A few years ago, I got an e-reader for my birthday. It didn’t take long to discover the convenience of the instant download when purchasing or that I could easily get books for it through my local library. Lots and lots of books. Books that I didn’t have to wait on or go out somewhere and get. If I wanted to read it, it was right there. Instantaneously. That set off an interesting chain of events and a huge new addiction.
I’ve always been a big reader, but had this weird obsession of needing to own what I read. I didn’t like going to the library to check books out because I hated having to give back a book that I loved. When you do not have an unlimited book budget and you have a weird quirk about needing to own what you read, it forces you to become really picky. Because of that, I really didn’t read a lot of books, maybe 5 or 10 a year depending on what my favorite authors at the time were releasing.
When I got my first tablet, it helped me to let go of that little obsession (that whole “you can have it RIGHT NOW” thing kind of began to overrule that little quirk), but also opened the door to me reading all kinds of books. This lead me to find lots of new authors that I loved. It also lead me to a whole lot that not only did I not love, but absolutely couldn’t stand. I learned an awful lot about what I did and did not like in a book or an author.
For the last few years and through over 1200 books (no that is not a typo, I did say “huge addition”), I’ve found myself wanting to get some thoughts out of my head about what I’ve read. There is only so much my poor hubby can sit and listen to about books, especially when he is so not a reader himself. I figured this was a much better option than driving him crazy on a regular basis.