I have missed out on posting for my newly-joined book club for the last two months.
Considering I have joined the club only three months ago, this seems highly irresponsible. And don't get me wrong, I have been and am highly enthusiastic about it. But when it comes around to reading my e-book (the only fastest mode for me to procure the monthly read), I find myself making numerous excuses like oh ! It's too early in the morning or I am too tired to read with the comp on my lap adding further to the sweltering summer or how can I read when Masterchef Australia is currently on TV or when I curl up under my blanket at night, how much warmer a physical book seems. Then I got around to analyzing. I love reading indisputably; although my monthly run rate is slow, it is still ticking ie. this rule applies to only physical books. But for e-books, it's a whole another story.
Is this just me being traditional and rigid? Or any of you guys out there relate to this?
I just love the smell of books and a distinct nostalgia hits me when I smell a book, transporting me back to my school days where I used to be so thrilled after getting new books at the beginning of an academic year. An unopened book is so much more thrilling like an unopened gift package, just bursting with unraveled secrets. The new, crisp, shiny, white pages only to end up being all torn, tattered and bruised in every possible manner by the end of the year.
I love the way that we can make tiny notes, highlight important passages( Btw, that's how I used to study. My books were covered with fluorescent yellow and green markers all over the pages) and how about the cute, tiny dog ears that we can make with the pages. I mean, doesn't that just leave you with a whole another feeling. And they are so forgiving even if you fall asleep over them or with them over you.
Undoubtedly, e-book readers have all conveniences in terms of portability, instant dictionary references, accessibility, multi-tasking with novels, magazines, newspapers or even games all simultaneously. Most definitely, it's an all-in-one package !
But, I don't think e-books can stir that kind of emotions or ever replace that exhilarating high which physical books can, in me.
Till the day when a manufacturer comes out with an e-book reader having smells/ capability for dog ears/hug-ability factor, guess e-books would not end up being my best friend or wait maybe, not even then !