Everyone seems to have a Kindle. Seriously, everywhere I look these days I see someone reading a Kindle (yeah, yeah – I know they’re not all Kindles). On my commute. Both of the secretaries I share space with at the office. A manager in our credit department. Am I the only person on the planet who doesn’t carry one? Alright, that was a bit over the top. I’m sure I’m not the only one. There’s probably a dozen of us.
My commute used to be more than 2 hours each way. I did a LOT of reading. Fortunately, I wasn’t driving at the time. Unfortunately, I couldn’t multi-task when reading. For example: it’s hard to hold a book and knit a scarf (or anything else). Then I discovered Overdrive at my public library! My life was transformed! I kid you not. I started small – a paperback here and there uploaded onto my MP3 player by way of my PC. I could listen to my book and knit that scarf! So awesome!
Soon I was downloading tons of tomes of all different genres. I learned that once the book was on my player it would remain active even if the library’s expiration date passed (after that date passed though the file on my PC could no longer be uploaded onto my player). That way I could have six or eight or ten books in the space of a pack of gum and they were ready to “read” whenever I was.
Following a recent move my commute time is just about an hour now and I’ve gone back to carrying books. I LIKE books. I like to feel them in my hand; like to turn the pages; like to sit and ponder over a phrase or laugh out loud when appropriate, and then easily find where I left off. Finding my place in the audio books wasn’t always easy. Plus, when I have audio books on my player they get jumbled up and played along with my music. This leads to disappointment and confusion. I’ll be listening to Pink’s So What, dancing in my seat on the train and the next thing I hear is “Chapter five….”
So I’m back to carrying books. It means taking time to winnow my book list to only those choices I can find in paper. Either that or plan multiple visits to the chiropractor.
Maybe I’ll find a Kindle in my stocking! How ’bout it Santa? I’ve been a really good girl!