A Nickel for My Thoughts: How Do I Read?

Today’s Topic

How do I read? Nowadays, there are so many different ways to read – audio books, eBooks, physical books (hardcover, paperback, etc.). Everyone seems to have their preference. So I thought I’d pop into the conversation.

My Thoughts: Audio Books

I love the idea of audio books. Being able to multi-task while reading? Driving while reading. Exercising while reading. Doing laundry while reading. Eating meals while reading. The possibilities are endless. The idea of audio books is so appealing. It sounds absolutely perfect.

But I just don’t think I’m capable of listening to audio books. I haven’t had the chance to try yet, but I don’t think I’m cut out for it. As a girl with two brothers (particularly, an annoying younger brother), I’ve learned to tune things out without effort. 75% of the things people say to me go in one ear and out the other, without me even realizing. I can’t even control it. My brain even tunes out conversations that I want to be in. This is also because I’ve gotten so used to tuning out everything auditory while I’m reading physical books. So I think that I’d have a hard time focusing on an audio book.

But so many people adore them that I refuse to write them off without trying them first. But I don’t even know where to begin.

Do you like audio books? Any recommendations for my first try?

My Thoughts: eBooks

I’ll be completely honest: I’m an eBook girl. For those of you who know me, you know that my family travels an unnatural amount. I’ve been to all 50 states and more than 40 countries – and I just turned 18. I’ve been traveling since I was a baby. As soon as I could read, I jumped on books as the way to pass the long flights and even longer car rides. But, pretty soon, my dad started limiting the amount of physical books I could bring on our trips. Eventually, that led to completely forbidding me from bringing any books. My dad decided that books were just too bulky, too cumbersome, too inconvenient when traveling. So I had to turn to other means of reading.

Which brought me to the world of eBooks – completely eyeopening. The ability to have dozens of books on one little device, a device that takes up less space than a single book? Priceless. I can read anywhere and anytime. Take that, Dad!

Because of the convenience factor, I’ve become a firm believer in eBooks. My Kindle (and my phone’s Kindle app) is my best friend. I can read on a train, in a car, in my bed, upside down, at dinner, literally anywhere. And as long as I have my phone in my bag, I’m also carrying around a whole shelf of books. Anytime, anywhere.

I’m a big fan of reading in bed, right before I go to sleep. And let me tell you, there is no comfortable way to read a physical book in bed. Trust me, I’ve tried. It only ever leads to cramped arms or bruises from dropping the book on my face. Nothing beats being able to lay on your side with a Kindle/phone in your hand. And then you also don’t have to worry about lighting. You can set the mood with some nice low lighting or even complete darkness.

Guys, nothing beats an eBook. I know that the smell and feel of real books is amazing, but I’ve been completely and utterly converted to the Kindle life.

Are you a Kindle reader? If so, which do you prefer: Kindle or phone?

My Thoughts: Physical Books

I started out as a physical book person, so I do love them. I adore looking at my bookshelves and seeing the army of spines. It gives me that warm feeling in my stomach, like I just drank a whole cup of hot chocolate. I lvoe it!

But I’m not a huge physical book reader, especially now that I’m in college. It’s too difficult. Of course, I do still like reading real books when I can, but I don’t dream about it. It’s nice, but not essential.

However, when I am reading physical books, I prefer paperbacks. I’m not a big hardcover person. They’re beautiful, yeah. But they’re so cumbersome and bulky. And they hurt my fingers when I prop the book open on my hand. Paperbacks aren’t as sturdy, but they’re definitely easier to read. And that’s what I think is the most important.

Are you a die-hard physical book reader? Do you prefer paperbacks or hardcovers?

So there’s my discussion post for today – I hope the nickel was worth my thoughts!

Feel free to comment and share whether you agree or disagree. Let me know what you’re thinking.

With lots of bookish love,



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