I'm constantly finding new little apps on my smart phone that I didn't realize I had. If it isn't the basics - phone, email or browser - I haven't really taken the time to peruse them.
But as I was scrolling through the apps menu, a little blue book caught my attention. It was an ebook application.
I eagerly opened it up to find that the app came preloaded with three classic novels - "Treasure Island," "The Three Musketeers" and "Wuthering Heights." I've read the first two, but admit that I've never really enjoyed reading Emily Bronte. I'm not sure why.
I love to read and that's my favorite thing to do right before bed. No matter what else happens during the day at work or at home, that hour I spend reading whisks me away from all of those troubles. I love a good mystery or thriller - anything that's a real page turner. My dad got me hooked on Dick Francis books. Francis wrote mysteries about the horse racing world. Dad like those books I think because he also raised horse for many, many years.
I like Sue Grafton books as well. She's the one who writes the alphabet mysteries - "A is for Alibi," "B is for Burglar," "C is for Corpse," well, you get the idea. Those books always seemed to have a nice orderly progression, not just in title, but in plot and themes as well.
My all-time favorite author is Jonathon Kellerman. He has a couple of different central characters, but my favorite is Dr. Alex Delaware, a psychologist who assists a police detective on difficult cases. I was delighted to find that I was able to download his most recent novel to my new phone app.
Reading a book on your phone is certainly convenient. It's easy and small enough to take anywhere and it's back lit so you don't need a booklight. But there is something missing - that tactile experience with a real book. I miss the crisp real pages, the crackle of the spine as I open the book the first time and heft of the book as I hold it in my hands.
And I think it's important for kids to see their parents reading. Holding a book in a big comfy chair with my reading glasses on demonstrates what I'm doing very clearly. With my phone in hand, who knows what I'm doing. Is she reading or playing Angry Birds? For that reason, I always announce - if even just to myself, "I believe I'll read my book now." So whether it's my phone or a paperback, that gives all within earshot the knowledge that it's my time and I'm doing something very worthwhile with that quiet time.