We get a daily newspaper, The Seattle Times. I read some of it and skim the rest. I work a few of the puzzles. That is about the extent of my printed-on-paper reading.
I am an electronic reader. I read articles from The New York Times and The Washington Post on line, for which I have purchased e-mail subscriptions. And of course I read e-mails and Facebook daily. I also read books, and for the last four years I have read them almost exclusively on my Kindle.
However, a friend of mine gave me a book to read. I was familiar with this book and had previously chosen not to read it, so when I received it, I set it aside. Last week when I was decluttering I found it and since I was almost finished with my current Kindle book, I decided to give it a try.
Immediately I noticed that the print was so small and light. It was giving me eye strain to read it. On my Kindle I enlarge the print. We read in bed at night, and when one of us wants to go to sleep, we turn the lights out because our readers provide their own light. Books don't.
The book was The Shack. My friend is a devout Christian and she knows I am not. She thought I might enjoy the book anyway, and maybe she wanted to aid my spiritual growth? I gave it a try. I got through the first 75 pages, then as I was asked to suspend reality I started skimming. I asked myself if I really wanted to finish this book.
I went on line and read some reviews. Most were glowing, so I also read the the ones that were not. There were various reasons why people disliked the book, from that it was blasphemous to that it was hokey. I guess I thought that it was manipulative.
I skimmed through some of the book, read the ending, and set it aside. I will give it away. I never quit things until they are finished. My mother's words ring in my ears, "If you start something, finish it". I didn't this time.
I tried to read a book, an actual book. I gave it up. I happily ordered the next in the Louise Penny Inspector Gamache series and went back to reading my Kindle.
And look here! I published a post with no photos!
Well, maybe just one? Here's the latest bouquet of garden flowers on my kitchen table.