Go away digital readers.
One of my great pleasures is reading. I was a precocious child (and a middle child—double whammy!) and taught myself to read by stealing my mother’s novels and Good Housekeeping magazines. In first grade school officials wanted to put me in third grade, but my parents decided against it. It was all because of reading. In retrospect, based on my math skills, good call. . . .
I love books. I honestly have a hard time falling asleep if I don’t read in bed prior to turning off the light. I used to buy stacks of books, but came to the realization that I was never going to have a personal library and frankly moving boxes of books is a pain, even if the military is moving them for you. I am a huge library junkie and in front of me are eight books checked out four days ago. I only buy a book if it is one I will continue using long after I’ve read it. The books on this post are 1950’s books I just purchased at an antique store in St. Joseph, Missouri. I’ve been reading all books regarding Julia Child and these were mentioned in her biography.
There was a report on the news other day that mentioned digital readers are taking over our beloved books, and it actually mentioned a date (sorry, I can’t remember the date!) when they believe all books will be digital. Whoa Nellie! How
can did we let this happen? It breaks my heart imagining future generations being unable to browse book stores and antique stores for cherished books. I have cute little antique books all over my house. There’s one about the Air Force I have placed under a C-130 model (my husband’s plane); I have antique gardening books; many signed books by authors I admire. Borders Books is going out of business and shutting their doors.
I tried a Kindle. Really, I did. Tried it for two months. Thought it was awesome; at first. Then, I realized I missed the feel of a “real” book, the quickness of thumbing through back pages, the heft of the book, even the smell. The darn reader wouldn’t turn pages fast enough for me. I tested the Kindle and gave it back.
Try snuggling with your kids and a Kindle.