TTT: Reasons Why I Love…

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. There is a new topic each week for bloggers to join in with their own top ten. If you’re looking for some new or different book blogs to read, hop on over to her site and check out some of the links.

Man, this is a great topic for Top Ten Tuesday.  There were so many things I could have chosen, and it wasn’t easy to decide which to choose.  There are multiple reasons I love the romance genre, there are specific authors I thought of highlighting, and what about libraries?  I really love libraries. (Which actually is a bit funny considering what I ultimately decided to highlight today.)

Through the years, I’ve realized there is often a divide among avid readers and their opinions on eReaders. When my husband gifted me my first eReader (a Sony PRS-505) in 2007 I wasn’t sure which side of the aisle I’d fall on; I mean, who doesn’t love the smell of books? But here I am, 13 years later, a die-hard fan of the eReader. Here’s why…

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  • I can easily take hundreds of books with me wherever I go. Seriously, I currently have over 600 books on my current eReader. (Kindle Paperwhite 10th Generation)
  • I can read in bed without a clunky book light. Even back in the day, they had add-ons for the Sony eReader and my husband got me the lighted cover. (I want to say it is because he knows me so well, but I think he was tired of all the years of a light on while he was trying to sleep.)

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  • Privacy. I’m not always reading kid appropriate books and they don’t always have the most appropriate covers. So if I’m out in public, at a family gathering with children about, etcetera, I have some privacy.

 

  • It’s so much easier to keep track of what page you’re on with an eReader…for the most part.  To be honest, if you do somehow lose your spot it is much harder to find your spot again. But that rarely happens. You have to have the perfect storm of the wrong buttons being pushed at the wrong time.  I won’t lie, it has happened to me. But not often.
  • Dictionary! I love learning new words. And because of my lifelong love or reading and the volume of books I read I’m usually pretty accurate when I use context clues to figure out words I’m not familiar with. Yet I still want to know the exact definition of those words that are more obscure. So easy with an eReader!
  • By that same token, depending on the type of eReader and the model of said eReader, you can often look up translations for words in a different language, get more in depth knowledge of places and historical events, pull of pictures of things being described in the text, and so much more. When I used a Kindle Fire (I cannot remember which iteration it was, but this was many years ago. It was the eReader I used after my Sony) as my primary eReader I would look up what certain flowers or plants looked like if the description the author gave caught my fancy.
  • My eyes thank me. Over the last couple of years I went from someone who doesn’t need glasses at all to needing reading glasses. This can be a pain when trying to read in bed. But with an eReader you can not only change the font size, but the type of font. Win! (Please excuse my terrible picture taking skills on the next pic. I promise, my Kindle is not blurry.)
  • Notes and highlights are easily added to a text with an eReader. While I’m sure this comes in handy for those who are reading for school and studying, I use it for me reading all the time. Especially with books I know I’ll be reviewing.  It’s easy to make a note to refer back to when writing my review later. Or highlight favorite passages with the press of a finger.
  • I read a lot of series, and sometimes I have to wait over a year to read the next book in a series. Or I’ve just read so many other books between the books in a series that I need a nudge to the old memory bank. What I’ll often do is highlight a character’s name and “search device” and all the books on my device with that name in the text will pop up! So useful when I need a memory jog.
  • The covers! No, no the actual book covers. The eReader covers. I swear, it took me as long to pick my current Paperwhite cover as it did for me to decide if I wanted another Paperwhite or something different the last time I bought an eReader. The beauty of it is that I can switch it out if I want to change it up.  I’m quite the creature of habit so I doubt that I’ll do that unless this one gets too worn, but it’s still an option.
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My current Kindle Fire and Kindle Paperwhite

About Cheri

I'm the mom of two boys and wife to my high school sweetheart. Our oldest, Josh, is living at home while working and paying off student loans. Our youngest, Griffin recently left his active duty Army job and is now National Guard here at home. He moved back to Michigan with his wife Kirsten and our beautiful granddaughter Hazel. I work part time and try to fit as much reading into my life as possible.
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21 Responses to TTT: Reasons Why I Love…

  1. Astilbe says:

    I didn’t realize you could enlarge text like that. Very handy!

