There’s some big news in my reading life, folks.
(You’re right if you’ve been reading my Salon posts of late and guessed that I actually finished a book. Indeed, that I did.)
But this news is even bigger. It’s life-changing. After nearly 40 years …
I CAN READ IN THE CAR!
Now, I know some of my blog readers are probably saying, “So what?” But this is huge, people. Like many people, I suffer with the inability to read in the car or on a bus. I can read on a plane. I can read on a train. (This is starting to sound like the blog of Dr. Seuss). But I have not, thought I could not, would not read in a car.
Until I tried it with the Kindle last night.
It was an experiment of sorts. On our car trips to see family in PA, The Husband usually drives and I fiddle with Facebook or Twitter on my phone. I realized that if I can read status updates and tweets, then maybe I could read my Kindle.
So I tried it out yesterday evening. Fired up my Kindle to the May 9 issue of “The New Yorker” (still working my way through that one) and read Donald Antrim’s short story “He Knew.” And just like that, I discovered I could read in the car now. Being that we are moving 6 hours away from our families (instead of the 1.5 hours we are now), the idea that I’ll be able to spend some of these road trips with a Kindle book makes me deliriously happy. I don’t know what the difference is, and I don’t care.
Like many others, I have a little trip of sorts planned this week. I’m going to New York on Friday for the 2nd Annual Book Blogger Convention … but I’m not going to be reading my Kindle on the train. I’ll be reading THIS and I cannot wait.
I am so looking forward to reading this book. I’ve known about it since last year and it has seemed like an eternity for its publication date of May 4 to get here. But it did, and I now have a copy, and I am thrilled.
From all I’ve heard about this one (and you’ll be hearing more about it too, judging from the accolades it has already received and the fact that it went into a second printing less than two weeks post-publication), this seems to be a book where the reading cannot and should not be rushed. It deserves the gift of time – time to let the story and the characters and the issues raised within to properly marinate in one’s mind.
Time happens to be something I don’t have much of these days … but I will have at least four glorious and uninterrupted hours on Amtrak when I head to New York for the Book Blogger Convention on Friday.
(While Rachel Simon might be a new author for some, I (and more than a few others) have been following her career for 20 years. For those of us in the Philadelphia area, she’s one of our own – now calling my adopted state of Delaware home. On Monday evening, I was lucky enough to attend a fabulous talk with Rachel at one of our local library branches – which I’ll be blogging about soon.)
Wherever you are this Sunday – be it in a car or a train or a plane en route to Book Expo America or at home (and you should be at Armchair BEA if that’s the case) – I hope you have a great print or e-book in hand!
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Thanks for sharing this post!