Reading, but differently
I’ve always been an avid reader. Not sure if it was because my own life was too normal and lacking of teenage drama- that I wrapped myself into the stories of The Sweet Valley High Twins and the blonde siblings banished to an attic or if it was indeed preparing me for an escape of the life changes I would face in my late teen years.
Whichever scenario rings true. I love to read. And recently I joined an online book club and I have been enjoying to say the least, the selection of books as well as getting back to the things I once loved and no longer made time for.
I just finished this page turning easy read- The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo in about 4 days. But, let me tell you about this experience. I love physical books. I love the way books smell. I love the yellowish, natural tone of the paper. I love selecting random items as a bookmark and to not break the seam of the book until I choose. Sometimes I try to read the entire book without creasing it at all.
I just started wearing glasses at 40 and it’s been a really easy adjustment. They help me to see better. Period. But this was new. THIS was the first book since then that I felt that the type was too small, even with my glasses. I knew I was about to struggle when my book light didn’t help my eyes to see the words any clearer when I opened the first page. I thought for a few moments, and decided, to take a different approach. Even though it was not ideal in my mind. I decided to just download the book to read on my ipad, deciding not to let this throw me off my rekindled relationship with books.
I’m sure you are thinking, well duh! Kindle and Apple book reading apps are used my millions, welcome to the club. But- I didn’t want to miss out of my entire experience of reading as I usually do. I knew I would miss the pages. The smell. The worry of my bookmark falling out and having to find my spot.
But to my surprise. It wasn’t bad. I downloaded and opened the book. I was able to change the color of the page, in my mind to select one as close to the real pages as possible- Win #1. I was able to look up the definition of any unknown words right from the page- Win #2. And most importantly, I was able to change the font size- the biggest win. Although I missed turning the real pages, I completely enjoyed reading on my ipad. I found myself probably reading a little quicker than I would since the words were ENORMOUS. I didn’t even read with my glasses on! At one point I asked my husband as he was seated across the room if he could read the words as I turned my ipad towards him. And he did! It was hilarious.
So, long story not so short. If you are an avid book reader and need to be convinced that reading on an app is ok, I hope this will do it for you. I’m actually about to download another one today- because I truly enjoyed to experience.
Now, for clarity, I want to have a library in our home. I will be purchasing my favorite books in the physical for still- for the purpose of sitting them on a shelf. Don’t judge me.
Love y’all and thanks so much for reading…..
Until next time -xoxo