In 2010 my Kindle was new to me- and I read only 5 books on it the entire year. In 2011, I was up to an even dozen books. It appeared this e-reading thing was getting easier. But in 2012, I was back down to 8 books. In 2013, I read 13 books on my Kindle Fire. I'm not sure if I should be encouraged by this, or consider this a failure. I still love holding and reading good old fashioned books, with actual pages. However, I do appreciate how a new book is truly just a click away. And, I love NetGalley (even though I don't seem to get those books read very quickly).
A list of the pros and cons of e-reading versus actual books doesn't take into account how much I enjoy holding a book in my hand, or the fact that growing up as a reader of paper/print books is a habit that I might never break.
A few year ago, I would have made some resolution or entered a reading challenge. I have given up on challenges. I'm just not good about being so regimented and planned out with my reading. I like perusing my bookshelves and reading whatever title catches my eye. And I like looking at my kindle books and reading whatever I want whenever I feel like it.
I will say that I have been doing a bit more kindle reading on my ipad while running. I love to read while running on the treadmill, and turning a page on my ipad takes far less coordination than turning a page in a book. If I can convince myself to read kindle books while running, I am hopeful that my Kindle book totals will be much higher in 2014.
Already on January 9, I have finished two books this way - the new Julia Spencer Fleming mystery (review to come) and Made From Scratch and Homeward Bound by Emily Matchar.
So, when 2014 comes to a clsoe, we'll see just how many kindle books I have read by then, and whether my preference of holding a book in my hands remains intact.