Reunited with paperbacks

Books I bought at the local bookstore in Chatham called, Where the Sidewalk Ends.

Books I bought at the local bookstore in Chatham called, Where the Sidewalk Ends.

I consider myself an avid reader who can’t get enough of books. Severals years ago, I remember being on the fence about whether to take the plunge and buy an e-reader or support books and bookstores.  I can’t tell you how much books mean to me except they take a large place in my heart.  I began to realize that my home had been invaded with books. I would read them and not want to let them go. I would donate a few here and there but knew that I would run out of places to store them in my home. Finally I bought my first e-reader it was a Kindle.

I remember still feeling a bit conflicted. So I developed a regular habit of going the library and my local bookstore. I visited the library at least two times a month and went to the bookstore once a week and grabbed a few books and sat in the cafe skimming through them.  I love looking at all the amazing jacket covers. Let’s face it, the people that design book covers are incredibly talented because I am a sucker for a great cover.

One thing that I have noticed is that independent bookstores are becoming extinct and even brick and mortar bookstores are facing hard times.  So when we went on our anniversary vacation, I made it a point to find the local bookstores and make some purchases. I did this with the intention of supporting them and to reunite me with the book.

I now have a Nook HD and still enjoy the portability of my library of books but I am finding balance by buying books on occasion at bookstores.

I look forward to reading these three new books and will be sure to include reviews in Belinda’s Book Nook.

Have a blessed day!

Belinda

Comments

  1. I was extremely resistant to e-reading because part of the pleasure of reading for me is turning actual pages…don’t know why, but it just is! I love collecting books and having physical copies on my shelves, but they really do take up a lot of space. Even though I prefer paper, I was also finding that some of the things I like to read are actually only available in digital format — “bonus” novellas & short stories that accompany popular series and digital-only magazines –and while I *could* read them on my computer, I find that experience even less enjoyable than reading on a portable device — can’t bring my laptop into bed (comfortably, anyway!) so I did finally join the 21st century and get one of the most basic Kindle Fires. I can use it for other things as well, but am happy I have a better way to read those books I cannot get in print.

    As for independent bookstores, I LOVE them and am so happy when I read about other people bringing their business to them. I am lucky to have a thriving one in my community and am also a regular customer at a few different used bookstores in the area which also seem to be doing OK. For the new year, I made a resolution to but a LOT less books than I have been, but when I do make a purchase, I will be patronizing one of those small stores — online shopping definitely added fuel to the fire of my out of control book-buying in the past!

    Thanks for stopping by my blog & finding me on GoodReads 🙂

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