The one thing that people told me before having a baby was that I was going to use my ereader a LOT. I was so worried that I wouldn’t be able to read at all once I had LO that I figured reading a physical book would be out of the question. Little did I know that the year would go by and I would read a mere three books on my ereader, and close to 50 physical books!
Eventually, I knew it would be time ot dust off the Kindle, CHARGE it, and start using it again!
So what happened?
I went through my list of books read last year and I read 75 books on my ereader! That’s pretty amazing for me since I’ve been pretty adamant about REAL books this whole time. I kind of figured that everyone would be right and I would be attached to my ereader this year, but a few things changed:
1. I wasn’t as into reading as I thought I would be.
Yeah, pre-baby me was all, “BUT ALL THE BOOKS!” While post-baby me was all, “There are other important things.” It’s not that I don’t still love to read — because I do — but priorities totally changed. It was like the instant LO came into the world, I knew nothing would be the same.
2. It actually wasn’t as hard to fit in real books as I thought it would be.
Yeah, ereaders are super handy, but when LO went from taking 40 minutes to eat to 5 minutes, there was no way I could sit down with my book and get into it. Plus, I went from having to get up every 3 hours in the night (for about 20 minutes a time) to getting up once for a brief 5 minute feeding where I would try to stay in the sleep zone until I could crawl back into bed. For a while, he would also sleep until about 6:30 or so and I’d be up with the husband at 5:00 — not to mention the nightly reading time I got — so why not dig into a real book?
Why then, I know you’re asking, are you writing a post about ereaders, then?
Because I’m realizing that while they’re so handy, it’s so hard to see the books right in front of you that you need to read. With all the books on my shelves, I can see them and say, “Oh right! I wanted to read that!” and pick it up and read, whereas I have to turn on the Kindle and search through the books on it. Which means it needs to be somewhere I can find it and it needs to be charged. Sometimes it’s just not the same.
Thank GOODNESS for review books, though! And for the crappy reading on my iPad! I decided it was high time I read a good romance, so last weekend I loaded up the Kindle app on my iPad (since the Kindle was dead) and found a good one. Within a few days I had read my historical romance, as well as dove into a new series. My eyes were KILLING me. I was loving reading the ARCs, but I realized that I loved the lightweight quality of the Kindle, the fact that it was just like reading a book (instead of the light on the iPad), and that the battery lasted so much longer. It’s also so much easier to just pop it in the diaper bag, or whip out for a feeding where I know LO is going to fall asleep. MUCH less bulky to read around him.
Plus, the little bugger has figured out that if he touches the screen of the iPad, things happen — not so much with my Kindle! He’s less interested in touching it all the time, which is a huge bonus.
So today, since it’s pouring rain outside, I’m curling up on the couch while LO naps, with my Kindle and a cold Starbucks Chai Latte, to read. It’s the 6th ARC of the week for me — Roomies by Sara Zarr and Tara Altebrando — which is pretty amazing and I’m happy to say that my love affair with my Kindle is starting to get back to where it used to be.
For now I’ll say sorry to my physical books — I’ll get back to you eventually. But for now, I think I’ll just relish in the ease of the ereader (and knock out more review books while I’m in the zone!).
Do you use your ereader? Has your use of your ereader changed over the years? With children?