There was a time not so far in the distant past when I told myself I would only read books in a hard copy format. eReader, absolutely not; tablet, nope, I don’t think so! I was convinced I needed to have a physical book in my hand. Like many today, I spend enough time at work staring at a computer screen. I savored the feel of a book, the turning of pages, using random scraps of paper to mark my place (although I have countless bookmarks) but I think you catch my drift.
So what happened? My mom gave me a Kindle Fire shortly after the first one was released and right away I was hooked. I no longer worried about not having another book to read when I finished what I was reading (momentous truth, no reader leaves home without extra books). In addition, I could borrow a variety of ebooks from my local library with a few simple clicks. I was feeling like a kid in an ice cream shop (because really, isn’t ice cream better)?
My major problem with the Kindle Fire? Battery life and eye fatigue after reading for long periods of time. Solution? Black Friday Kindle Paperwhite deal! Great investment for my reading life. No glare + amazing battery life = lots of reading (even in the dark in bed when you change the screen settings). I told everyone if they were looking for an TRUE eReader, this was the one to buy!
Fast forward to last year when one of my bookstagram buddy’s suggested I try audiobooks. Yes, nay sayer that I am, I resisted the idea because frankly, I don’t need someone to READ to me. But as a reading goal for 2017, I decided to give it a try. My first and absolute favorite audiobook was How Green Was My Valley, by Richard Llewellyn, narrated by Ralph Cosham. (#bestnarratorEVER but more on this later).
The point I would like to make with this post is this: reading is important. Some of us may have a preference, we might even have the tendency to quickly dismiss a ‘method’ of reading without really giving it a whole hearted try. But if you’re like me, reading is important. If I can take advantage of any of these methods to do what I love, then why not? It’s like saying you only drink your beverage from a cold glass and nothing else. Face it, if your thirsty enough, you’ll drink from a plastic cup, a paper cup, a bottle, or even a fancy wine glass.
Moral of the story: A thirsty reader’s gonna read (and drink, and in my case, drink tea)!