a body without a soul.”

Marcus Tullius Cicero – source

No writer, no human being for that matter, can go at life alone. Somewhere along the way we all realize at some point that we need others to help us along, and vice versa. My own journey began nearly four years ago, and I’ve learned to take constructive criticism as objectively as I can. When you put words out for the world to see, you’ve got to expect scrutiny. If you don’t, you’re really looking at the world through rose colored glasses.

Welcome to a new collaborative blog series called Roast My Post. It’s a quest to not only get to know others in the writing community, but learn from their own experiences and share the wealth of their knowledge with you. For The Third Roast, I’ve invited author and brand new blogger Tara Theresa Hill to pick apart another early blog post titled “Books vs. E-Readers.” Grab a snack or beverage of choice – it’s gonna be a long one!


The Intellectual Question of the Century: Books or E-Readers? Hi, everyone.  My name is Tara Theresa Hill.  Leigh invited me to write a guest blog for her Roast My Post series.  This is my very first guest blog, so I am a little nervous about writing for someone else.  Since this blog piece highlights the differences between traditional books and e-readers, I’ll try to play the neutral party as much as possible in deciding which one is the winner.  Though I do have a personal favorite! (Wink, wink.) Okay, let’s get this debate going!  

I love the opening paragraph of the description of the bookstore!  The enticing smells of the pages of books and of coffee brewing make me want to run to the nearest bookshop right now.  I might add, however, that you forgot to mention one other thing that is usually sold in bookstores everywhere: chocolate!  Seriously, how could you possibly forget that? Are you not a fan of chocolate? (Sigh.) Whether you are or not, the combination of the delightful smells and atmosphere are a win, so score one for traditional books.


Books vs. E-Readers

  1. Delightful aromas and atmosphere wherever books are sold!


So, you’re a book sniffer, huh?  That’s alright. I’ve smelt a few before myself.  Although, it can be a bit hazardous if one has dust allergies or gets lightheaded from perfumes.  I like how you’re setting the scene for this blog. It’s like you’re telling me a story instead of just comparing and contrasting two different ways of delivering information.  Also, now I’m curious about what it would be like to work in a bookshop. Could I really read whatever I want, work at the same time, and get paid for that? Sounds like a dream job!  

I appreciate the mini history lesson about how e-readers came to be created.  I was not aware of this. To be honest, I wasn’t a big fan of e-readers when they came out either.  I still think it’s a good idea to have print books, so I guess I’m a little old-fashioned that way. Also, I love Star Trek, too! 😊    

I agree that it used to be hard to figure out what books to take along on a trip.  E-readers have definitely helped solve that problem for the most part. Not only that, but you can also always download more books from libraries and you never run out of space.  Of course, there is something that could displace the e-reader in this capacity and give traditional books a boost again. Imagine if they could create something like Hermione’s purse.  She was able to store entire stacks of books in that thing. Oh, well. I guess we’ll just have to make do with the e-reader for now since we don’t have enchanted purses yet. Score one for the electronic books!


Books vs. E-Readers

  1. Delightful aromas and atmosphere wherever books are sold!
  1. Infinite space to store books.

Hmm…It’s hard to roast something that I agree with.  You’re not making this easy on me, Leigh. E-readers do encourage people to read more.  I’m fond of reading on my phone. I try not to do it for long lengths of time because it can irritate my eyes.  Ah ha! Now, I’ve got you! You forgot about that. Traditional books aren’t as strenuous on the eyes as e-readers can be.  To keep things fair, I guess I’ll give each team a point. 


Books vs. E-Readers

  1. Delightful aromas and atmosphere wherever books are sold!
  2. Easier on the eyes.
  1. Infinite space to store books.
  2. Able to access books more easily.


I was hoping that you would bring up Reading Rainbow and you didn’t disappoint me!  I absolutely loved that program when I was a kid. I still have the theme song memorized.  (Hums…Butterfly in the sky…I can go twice as high!) And when we talk about Reading Rainbow, naturally you have to bring up Star Trek again because of Levar Burton playing Geordi LaForge.  You make a good point though! The technology of the e-reader has made it possible for a whole new generation to enjoy Reading Rainbow. Well, since Reading Rainbow encourages reading both traditional books and e-books, I’ll give each group another point. 


Books vs. E-Readers

  1. Delightful aromas and atmosphere wherever books are sold!
  2. Easier on the eyes.
  3. Reading Rainbow!
  1. Infinite space to store books.
  2. Able to access books more easily.
  3. Reading Rainbow!

Hmm…The score is tied so far.  I’m starting to wonder about the outcome of this competition.  The next paragraph is about libraries. I love going to the library.  It’s even better than the bookstore because everything there is free. What a marvelous institution!  I remember the day that I discovered that I could borrow books electronically from my library. I was at work and I couldn’t find something good to read on my break.  I mentioned this in passing to my coworker and she told me about the library app on my phone. I was so excited that you would have thought that I had won the lottery or something.  Since you can get books from the library or via the e-reader app on your phone, that’s another point for both teams.


Books vs. E-Readers

  1. Delightful aromas and atmosphere wherever books are sold!
  2. Easier on the eyes.
  3. Reading Rainbow!
  4. Free library books.
  1. Infinite space to store books.
  2. Able to access books more easily.
  3. Reading Rainbow!
  4. Free library books.


The final score is a tie!  When it comes down to it, you’ll enjoy a good book no matter what way it is presented.  Thanks to Leigh for inviting me to do a guest post on her blog, although I think this post ended up being more of a toast than a roast. 

Hey, I can’t help it if I agree with most of what she said. 

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have to go Google clips of Reading Rainbow and make some hot chocolate.  


Since childhood, Tara Theresa Hill has been fascinated by ghosts, hauntings, and the afterlife.  Her writing explores what would happen if the barriers between the two worlds were taken away and humans and spirits were suddenly able to fully interact with each other.  These aren’t your typical hauntings. Unlike more traditional two-dimensional ghosts, the spirits in Tara’s stories are fully developed characters with their own distinct personalities and backstories.  They are trying to figure out the afterlife and like to help the living rather than hinder them.  

Tara also writes a fictional blog called The Haunted Writer which is about the friendship between a writer and her muse who just happens to be a ghost.  To read Tara’s blog or to find out more information about Tara and her writing, please check out her author website: https://www.hauntedwriter.com/

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