The Bookless Book

My mom texted me the other day.  Here is how it went:

Mom: I have a book question.  Is “We Are Water” better than other Wally Lamb books or on par?

Me: Geez, I don’t remember.  I know it was really really good probably one of the best books I ever read.

Mom:  We Are Water is his newest book.  U finished it?  I was asking cuz I was looking for a recommendation as to which of his older books I should read next.

Now, you wouldn’t think there was anything wrong with that text exchange, right?  Except I am currently reading “We Are Water” by Wally Lamb and I am about an eighth of the way into it.  And it is new.  My memory is bad, but come on.

Why didn’t I know she was talking about a book I am currently reading?  Because I own a Kindle.  And I don’t know any freaking book that is on that thing because it doesn’t have a cover.  If it doesn’t have a cover, then I can’t be reminded every ever-loving day and night when I pass by my nightstand.  It’s a problem.

That looks like a cover but it's an ad for another book.  See what I mean?

That looks like a cover but it’s an ad for another book. See what I mean?

So, if it’s possible to be embarrassed by something you said to your own mother, the answer is “yes.”  I felt like an ass and had to explain myself.  Also, because she is a book worm and can read 2-3 books at one time.  Me on the other hand cannot do that.  Because I have ADD/Squirrel Brain.  Not possible.  No way, sista.

Anyway, she recommended I read this Wally Lamb book.  I didn’t realize he wrote another book and he is one of my favorite authors ever so I was glad to hear this.  But my mom has a habit of asking me how I like books she recommended.  Like from the moment she recommends them.  Okay, so I may be exaggerating a little.  But just a little.  (It’s okay mom, I don’t mind really.  Kind of.)

Here’s my other problem:  Lately it takes me weeks, sometimes months, to finish a book.  Mainly because I am absolutely obsessed with this blogging gig I started for myself and also because I can no longer read a book for more than a page or three without my eyeballs doing the back-of-the-head roll thing.  But I digress.

The Kindle.  I’ve owned it for a year or two.  Maybe longer.  I don’t know because time marches as if it’s being chased by a one-eyed monster on methamphetamines.  Two years is really ten.  Get what I’m saying?

I was looking through photos the other day and I swore a vacation we took to Boston was only about 4 years ago, but it was more like 8.  How can that possibly be?  But I digress.  Again.  I am the Queen of Digression.  Called me Queen D.

Do I like my Kindle?  I’m not sure.  The jury is still out on that one.  I’ll write a pro/con list like I did in high school when I wanted to break up with a boyfriend.  Okay, I actually didn’t do that because that would have required too much work.  But I had friends who did.  I think.  Whatever…

Pros:  1) I can download a sample. So I can check it out later.  This way I can’t forget.  Which is a problem for me.  Well, the forgetting part isn’t the problem.  It’s the remembering part that gets me every time.  2) I have a bookstore at my fingertips.  3) It fits in my pocketbook real easy-like.

Cons:  1) No cover.  But I already said that.  2) It’s a pain in the ass to charge the darn thing.  3) I can’t get used to that little percentage number in the bottom right hand corner that tells how much of the book is left.  4) Sometimes I think I’m just scrolling back a page but then realize that I scrolled back, like 10 pages.  What???  5) I miss holding a real book.  And smelling a real book.  And seeing a real book.

So, I guess the answer is “No.”  No, I don’t like my Kindle.  But I think I do.  Did I ever tell you I also have a problem with making decisions?

Love,

Queen D

 

Mo
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8 thoughts on “The Bookless Book

    1. momfeld Post author

      I tried listening to books, but my attention span is, well, it’s not that great. Although I tend to do the same with books. Problem? I think yes.

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  1. MJ

    I have a nook, and before I got it I was TOTALLY anti e-book reader. Now? Now you would have to pry it from my cold dead hands because I love it so much. It’s ALL THE BOOKS! ALL THE TIME!! I CAN CARRY 50 BOOKS WITH ME EVERYWHERE I GO! I can change the font. I can get the next book in a series IMMEDIATELY, at 2 am, when I finish the previous one. Ok, I’m sounding like a raving lunatic so I’ll stop now. But I do love it.
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  2. Kim

    I LOVE my Kindle! I get tons of free/cheap books from Amazon and load it up. I always have several books with me (especially great for traveling — leaves much more room in the suitcase). I find I read much more now because it’s so much more convenient. I borrowed a book recently and found it to be very heavy and cumbersome to hold up to read in bed. I still love bookstores, but only to get names of books to buy for my Kindle!

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  3. Lisa

    I was just like MJ. I got a Kindle Fire for Christmas 2 years ago and did not like it at first. Now I LOVE it and prefer to read on it. I can make the font bigger and change the lighting, and those things alone are just fabulous as I age and my eyesight deteriorates.

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    1. momfeld Post author

      My Kindle does not have backlighting. I’m not sure if that’s good or bad. I guess it’s okay for outside because then I can still read. But, yeah, I’m definitely getting used to it. It does feel good to hold a real book once in a while though. Thanks for reading Lisa!

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