As I've gotten old and had to read more and more for school, I started enjoying the stories I'd come across The first book I ever really loved was Freak, The Mighty. I actually read it three times. Other books that kick-started my enjoyment of reading are The Great Gatsby (read it three times as well) and To Kill a Mockingbird. I have found that I really love books that speak in the first person and share that character's experiences and thoughts on what is going on. The Perks of Being a Wallflower was great...I was in Barnes & Noble one day looking for a books to take overseas and just stumbled upon it. Loved the title so I took a chance on it. Recently I read a collection of essays called, The Disappointment Artist. I wasn't sure at first about reading a collection of essays but I ended up enjoying them very much. I'm finding that there is a definitive pattern in the types of books I like to read.
I'm not a constant reader, but when I do read I really get into it. I was just thinking about the fact that I have four books going currently. Then I wonder why I was reading so many at one time. So I thought about it and determined that there are so many platforms for reading now. One book (Life of Pi), I just finished listening to on Audible. Another book (The Sportswriter) I have on my Kindle and two other books (Elegance of the Hedgehog and The Casual Vacancy) are actual books.
As much as I love technology and computers, I kind of rallied against e-readers. I never liked reading long passages or articles on the computer so I figured it would be the same for the e-readers, but it turns out I was wrong. I love an actual book (the smell, the feel, the ability to manually flip a page and close the close when I've finished it), but there's so much more to reading on an e-reader. For instance, how many times have you looked up a word that you read in a paperback that you didn't know? Me? I never do. I was reading The Casual Vacancy this afternoon and I came across a word I didn't know. All I wanted to do was put my finger on the word and pull up the definition. Then I realized I couldn't, but could easily grab my phone and look it up. Unfortunately, my phone was miles away on the coffee table in front of me so I couldn't use that (yes, that's a pathetic and lazy excuse). So I never looked up the word. Granted I can live without knowing the definition but if I had had my Kindle, I would have been one more word knowledgeable.
I love the fact that there are so many ways to read a book. Each form is a completely different experience that allows me to be able to read more than one book at a time and not get the contents confused. Thank you technology and the people behind the creation of it.