27 January 2011
I don't remember when I really started reading. Like drinking coffee, reading is something I remember doing forever. Now, obviously, I was not a genius baby who was reading at 18 months old, but I do know that my mom read to me. I guess the transition from her reading to me to my reading on my own was flawless. :)
I do remember the first time I ever got to check a book out from the library. It was The Pony Express, and it was from the Parrish library. We had gone to visit Grannie's sister, and I guess her daughter was taking her kids to the library. I remember wanting to go so badly, but Mom had said I couldn't. I don't remember what got her to change her mind, but she did. I didn't put the book down until I finished it.
As I got older, my love of reading and of books increased. Oh, the times I got in trouble because I didn't do something Mom told me to do! I would be so involved in my book that when she would tell me to get clothes off the line and fold them/wash dishes/clean my room/whatever I wouldn't hear her. I would tell her okay, but I honestly never heard her.
In the summer, I can read several books a week, depending on how thick and intense they are and depending on what I have to do. Light-hearted, easy books...a day. A deep, thought-provoking book...a couple of days. During the school year, I still read, but I don't get to read as much, so it might take me a week to finish a light-hearted, easy read, and longer on something thicker and deeper. If I don't have a book to read, I feel lost.
Now I'm considering buying a Kindle. The only problem is that I'm a book "purist." I want to HOLD a book in my hands. I want to TURN the pages. I love the SMELL of a book. A Kindle just won't be the same. BUT I can see the benefit. I can download LOTS of books, which means I can always have something on hand to read. They will be electronic, so that means I won't have stacks of books lying around waiting to be read or shared. The e-books cost LESS than a paper and ink book, which means I can save John some money. :)
Kindle has an app for BlackBerry, so I downloaded it, and I've purchased my first book on it. I bought The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest, the third book in the The Girl Who trilogy by Steig Larrson. I've been waiting on this one to go into paperback, but I really want to go ahead and read it while the others are still "fresh" on my mind. Since it was only $9.99 at amazon.com, I decided to go for it. I haven't really gotten into it yet, but what I have read hasn't been too bad on the eyes. I thought the font might be too small on my BlackBerry, but it really isn't.
If I do decide I can learn to love using an e-reader, I just have to decide if I want to drop the money on one. Almost $200 is a little more than I would want to spend. (I would want the 3G + WiFi.) Decisions, decisions! I'm sure I'll make one before summer gets here.
If you have any input, I would really appreciate it!
Now, I'm gonna go start reading. Have a GREAT day!