Book or Kindle? Where Are You In World’s Most Passionate Debate?

Book or Kindle? Where Are You In World’s Most Passionate Debate?

I wasn’t going to go, well, there.

Frankly, you’ve given me no choice.

Such a shame, too, as you and I were getting along so well.

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In fact, it appeared we were never better following my column of a couple weeks ago where I confessed to be a life-long book lover.

Clearly, I’m not alone.

I don’t think a column has ever generated more email.

You are not shy about your love for books.

Nor about recommending who you think I should read next.

All the Light We Cannot See: A Novel
by Anthony Doerr was the most-often recommended book, by the way.

That, and the avalanche of your other suggestions could keep my eyeballs occupied and happy the rest of my reading life.

Thank you for taking the time to send those along.

Honestly, it would’ve been great if you could’ve just left things there.

But, no.

You had to step into that divide bigger than nations, more fractured than religions.

A gulf bigger than the great oceans of the world.

You had to bring up the great debate of “Book vs. New Fangled Tablet.”

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Oh, yes, you did.

And here I thought your Mama brought you up better than that.

And not only brought it up, but with great passion.

“And let’s be clear, I’m recommending real books!” one person emailed. “You can’t beat the feel, the smell of the pages, the experience.”

And in your sharing was the unspoken question, “And you, Daryn? Surely, a book lover like you, likes real books, too?”

The Paper!

The Print!

The Binding!

Well, here goes.

Get ready to burn the newspaper or click delete on your computer.

My name is Daryn, and I’m a Kindle user.

Aack!

There, I said it.

I never intended to be one of those people.

One day, I simply dipped my page-turning index finger with a little try of the iBooks app on my iPad.

Bought a book while sitting in an airplane at 35,000 feet.

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Talk about a “Wow!” moment.

The instant book gratification was topped by the ease of zipping through pages.

Yeah, I can read faster on a tablet.

Evelyn Wood would be so proud.

I’ve now jumped into the deep end and gone full-on Kindle, carrying the equivalent of huge stacks of books with me wherever I go.

Simply, I hooked and booked.

So, judge if you will.

But also give thanks that I’m not the person in front of you at the public library on the wait list for the real book.

I’m not taking longer to gather my things from the overhead compartment on the airplane.

Perhaps, that’s enough to keep us friends.

Now that you’ve opened the Pandora’s Book Box, let me have it—

Old fashioned book?

Or tablet?

I’m ready for us to go there.

Find more uplifting stories on my website, DarynKagan.com

Please catch my newspaper column each week in the Atlanta Journal Constitution, the Dayton Daily News and other newspapers across Ohio.

Book Lover, Party of One; Why Reading Is Like Dating

Book Lover, Party of One; Why Reading Is Like Dating

I can’t quite do it yet.

I need some space.

Before I’m ready.

It’s like that with great loves.

This one has been with me for years.

I suspect with you, as well.

A love that can only be found between the pages

Of books.

Reading.

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Diving into the deep end with characters I like and relate to better than some of the “real” people in my life.

My name is Daryn and I’m a life-long book lover.

You, too, Dear Reader? Are you a fellow Reader?

And if so, what kind?

Book love is sort of like dating.

How we look for it, enjoy it, pace it.

Are you a serial reader? The kind who jumps from book to book? Your soul starts to shake if you’re not involved in some master plot?

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Do you refuse any exclusive relationship, reading more than one book at once?

Me, I’m a one-book-at-a-time kinda gal.

And I need a little space between tomes.

After all, reading a book is so gosh darn intimate. For days, weeks, months, these characters and I grab every spare moment together. I will read in bed, in the bathroom while blow drying my hair (and you thought I didn’t have talent!)

And if the book is really good, like the one I just finished, I fall in love.

This is not the wisest of choices as I know how this is going to end.

Just as all unrequited love does–

Not well.

For, to love a book is to give your heart away, to the characters, to their struggles.

Diana Gabaldon's Outlander's Series comes to life as a TV Show, which any book lover knows is not the same, nor as good.
Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander’s Series comes to life as a TV Show, which any book lover knows is not the same, nor as good.

Meanwhile, they don’t know who I am.

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The idea that they’re now sharing their story with the next book-aholic eager to gobble up their pages hurts my warped feelings a bit, I must say.

That’s why, like dating, I can’t jump immediately from one book to another.

So, yes, that makes this a lonely time, as I’m currently between books.

I crawl into bed thinking of that book I forgot I finished, only to remember, “Oh, that’s right. We’re not together anymore.”

My heart pangs, just not enough to move along.

Not quite yet.

Sometime over the next week or two, I’ll start thinking about dipping my page turning finger.

Like someone ready to get back in the dating pool, I’ll casually ask friends, “Know any good books?”

Or look for an online match asking on Twitter and Facebook, “What book have you loved lately?”

A good fix-up requires some information, so let me just say, I don’t have a certain type.

I bounce from what the book world likes to call, “Women’s Fiction,” to thrillers, and if I’m feeling kinda smart, some literary stuff.

I’ve been known to spend my fair share of time with the likes of John Grisham, Dan Silva, Lisa Scottoline, Kristin Harmel, Harlan Coben, Ken Follett, and most recently Liane Moriarty.

How about you?

Who you reading?

How you reading?

I’ve got time to talk before the next book steals my time and heart.

Find more uplifting stories on my website, DarynKagan.com

Please catch my newspaper column each week in the Atlanta Journal Constitution, the Dayton Daily News and other newspapers across Ohio.

And you can find me hosting “Bookmark” on RLTV.

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