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Weekly Writing Challenge: Mind the Gap

This week’s Mind the GapHow do you prefer to read, with an eReader like a Kindle or Nook, or with an old school paperback in hand?

Some of my best memories are tied together with books. I was taught to read at an early age. I could read before I went to kindergarten. I have had a strong and long love affair with words and books.

When real life would prove too much for me to handle at times, I buried myself in books. At my best I could read 5 or 6 books a week. When I was school age I got them from the library. I loved the library! The smell, the quiet, the rows upon rows of books. Ahhhh, my kind of heaven.

My local library had a limit on how many books you could take out. They upped the quota for me, because I was there every week and always read more then my quota. Plus, I think the librarian liked me. 😉

When I got older and had some money of my own I discovered book stores. Fresh, bright book covers beckoned me from every shelf. I became a regular shopper of books. The sales clerks at one particular store knew me by first name.

I have always had shelves full of books in any home I have had. You know the saying “A house is not a home without a pet, plant, etc”. Mine is ” A house is not a home without books!”.


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Now I also have an E reader  I got it for Christmas a few years back. It took me a while to warm up to it. But, warm up to it I did. I love to take it on trips, or when I have a doctor’s appointment. It fits in my purse and I can just whip it out and have a few minutes of enjoyable reading while I wait.

It’s very convenient on trips as it takes up a lot less room then a bunch of paperbacks. It weights a lot less too. That being said, it still won’t replace ‘real’ books in my heart. I love the feel of the paper pages, the smell of the paper and ink. I just love me some real live books.

I can appreciate the E reader though. As long as I can read, I just plain love books. Either way they are produced.


I enjoy reading, writing, and painting. I love animals and at present have one dog (Sam) and 2 cats (brother and sister, Notwen and Pouncer). I've lived in various places in the USA and now in Canada. I've always enjoyed watching life and people and have developed an appreciation for it all. My outlook is sometimes out of the normal.... but that's what makes things so interesting! I am always interested in the opinions of others. Everyone has their own outlook and it's always worthwhile to listen!

10 thoughts on “Weekly Writing Challenge: Mind the Gap

  1. Hi Jackie – I love books too, but maybe I love my Kindle just a snap more. In addition to the advantages you mention, I love to get a new book on a whim – whenever I want to read something! Also, now that we down sized from a big house to a condo, my built in book shelves are practically full already! Take care.


  2. I recently wrote about this so you know how I feel. I love love love hardcover books with dustjackets. I whined about my Nook Tablet weighing half a pound, but a hardcover book usually weighs at least a pound, and it doesn’t bother me a bit. I do love my tablet though and do use it for reading, but mostly for commenting on blogs – like now when I’ m waiting on my mother at the grocery store. 🙂 Is that chair really in your house? I want to sit there!


    1. I don’t have a tablet, I have a Sony ereader. I have only read books on it, not sure it does anything else. And I consider myself a geek, I may have to give up my geek license. I’m afraid the chair is not part of my house, just wishful thinking on my part. I usually just read in my office chair as it’s the most comfortable to me. Now if it was my chair, I would never get out of it. haha!


  3. Hi Jackie
    I agree completely about a bookshelf making a house a home – I recently went to someone’s house and they showed me round, I got the feeling that something was inherently wrong with the place and it wasn’t until I got home that I realised there wasn’t a single book there. Not one. How could anyone live like that?
    As for e-readers, well, I don’t hate them and I’m no technophobe, I’m just not interested – I don’t think I can read as well or as comfortably on them. Give me real books any day 🙂


    1. No books? that is not a home at all. I often wonder about people who don’t read books. How can you not read books?? I thought about the ereader the same way you did. Then I started reading with it. I still don’t use it as much as real books, but in some ways it’s much easier. If the weather is bad and I want something new to read, bingo! I go online and get one. In that way it is really nice. 🙂


  4. I haven’t tried an ereader yet, I do have the kindle on the pc, but looking at a screen and sitting in front of the computer longer than I need to isn’t enjoyable to me. Maybe one day, but I can’t see myself ever preferring an ereader to an actual book.


  5. I used to be a e-reader only kinda person. You can carry around so many books with you at a time! But I’m coming back to paper books now, I missed the feel of a physical book


    1. I think that is what most people miss with an ereader. The feel of a real book. Metal just doesn’t cut it. Thanks for reading Miss!


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