Hello everyone and happy Tuesday!
(I don’t think “Happy Tuesday” is a thing, but hey, it should be one! Because, let’s face it, Tuesday is not our favourite day of the week, but it deserves some love too, right? I am all for the underdog.)
Fellow book-lovers and book-bloggers, I have a confession to make. I will hide behind my couch as I write this, in case there are any tomatoes, beverages, or books hurled at me (scratch that, because I know you guys would never, EVER hurl books, which are prized possessions.) I say this with the intention to come clean about something that I’ve been a bit embarrassed about…
I haven’t read an Actual Book (the Print edition) in 6 months.
Yes, 6 entire months!
I used to love reading Actual Books. I loved holding a physical copy of a book in my hands, I loved the weight of the book on my lap, I loved that fresh smell of paper and ink, I loved cracking open the spine of a new book (maybe some of you hate cracking the spine! Sorry if I made you wince there!) I also loved to browse through a bookstore and see all the new books that recently came out, and to look at the Bestsellers and the Editor’s Picks.
But since I’ve gotten my hands on a Kindle, I’ve stepped over to the dark side. Here are some of the reasons why:
I love how convenient and portable eBooks are. If I am leaving for a trip, say, tomorrow, I don’t have to decide which books to pack and they don’t have to occupy room in my luggage! In fact, I can bring all my books in one go, and it will not add to the weight of the luggage at all!
There is a HUGE selection of eBooks online. There’s never the disappointment of wanting to find a book in a bookstore, only to realize that it’s not there, or driving across town to the bookstore that does have actually have the book.
It is super quick to buy an eBook online, AND we can read it right away. Which means if we make an impulse decision to read something this very moment, we can literally read it right away! (Of course, that can lead to overspending, but let’s save that discussion for another day… or never…) As much as I love going to bookstores, buying eBooks online saves a lot of time. On the usual weekday, I am stretched out super thin between work, dance classes, blogging, and working on my novel. Which means every minute is precious! Skipping a trip to the bookstore might mean having an extra few hours to actually read! If you are anything like me, then maybe you love eBooks too! (Or not! Let me know!)
And… let’s admit that eBooks are cheaper. Although I am a working professional, I still have an inkling of that starved student/intern mindset.
However! That all being said! Recently, I’ve been reading lots of posts by all you other lovely book bloggers out there, and I am IN LOVE with the photos of the books you’ve read, or your TBR shelves. That’s one thing that I miss about Actual Books! You don’t get that beautiful full-colour cover with eBooks, and that means bookstagramming is out of the picture (literally)! And part of me wants to own a physical bookshelf with all the books that I’ve read and want to read!
What do you guys prefer, eBooks or the Print edition? Does anyone swear by eBooks as much as I do? Any Audiobook fans out there? (One day that will become its own post, I promise!)
A part of me wants to go back to buying Actual Books, so I can take pretty photos of them and have an Actual Bookshelf… Should I?
(Image courtesy of Google images and Giphy.com)
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