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Print books and the rise of an old desire

Since finishing study, I have accumulated a pile of paper books. Now, I’ve been an e-book convert or close to 3 years now, so this is a strange occurrence for me. I (hate to confess this but have to…) actually do not have a bookshelf. *waits for the gasps and outrage*. Hear me out, please? I have kids, and in their early years they liked nothing more than to trash my book shelves. I had two. The moment I was out of the room for anything, the books would end up all over the floor and I just couldn’t stand it. Those book defenseless books 😦

So, I packed up the ones I couldn’t part with and kept them in boxes under the bed, and I donated the rest to charity. The bookshelves became toy shelves and I no longer had to worry that any books would be destroyed in the making of my small people.

IMG_20141016_072540564That was about 5 years ago.

And now that they are all substantially older, I am beginning to think it might be time to start a new bookshelf*. Break open the boxes and set my books free. Because, as much as I love to read on my kindle, as much time as I’ve spent teaching them that it isn’t just a book, but a whole library, I don’t think they really get it. Since I’ve started reading print books again, they have started realizing that I do spend a fair bit of time reading. The kindle appears to be just another ‘screen’ as far as they are concerned lol. So, lead by example right?

Now, onto the books…. I grabbed The Strain a few months ago because it was going for 50c at the library. And then I went to the Warehouse on Saturday morning to find they were getting rid of books for a ridiculous $1.47. So I grabbed Doctor Sleep, Cujo, and Grim. And then yesterday Carnival of Souls(officially Carnival of Secrets) arrived in the post from the lovely Book Chatter Cath. I’m looking forward to doing a lot of reading!!!

*Naturally, the kids have bookshelves, two, jam packed with books.

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5 thoughts on “Print books and the rise of an old desire”

  1. Wow, what a steal! Ebooks are great, but you are so right. Often enough, you can find paper books for just a couple of bucks! Do the pages smell like memories? Do they? DO THEY!?

    1. You know, I don’t think they do… do paper books smell differently these days? Now I’m disappointed lol. I think here in NZ it’s much harder to find print books reliably that are cheap. They are ghastly expensive most of the time, but when I see things on special that I want to read (or books I have read but would love to lend to people), I snap those babies up.

  2. Print books will always be my first love. Old books do smell like memories. New books smell like memories yet to be made. I agree, print books can be really expensive in NZ. I practically live in the library, buy a lot of second hand books, do a lot of book swapping, keep an eye on the sales tables and look for places I can get new books cheaper (sites like the book depository and publisher websites can be good for that).

    I’m not a big fan of e-books. Nothing against them, I just don’t like reading on a screen. Each to their own.

    Those are some serious bargains you got. Happy reading! 🙂

  3. I buy the majority of my fiction and non-fiction (biographies etc.) in electronic form simply because I don’t have the space for everything that I purchase. However, my reference books for my business are mostly hardcopy. I also tend to get my comics/graphic novels in hardcopy.

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