Wednesday, January 13, 2010

thoughts on reading


Good morning. How's your New Year going so far? One of my goals for the year is cutting back on the time I spend online. I have done this to an extent, though I would do better with a more concrete plan for my days. I'm working on creating a schedule for my time while the kids are in school. Being offline more in the evenings has meant that I've been reading a book a week; usually I read more like a book a month. Today while culling through my bookshelf I felt disappointed at owning so many books that I've spent so much money on, most of them unsentimental to me now, and I'm forced to either pass them on or resell them, or purchase more storage to keep them. I do use the library but not nearly as much as I'd like to, due to the wait times for many of the books I want to read. I'm considering buying a Kindle to do some of my reading in electronic format. Do you use an electronic book reader? If so, how do you like it?

Happy Wednesday to you! xoxo

25 comments:

kks said...

i have the same problem with books....i have not been able to wrap my arms around the electronic book idea yet.....i just love books...even if they are just lying around!
xo

Barbara said...

I gave my daughter a Kindle for Christmas. We are both inveterate readers but she travels a lot and was thrilled to get it. I'll keep you posted after a few months of ownership and see if she changes her mind.
I love the feel of a book in my hands...always have a list of books to read, a pile ready to read and at least 2 at hand that I am reading. Storage is a problem so I only save books I think my daughter or sons would like, or that I might reread. The rest I give away.
Nothing is more charming to me than to enter a home and see books everywhere.

Frau said...

I gave my Husband a Kindle for Christmas he loves it. For us it's hard to get books in English and newspaper/magazines to it's perfect. Put for travel and go anywhere convenience nothing matches.I still like the classic books but the everyday book nice to free up space.

Francesca said...

I know of people who love kindle. There was an article in the New Yorker recently that didn't speak well at all of kindle books. Personally, I love paper, and leafing through pages, and the whole experience of a real book. They do take up space, though ...

country girl said...

I need REAL BOOKS. I need old books, books that have a scent, rough edges, a history, fingerprints, ink smudges, folded corners.
I need stacks of books, rows of books, with colorful spines, ragged or shiny.
No, I will never be convinced to buy a Kindle.

Ina in Alaska said...

I too need to get back to reading books. Before I took up blogging I read entire series of books. Now I am lucky if I finish a book in a few months. I may get the Kindle at some point, I would love to read the NY Times daily. xoxo

Deborah said...

I love real books but don't like hanging onto them and usually give away to friends. I recently went to a book exchange. Bring as many books as you want and walk away with some new books. It was fun. The hostess served appetizers, wine, we caught up and got some new books. A great way to renew your library.

A Southern Accent said...

I don't have a Kindle, but I would love one! You can find books at a lot better prices at Costco and Sams - and even on Ebay! I've found some great ones there as well! Seems like a lot of people want to get into reading more this year. I think it sets a great example for kids to see their parents reading.

Deidra said...

I love the idea of the electronic book...because it looks cool. But I don't think I'd actually use one. I still love the feel of the book in my hand, the turning of the page.

nicola@which name? said...

me too me too!
and no, i don't use a kindle. my brother would be the one to know all about this (travels A LOT and uses devices to keep himself connected). so far, his take is no to the kindle, maybe to the kindle 2, and yes to audiobooks.
nicola
http://whichname.blogspot.com

Shelley said...

I am having the same dilemma. I will be interested to read your perspective if you decide to purchase one. I WISH the library was a good resource, but mine does take such a long time to get the books I want to read. I am with country girl though. I love the feel of books. I just wish I had the space to store all of the books I would like to keep.

Lecia, love your photos of late as always. :)

shari said...

i tend to weed out my collection from year to year or try to pass books onto friends. i know a few folks who really love their kindles, but i like the physical book. i also love going into an independent bookstore to browse. still, you are right. books take up space and provide storage challenges.

Jodi said...

Ok. I'm the book hoarder. I love to have them around. Stacked up. Looking great on the shelf. But I love the audiobooks I get from our library. I don't have a kindle but I do have an iPhone and there is a Kindle App for free. Maybe you could try that our first.

I love Rebecca's idea of the book exchange. I think I'll have one.

Jodi said...

Oops I forgot. Have you heard of BookMooch. You send your books and receive other peoples. Sort of a book exchange but all over the country. Their website is easy and pretty sweet. Check it out. http://bookmooch.com/

likeschocolate said...

I donate my books to children's hospital.

Joyce said...

Lecia One of my plans this year is to schedule my time better and try to stay focus so I can read and attend a class. I too can't wait for the library books. xo

Paige said...

I love books, too, and reading - I don't think I could go the way of the Kindle, though. I love the printed word and the feel of a book in my hands too much. And browsing the bookstores, too!
My son's school has a yearly book sale, to which we donate our used books (and take a bag home, too). I've been exchanging books with friends, too, one of which sells a lot of her books back to Barnes and Noble.

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Morwenna Ellis-Philips said...

Forgot to say that I am pretty old fashioned and real books are the only method for me xo

Jane Flanagan said...

I think I'll be the last hold-out insisting on buying real books. I do have clear-outs, but I'm careful about what books I buy so am usually pretty happy with everything I own!

KPiep said...

I have something like 15 boxes of books in the back of our storage area in the basement, and I would rather deal with the headache of having to sort through those boxes any day over using a Kindle.

remarkablydomestic said...

Just last month I got a Nook (the B&N version of the Kindle) for my birthday, and I *just* got a notice today that it shipped! They were backordered for about 6 weeks. Anyhoo, I have a PhD in literature so I know about the sentimentality of having a book in the hand, but these eReaders are AWESOME. I can't wait to get mine soon. I'll have to update my comments after I've used it a while, but I'm thrilled to be able to carry around 3 different books that I'm currently reading. Who knows what I'll want to read at any given moment? Go for it and get the eReader-- it's not as unlike a book as people think.

Laura @ the shorehouse. said...

I agree with you on cutting back on my online time...but since it's 1:45 a.m. as I'm typing this I'm not doing a very good job. :-)

I love books too much to embrace the e-book...the love of the covers, the smell of old library books, turning the pages, and getting to see your "progress" as you turn each page. I don't think I could give all that good stuff up!

edi gardner said...

No Kindle. There is nothing like the sound of the turning page
I am reading The Old Forest by Peter Taylor this week
and A Day That Is Dessert :-)

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