If you’ve been reading along, you know of my great, and sometimes detrimental, love of books.
The question was a posed a bit ago: would you rather be deaf or blind? I used to answer this question without hesitation. Why, of course, given my background in music, I would MUCH rather be blind than deaf. I could not imagine a life without my music!
Classical music soothes my soul. So much so that time escapes and nothing else gets done while listening. I know people (like my guys) who can listen to music while studying and doing other things. Not me. Once the music captures me, the world can cease to exist and I might not notice.
I can paint (as in, the walls) and listen to music; I can clean and listen to music. I run and listen to music. It’s not classical music, though, and that’s what allows me to get things done.
But, the classical comes on and I am lost. I take great joy in identifying parts and seeing the weaving and the artistry of the composition, all the while recognizing I will never have that vision and divine gift. It makes me love it all the more.
Wednesday, however, gave me a new answer. We’ve been on vacation this week, and even though it’s a staycation -our first in years – I’ve done a bit of reading. The last vacation we took was the first with my Kindle, and I admit, I barely crawled out of the bed the entire time because I was reading.
There is nothing better than having an unlimited amount of books to read. Always in the past, I had been limited to how much I could take by the amount of space available. I even left yarn behind to take a few extra books!
But not this time, for I had loaded my Kindle with 40 some odd titles. Titles that were free!
One of the reasons I chose a Kindle over other e-readers was the amount of freebies I had stumbled on prior to purchase. Being married to an engineer has taught me the concept of payback. In this case, it is initial cost of the Kindle vs. space and cost of e-titles. I figured I’d have to read enough free titles to cover the cost of the Kindle, and then I would be home free.
We’re now months later, and I’m still reading freebies. I don’t have magic; I don’t have psychic ability to predict which titles are free when. I do, however, have Facebook. A friend shared a link and I’ve been hooked ever since.
In my I’m Drunk post, I shared how a friend on FB posted a link to Ereader News Today, which sent me into overload. I immediately joined, and have been loving it since.
On Wednesday, there was a post simply stating, “There is some big news for free Kindle books today. There are over 200 new freebies! I’ve created a link to a list of all the free Kindle books instead of making a post for every one.” (insert drooling smiley here)
Over two hours later, as I finally finished page 9, I realized that getting through all those 584 titles (which is now 606) was not for the faint of heart. Some titles I already had. Some I didn’t want (like textbooks). Some were short stories. Some were sneak peeks of the first few chapters. On the Amazon site, the titles are just listed and you have to click through to get the description. That’s time consuming, but the freebies are worth it to me.
I stopped at a suitable place (somewhere after 100) because, after all, I was eager to get reading. Another thing I really love about my Kindle is the light in the case. I debated about spending the extra money on the light, but I will tell you, it was WELL worth the extra $$. I have read while everyone else was in bed; I’ve read out by the campfire.
It was in bed, around 1 am when I finally finished the one book. I was surprised at the time, but it’s fantastic to finish a good book. I remember thinking, “I could live here forever.” Meaning, I could live in the book world forever and do nothing else; taking minimal time to eat, reading all the while.
And then it hit me. I have changed. My Kindle has caused me to change! Instead of my default setting of being blind instead of deaf, I would now rather be deaf. (And this is in no way to make light of or make fun of disabilities, but thinking along those lines from time to time can help a person better understand themselves.)
Books captivate me; they take me to another place, where I get lost. And now I’m getting them free!
I have something like 15 pages of unread titles. And I haven’t gotten through the list yet. I’m trying to work my way through it, but books are calling me……..
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