If you were to take a tour of our home, you might notice that we have several bookcases. We have one in our living room, a couple in our office/school room, another in the master bedroom and one in the boys’ room and then the one that my husband built at the end of our hallway. I love books, needless to say. I grew up reading, loving to read and just devouring book after book. You might say my dream house would have a large room devoted to just books. A personal library? Yes please!
I fell in love with old books. I grew up with a few old books and when our children were real little, I went to thrift stores often. You could find me making a bee line for their book section. 🙂 There is just something about the cover of an old book and if there is writing inside, I consider it an added treasure. My bookcase in the living room now houses almost all my old hardbacks.
Then came the e-Readers
When the e-Readers came out, I said I would never never want one. I loved my paperback and hardback books. I loved turning the yellowing pages and you certainly weren’t going to get yellowed pages on an e-Reader! It took me a couple years to start accepting the whole e-Reader option and then one Christmas, my husband surprised me with a Kindle Fire. I know, I know… never say never, right?
My love for old books has not diminished but I guess I’ve become a bit more practical. We’re a family of 7, in a 3 bedroom house. We only have so much room and despite my love for books, we can only have so many bookcases. Do I still dream about the personal library room? Oh yes! But I’ve come to realize how wonderful these small e-Readers are. I grab free eBooks all the time and that one small Kindle Fire now contains almost 1300 eBooks! Is there an eBook anonymous group? I might need it.
I have been amazed on how many books I can just load to my Kindle. I have biographies, Christian novels, history books, cookbooks, crafting books, healthy living books and the list goes one. I love that I can grab so many free eBooks from Amazon or purchase books like this Ultimate Healthy Living eBook Bundle that is on sale and load them to my Kindle for later reading. I can literally carry a library around in my purse instead of hauling around multiple hard copies.
The free/cheap eBooks have also saved us money. I have no lack of reading material and yet, most of them cost us nothing at all. There is no way I could walk out of the thrift store with close to 1300 books and pay little to nothing (even if you factor in the cost of the Kindle!).
Will you still find me curled up in a chair with a hard copy? Oh yes! Reading is my favorite past time, especially in the winter and I have shelves and shelves of books that I need to read or maybe even re-read because if it’s that good, I will definitely be reading it a second time around (and maybe a third!).
What about you? Do you love to read? Was it a little difficult for you to accept eBooks?