I am going through a reading slump.
This is not usually the case with me. I am slow but a regular at reading which means I take a longer time to finish my books in the daily course of my routine life. Unless of course, if I drop down everything else and just read the whole day and this does not occur often. The last time it happened was in August.
In September, I bought Kindle thinking this would bring a revolution in my life. I was happy that now I shall be able to read even with the lights switched off at night and for all other reasons, Kindle is favoured among avid readers. Beaming with excitement, I bought 3 books in a row.
The reality is not one of them have been completed till now 2 months later.
Why? The instant love faded very soon.
To start with, I missed the sensation of holding a book in my hand. I missed the smell of the pages. I missed how I could not hear the sound of the pages turning. I missed getting to see the colourful cover page when the book was kept on the bedside table, inviting me at all times to reach out for the book, open it, read it and finish it.
And, here was the Kindle lying on the bedside table with 3 downloaded books including ‘The Man called Ove’, the one I had taken a liking for. Weeks passed by, husband and in-laws came, stayed and left. That period saw me getting busy like never before and I completely forgot I owned a Kindle or for that matter did I even read. On the bedside table, it disappeared under the stacks of Dhruv’s books which he kept pulling out of his bookshelf for piling by the bedside. Out of sight, out of mind.
Yesterday, I discovered the Kindle again but in a suicidal state. The maid must have decided to dust that table after a long time moving the books left, right and centre as she deemed right. Thus, it was lying on the edge of the table balancing itself on a book looking at me to rescue it.
The Kindle is out in the open now.
When will I get back to it is the question on my mind. If not for the sake of Kindle but for the sake of Ove I have to get back to it. I have to make this relationship work out.
Linking this post to #MondayMusings hosted by Corinne Rodrigues