Somewhere in the middle of my stupidly long bucket list, it says:
Completely arbitrary number, and it probably came about from me mentioning one time that I need to read more. I only used to maybe read like 2-3 books a year, when there was something in particular that caught my attention.
Nevertheless, 2019 just happened to be my year of reading.
I'd just moved to New Zealand, and was starting to become a library regular anyway. But then, in a cruel twist of fate, Wellington Central Library was shut down for being "earthquake-prone" (which is a whole other drama). So I weighed up my options, and decided that maybe it was time to try an ebook reader.
I went with the Kobo Clara HD. Why not the Kindle? It would've been slightly cheaper, but the Kobo to me was worth the extra few bucks. I could sync it to my library account and bypass that whole BUY BUY BUY thing that Amazon does... I use the Libby app on my phone to browse and borrow books from my local library, and then they just automatically download into my Kobo ebook reader. Like magic.
AND it fits perfectly into the inner pocket of my coat! 😍
Why did no one tell me about ebook readers sooner?!!
Like most, I was skeptical at first. Screens tend to offer little windows of distraction, that steal a minute here and there, and that didn't sound like an ideal reading experience. I've read books on my phone and on my computer before, and it's fine. But I was always very aware of the fact that I am staring at a screen, and Twitter/Reddit/Whatsapp was only a tap or a click away.
"Electronic ink" (AKA "epaper") is a game-changer. For me, it completely eliminates even the association of "screens = multi-tasking".
The problem I found with prioritising quantity over quality when it comes to reading is that they all start merging into a singular experience. Just one long bus ride, going backwards and forwards between home and the office.
While some books certainly stood out amongst the parade of them, I've already forgotten far too many. I'd much rather have read fewer books throughout the year, but really had the opportunity to savour the plot of each one before feeling obligated to just jump straight into the next.
I keep track of all my reading on my Goodreads profile (feel free to add me!):
In chronological order, from January to December....
My Kobo's a little beaten up from having been everywhere with me, from camping to beaching and everything else (mostly bus rides), but my Kobo was for sure the best purchase I made in 2019. For better or worse, I don't think I would be reading as many books without it.
My goal at some point is to track things like "hours read" and "pages flipped", as well as genre, etc, into a dashboard view. So that I can see at a glance, preferably in a web application, my reading patterns on a daily, weekly, or monthly basis. Maybe I prefer reading inspirational books in January? Maybe by August, things get a little nihilist? I'd love to dig deeper into my data.
But that's a project for another time...
Here are some photos of my baby: