On the read line

I’ve always been a reader.

The kid who, when asked to read five books over the summer after 7th grade, reads 25 instead. The kid who tries to shade the nightlight with a blanket so she doesn’t get caught staying up reading until 2 a.m. The kid who gets yelled at for having her nose stuck in a book while driving through Yellowstone on family vacation. (And Mount Rushmore. And the Grand Canyon. Sorry, forefathers. And, um, nature.)

So, when e-readers first came out, I was vocal in my opposition. I wanted to hold the book in my hands, flip the pages, dog-ear to mark my place…

But then, I got an e-reader for Christmas. And it neatly coincided with the advent of my first-ever stint of commuting to work on the train.

And you know what? I’m ashamed to admit… I love it. I love that it’s less than a third the thickness of the average book I’d read. I love that I can seamlessly switch between Charles Dickens and Sophie Kinsella. I love that, even on the most crowded of trains, I can still “flip” the pages.

Maybe that makes me a hypocrite. I don’t know. What I do know is that I’m reading more now than I have since I was a teenager.

Aside from my love of traditional books (which I still love and often read, by the way), my other objection to e-readers was the booksellers’ apparent ability to force everyone to buy their books. I rarely buy books. 1) Because I love my local library, and I want to support it. Libraries are gardens for minds, and with the continuing cuts to the arts in schools, they’re one of the few places for many kids to explore their artistic interests. 2) Because I’m cheap. Why should I pay money for books when I’ve already paid money (via my property taxes) for the books in the library? And 3) Because I will never again move 26 boxes of books. OK, maybe it wasn’t 26. But it felt like it.

So, when I found out I could borrow e-books from the library, it seemed like fate. First, the e-reader as a gift. Then finding out I would be taking the train everyday. And finally, realizing I could still get books for my favorite price: free.

Thus began my journey. Of reading. While I journeyed.

And thus begins this blog of my random reviews of whatever book happened to 1) be available and 2) interest me. I’m an equal opportunity reader, so you’re sure to find plenty you don’t care about (or maybe all you don’t care about!). It really doesn’t make a difference to me whether you read my blog or not, but do yourself a favor and READ SOMETHING!