Weekly Photo Challenge: Tiny

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This was the first thing that came to my mind when I learned about this week’s theme. I read this in high school, while impatiently waiting for the fifth Harry Potter book. I really had a hard time reading the whole series, probably because I am so used of reading stories that are not as descriptive as this. But looking back, it was just right for Tolkien to do so. It was most likely the reason why Peter Jackson’s films were so vivid and loyal to the books. Ultimately, it shows how such a tiny thing like a ring can possess immense power, and how tiny people, the hobbits, overcame every struggle. I don’t know if I will experience the same difficulty that I did when I first read it, but this should be in my rereading list for me to find out.

On Reading Ebooks (and My New Kindle!)

One thing I’ve noticed about some book lovers is that they have strong opinions against reading ebooks. I get that: it’s just not the same as holding a physical copy, smelling the pages, and marking them using your favorite bookmark. But let me present my case as to why reading ebooks is not that bad.

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My first Kindle – which looks like a relic now lol

I used to own a Kindle a few years ago, when my aunt in the US gave me hers because she’s no longer using it. I never had the notion of buying a tablet, let alone an ebook reader. But when I gave it a try, I soon discovered the advantages of having one.

Convenience

What I love about my Kindle is how convenient it is to carry anywhere. I used to bring a book (or books) around with me back in college, but I began to develop chronic shoulder aches and muscle pains so I was advised not to carry heavy bags. I had to be a smart packer, so I couldn’t bring books with me even if I want to. The Kindle is small enough to be carried anywhere without being burdened with heavy weight.

Lightweight

I’m used to reading in a reclined position, either on the sofa or in bed. This is a hassle, though, when I’m reading thick books. I remember when 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami first came out, I bought the hardbound, 700-page monster. And as much as I wanted to finish it quickly, I was struggling by its sheer weight. Compare that to my experience reading Stephen King’s 1964 – this is also a thick book, but since I read it in my Kindle, I didn’t even notice.

Storage

If you have been reading my blog, you may have had an idea that I have hoarding tendencies and storage problems. Most ebook files don’t take up too much space, so you can store a lot (and I mean, A LOT) of books. It’s very much like your music player stuffed with mp3s.

Screen

I’m not sure if other ebook readers have it, but what I love about the Kindle is the screen. The screen in the Kindle is specially-made to look like paper, with no glare whatsoever. So when I read on my Kindle, it would seem that there’s not much of a difference when reading the printed copy.

So when my Kindle conked out last year, I found myself missing it badly. I had all these ebooks on my laptop that I can’t read. As a workaround, I installed the Kindle app in my phone and was able to read some of my ebooks there, but the glare brings discomfort after reading for some time.

I don’t know much about other brands of ebook readers, and since I was satisfied with my old Kindle, I was set on buying from the brand. I had a hard time looking for a store that carries it, though. Eventually, I settled on an online shop* that sells products shipped from the US.

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Kindle Paperwhite (black)

I chose the Kindle Paperwhite, which is the kind that is solely for reading ebooks. So far, I’m really happy with it! It’s much more lightweight than my old one, and has a really nice resolution and response time. Bonus: I can sync it with my Goodreads account!

Don’t get me wrong – I still loving shopping for books in bookstores and building my collection. But I have nothing against ebooks either. I don’t believe that their existence would kill printed books completely. As long as there are people who love to read, books–whether printed on paper or on screen–are always here to stay.

*I bought my Kindle Paperwhite (with smart cover) from Nelsonkrx store (Facebook, Shopify). 

Weekly Photo Challenge: Transmogrify

Transmogrify: to change or alter greatly

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My copy of The Diary of a Young Girl, the first book I bought with my own money (from my saved allowance)

I was 11, and I had borrowed a copy of this book in the library. At the time, I kept a diary and would write on it daily. I was intrigued at what this diary was all about, and why it was now a book. Anne Frank was about the same age as I was when she wrote entries on her diary. I couldn’t help but compare her experience to mine. It was very far from my everyday chronicles of homework, petty fights with my sister, and the like. I marveled at her courage, despite her fear. Many years have passed, but I always go back to that time when I discovered how one’s outlook in life can be transformed by a single book.

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Probably one of the first history books that I owned and read that was not required reading.

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Anne Frank House museum guide and stamps – my sister’s pasalubong for me when she visited the museum in Amsterdam.