|My BIL, Matt, is a huge reader and |
loves his Kindle too.
It wasn't until after my first baby that I rediscovered a love (and ability) of reading for fun...I credit the entire chick lit genre with that. The Nanny Diaries was the first book I picked up and read so fast and laughed so hard that I finished it in just a few days and immediately went in search of more books like it. I found Jennifer Weiner's Little Earthquakes, and as a new mom I was thrilled to read something moving and funny that I could relate so closely to. I discovered authors like Jane Green and Sophie Kinsella and promptly checked out every book they ever wrote from the library, filling my maternity leave with laughter.
Over time life got busier and the internet rapidly blew up with awesome blogs and news articles that were worth reading. I was still feeding my brain but my interest in novels dropped off and my attention span for books waned. My eyes became accustomed to reading on a computer screen and picking up an actual book was something I only did when there was no computer or phone around.
When the Kindle first came out, I didn't get the concept. I didn't think I read enough books to make an expensive gadget like that worth it. I didn't see myself toting an extra gadget around. But people I knew raved about them. The price of a Kindle plummeted as competing models were launched. My husband asked for one for Christmas last year and got it, so when we needed to buy The Hole in Our Gospel for our church small group, he simply downloaded the Kindle version. No waiting for it in the mail or driving to the store for it, and since it's a thick book carrying the Kindle around was much easier for reading it on the fly. I started using his Kindle and I loved it! I loved the larger print (I swear I'm old) and shorter pages and I loved the page turning buttons.
So my husband bought me my own Kindle for Mother's Day. After all, now they are only about $115. It slips so neatly into my handbag and goes with me almost everywhere. I love that books are so much cheaper for the Kindle, and they don't clutter up house! My first major test of how much I liked the Kindle was on this past vacation. I used it on the plane and on the beach. In two flights and a tiny bit of beach time I read Seth Godin's book Graceful all the way through and got halfway through Stephen Pressfield's The War of Art. Both are GREAT BOOKS!
So I'm actually making a dent in my summer reading list and I feel smarter. I strive to be a continuous learner, always improving the way I live and interact in this world. I believe reading is vital to success in life and the most intelligent and insightful people I know are voracious readers. I want to be like that and I love my Kindle because it is definitely encouraging me in that direction.
So do you have a Kindle or other e-reader? Do you prefer paper books?