When I was young the best book was a picture book.  Or in my case, I loved National Geographics...they had great pictures of things and people from all over the world.  I preferred being outside in a tree than inside in a book.  I suppose at that point in my life I didn't need an escape into someone else's life or story.  And I certainly had enough to do outside making up my stories, which I most certainly did.  Sometimes my sisters and I would make up games or scenarios...pirate ship (we lived on the intercoastal) or coffee shop.  It was good enough for me.

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.