As the weather dictates, I have crawled into bed where I read…I let me repeat that..READ! My wonderful American Cousins have sent me something called a Sony Reader. It is basically an electronic book which means I can download novels and biographies and reference books and histories and lots and lots of bad thrillers and I can pump up the font and lie in bed and read. I haven’t been able to lie around reading for over two years now. By the time I get to the end of a day my damaged retinas are too tired to grip pages without pumping up the light so much light that ships come crashing into my walls mistaking my flat for a lighthouse. Even with ironically blinding light it is often still just not possible to lie back and read…..the words on the pages seem smeared and torn and float and bubble.
Audio books are an option but have you ever tried to reread a sentence whilst listening to an audio book? Impossible. You get distracted..can’t go back, get bored…hate the actor’s voice..fall asleep. Reading with my own eyes means I can go back and forth over the paragraph, make my own private universe within the stories.. I am once again an independent reader, an astronaut, and adventurer. A Reader of Books.
This blog raises a toast to some of the loveliest people on earth..them that sent me this device! You know who you are!! Thank you!