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Wednesday, January 05, 2011

Welcome to the 21st Century!

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?

23 comments :

  1. I think you can find a balance between the paper and the ebook. Have the classics and the books you LOVE on the shelf, and others on your kindle, and if you find that you LOVE one of those books then get it in paper. As for running out of shelf room, I understand that. Over the last 6 months we've culled our shelves a few times. Surprisingly getting rid of the all the doubles of the Church books we get every year made lots of room. So we adopted a new rule, only one lesson book in the house at one time, we just have to share.

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  2. I did get a subscription to US Weekly! Woot, woot! I wonder if that's on the Kindle?

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  3. I have the same "problem." I have more books than I have shelves. And I've thought the same thing of the kindle (don't have one...yet). I think having shelves of books is so wonderful, and the thought of them all being in one tiny place makes me kind of sad.

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  4. I have a kindle app for my phone and just used it the other day. I liked it. I'm still sad about not having hard copies to everything, mostly because just being around books makes me happy. But I can see the benefit to having digital copies as well. As long as hard bound books aren't phased out all together, I'm good.

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  5. I'm glad that kindle works for some people, but I just can't do it. I love books, actual books just too much. And the sad thing is, I'm totally in the same boat you are. I have an entire wall of shelves full of books and I'm off to buy some more shelves.

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  6. I have stacks and stacks of books too, and its gotten to the point that my husband says absolutely not to book fairs, book orders, and trips to any bookstore. I've thought about the Kindle, but should probably use the app on my phone first to see if I actually like it.

    And as for being a voracious and precocious reader, yes. I remember reading "Are You There God, it's Me Margaret" when I was 7. Resulted in some very interesting conversations with my mom and me. And I read the "Clan of the Cave Bear" series when I was 11-12ish. Speaking of inappropriate for the preteen...

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  7. I got an iPad, which I am also reading on. I am a gadget/tech fan. Not to sound too cold and heartless, but I think the sentimentality of pulling a book off a shelf is just slowly coming to close. Keep a nice list of your favorites, and someday pass that on to your kids. It will accomplish the same thing.

    Sorry, but I am in total dejunking mode, and I would rather give up the emotional ties to an actual book (except for a few very very meaningful copies) than keep too many "things" around.

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  8. I got an iPad, which I am also reading on. I am a gadget/tech fan. Not to sound too cold and heartless, but I think the sentimentality of pulling a book off a shelf is just slowly coming to close. Keep a nice list of your favorites, and someday pass that on to your kids. It will accomplish the same thing.

    Sorry, but I am in total dejunking mode, and I would rather give up the emotional ties to an actual book (except for a few very very meaningful copies) than keep too many "things" around.

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  9. Ooh, I am jealous! I want a Kindle! My hubby did get an Android which has reader capabilities, so I am anxious to give it a try... when the newness wears off for him, of course. :)

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  10. I got an iPad too, and the Kindle app is awesome! Although there is one dangerous side effect - I can already tell I am going to spend WAY too much money downloading books :)

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  11. I don't have an ipad or a kindle or anything. I do have an entire library. I love having real books. I love the treasure hunt of finding just the right one to read today. I love the fact that I am teaching my children to love that too.

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  12. I didn't get a Kindle, though I wanted one. I DID get the okay to refund everything I did get so I can get a Kindle. I'm pathetic, aren't I? I do love books, and have a very hard time giving any to Goodwill. I think my kids are getting good exposure and will love books even if actual books become less common.

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  13. Those are so cool. It's really true that our kids are going to be so high-tech...We are contemplating internet plans on some new phones & the T-Mobile rep informed us that pretty much everyone has internet on their phones!

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  14. I got a new sewing machine.
    Watch out, I'm probably going to get translated. :)

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  15. Ooh...a new eReader. Congratulations! You're probably right about them reading stuff electronically. I'm not yet sold on an eReader but I'm considering it. So glad you're enjoying it! Read on!

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  16. Does a new GPS, an Ipod Nano and a KitchenAid mixer count? However, after reading your posts about the Kindle, that is now on top of my list of a must have soon. Maybe for my birthday? Still 7 months away. Boo! I love to read also!

    I'm Glad you are enjoying your kindle :)

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  17. My Kindle is absolutely fantastic for vacation. Otherwise, I like an old school book in my hand.

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  18. I had one on my list but didn't get it. It's ok though, I'm getting one with income tax. ;)

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  19. No, no new gadgets over here. Just lots of family time and gifts of laughter and food.

    That is a great gift, glad you got one. My children love the opposite, the notion of going through titles on a shelf is actually frustrating them that our bookshelves are not set up yet in our "future" library (aka living room). Don't you just love having children that love to read? Mine spent half of their days reading while on vacation. Aaaahhh, the quiet despite the chaos we call the holidays. :-)

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  20. No new gadgets this year... I did get a new electric griddle! ha ha

    I think it would be really handy to have something like a Kindle. I LOVE to read and I loved your post. Books become part of you and they change your life.

    But I don't like clutter. I like to take the story with me not the book necessarily. We are avid fans of the public library. I love the idea of not buying books and not having to find a place to put them. We are so blessed to live less than 2 miles from our public library. :)

    I haven't used a gadget like a Kindle before, so I don't have anything to go on really, but I can't get past not having the actual book to hold an turning the pages... call me old-fashioned I guess.

    But I'd be more than willing to give it a try... :) I always love a good read!

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  21. I love books too and have created a library in my kids' playroom. I love having book around. I got a kindle for christmas too and I Love It. It makes it so much easier to snuggle in bed and read one-handed or no hands at all. I carry it in my purse and read whenever I find myself waiting somewhere. Love it. Only downside is that several books I want and like aren't available in e-book and now I'm annoyed at the idea of purchasing or checking out actual books.

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  22. I finally got a blue tooth so I won't kill my kids when I drive and talk. Can't quite decide if I'm ready to give up the smell of an old book though.

    (Just started Rex on violin last week. Thanks for the moral musical support.)

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  23. I was the same way as a girl. The library was my favorite hangout and I would read for HOURS! I loved babysitting at night so that when the kids went to bed I could read whatever the parents of the houseI happened to be at had on their shelves. Not always the greatest idea - but I was "educated".

    I'm fighting the kindle urge. I shouldn't, but I love the ink and page smell so much

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