Ah, Kindle love…I’m so glad I went back to a Kindle keyboard model. I’ve been tearing through books since I got it. It’s just so light and perfectly proportioned in the hand. I didn’t take to the on-screen tapping required when using the Kindle Paperwhite and much prefer physical buttons. It sounds silly, but the Kindle keyboard model is easy to read with either hand.
Picture me, if you will…
Lying nonchalantly on my chaise longue, one hand tucked behind my head. It’s how I like to read. And every so often, when the blood has stopped flowing to the hand behind my head, turning it numb and slightly alien, I swap hands and pass the Kindle over.
Turning the page by clicking one of the perfectly-placed buttons either side of the screen is a lot easier than tapping at the screen.
I’m reading several books right now, as I usually do. Call it a form of adult book-related ADHD. Made all the easier by the Kindle. No need to carry just one book around, when you have an entire library with you in a device lighter than the lightest of paperbacks.
One of these is a pre-read for a course I’m attending in a few weeks. It’s a big old psychology textbook and I need to write a review of it once I’m finished. I can very easily read with the Kindle in one hand and a pen in the other, taking notes as I go along. It’s actually easier this way than reading the paper book (I have both). Despite the impending deadline, the Handbook of Coaching Psychology is still an enjoyable read.
So I recently finished Perfiditas by Alison Morton (great fun!) and, while I could have launched straight into the third part of this Nova Roma trilogy, I had a hankering for something a little different. I checked my very long list of book recommendations and opted for The Martian by Andy Weir.
(I think I was influenced by having just recently watched Europa Report, which is most excellent intelligent sci-fi.)
So far, I’m enjoying The Martian, despite its focus on the technicalities of chemistry and physics. I’m only 10% through it, so there’s plenty of time for it to develop.
What else is on the list? I really need to finish Thinking Fast & Slow I read it when it first came out but decided to re-read, this time more slowly! If I’m honest, I really skim-read it the first time. It’s not exactly a light read, but an incredibly interesting take on cognitive psychology.
Then I’ll probably return to Nova Roma and read Successio, the final (I think?) part of the series. I’ve already bought it – it’s downloaded on my Kindle, just waiting for me. And partly-inspired by this modern-day take on the Roman Empire, I’ve bought Mary Beard’s Pompeii.
It’s been years since my visit to Pompeii and I feel a little guilty for spending most of it wondering how soon I could escape the unrelenting heat and head into the shade (it was about 38C at the time).
All this is, however, accompanied by a fear eating away at me. The fear that something will happen to my precious Kindle keyboard and it will be impossible to replace. I really, really don’t want to go back to a Paperwhite.
Maybe I’ll look for a spare before they get too scarce and keep it as a back-up.
Or maybe I’ll have to ‘upgrade’ to the other model.