Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish. This feature was created because they are particularly fond of lists at The Broke and the Bookish. They’d love to share their lists with other bookish folks and would LOVE to see your top ten lists!
This week’s topic is “Ten Reasons I Love X — could be a certain book, character, author, your indie bookstore, a fandom, a tv show, reading, a hobby, a genre. Honestly anything you want to gush about.” I debated listing the reasons why I love Young Adult but I did a similar discussion post last year. I thought about listing why I love dystopia or fantasy but again…been there, done that.
So I got to thinking about bookish things I love and there’s only one thing that came to mind over and over again…my Kindle. I LOVE my Kindle! It is my library and goes where I go. Here are my top ten reasons why I love my Kindle (and eReaders in general) in no particular order.
Ten Reasons I’m in Love with My Kindle
One of the things I love most about my Kindle is that it is portable. I can take it anywhere. I can throw it in my purse and because it isn’t heavy (less than half a pound) I don’t even know it’s there. This means I can read it in the car line while I wait to pick up my son. On those mornings that I have errands to run and no one with me I can read wherever I go.
Reading at Night
This has been my husband’s biggest pet peeve since we’ve been married. For nearly ten years he’s put up with my reading at night, my bedside lamp on. Or I’ve read on the couch in the living room, often times finding myself asleep way past my bedtime. Since the Kindle Paperwhite came out with it’s backlight, I haven’t had that issue and my husband doesn’t complain. The light is so not bright and doesn’t keep him up. It’s perfect for me too, doesn’t strain my eyes.
Adjust the Font Size
As I’ve gotten older, my eyesight isn’t as great. I’ve never had to wear glasses and I still don’t, BUT I do like that I can adjust the font size to something I can read with ease.
In the past, before my Kindle, I had to estimate how many books I’d read while on vacation and then try to pack them all plus my other necessities. It was all fine and good when I was a kid, but as an adult I’ve found I read much faster. I hate not having a book to read and would often have to find a bookstore and buy new books because I didn’t pack enough. Now with my Kindle, my library is with me wherever I go. I can stock up on new books and if I read all those I still have access to my entire library. Isn’t that awesome?!
Read or Listen?
With my original Kindle (yes I have more than one…3 actually) which was a 2nd generation, I could choose to read or have the book read to me. I really like this option. AND I can even download the Audible version for a lot less than if I bought it by itself. I don’t listen to books as often as I did before I was a mama but I still enjoy it when I can.
For my OCD brain this is a plus. Don’t get me wrong. I love seeing my bookshelves all pretty and neat, but there is something soothing about being able to organize all my ebooks into collections I name. For instance I have collections by year, author, genre, and type of book (arc or bought). I LOVE this. Makes finding what I want to read much easier.
Funny story. Four years ago my parents invited my family to join them on the beach for a week. Some friends from work had been raving about this book series Fifty Shades of Gray and telling me I had to read it while I was on vacation. Well I hadn’t heard of the book and didn’t know what it was about when I bought it to read. Luckily I was reading on my Kindle because otherwise I would have been mortified!!!! Here I was sitting between my dad and my husband with my mom and son in front of me playing in the sand when I start reading about contracts and butt plugs. I’m sure if I hadn’t already been red from the sun my face would have been the color of a beet!! With my Kindle though no one knew what I was reading 😉
I want a book, I look on the Kindle store in my app, I buy it, I start reading. All in less than 5 minutes. It doesn’t get much more convenient than that! AND with my library I even check out ebooks to read on the Kindle if it’s something I don’t think I’ll read again or is more than I’m willing to pay. Really I have all the books I could ever want at the touch of my fingers.
It’s Cheaper (well…most of the time)
9 out of 10 times I can buy a Kindle eBook cheaper than buying a physical copy of the same book. It’s crazy!! Obviously if it’s a book I really want I’m going to buy it not get a copy from the library. Cost is always a factor on if I can buy a book. Kindle makes it easier on the pocket at least.
This makes me laugh. I currently have 1,065 books on my Kindle. Could you imagine moving that many books?! I can’t and I’m getting ready to move in three weeks. We have three bookshelves that I’ve already mostly packed and it’s taken 20 small boxes to get all the books. Yeah, having an eBook library makes this much, MUCH easier.
Your turn! What things do you love about your eReader? Share Below