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Sunday, August 19, 2018

My Kindle Saved My Reading Life


Amazon Prime Day resulted in some off-the-cuff purchases that I don't regret even a bit because the Kindle Paperwhite e-reader seems to have salvaged my dreadful, uneventful reading life.  #sorrynotsorry

My reading slowed to a trickle in March. I was reading with Greyson over the summer, mostly adding the Dog Man Series to my Goodreads "Read" category. Audiobooks were fine on my commute to work, but I only commute one night a week during summertime, so I wasn't making any huge dents that way.

I spend so much time grading at my computer and tending to my online classes in general, that I now find reading on devices excruciating. My eyes are Just. Not. Having it. For whatever reason, my attention span generally can't handle traditional printed books.

I wasn't sure the Paperwhite was the solution, but I was willing to take the chance.

In the month since I've had my Kindle, I'm happy to report that I've downed 12 books. Most of those were actually on the Paperwhite, while a few snuck into the #24in48 readathon and Dewey's #ReverseReadathon via the iPad (comics are so much better on iPad).

I feel...lighter. I'm reading whatever I want to read, truly going with the flow, eating up samples, taste-testing books, and downloading what really grabs me. It's free range reading at its fullest, and it's working for me.

Do you know how much of a relief this is? I'm sure you do, reader, I'm sure you do.


34 comments:

  1. I'm so glad you have your reading mojo back! Everyone seems to love the new Kindles but I'm still a paper book kind of gal.

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    1. ME TOO! I was beginning to think it'd never happen. Go with what works for you. I'm still baffled as to why I'll lean toward one format for a while and then it'll change. Very strange.

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  2. Right there with you!! My sensitive eyes mean reading on an iPad was nearly impossible without pain or comfort. I've had mine just over a week and I've been devouring books again!

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    1. I'm so glad you're loving yours!!!

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  3. That's awesome! Twelve books a month is about the most I ever read, so at least by my standards, it sounds like you had a great reading month. I'm glad your kindle is making it easier for you to get back into enjoying reading :)

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    1. It was definitely a great reading month. 12 is pretty much the tippy top of what I ever do, and I'm really surprised I jumped back in at that amount. Cheers to reading! <3

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  4. I was a Kindle reader, but lately I've actually been reading books. GASP! But I usually like ebooks, for adjustable font size and the size of the book.

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    1. GASP! Adjustable font size is SO NECESSARY for me lately! It's also easy to read in the dark.

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  5. I love two things about my paperwhite Kindle - one is the (relatively) inexpensive cost of old mysteries. I have found so many writers whom I just love, and two is that I don't have to heft a print book in bed. I can easily 'turn the pages' on my K. and not have to put in a bookmark and move the book and possibly wake myself up. I drift off and the K. just sits there on the bed. During the day, I read print only, but it is perfect for me to have the K. at night for those two reasons.

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    1. Ahhhhh, inexpensive books are the best! My husband has found a cozy mystery series most of which is 99 cents. Gonna have to dive into it soon. I'm also a big fan of bed reading, and I've gotten a lot more of it done since I started with the Kindle. Good stuff!

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  6. I've had my Paperwhite for a couple of years, and I totally understand your love. :-)

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  7. So glad you're enjoying books again!! I love my kindle, too :)

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    1. Thank you, JoAnn! I missed reading so, so much.

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  8. YES! I love this. I went through a huge reading slump when my daughter was a baby, and reading physical books just weren't happening. My husband got me the Kindle (it was the keyboard back then...now I have the Paperwhite and it's amazing) for Christmas and it saved my reading life! I'm glad you got your reading mojo back!

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    1. Thank you, Brandie! I'm enjoying it endlessly. I should finish a couple more books this week, and I'm so excited to start something else! Because I'm READING! lol

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  9. I'm obsessed with my paperwhite! I love being able to read in bed. Glad you are enjoying yours and reading!

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    1. Thanks, Amanda! It is so, so good for reading in bed. For the longest time I read on my phone in bed. That's probably part of the reason my eyes hate me so much.

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  10. Yes, I do understand! I love my paperwhite and my eyes appreciate it, too!

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    1. Yessss! It's so good. I haven't had an eye strain headache in forever.

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  11. Yes, I absolutely get that. I'm glad you found something that works for you. Not reading is always immensely frustrating, regardless of the reason.

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    1. Yes, yes it is. It feels like a piece is missing when I'm not reading.

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  12. Aw, Andi! I'm so glad for you! I get so down in the dumps when I'm going through a phase of reading less, and it's always the hugest relief when I'm able to find my way back for it. I'm glad your Kindle has done that for you!

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    1. Yes, this exactly. So so happy for you, Andi. And lovely to see a post from you, of course. :D

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    2. Thank you, Jenny and Akilah! Yes, it is a drag when I'm not reading. It feels like a piece is missing. Glad to be back to it!

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  13. I think I read faster on the Kindle, too, though I still prefer paper books.

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    1. The pages just seem to flip themselves. lol

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  14. Amen! I LOVE my Paperwhite and have been reading almost exclusively on it for years. I know it's blasphemy for a blogger to admit she loves an Amazon product and doesn't really like hard copy books (I find them so cumbersome now), but that's exactly how I feel! I can read so much faster on my Kindle, highlight easier, easily download ARCs and library books without driving to the library. And, I can read in all kinds of strange situations. And it doesn't hurt my eyes...there's no way I could read on an ipad :)

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    1. Yep, I'm definitely a convert, I just am. ALLL of this you mentioned. I do need to get my library card updated so I can download library books and save myself some $$$. lol

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  15. I ordered a Kindle Paperwhite yesterday! I'm so excited to receive it. I've promised myself I won't buy a new one until my one literally dies, but I couldn't anymore. My old kindle was so slow and frustrating to work with that I finally cave. I hope I will love the paperwhite as much as you do!

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    1. That's awesome, Melinda! I really hope you love it as much as I have so far. I believe you will!

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  16. I'm so glad the Kindle helped! I find I read so much more with a kindle, and I love love love my Voyage (they are all good). Even better -- library books on the Kindle! I actually find it really fun to set up my wait list and track my holds, then it's a nice lift when something comes in. Happy reading!

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  17. Hooray for busting out of that slump! I'm so happy you've got your reading mojo back AND that you are blogging again! I rarely ever read on my Nook, but I keep buying ebooks whenever I see them on sale for under $2. I've got quite a few so I'm only going to pack my Nook for our 2 month road trip. No books in print! I need to focus on those ebooks before I forget what I have. :)

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  18. Glad you fond what works for you in your busy life!

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