I have always been a fan of books. I grew up with books, most likely because I saw my Mom reading and because for the most of my childhood, I really didn't have anything else to do except play and read. Growing up as an only child (sister was in the province) trains you to entertain yourself and I did that by reading, A LOT.
It started with small ones such as Sweet Dreams and Sweet Valley but by 5th grade I was reading Sidney Sheldon and the like. One day I read two Sidney Sheldon novels in one go which was a bad idea because I developed a headache so strong I ended up crying on my Mother's lap. From that day on, I vowed to stop myself from finishing two books in just one day especially when the books have at least 400 pages in it.
All throughout college years and even when I was working, I made time for my reading. I had a reading list so high it had its own reading list. I was one of those persons who always had a book with her. When eBooks came about, I scoffed at it and made a judgement.
Yes, I was one of those eBooks hater. I gave so many reasons as to why eBooks sucked such as you don't get to smell it and touch the books. You don't get to savor that moment. For a time, I tried giving it a chance and even got around 2,000 eBooks and hoarded a couple from other friends but I never really got into it.
Three weeks ago, I realized that I haven't read much at all. I have books piled high but since I also lug around pens, notebooks, and other things in my bag, adding a book just put too much strain on what is already a 10lbs bag. I just couldn't add more to what I was already carrying.
I thought of my tablet but also realized it was pretty heavy until I took it out of its case for a hosting event I did. It was then I realized my tablet was paper pad light. It was like a lightbulb went on in my head and I remembered all my eBooks.
Fast forward to now and I have read 3 books already on my list and I would like to add more to it. I realized I was wrong in judging it too soon and that regardless of form, reading is reading.
This is how my love affair with eBooks began.