I have always loved books. When I was little I used to pretend my bedroom was a library and would create paper tickets to put inside all my books to stamp. My love for reading clearly came through in the careers advice test thingy that everyone had to do in high school, because it suggested that my ideal job was librarian (I don’t think I admitted this to anyone because being a librarian was just not cool). And even though it’s hard to find time to pick up a book these days, it’s still one of my favourite ways to relax. We even named our little girl after the Lyra from the His Dark Materials trilogy by Philip Pullman.
I love the feel and smell of books, the way you can lend them and pass them on through the generations. My dad taught me to respect books (I am guilty of corner-turning, but only on my own copies), and I think it’s such an honour when someone offers you a book to borrow. Also, some books are just beautiful. Like the copies of Heidi, Little Women and Anne of Green Gables above.
However recently I have been wondering whether to invest in a Kindle. I’ve downloaded quite a few books on my iPhone which have been brilliant for the train journey to work. There is no way I would pack a bulky book in my handbag, and reading an actual book whilst standing up on crowded public transport is nigh-on impossible.
An iBook is also great when I am struggling to get to sleep and want to read to switch off, but don’t want to disturb Rich’s beauty sleep by putting my bedside light on. I also like the effortlessness of the built-in dictionary function – I would never bother to consult a real life dictionary whilst reading a paperback. However the text in iBooks is so small that it surely cannot be good for my eyes. I know it’s possible to make the font size bigger but that means less words per page and having to constantly turn the page…#firstworldproblems
So what do you think, is a Kindle a worthwhile investment? Do you prefer book books or e-readers? Am I just terribly old fashioned in my love for paperbacks? And were anyone’s careers advice test results accurate?!
If you’re a fellow book lover, do pop over to Rock My Family today to find out which Roald Dahl books are our favourites here at Rock My Limited and to indulge in some Roald-Dahl-themed dirty enabling.