Sunday, November 7, 2010

Books, Kindles and the Anglican church...

It's a quiet Sunday afternoon so far....the grand babies are off visiting a friend...they're suppose to come later to have birthday cake. Tomorrow is Emma's seventeenth birthday so were having cake today, when people are available.

I've been reading this afternoon...mainly because I overdid yesterday....we've started the long process of fixing Ben's bedroom....yesterday I went through everything in his room..really, Ben would qualify for one of those hoarder shows..anyways, did that...moved all the furniture out, threw out his bed and mattress...the bed was at least 20 years old....we've bought a new bed..a double size...he's quite tall, he needs it..when they get that tall they look a little ridiculous in a twin size....anyways, this old body is paying the price today so this afternoon, as I said I've been reading.....

....tried to get some done on the book for my book club that meets on Tuesday...we're doing the Joanna Weaver book....'Having a Mary heart in a Martha world'...very good but I will admit that I don't seem to be in the mood for reading non fiction this afternoon.....so after a couple of chapters...suppose to read four....I moved onto my fiction read....the latest in the Father Tim series (which comes after the Mitford series)...I will admit to absolutely loving the Mitford series....I wish I could live in Mitford, a fictitious town, I know..but I still want to live there....it even made me appreciate the Anglican church that my son became part of....at first, when he did that , I was very upset....you know when you bring up your children in a certain way, a certain faith, a certain church..when they choose a different way, or a different faith and or a different church..well, it's hard...you become very hurt...it's almost like they're rejecting you...but after reading the Mitford series and learning more about the Anglican (Episcopalian) church...I then could appreciate the parts that my son found so appealing...anyways...that's kind of off the topic now isn't it.....

I do enjoy reading, in fact I feel sorry for people that don't enjoy it....so, many times, growing up, when I didn't have a friend to share things with then I lose myself in a book, their lives would become mine, you could go off to different lands, to different families...for a few hours, you could just immerse yourself in a life that wasn't yours...I found it very enjoyable...and when the book came to an end I'd feel a little sad...the characters in the stories had become friends and I'd no longer be part of their lives. Many a time I'd wish the stories would go on and on and not stop....

Today in my inbox, there was an ad for the newest Kindle...I'm torn about wanting one...part of me does...(even though I can't afford it) and the other part doesn't...I do like the feel of a book in my hand, they become an old friend that I put on my library shelf..yes, I have over 700....and I can return to them, I can stand and look at them,...remembering stories, choosing one to reread that fits my mood...the Kindle or other such readers do have some advantages, one in particular is transportation...books are heavy...put 3-4 in my carry on bag and it's alright if you have a short walk between gates at the airport but they can get pretty heavy....one slim Kindle in your bag would solve a lot. But,..do I go away enough to justify the cost....no, I think not...so, I'll stick with my books...I did get smarter this time though..when we went to San Antonio last month I put the majority of my books in my checked and just chose one for the flight..plus a couple of magazines...never know when you might like a change in a read...

So..that's my quiet afternoon....reading...it's a good thing.

4 comments:

Ryan said...

Hey, listen to your 8-track collection lately? Never mind that, what about a 5 1/4" floppy disc for your computer? Or even the newer 3 1/2" floppy discs? Now that you've just finished updating all your VHS collection to DVD, are you ready to throw them all out and start again with Blu-ray?

My point: show me an electronic media format that's lasted more than a decade. They're so quickly obsolesced, and then your collection is gone.

That's bad enough with music, but when dealing with old friends who have become close - as good books often feel like - Do we really want to subject them to that vicious cycle?

In contrast, I buy most of my books used (try www.bookfinder.com, the best book-search-engine-aggregater I have found) and often the copies I get are over a century old, and yet they still work now just as good as the day they started working, and are not even a bit obsolete.

So, should you get a kindle? It depends if you want to lose your entire library within the decade.

secondofwett said...

ah, my son...but I said that i wouldn't...and i sure wouldn't give up my precious books...'fraid you kids'll have to do that when i'm gone!

joyceandnorm said...

pros and cons to everything. i like having the actual book in my hands too.

Shannon said...

oh great, Ryan, thanks a lot. I just bought a Kindle... ;) -- however, with the amount of travelling I do, it's kind of worth it. I figure- electronics come and go, I have no more room for books at home or wherever I set foot - and besides, I've kinda taken to leaving books down right where I finish them for the next person who comes along to enjoy (back pockets of plane seats, hotel rooms, friends' houses, etc.) -- the really precious ones find their way home to my shelves...
PS: Marie, thanks for the comment. I can't wait for Christmas...