When I was a little girl, I was a voracious reader. I would stay up late into the night as a six and seven year old, and my dad would often have to come tell me to turn out the light already and get to sleep (not much has changed). I loved the library, and whenever I ran out of books, I would just read whatever my parents had on their shelves.
And that's how I first read C.S. Lewis' The Screwtape Letters, and being much too young to actually understand what on earth I was reading, I was horrified that my parents would have such an evil book in their possession! Devils training other devils? Oh the scandal!
I also read a romance novel or two, that were, thankfully above my head at the time, but I look back and blush a bit now.
Consequently, I have made it my goal to have lots and lots of books. Shelves full, so that my children will be able to pluck any book off of the shelves and read a good one. Of course, there is always the Screwtape danger, but I plan on being aware of what they're reading and helping them make age-appropriate decisions.
So far, so good.
Except, I've run out of shelf room. I currently have 6 bookshelves full, and nowhere to put another one. Besides, I've got a couple boxes of books in storage anyway. It's a problem.
So my husband bought me a Kindle for Christmas. I was worried I would miss the actual book, but so far, I haven't. I've already read a couple great titles. The problem is, I can't actually put them up on the shelf so my kids will one day pluck that great book up and read it themselves. That's the only problem I have with it.
Otherwise, I love the space it's saving me. I love how easy it is to read and to be able to bring 45 books with me wherever I go. Then there's the NYTimes Crosswords I've got on there, too, and I'm a super happy camper.
I've thought about it, though. And I figure that my kids are of the Millennial Generation, and they're probably going to be more likely to read an e-book than one made of paper that's gathering dust on one of my shelves. The important thing to me, is that they love to read as much as I do.
Did you get a new gadget for Christmas?