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A Plethora Of Ebook Options

Yesterday, I had a little mini panic attack when I realized I had no more books lined up on my library ebook app (Libby). All the ones I wanted to read next were on holds. And a quick search did not show me any available ones that I wanted to read! WHAT TO DO!

What to read on the bus?!

And then it dawned on me that if I just clicked out of the Libby app and looked at my home screen, my problem would go away. Because besides Libby, I currently have plenty of immediately-available-because-I-own-them ebooks on my:

  • Kindle app
  • Nook app
  • Kobo Book app
  • Google Books app
  • BookFusion app

And if I somehow made it through all of those, my friend sent me a few books via Google docs I could also read via the app on my phone. 

Moral of the story, as long as I have a phone charger on me, I need never fear running out of reading material.

(And thankfully a hold came in early on my Libby app so I was only without reading material on there for, like, 4 hours. Whew. Crisis averted.)

To buy or not to buy?

I can talk myself into buying anything. And probably talk you into buying anything, too. Unless you want to spend money, don’t go shopping with me. It is a skill and a curse. I know I possess super-rationalization powers…so I don’t trust anything I say.

This works 90% 5% of the time. 

What ends up happening is two unstoppable forces – my love of an impulse buy and my stubborn frugality – collide. One of three things subsequently happens. Either I hold out long enough to realize I don’t need the item, I hold out long enough to realize I do, or I stress so hard I accomplish nothing all day and irritate my friends by analyzing every detail of the purchase until I reach a conclusion. It is exhausting. 

Throw in a timeline to make a decision and, well, you have today!

I’ve been browsing Kindle prices this past week just in case I spotted a great deal. And today I found a decent deal. But do I really need a Kindle? I do read a lot on my phone. A Kindle would be better for my eyes. But I often read using the Libby app, so it is a matter of convenience not necessarily preference. Weighing my current life state, I don’t need a Kindle.

But I am going to Thailand. And I read a lot. I read 16 books in one weekend of travel. Imagine what I could accomplish with a semester of travel. Clearly I’m not bringing 100 physical books with me. The Kindle is perfect! I should buy it.

But then I have to buy books. That adds up. But where else am I going to get books otherwise? I can’t depend on local libraries. I need books. I don’t have other hobbies! I better get a Kindle. 

But am I buying a Kindle because I need a Kindle or because I want one? Do I absolutely need books next semester? (Yes.) Okay, is this the best way to get books? Maybe. I don’t know. But I also can’t think of any alternatives. But have I completely researched all Kindles? Do I know this one on sale is the absolute, 100% best fit for me? And does it matter if it isn’t, since I’m okay with the price? 

There is also…The Nook Incident. I bought a Nook once and subsequently never used it. I just couldn’t afford to buy books for it so it did not make sense to use it. Barnes and Noble just doesn’t have as many free or affordable books. Will the Kindle become another Nook? 

I use the Kindle app on my phone now. I like it. So I probably will use a Kindle. And this is a good deal. And I am going to Thailand. I should buy it.

After I consult with 20 of my closest friends on Facebook, of course! 

Do you think my real problem is that I’m indecisive? 😛 

The Peculiar Way I Read

One of the things I regularly do on this blog is post “Reading Updates.” In these, I mention 5 or 6 books I am currently reading  and my thoughts on them. However, I have not completely explained what I mean by “currently.” While occasionally I pick up books at random (‘I was reading Book A but then while cleaning my room I found book B so I decided to read for a while’), my grouping of books on this blog actually reflects a much more specific and purposeful pattern I have developed over the years. This pattern helped me grow as a speed reader and has been instrumental in holding my attention span through thick, non-fiction books. What is my secret?

I read 5 books, 1 chapter at a time.

Stick with me.

When I was around middle school, I read a book called The Anybodies by N.E. Bode. It was a very memorable book with a variety of colorful characters. However, what stuck out to me most was a scene where Fern (the main character) is asked to read to her grandmother. Her grandmother has an odd way of reading…she reads 3 books at a time, 1 sentence at a time. Basically, she picks up book A, reads the first sentence, then book B, reads the first sentence, Book C, first sentence, then back to book A, second sentence, book B, second sentence, etc.

I decided this was a marvelous idea. I had to try it! Shockingly, it didn’t work as well in real life as it did in fiction. Books aren’t really designed to be read one sentence at a time. I experimented with one paragraph at a time. Similar results. However, when I tried one chapter at a time, it worked wonderfully. 3 books at a time seemed too short. 7 proved too many. In the end, I decided 5 was a good median. (Not that I always hold to 5. Depending on thickness and size, I might add or subtract books from that number.)

Basically, my reading goes like this. I read a chapter in Book A, set it down. Pick up Book B, read a chapter, set it down. Pick up Book C, read a chapter, etc. It is mentally satisfying because I make it through more books than I normally would, and intellectually gratifying because cross-reading genres often presents similar themes I would not normally have noticed. I like that it holds my attention span. No matter how well written or interesting a book, my brain runs away from prolonged focus on one idea. It is much easier to step back and see the “big picture” when I’ve spread that big picture over several books.

Some other thoughts. Overall, this style of reading works a lot better with non-fiction than with fiction. I rarely am so engrossed in a non-fiction work that I decide to finish it instead of switching to the next book. With fiction, that happens frequently. Also, fiction relies more heavily on a continual narrative, whereas each non-fiction chapter tends to be a contained thought, or next step in the idea, and not as difficult to go back and forth with.

There are some downsides to this style of reading. For one, it is hard to travel anywhere. One book fits in my purse, but not five! I tried fixing this problem by getting a Nook, but I don’t find e-readers as satisfying. Another problem is that it involves a lot of brain power. I usually try and tackle thicker, more challenging books when I read them in this pattern because I know I will find it more difficult to read them cover to cover. However, I’m not disciplined enough to consistently keep up the intellectual work, so usually I will finish my handful of hard books, and then respond with a Young Adult fiction binge. 

Like anything, this is one my cycles of interest; it comes and goes. However, I suppose it is a rather unique way of reading. For me, it is just another fun way of engaging with the written word. If you are a big picture person (or a little ADHD…), I recommend giving it a try!