I have loved to read for as long as I can remember. When I was growing up, we had a bookmobile that came once a week during the summer, parked in the local grocery store lot. I would walk the four blocks every week - with the first week signing up to read 25 books over the summer. Nothing electronic then. We signed up (really, on paper with a signature) and were given a list that was numbered one through twenty-five. The only thing I could fill out immediately was my name and grade. Then I got to reading.
In my junior high years, I went through a long period being very interested in all things biographical. Not only did I enjoy the reading part, I was learning as I went.
To this day, one of my favorite things to do is read. As a "non-traditional" college student, I had to set aside my pleasure reading to keep up with my homework (and full-time family and job). But the minute that last final was taken, I would be at the bookstore (notice the subtle shift from book borrower to book owner).
My kids liked to read also. I have clear memories of Marissa in about 3rd through 6th grade. She loved to read and also loved to skate. Another match made in heaven. We lived on a cul de sac with sidewalks so she would skate in circles, holding a book up to read as she skated. This was the same girl that would have a book handy and pick it up to read during a spelling test - in between words!
Given the choice of a good book or television, a good book always wins, Before DVR, I was more likely to watch the TV show and read during commercials. But with the advent of DVR.....not so much.
Once the Kindle came along, I knew what true instant gratification was. This has probably made the biggest dent in the impulse buying category of my budget. Now if I see a book I want, or someone tells me about a MUST READ, all I need to do is go on my Kindle (or let's face it, even my phone) and order up the must have for immediate delivery. That is even quicker than Amazon Prime (another weak spot for me).
|In the pool (sans book)|
The best thing about a Kindle is that you can have access to hundreds of books without the weight and space that real books take up when packing. I still like to handle a real book on occasion and I bought all the books I took with me well before vacation. Just a little teaser on the counter to look forward to,
So, what is your favorite book of all time? There is no way I can limit myself to just one but I will toss out a couple, "The Book Thief" by Markus Zusak and "I Know This Much Is True" by Wally Lamb.
Until next time,
your book reading pal,