My bookshelf in the palm of my hand.


For my 28th birthday last September, my parents got me a Kindle - a thoughtful and wonderful gift! Anyone who spends more than ten minutes talking to me will know of my love for books. I lack will power in a bookstore, even when my to-read pile contains more then 20 books. Simply ask my friend and roommate, who will tell you a tale of how we wandered into a bookstore before a movie, and I begged her not to let me out of her sight. Naturally, she did, and found me ten minutes later in the World History section trying to decide which two of the five books I was holding that I would ultimately end up buying.

A lesson for all ... do not let me out of your sight in a bookstore.

I love my books, and the fact that I'm leaving seven boxes of them behind with my upcoming move pangs me to a degree I didn't really anticipate. I have used the Kindle my parents gave me quite often, but would still much rather hold paper and text between my hands. There's something so satisfying about it. None of this is to say that I'm a book purist and look down at people who prefer e-readers, it is simply that I prefer the actual paper of copies of books. I'm of the frame of mind that so long as you're reading, and you're enjoying it, that's all that matters!

Which is perhaps why I'm having a difficult time wrapping my head around getting onto a plane next week, and having my bookshelf in the palm of my hand. Technology, man.

I was able to find digital copies of many of the books I own, and many that are in my to-read pile, which made me intensely happy! I didn't want to completely abandon my ever-growing library, but it's hard to justify it when there's seven boxes to transport, and its simply not feasible. Technology sometimes, though I grew up with so much of it, still amazes me sometimes.

The Kindle still takes some getting used to for me, and I suspect that it will for a little while yet. I have been reading Diana Gabaldon's Outlander (for what feels like forever), and have moved over to reading it on Kindle from the actual hard copy. I needed to pack all of my books up, and it didn't make sense to keep it out any longer when I had the digital version. But, since making that move, I almost feel like I'm reading it faster? The little buttons to "turn the pages" along the side seem to make that so much easier!

I think I will always prefer the hard copy of a book, because it's one of those things that I really enjoy owning (along with tea mugs). I don't collect much, but I feel like books are as good a thing as any. But, I suppose it's time to embrace the digital age, and make necessary adjustments for now.

That is ... until I land in my new city. A book shelf may just be the first purchase made. ;)

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