I have a Kindle fire tablet that I’ve had since early 2012. There are already a gazillion books on there but, honestly, I use it for games 80% of the time 😏
Recently when I asked my daughter whether she wanted ebook versions of the series she’s reading now she immediately responded with “No, I want to be able to smell them” 😄
The succinctness of her response made me take an honest look at what I have been denying myself ever since I came to Batam- the pleasure of my 1st love: real, physical books ❤️ It might seem silly but the feel of a real book in my hands just adds another level of pleasure to the reading experience. I also do like burying my nose between the pages for a good whiff! 😘
But getting my hands on English books is costly as I’ll have to purchase them overseas. The bookstores in Batam only sell books/magazines in Indonesian.
I examined my reading habits further and found out that I like to high-light when reading non-fiction. And that it not only takes me longer to finish non-fiction because I take pauses to reflect on new ideas, but that I also enjoy re-reading them. Different ideas might find relevance at different times in my life.
Fiction on the other hand, is temporary entertainment, similar to movies. I don’t underline passages in them, nor do I re-read them.
The path forward [to happiness] thus became clear to me: physical books for non-fiction, ebook versions for fiction 😁😁😁
The bonus to this is that now I can do book reviews/discussions again 🙃 I don’t enjoy reviewing fiction pretty much because it’s subjective, what’s good for me might be bad for you. Non-fic however has practical application that someone, if not everyone, can relate to.
It’s gonna be fun 🤸🤸