I’m in love with books. I love to sit and hold a book, read each word (yeah, I’m not a skimmer…), turn the pages and drift away in time with the author’s words. Who needs a bathtub to escape? (Calgon…take me away…I’m dating myself…again…!)
I’m pretty darn serious when it comes to my book reading time.
That is unless I’m reading in bed – then the bed wins the amount of page turning time I spend. Not for lack of trying though…!
My goal was to be one of the last people (ever) to convert to a Kindle. My mantra was, “If I’m going to buy a book, I want to be able to hold it, turn the pages, flip corners over to mark pages I love, and then place it prominently on a shelf.”
Books deserve to collect dust. Books in my collection have earned their keep once I’ve read them. Even old books I’ve never read, or if I love the charm of their spine titles, they, too, earn a prominent place in our house.
In the great clear out of 2017, during my dubious minimalist attempts of clutter clearing, I downsized my book collection. I’ve since gotten over the loss I felt with the parting of ways. If I don’t look back at the pictures of what I donated, I can’t even remember what books I owned. Yeah, it was that many.
For my birthday, in support of my clutter clearing efforts, my loved ones gave me a Kindle.
“Well, gee, thanks, we’ll see, I’m just not sure…I think I’ll really miss holding a book…”
I’ll be damned…old dogs can learn new tricks after all. After I figured out all the nuances of the adorable little thing, I’m in love with it. I even set-up my good reads store access and started adding to my virtual ‘to read’ shelf.
Dagnabit I’ve been hooked ever since…
So much so, I was shocked when I read my credit card bill. I’m normally not the culprit when there are mystery charges. I can readily know my own purchases without any need for confession. As the bookkeeper, it’s my right.
“Honey, have you been buying stuff for your hobbies? What are all those Amazon charges on the Discover bill this month?”
“No dear, those might be yours.”
“What did you say? Maybe they are books for your Kindle?”
“Shit…(just walk calmly out of the room so your reply is intelligible)…Okay, honey, thanks! I’ll go check my emails for receipts. I’ll let you know if I can’t figure the charges out, I’m sure you’re right.”