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I love books and reading. As a child, I would see in the sun on a summer day and read or read in the car on the way to a family event. Yet, when I finished law school, the last thing that I wanted to do was read a book for personal pleasure. After 3 years of reading at least 150 pages per night, I was tired of reading. I still read the occasionally trashy romance novel for relaxation, but my reading never came close to the amount that I read prior to law school.
For Christmas, my parents bought me a Kindle Fire and a $50 gift card to buy books. I used up the gift card over 2 months ago and I am still reading. Between Christmas and now, I have finished reading 7 entire books and I am working on 2 more (Kitchen Confidential and Belle Du Jour: Diary of An Unlikely Call Girl – which is the book/blog that Showtime’s Secret Diary of a Call Girl is based on).
I love that my desire to read is back. I love that I can’t lose my bookmark in my bag or mess up the book. I don’t have to worry about having to look up a word (highlight a word and the definition pops up). The Kindle is fairly light and not bulky like some books are; it’s barely bigger than my hand and less than an inch deep. I can use Amazon Prime and read books for free. The controls are easy and I can change the look (font and color) of the books to my taste. Everything is so convenient.
My favorite part about my Kindle is that I can email my personal documents to it. All of those knitting patterns are no longer folded and crumpled up at the bottom of my bag; they are stored away for use in my Kindle where I can enlarge the image and scroll through the pattern at my leisure. As I finish projects, I can delete the pattern from the device and store it in my Kindle Library for future reference. My thesis proposal is stored on it as well. Now I can look through it and make notes at the drop of the hat. I can download all of the pdf articles that I am using for research for easy reference.
Thank you, Mom and Dad, for this amazing gift! I never thought that I would use it as much as I have.
Now, I think I’m going to the porch to continue reading … 🙂