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I have always LOVED reading! I am perhaps happiest when I am in the midst of a great book. You know the kind….a book that keeps you up at night because you just want to keep going. Yet you don’t want to finish because then it will be over. Ahhhhh, those are the best!!
I think it could easily be debated that some people read to add adventure to their lives. Sure, why not. That’s natural. We can do anything, be anyone, go anywhere in a book. How awesome!! How incredibly amazing that truly is!!
But there is another side to that coin. The escape. I am quite sure that many people, even the same people as I just mentioned, sometimes read to escape their lives. And what would be wrong with that? It’s a temporary coping mechanism that helps us deal with some perhaps overwhelming real-life STUFF. There are certainly worst ways of dealing with things.
The bottom line is that reading is magical!! I love going to a library or bookstore and just looking at books for hours. Love, love, love that!! I love big fat books! I love the promise of a new book that hasn’t even been cracked open and I love the smell and comfort of a really old book that has been experienced and perhaps repeatedly loved. Yummy!
I have bought hundreds of books through the years. When I got sick and reading became one of the few things I could even do, Amazon Prime became my hero! But there is a crazy symptom that can come with many chronic illnesses and that is BRAIN FOG. As a result, I would occasionally order the same book more than once. Ugh!! Pretty soon I felt like my book pile was a bit out of control! In an attempt to declutter and simplify my life, I found myself doing something I had previously thought I would never do…considering a mobile reading device. It always sounded so yucky to me for some reason, but suddenly it now seemed smart! So I surveyed my Facebook friends and did some online research and ended up with a Kindle Paperwhite. And I love it!! It’s perfect!
It has paid for itself a hundred times over because there are so many places you can get free books online (Google…. Free Books for your Ereader) as well as most libraries having Kindle editions. And as an added perk, my library list is right there for me so I can keep track of what I have already read!! With so many free books, I don’t feel bad just abandoning a book a few chapters in if it doesn’t catch my fancy. I used to force myself to finish a book even when I didn’t really like it because I couldn’t stand the thought of wasting money on it.
If you haven’t taken the plunge and gotten an ereader, I encourage you to do so. No more lugging 5 books to the beach. No more overdue library books. No more reading books you don’t like. And the savings on books is amazing!! WIN WIN WIN!!
Oh, and I hope you aren’t book squeamish, because I have some cool craft projects to show you using old books. It’s okay…..they are still being enjoyed…just perhaps in different ways!!
And if you need ideas for good books to read, I met the nicest new friend recently at a Blogging Bootcamp and she has the most beautiful Blog with gorgeous reviews of lots of different kinds of books. You simply must stop by and say hello and see what she has been reading!!