All writers are readers. That’s a given. I personally love to read mysteries and romantic suspense. I can’t fall asleep unless I’ve been reading for a while–not always a good idea late at night, especially with a good page-turner that I know will keep me up until all hours, but none-the-less, it’s still my favorite time to read.
Over the years I’ve acquired so many books that my house is now filled with hard covers and paperbacks. They’re everywhere, but I wouldn’t consider getting rid of a single copy, especially the signed novels. (And many of them are signed.) I’m running out of storage space, but I keep buying them. I’m forever asking my husband to make me more bookshelves, but I fill them up as quickly as he finishes them. For me, books are an addiction. I have a “to be read” book pile two feet high. Of course, I could always go to my local Library and borrow books, but once I have a book in my possession, I find it hard to return.
Of course there are e-readers available now that allow a person to store as many as twenty-five hundred books on a single book-sized device. Well, I bought one because of the storage capacity, and have downloaded or is it uploaded I’m never sure, many novels, mostly by contemporary mystery authors. While I enjoy the convenience of the e-reader, it’s not the same as holding a printed book. I like to be around printed books, I like the look of them, and the feel of a book in my hands. I like to turn pages and use bookmarks. And I like to get my novels autographed, which is hard to do with an e-reader, but I hear that someone has invented a way to do that too. Wouldn’t you just know it?
I’ve read that viewing the white screen on an e-reader late at night isn’t conducive to a good night’s sleep. So far I haven’t had any problems sleeping after reading from one at night, but I know it’s probably only a matter of time before I do, so I’ll go on buying printed books and storing them until I finally run out of space.
Does anyone feel the same about books? If you do, I’d really love to hear from you. Please feel free to leave a comment.