Today, I stepped away from my big laptop screen, from my iPad mini’s screen, and back toward the screen of my Kindle Paperwhite–aptly named “Dot.” I originally got the Paperwhite for a class with a professor who was “unkind” (to put it politely) and didn’t approve of the use of laptops to read in class. Each of the readings was online–you had two options: get an eReader or print them all. I chose the former, believing it was a worthwhile investment.
As a woman with electronics with purposes that occasionally overlap, I thought the Kindle wouldn’t be a good idea. But, with those overlapping purposes, I find the Kindle to be a reprieve. There’s nothing but a book on it. I can’t distract myself with social media or anything else. It’s just me and a book.
It’s refreshing, to be able to do that. I’ll take the iPad and use it as a music device and leave myself to my date with literature.
This week I have finished reading Pulp by Charles Bukowski. I’ve been an avid Bukowski reader for nearly a year now. I think what I love most about him is his ability to not care about what anyone else thinks. Just write as he’s feeling–as he’s thinking.
Last night, after mulling it over for some time, I decided to pick up something completely different than a Bukowski. I started The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde. I haven’t gotten very far, but so far I’m enjoying it. I have seen the differences even within the first two chapters. It’s nice to have the time to read recreationally again and I’m hoping that my reading will influence my writing for the positive.
We shall see. Has anyone else read any interesting books lately?