The Touch, The Feel

Nope, this isn’t about cotton.

I know you were singing the cotton jingle in your head.

This is about books.

I made a silent promise to myself that I’d read more this year and so I’ve been trying my best to do that.

I’ve read three books so far and am smack in the middle of my fourth (thanks, Miranda for telling me about the Divergent series).

Usually, I buy physical, actual books. I kind of die a little inside whenever I step into a bookstore. Die from all of the overwhelmed-ness (yep, that’s a word) that I experience. And I die knowing that I am going to spend WAY too much money on ALL OF THE BOOKS.

I love the way books smell.
I love the feeling of a good book with lots of pages to turn.

This year, though, I put a book on my iPad.

My first e-book.

I have to admit that it was nice to have my book with my on my iPad, something that I carry around daily anyway because of the nature of my work.

I travel from building to building and sometimes I have a bit of downtime in between projects, it’s nice to just whip open my iPad and start reading. I try not to be a bag lady and go into schools with too many bags. I don’t have a set place and I go to lots of different buildings, so I don’t want to go in there and start misplacing things.

I have to say. I don’t miss it.

I don’t miss having a physical book to touch and feel in my hands.

I mean, I kinda miss the smell… I know, that may be strange.

But I just added Insurgent and Allegiant to my ebooks on my iPad.

So, is this the start of something new? Will I never buy a real book again?

I know I will. Cause nothing can replace having a real book, but having ebooks will definitely help me reach my goal of reading more this year knowing that I won’t have one more thing to carry around.

How about you?

Have you jumped on the eBook train or are you still a physical book kind of person?

Also? What are you reading right now? I’m all about recommendations. The more books I can read this year, the better.

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7 thoughts on “The Touch, The Feel

  1. I have three full bookshelves at my house and Phoenix has one in his room. We LOVE books. I’ve tried the iPad book and it was ok. I wasn’t sold. I don’t have a lot of shit to carry so I have two books in my work bag at all times. It’s a good excuse not to talk to people at lunch. :/ but I get the convince.

    I just finished the deadwood series. Good page turning reads!! By Ann(e?) Charles.

    Book club maybe?!?

  2. For someone who travels from place to place for work or does a lot of travelling on vacations and needs to travel light, an e-reader can be a great thing. I don’t fit that category and LOVE real books. I love the feeling of a book in my hand, the smell, the look. I love seeing my ever-growing collection on my shelves. Maybe one day I’ll cave to the pressure of technology but not today.

    Right now, I’m reading The Lace Reader by Brunonia Barry. It was on sale on my favourite book store’s web site and it looked interesting. I’m about a third of the way through it and enjoying it so far.
    Kat´s last blog post ..Finish the Sentence Friday – #4

  3. I really like having books on my iPad. I especially like to search the ‘top free books’ list. Usually the first book in a series will be free and then I can decide if I liked it enough to spend the money on the rest of the story. Also, some classics that are out of copyright are free as well. A lot of oldies I’ve been wanting to read but never think of when I’m at the bookstore. I have quite a collection of free books, mostly obscure, only published online, type authors -but good. Something you can’t find at a brick and mortar shop. I can recommend a few.

  4. I’m with Kimberly. I got a Nook for my birthday last year and it took me months to use it for anything, let alone a book. Books I love I buy. I am addicted to the library. I need a physical book to curl up with on the sofa with my tea and blanket. But yes, it is convenient to have so many books in one place, and as far as carrying a book around (because Stephen King doesn’t do shyt under 34532546354 pages). And, if I’m someplace that has wifi I can use the internet on the Nook if I don’t feel like reading. So while I prefer an actual book, I will read a book on the Nook at work or on the train but not at home. Weirdo.

    Right now I’m reading Beach Music and adoring it. It’s really old. It was a referral. You should join #MomsReading. We read and review a book a month. The next ones up are Where’d You Go, Bernadette, The Cuckoo’s Calling, and The Invention of Wings (I’m leading the discussion on the last two).
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    1. LOL Technology can be tricky… but I drive around a lot for work, so the iPad has allowed me the opportunity to read again, Kim! Yaaaay. Right? No? Damn. Okay.

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