what I’m reading…

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I bought myself a Christmas gift, one I never thought I’d buy. I was browsing Amazon’s electronics gift guide for kicks. I always think gift guides like that are… ridiculous? I don’t know about you but I don’t really know anyone who gives huge, expensive gifts like that and if they do, they certainly don’t need a “gift guide” to tell them what to buy. But this gift guide, it got me thinking, maybe I’d read more if I had a Kindle. Maybe I deserve to buy myself something nice, ya know because life is stressful and shopping for others is stressful too. Maybe it’d be good for me. Aaaand then I got an email that said it was shipped and would arrive two days later.  You’re welcome, self!

I’ve always been that annoying person that was like “I like the feel of reeeal books! Why would I ever need a Kindle?” Then I went on two separate vacations where I finished off the book I was reading and didn’t have another to start on. This year I also adopted this minimalistic view where I don’t want to own anything I don’t absolutely love which includes books. I sold nearly all that I owned except for my favorites (Chuck Palahniuk + Mary Roach collections, Geek Love + The Contortionist’s Handbook.) So owning a device I can have in my home and take on vacations that takes up almost no space at all and still can hold thousands of books is right up my alley. I’m honestly surprised it took me this come to come to that conclusion.

I bought the Kindle Paperwhite and I’m IN LOVE. Definitely one of those purchases that I should have made a long time ago. I christened my new Kindle by buying Make Something Up: Stories You Can’t Unread by Chuck Palahniuk. I’m about 60% of the way through (love seeing the percentage!) and probably wouldn’t recommend it* but I’m still obsessed with reading it. I feel so much more motivated to read than I have in a long, long time.

In 2017 I want to spend less time aimlessly browsing the internet. I’m not talking about reading blogs or writing up my Friday Favorites (you wouldn’t believe how long that can take some weeks!) but the time clicking back and forth to check my email, facebook, ebay, etc fifty billion times a day. It’s just wasted time and I don’t even like doing it. It’s almost like a compulsion. I want to spend this newly found “free time” reading. I haven’t picked a number yet but there will definitely be a book goal on my list of things to accomplish in the new year.

I’m so excited to get back into reading like I was a few years ago when bubble baths and tearing through a book were something that happened almost every night. I think me, my Kindle, and my new clawfoot tub are going to be spending a lot of time together. I bought a waterproof case which should arrive shortly after moving in to my new apartment so I am alllll set to get my readin’ on!

So, tell me, what are you reading? What books should I buy next? I finally made a Goodreads account and have gotten some awesome recommendations over there but I love hearing yours!

*It breaks my heart to say that. In the past I’ve been accused of being a “fan girl” who eats up whatever he puts out but I’m finally willing to admit that maybe, just maybe, Palahniuk’s work has started to get a little, uh, out there? I still consider Rant my all time favorite book but I no longer feel the need to pick up his books on release day which bums me out immensely. 

Also, I made a little section over there in the right sidebar that I will keep updated with what I’m currently reading in case you’re curious!

Author: Kaylah

Just a green haired gal from Cleveland, Ohio.

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  • I love reading, and I guess I'm one of those annoying people that will always favor the look and feel of "real" books over electronic ones. I don't buy books much, because I'm trying to save money, minimalize, ect, and one of my favorite things to do is browse my local libraries. I could spend hours just touching and looking at all the different books! I come home with stacks of them about all different things that I'm excited to learn about – for free!

    Currently I'm reading Jurassic Park – definitely recommend!

  • Welcome to the digital reading world! I was a stubborn book lover and my boyfriend was a stubborn e-reader lover and he finally converted me by getting me a kindle fire for Christmas a couple years ago. It really is *so* convenient and so much easier to travel with. I still hoard books but I'm trying to cut down and focus more on digital copies, save for my favorite authors. I'm gonna add you on goodreads πŸ™‚

    Right now I'm reading The Stand by Stephen King. This year I attempted to read 1 King book a month (and I'm one short) on top of my goodreads 55 book challenge.

    And I'm sad to say I'm in the same boat with Palahniuk. He used to be one of my favorites but I just can't get into his newer work πŸ™

  • One of the best gifts I've ever received was the Kindle Touch–which I've had for years now. I have quite a few good reasons why I love reading on it more than "regular" books, one in particular being because I can enlarge the font when I'm having one of those headache/migraine days but still want to read. Another is the features. I can highlight certain passages and save them for later or share them on social media (I don't know why but this pleases me). I also really like the idea of being able to see the percentages like you said. Also, my battery lasts FOREVER. Oh…and I don't have to turn over when I'm lying in bed and it's time to read the next page of the book. That sounds so lame but uh yeah! I just added you on Goodreads by the way! Hope you enjoy your Kindle πŸ™‚

    • No, I totally get it! There are a ton of really random little perks to reading on a Kindle. I mentioned it in a comment above but I LOVE reading on my side and with a real book it's not always the easiest.

  • I adopted my mom's old Kindle when she bought herself a new one, and it was super exciting and convenient at first, but eventually the excitement wore off. While it is quite nice to not have as many books on my bookshelf, there's still something about the feeling of being able to touch the spines and pages of each book that an electronic reader simply can't replicate. But! They're really really really convenient for traveling πŸ™‚

  • -But What if We're Wrong by Chuck Klosterman. If you love Mary Roach, you'll dig it.
    -Potted Meat by Steven Dunn
    -I'm not sure if you're into graphic novels but Paper Girls and Harrow County are worth checking out.
    My goal for 2017 is to read a book every two month. I'm with you on the casual browsing of the internet thing. It's making my brain mushy!

  • I made that same goal for myself yesterday! I felt like I had read a ton this past year, only to check my Goodreads account & see that I had only finished 17 books. I'd much rather get lost in the good book then keep falling into the Internet wormhole πŸ™‚

  • I am not a HUGE kindle fan. I really like seeing how far I have gone by looking at the pages. BUT I hate reading huge books. My husband and I got a kindle as a wedding gift, and rarely use it. It wasn't until I had a baby I picked it back up. The baby book I took out from the library is HUGE (like 700 pages) and I couldn't read it while feeding or holding the baby. Now it is so easy to read, I might get some other books on there. If anything I don't mind reading short stories on the kindle.