Annndd…. Relax!

After a year of covid, you would think the last place anyone would want to be is at home. Yet, it is still the place I feel most calm, possibly the craziest too but definitely the calmest. Reading is my ultimate relaxation; my calm, my quiet, my happy place.

Ah! There is nothing like staying at home for real comfort. – Jane Austen

I recently sorted my to-read pile out. I went for the Instagram colourful trend. I initially started sorting alphabetically by author (of course) and even flaunted with by size but ultimately the colour option is a very beautiful way to display books, despite it going against the laws of librarianism – haha. I don’t often re-read fiction books, I tend to pass them on to friends or family members who I think will enjoy them or I donate them to charity, with the exception of a few.

My (mostly) to-read shelves.

With the kindle, I have a collection of books I cannot display, this makes it practically impossible to keep on top of my to-read pile. It’s also a secret cluster of hoarding that no one but me knows about. Over the last few years, I have actually shied away from reading my kindle for a few reasons. Primarily, my child, I don’t want him to associate me sitting on a tablet-like device as an okay way to spend large amounts of time, I would rather he see me do this with a physical book. I know this probably sounds insane and it is exactly the same hobby but I’m a bit nervous about children’s obsession with such tech and think having actual books around makes it easier for children to see and understand. There has also been quite a number of papers on this, notably; “Scholarly Culture: How Books in Adolescence Enhance Adult Literacy, Numeracy and Technology Skills in 31 Societies” and also, “Family scholarly culture and educational success: Books and schooling in 27 nations”. Of course, my child has their own bookshelf too (two actually). Of all the things he could inherit from me, I really hope a love of books is one of them.

 Do you still own physical books in this tech-savvy age? If so, do you have a certain way you prefer them organised?

Take Care.


Originally written in response to Writer’s Quote Wednesday Writing Challenge (#WQWWC) hosted by Marsha Ingrao at Always Right.


20 thoughts on “Annndd…. Relax!

  1. I do have books, both physical and ebooks. I prefer kindle format as it is way easier to read and buy books on it. As for influencing children, they may learn to understand the difference between playing and reading on a device. My 11 year old grandson loves reading books on his kindle app.

    1. I do still use my kindle especially for reading independent authors work but I prefer to limit my use of it now, use of screens in general in front of tiny prying eyes – haha. That’s wonderful news about your grandson and lovely to hear in this age. KL ❤️

      1. He has inherited the love of reading from his mom. We all are readers, so we’re my father and grandfather. I’m pleased that I’ve passed this trait in my kids and grandkids.

  2. I don’t own one single physical book, though I do love them! I don’t own any because Braille books are extremely difficult and costly to come by, and they’re equally difficult and costly to store. So my access to books must necessarily happen on my phone. I do agree it’s better for children to see us reading books, definitely!

    1. Yes! Keen eye Peter. I have a bit of a fascination with the place, with a few of the islands around Scotland. Such interesting history and ways of life. Incredible, what was life like living on the island? KL ❤️

      1. We spent a couple of years living in Benbecula. My job involved 6 weeks on Kilda interspersed with 12 weeks on Benbecula. I also spent some time on the Monarch Islands alone! (I will write about it one day) Kilda was (and is) a place which instills “desert fever”. Once you’ve been there you cannot get it out of your system and have a constant desire to get back there! If you are on Facebook then look at:

  3. I prefer an actual book, I love reading and they know me by name at the library 😁 I do have some I own mostly poetry and some fiction that I love. A few of my children’s favorite books one a beautiful illustrated edition of wind in the willows, the little prince etc. I just like holding the book, the smell of it, actually turning the pages.

    1. We have a very beautiful library in town that I used to take my little one to every Monday but they restricted it all during lockdown and it’s not quite open as it was before. Hopefully it will return to normal soon. 🤞Your books sound lovely. Xx

      1. Ours was closed during lockdown. It’s open now with limited hours and people who may enter at one time, since it is a small town. They will order a newly released book (which took me by surprise when I first started coming to it) for you if you ask it might take a month but sometimes you had to wait even longer on a waiting list at a larger library.

      2. In Chicago if they didn’t have a new book you could put a request in to have it sent to your local library from one of the branches that has it.

  4. I have heaps of books as I worked in a bookstore but I also have a Kindle which I love. I’ve spent most of my working life on public transport and the Kindle is great. Saves my back 😃

  5. Hi KL, I love how you shared your thinking about books and the effect that reading Kindle might have on your son. I have so many books, mostly non-fiction, because I tend to share my fiction books and don’t expect to get them back. I also have a lot of books on Kindle, which I keep by my bed or in my purse when I travel. I find it easier to stop reading Kindle if the book doesn’t hold my attention because it isn’t lying on my bedside in a physical form. Thanks again for joining in WQWWC. You always have something thoughtful to ponder about. 🙂 Sorry to be so late in answering.

    1. Hi Marsha, thank you so much for stopping by and commenting. I love your prompt, I never know what quote will inspire me and in what ways. Looking forward to this weeks. KL ❤

      1. Thanks KL. I love this challenge, and the way it inspires me as well. I love the people who respond and how much I learn from and identify with them. It’s been a great experience.

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