Reader

I am a huge reader. I read everything from religous books to political to humor to vampire fiction.

I got this hunger for books and reading from my parents. I don’t have many early memories that don’t involve my parents and books. My earliest memories of bedtime is settling down to my own book while my parents read their books. I asked my mom about this memory one time and she said that I was about 3 at the time. In fact, I don’t remember NOT being able to read.

Mom read romance, mystery, and what she called “Love in the Family” – true crime type novels. She read Janet Louise Roberts, Stephen King, James Patterson, Patricia Cornwell, Ann Rule, etc. She always had a book going until her brother passed away in 1990. She said after that that she just couldn’t concentrate anymore. She eventually was able to read magazines and Reader’s Digest and towards the end of her life, she could read books again. At the end, she loved Janet Evanovich and I got her a cd player so she could listen to the Stephanie Plum books.

Dad was a different kind of reader. He read everything from Winston Churchill’s History of the English Speaking Peoples to James Bond to Philip Jose Farmer to James Michner. He loved EVERY kind of reading material. Another thing: he was reading at least 3, if not more, books at any given time. He had one in the bathroom, at least one next to his chair in this living room and at least a couple in the bedroom.

I’d go to the local used bookstore with him a couple times a month with a bag of books to trade in. He’d carry in 10-15 books and come out with 6-7 books as well as a couple for me.

Like my dad, I generally have at least 2 books going. Generally, one of the books I have going is an old favorite. I tend to read my favorites until they fall apart and then I get another copy. Among my favorites are:

Interestingly enough, I also love audio books. When I was driving back and forth on my commute from Hell at my last job, audio books helped save my sanity. I’ve got a number of favorites that I have in audio and paper versions.

The reason I’m writing about all this besides to let you in on how my brain works is because my husband got one of these:

It’s called a Kindle 2 and it’s a digital reader. I want one, but I can’t tell you why and these things are NOT cheap. Furthermore, I don’t know that I need one.

Hubby can justify it. He rides public transportation to and from work. It could save him a lot of time and energy. Additionally, he’s a writer and wants to publish some of his work for Kindle so in that way, I think he needs it.

For me, it’s like an iPhone. It’s cool. It’s really cool. But I don’t need it. I can’t think of a single reason that I can’t use what I already have. Also, I really LOVE books. I love the way that old books smell. I love the feel of the paper. I love the ragged edges of a well loved book.

What books do you read and are you considering a Kindle?

2 thoughts on “Reader

  1. I want one too and simply don’t need it. I don’t have time to read, and I don’t travel and read. It would probably give me migraines to use it.

    It’s just so cool! Gimmie them rightaway books now please! And no book covers so nobody knows what I’m reading.

    I like to read informational books and biographies. Esp of sensational women.

  2. I am thinking about a Kindle for space-saving purposes…I have PILES of books all over my world, so having a Kindle would prevent that to an extent. I know I will still buy beautiful books and books that one NEEDS to have in their collection, but some books (books about business, bestsellers, etc.) don’t need to be the huge real thing…

    We can dream, can’t we? Smile.

    Found you on Nablopomo Blogroll for March.

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