Reading….Adventure or Escape?

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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!!

The Sketchy Reader 

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  • Reply
    February 8, 2018 at 11:35 pm

    Great read LeeAnn!
    And since I refused a Kindle [of any kind] from my hubby….I’ll take all the paper books you can pack up!
    Love you!!

    • Reply
      February 9, 2018 at 12:36 am

      Come and get ’em sista…before I turn them into a book wreath!

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    Ricki Jill Treleaven
    February 9, 2018 at 1:58 am

    Aw, LeeAnn! Thank you so much for the wonderful shout-out! You’ve made my weekend! ;P

    Ricki Jill

    • Reply
      February 9, 2018 at 2:02 am

      My pleasure!! The Sketchy Reader is such a great blog! I think everyone should see it!!

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    Cher Duncombe
    February 12, 2018 at 2:18 pm

    Reading has always been an escape mechanism for me. A few years ago, I compiled my own short stories and some poems into an autobiographical book. Several stories deal with my frustrations with physicians who were inept at dealing with my chronic illness. If you are interested, the book is on Amazon.

    I’m now writing a second book, a novel based on my experience as an Investigator. You know how that is. Deadlines are a bane when one has a chronic illness, but I plunge forward on days when I am able. Hopefully, it will be ready by the end of March.

    Books are wonderful friends. My house is filled with them and I smile as I pass by my bookcases, which are filled with comfort and great memories.

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      February 12, 2018 at 2:24 pm

      Cher, How wonderful!! I will definately look for your book on Amazon. Have you ever thought of blogging? That might be a fun way of keeping your creative juices flowing.

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        Cher Duncombe
        February 12, 2018 at 2:45 pm

        Actually, my husband and I had a blog for seven years and it was great fun! The technical aspect became daunting for me, though, but we had a great run, and it was fun for us to do together. We then moved to Florida because the cold and rain up north exacerbated my pain. Now I write and enjoy it thoroughly. Your blog is a great inspiration.

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          February 12, 2018 at 2:54 pm

          Awww, thank you. I pay someone to do most of my technical work. I tried to figure it out and it about drove me crazy. So far I am loving it!

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