    Here is our Top Ten Tuesday.

    • Cheri says:

      It’s awesome. Of course, anyone sitting behind me clearly see what I’m reading since I need it large when I don’t have my reading glasses handy.

  2. Marg says:

    My first ereader was a Sony. I can’t remember what version it was but I do know that it was red and I had a cover with a light in it.

    • Cheri says:

      I actually Googled Sony eReader to see images so I could be accurate in which one I had. I actually still have it somewhere! But it was easier to look it up online than to figure out where I have it stored, lol. Ereaders have come a loooong way since that first one I had.

  3. lydiaschoch says:

    I love ereaders, too. You’re not alone there.

    My TTT .

  4. I’m still not a fan of reading on a screen, as I spend so much time on screens anyway that reading is kind of my break from that. I do read e-arcs on my laptop but I don’t see myself getting an e-reader anytime soon. I’m glad you enjoy it though!
    My TTT: https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2020/05/19/top-ten-tuesday-264/

    • Cheri says:

      I’ll admit that I do have an issue with dry eyes since I spend so much time between my eReader reading and my laptop doing everything else. I have to remind myself to give my eyes a break and look away from the screen. You don’t blink as much when using an eReader as you do with a paperbook since the page-turn is instant.

      • Didn’t know that you didn’t blink as much when using an e-reader, that’s interesting!

      • Cheri says:

        That’s what the eye doctor told me. Said we don’t blink because our hands aren’t distracting the eye while turning pages and we end up leaving our eyes open much longer than usual. She said to try to remember to at least take a break after each chapter and look up from the book and to a distant point to reduce dryness and strain. I’m sure you can imagine it’s hard to remember to do that when in middle of a really great story!

      • Ah that’s interesting! Yeah, I can definitely see that, when I get really into a book my concentration is pretty focused!

  5. I’m LOLing over here because I ALMOST did a list about why I love “real” books over e-books! I do prefer the former, but I also read a lot of the latter. These days, I’m appreciating my e-reader (I use the Kindle app on my iPad) because I have a bum left shoulder and my book hand is my left, which means holding a “real” book puts strain on my already-sore left shoulder. With my iPad, I can rest my “book” on my stomach or lap and not have to use my hands at all. Brilliant!

    Happy TTT!

    Susan
    http://www.blogginboutbooks.com

    • Cheri says:

      Oh yes, another great point. When I read a physical book my carpal tunnel tends to flare up from holding the book open. It seems like such a silly and easy thing, to open a book.

  6. I love my e-reader too and I’m really trying to use it more often these days. I definitely use it whenever a book has a more questionable cover because I don’t really want to have half-naked people on a physical book cover 😂

    • Cheri says:

      Right? And sometimes the titles are hilariously witty and/or punny to me, but would put me in a spot if my 5 year old nephew asks what it means!

  7. Yes to all of these! I would also add that it makes me hands hurt less from reading. Privacy is probably the biggest plus, though.

  8. I still prefer a printed book because I like physically feeling that I’m browsing the pages in a book (and it’s a nice break away from screens), but your list has really strong reasons for loving an e-reader!

  9. AND… you don’t need a light to read it, if it has a back light! My first eReader – a Nook – didn’t, and I wasn’t happy with it. My Paperwhite does and I love it! But I’ll never give up reading print books either.

  10. crumblingbookshelf says:

    This is a great list! I love my Kindle for many of the same reasons as you, especially carrying hundreds of books in my bag! I really want a Paperwhite; I’m thrilled to know you love yours! I also love how ebooks can be read on multiple devices; I often read on my computer and phone too! Happy reading!

    • Cheri says:

      It’s actually my second Paperwhite. The first one I had lasted years and actually still works, but the battery started needing to be charged more often and I wanted something new. Ended up with another Paperwhite since there’s no comparison for an eReader you can easily use outside on a sunny day. And I love to read outside in the summer.

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