Happy New Year!, albeit slightly belated. I’m a little behind with everything at the minute, so it only seems right that this follows.
For Christmas, my lovely boyfriend bought me a Kindle. Before, I used the free app on my HTC phone, so I was totally unprepared for how much this gift would change my life. You think I;m being dramatic? You’re wrong.
Don’t get me wrong, I love ‘real’ books and when e-readers first surfaced, my initial reaction was along the lines of ‘OMG, why?’.
I am an avid book lover. I love the way they feel, the smell, the way a well loved book gets a slightly worn look and nothing beats the way books look lined up on a bookcase. My number one purchase should I win the Lottery/get a mega book deal would be to have my own personal library, a room dedicated entirely to books. One of my favourite movie scenes is the one where the Beast gives Belle the library room in Beauty and the Beast. Seriously, who needs diamonds?
In short, I love books.
I read a lot. On average two books per week, even with the wonder that is the public library, that means a lot of books and I only have a small house. I always carry a book with me. I read on bus journeys, in queues, waiting rooms. I even take books when we go out for meals or drinks. I’ve never actually read in those circumstances – I hear it’s frowned upon in most circles – but, I hate to be without a book. I took seven books for a five day break in Wales last Summer.
Real books, for all their loveliness, take up a lot of room. Especially when your handbag is slowly being overtaken by packets of raising, toy cars and toddler toilet wipes. A Kindle takes up a fraction of this space and holds so many books. Mine currently holds fifty-seven. Yes, already. That’s a small suitcase full of ‘real’ books, all tucked up in a pocket of my handbag. Perfect.
Throw in how incredibly light it is and how long the battery life is and you are on to a winner.
Don’t worry, I will never give up buying ‘real’ books (or referring to them as ‘real’ books, unfortunately). In fact, just last week, I bought a particular book in e-book and paperback form. I think I have what most people would call a problem.