16 by claycameras


I've always loved reading.

Two years ago I got a Kindle e-reader and it changed my life. Library trips had become less frequent and carpal tunnel made it hard for me to hold onto paper books. Getting that freedom back was invigorating. I spent so many hours each day reading, so happy I could finally take a break from what felt like endless nothingness online. I could finally do something else.

I filled the Kindle with books, many of which my ex-husband would approve of. I shied away from books I knew he would berate and make fun of me for reading, although I did hide a few in the depths of the device. I even let him choose what books I would read so he'd be happy with "my" choices. Sometimes I decided against his suggestion, but that was never wise.

Over the past year I fell away from reading, too busy with life and divorce and escape and work to deal with it. A small part of me was afraid, worried, of what my boyfriend would think of my books. I knew in my heart he'd never judge me or even care, but it's a hard fear to overcome.

In December I saw an ad on Facebook for The Book of the Month Club. I signed up immediately and two months in, I'm obsessed. I'm buying at least three books from there a month, borrowing Kindle books from the library, buying Kindle books, going to the book store, grabbing a book while getting groceries...

And I don't care if Ray knows what I'm reading.
Love reading too, any favorite genre or do you read anything?
January 18th, 2020  
Try 'free kindle books" on amazon, the Gutenberg Project is also a great place. I like my Kindle a great deal too.
January 19th, 2020  
I work in a library, not bought a book or magazine in years!! Even use library for e-books when on holiday!
January 19th, 2020  
@overalvandaan I've just been trying anything that seems interesting. Lately, I've been very into non-fiction. I recently finished The Polygamist's Daughter by Anna LeBaron and Educated by Tara Westover. The book I photographed, that I'm reading right now, is Tightrope by Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn. It's hitting very hard but I'm really enjoying it.

@joysabin I have so many from the Gutenberg Project! It's a fantastic resource.

@30pics4jackiesdiamond How lucky! Now that we live closer I'm sure I'll be stopping by the library much more often. Once the weather warms up it'll be within walking distance.
January 20th, 2020  
Well done . I wish I could get more into reading. Perhaps you will be able to join a book club in the future?
January 27th, 2020  
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