Many of my readers will know that I am an avid reader. I am a frequent shopper at Barnes and Noble, and I have unread books scattered everywhere in my home. And, like many frequent readers, I swore that I never would become one of those readers. You know, the ones that would use a Nook or a Kindle.
Now, I was given a Nook as a gift when I was a senior in high school. It was 2011, so it was pretty much meant to be used for the sole purpose of just reading books. I liked it because this tiny thing could store so many books. I didn’t like it because I craved the physical sensation of holding a book in my hand — something that was done for hundreds upon hundreds of generations before my own. So, I let the Nook collect dust for the time being.
Earlier this year, I went away with my boyfriend and his family to a trip in Boston. Being the bibliofile that I am, I of course took a book. When it came time to bed, my boyfriend’s mother whipped out her Nook. I was first of all amazed that they had color ones, but I also was surprised that tiny little thing held over 300 books.
Needless to say, I wanted to get an e-reader after that. However, here’s the thing. I have over two dozen physical books lying around my house — all of which that were waiting to be read. So, one by one, I began to chip away at them.
Last month, however, I really wanted to read this book called the Hate U Give. The book was expensive everywhere I went — that is except for the Kindle edition (my mom let me use her never used Kindle).
So, I downloaded it.
And, I loved it.
I loved that it was so easy to read it — even easier than reading a physical book. The book I also loved that I didn’t have to use a reading light if I wanted to read in the dark.
What I also loved was the portability that came with it. Books would often weigh down my purse, which is why I left what I was reading at home. However, an iPad or my Kindle would weigh about a quarter of the weight. Now, I can read as much as I want to — whether at lunch or waiting in an doctor’s office. And, I can see myself using it a ton when I travel — no more weighing my bag down with two or three books. I can just bring my iPad and call it a day.
Needless to say, I’m reading a ton more. Which, as an avid reader, is something that makes me happy.
Therefore, to all of you readers out there, I’m going to advise you one thing. Don’t knock the e-reader until you try it.