I got a Kindle for Christmas this year, and I have yet to read a full book on it. At first, it was because I got a case for the wrong model (sidenote: anyone with the previous model of Kindle interested in a blue leather case with reading light?) and I didn’t want to damage my new toy. And then it was because I needed to read The Marriage Plot for book club, and Joe had it loaded on his Kindle, so we traded for the week. And then it was because I took a book out of the library that I’ve been meaning to read for years. And now it’s because I’m finally reading the copy of Freedom that’s been sitting on my bookshelf for a year.
Are you seeing a pattern?
Basically, though I really wanted a Kindle, and specifically requested one this year, I keep making up excuses not to use it, even with my pretty new Kate Spade cover and some books loaded on it.
I think it’s because I have an intimidating stack of physical books to read on my bookshelf and I can’t quite figure out a way to integrate this new device into my current reading repertoire. I haven’t bought myself new books in quite some time because of my restricted budget, but that’s not usually a problem–I have a reservoir of books built up, plus a steady supply that keep coming in thanks to my dashing publishing exec fiance, not to mention the convenient NYPL just blocks from my office. When the weather’s warm, even the sidewalk is a good source for books. So how to insert this newfangled reading option into my already daunting to-read pile?
I’ve downloaded a few free classics, and plan to tackle Middlemarch (Middlemarch in March!) as soon as I finish Freedom. I’m going to a wedding in Seattle in a few weeks, so it will be nice not to lug multiple books, but instead just tuck the Kindle into my bag for the plane rides. But then what?
Does anyone have tips on how you read? Do you use an e-reader exclusively, or mix with print books? Eschew all re-readers entirely? I want to know!