It seems like the theme of this blog some days is growth. As in, this blog has been a platform for me to learn from others and grow as a less judgemental reader.
I mean, I still judge. We all do – some of us are just way more honest about it.
E-readers and I have a fraught relationship. Actually, I’m not sure that I would even classify what we have as a relationship. There is no e-reader in my life. I’m not sure that there ever will be. But about two years ago, e-readers were very much a part of my every day conversation. And I had massive opinions on e-readers.
I was not a fan.
I invite you to take a stroll down memory lane by clicking to read this post.
See? Judgey-wudgey was a bear…I mean, a lot of those points hold but…
This isn’t a post to announce that I recently got an e-reader and I’m totally in love with it and what did I ever do before my new e-reader? No.
But I have come around to the idea that for some people, e-readers make all the difference in the world between sometimes/maybe reading, and reading all the time.
I’m going to use my mom as one example. She hurt her neck in a car accident a few years ago and holding up a book for any length of time was just too difficult – it would cause her worlds of discomfort. So while she had loved reading, it was just something that was too uncomfortable to be fun. Earlier this year, we got her an e-reader before she went to Europe for a few weeks. Since she got her e-reader (in late March) she’s read nearly 20 books. An e-reader meant that she was able to reconnect with her love of reading in a way she wasn’t sure was possible anymore.
Now we chat about books all the time, trading recommendations and talking through new favourites. Like me, she adored The Silence of Bonaventure Arrow and spends a lot of time reading mysteries. It’s been a really fun connection to make with my mom again and it’s because of e-readers.
My brother recently got one as well. He, like me, prefers real live books but found that he lived too far away from a library or bookstore to be able to have enough unread books on hand to keep up with his reading pace. An e-reader meant that he was able to download new reading material whenever, wherever. He was a big reader before but now, finding new reading material is much much easier.
And finally, my friend who has 2 small children; she used to be a really big reader but her time was short with her 2 littles to look after. She recently invested in an e-reader and suddenly found herself snatching reading time at all moments. She stows it in her bag and it’s easily pulled out waiting for the kiddies to finish swimming lessons or on the way to and from work. She never wanted to carry around big, heavy books, but the e-reader feels doable.
Personally, an e-reader is still not the way I’m going. But I’m starting to come around to the fact that for a lot of people, an e-reader is the difference in a life filled with stories and a life without. Anything we can do to encourage and strengthen a love of reading in all people, is a-ok by me. Just don’t expect me to get one any time soon.