Why I bought a Kindle (and love it!)

I love reading.  Some of my favorite memories are library summer reading challenges and reading at our cabin every summer.  For a while I was against e-readers, preferring the smell and feel of paperbacks, and the act of turning a page.  However, they started to grow in popularity and one of the kickers for me was that my sister, one of the most voracious readers I know, highly recommended the Kindle Paperwhite.  I was sold.

After starting the PhD program, I (naturally) found myself reading less for pleasure and more journal articles.  During my second year, I was eagerly anticipating the end of my comps and the free time in which I could read more.  I promised myself that as soon as I was finished with my comprehensive exams, I would purchase myself a Kindle so as to catch up on all the reading I had missed the last two years!

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I still do love reading physical books.  However, I find that I read SO many more books on my Kindle because of its convenience and the breadth of books available on it!  My favorite feature is its ability to connect to an app I use called Overdrive.  On Overdrive, you can rent e-books from the library and download them to your Kindle.  I routinely have a number of books on hold, and when they become available they are automatically downloaded to my account, essentially “forcing” me to read a book within the next 3 weeks!  I do the same thing with audiobooks too, usually having one on hand to listen to while I walk to school or clean the house (though I cycle through preferring audiobooks or podcasts).

Recently, I ran across a bucket list I’d written about 5 years ago.  One of the items on there was “Read 24 books in a year.”  Seems attainable, given that I am already at XX books for 2017!  I enjoy tracking books/movies/workouts/anything really – and Goodreads is my new favorite way to track the books I have read and want to read.

If you have any suggestions for what I should read next, feel free to comment below!

“You can’t buy happiness, but you can buy books, and that’s kind of the same thing.”

May 2017, New York Public Library Reading Room

 

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