Reading has always been one of my most favorite parts of summer. It’s the only time I can read whatever I want without feeling guilty that it’s not from Penguin Publishing or a McGraw-Hill hardback. I’ve already taken full advantage of this limited time luxury by reading non-stop for the past two months. I’m not sure if it’s because I grew up reading copious amounts or if I was born this way, but I read freakishly fast. It’s both a blessing and a curse. On one hand, I breeze through books like a speed racer and it takes me half the time to read a text than it would others. Yet, this only really benefits me when I’m reading for pleasure (ie: books with plots) and not for class because at the rate that I’m ingesting the words I can’t comprehend difficult text. So here’s where the downside comes in: while it takes me half the time to read for fun it takes me twice as long to read for class because I need to re-read a few times before I actually grasp what is being read. However, none of this has to do with what I want to discuss today.
I received a Kindle last Christmas and have gotten mixed reactions when I share this fact. I’ve had some gush about their amorous relationship with their e-reader while others turn their nose up at such a device. After spending some quality time with mine here’s my overall reaction:
As mentioned, I read quickly so it’s become a norm for me to travel with at least three books regardless of the destination or duration. Anyone who has flown within the last couple years knows the irritant of having to pay a baggage fee on top of the ticket price and being a notorious over-packer I always have to worry about weight. As I have grown out of picture books and prefer novels over magazines, adding three large books to my already crammed suitcase is a challenge and adding any more weight to my carry-on risks extreme back pain. This is where my Kindle saves the day (and my back). I can now take as many books as I want wherever I go and not have to worry about leaving room in my suitcase or purse. Also, the battery life on it is phenomenal. I can go weeks without having to charge it. It’s been a huge relief to have multiple books in a compact reader that fits in just about any bag.