Bringing it Back Old School Or Why Sometimes the Old Way is the Best Way by Stacy Michelle
A life-long book lover, I must admit that a couple of years ago I made the jump to e-reader. I believe it was the new 1,000+ page hardcover by Ken Follett, my favorite author, which finally pushed me in the direction of a Kindle. And I have never looked back. Why schlep around a tome when I could easily carry around all my books in one neat electronic package? With each book loaded onto my “library shelves”, I became more addicted to this little device.
But then something interesting happened. I received a book for Christmas. As in, an ordinary paperback book. And as it was a title I had long been interested in reading (A Little History of the World by E.H. Gombrich), I couldn’t wait to dive in. I found myself sitting at a local café with a coffee and my book in hand. Next thing I know, a woman approached me to say how much she enjoyed reading that book. We had a brief conversation and she walked away. A few days later, on the subway coming home from work, the man sitting next to me looked over at the cover and said that looks interesting. We, too, started chatting about books and authors. He also suggested a few other titles that I might be interested in reading. Wow, all that communication without a computer in sight! I was even more impressed to receive a recommendation without an algorithm telling me which books I might want to consider.
I decided to continue this experiment by making my next book a print edition as well. A Town Like Paris by Bryce Corbett is a very funny memoir about a man who moves to Paris on essentially a whim and ends up staying for a decade. I’m not sure if it was the charming cover featuring a beautiful Parisian street, or the fact that Paris is in the title, but sure enough, more often than not, when I pulled the book out of my bag, conversation followed.
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins was up next (yes I know I am very late to the party on this one). Since pretty much everyone on the planet has already read it, I found myself making new book friends everywhere! It seems many people have affection for Katniss and her adventures. My favorite moment was when, in the midst of an intense scene, a young guy walking past me, shouts, “Go Katniss!” He couldn’t have timed it better.
I’m not going to be giving up my Kindle anytime soon but I will make sure to mix it up with the print versions every now and then—I certainly do not get this reaction when holding my e-book. Of course, if you just want to read and be left alone, the e-reader is probably perfect. But it’s nice to see a community of avid readers still exists—and I’m proud to be a part of it!
Stacy Michelle is one of the co-founders of Shelf Pleasure. She’s currently debating what book to read next. And when she’s not reading, she’s usually found writing at her desk or maybe watching TV. Usually watching TV.
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