I’m having an affair. Don’t tell my iPhone.
To celebrate being smoke free (I have cheated a few times) I rewarded myself with an ereader. I never thought I would love my Kindle this much! I am one who likes to get lost in the library, discovering new writers, rushing to reserve books I’ve heard about on NPR (yes I’m nerdy enough to have my library card memorized), and nothing beats a quiet morning, coffee and the sound of a cat purring while I page through a book.
I remember discovering Jonathon Livingston Seagull among my aunt’s college things along with Judith Krantz Scruples. Recess used to be spent pouring over Judy Blume and I have left many a function early because a book was waiting for me at home.
My Kindle has changed the game. Now I can download a book in minutes rathe than wait until the slow reader before me finishes. I couldn’t get past the first chapter of The Double Bind, but thanks to Overdrive, I’m listening to it while I type out emails at work.
I have discovered new writers, restarted the revolution, and own over 400 books. Between The Teen at Color Guard practice and The Boy doing laps, I’m diving into my books with a passion I forgot I had.
One feature I like is the ability to look up a definition while I’m reading. The down side to that is that I have to be connected to Wifi to do this. Most of the apps I use on my mobile are available on my Kindle and when I stop reading long enough, I can make notes, play a quick round of Scrabble, or pop into Facebook.
My two kvetches: to access the internet, I need Wifi access. That’s not that much of a problem because most places have Wifi access. Another kvetch is how easy it is to make a purchase. Now, instead of worshipping at the alter of Apple, I’m at the alter of Amazon.com.
This week, I’ve been reading James Ellroy and listening to Reed Diamond narrate Homicide.
Next week it will be the surreal. I’m going Seth Grahame-Smith by re-reading Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter (in preparation for the movie) and listening to Unholy Night. I may even stoke my zombie obsession by reading Pride and Prejudice and Zombies.
Or maybe I’ll dive into the library I’ve amassed. Whatever I decide, my Kindle will be close by.
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