One of my New Year book-ish resolutions was to read more physical books. That’s pretty much all I used to read. Then I got my Kindle and got a bit excited by the world of 99p books out there (who wouldn’t), filled it up and started reading. And then kept reading. The books on my shelves, those bought or gifted, sat there. Waiting patiently and slightly dusty for the day I would pick them up.
For many on the shelves, that day simply hasn’t come. Which is a shame because, sat where I am on my couch, typing away and looking over at the shelves there are so many books on there that I want to read. I just find, when I get to deciding on my next read, the ebooks always seem to come first.
Partly, it’s the ease of them. I don’t actually use my Kindle anymore, just the app on my iPad mini – and I take my iPad everywhere with me. So, if I’m out and about and finish a book, I can dive straight into another one. That was especially useful when I was travelling so much for work. Partly, though, I think it was also laziness. Why get up and browse the shelves when I could lie back on the couch or in the bath and browse the app?
Now, though, I have no excuse. I am no longer travelling for work. So, this year, I decided to alternate my book reading – ebook, physical book, ebook, physical book. I’m also trying to go from ARC to owned to loaned from the library. Now I’m a month into my reading experiment, I thought it would be a good time to look back and see how it’s worked, which I have to say, is pretty well.
To date, this year, I have read
- 4 physical books
- 5 ebooks
- 2 owned books
- 4 ARCs
- 4 loaned books
Compare that to December when all I read were ebooks (7) and all I read were ARCs (7), though to be fair I was on a mission to completely catch up with all review copies by the end of the year, which I managed to do.
Given there are few days left in the month, and I’m reading a physical book now, my tally for January will be five books of each format. This is more books that I can ever remember reading (I normally average two books a week, but it can often be less depending on work). Mixing up my reading, it seems, is good for my stats if nothing else!
I do think, though, it’s good for other things. I’m not going to go into the pros and cons of each format, there are plenty for both and it really does come down to personal preference and circumstance a lot of the time, but – for me – I feel excited by reading more than I have in a while. I am looking forward to going to bed with a book again and not feeling like I have to read it because a deadline is looming.
I am enjoying browsing the library shelves and not worrying if I’ll actually read the books this time or have to auto-renew them because I didn’t get to them. It feels wonderful to not have that guilt (or the fines when I forget to auto-renew!).
I am enjoying mixing up my reading. There will never be a time when my reading lists aren’t full of murders and the female detectives that find the killers. But, this month, there has been more variety.
- I have read a young adult novel set in a dystopian future where children with defective genes are stolen away from their families;
- I have read science-fiction where a man is thrown into an alternate universe and has to fight to get back to his children;
- I have read a cosy set in the most innocent village you might find in England (o.k. so there was murder here, but of a very gentle kind); and
- I have read a cookbook that has actually changed the way I eat and helped me lose weight.
And, finally, I am enjoying deciding what to read next rather than looking at a list of deadlines. That is never the type of book blogger I wanted to be but, with so many great new releases out there, that is where I ended up. I still want those books, don’t get me wrong, but one or two new releases a week – and not every week – is where I want to be. That’s my next bookish goal. To get requesting and accepting books under control!
For now, though, I am happy – to have found a bit of a new routine and system for reading that works for me. Long may my meandering through my neglected bookshelves continue.
What about you? Do you have a reading preference or do you try to mix things up?
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