How I Lost Control of My E-Reading
Oh man, is this statement ever true!
Everyone who reads this blog, or who personally knows me, knows that I have a 1-click addiction. Yes, it is a problem. No, I am not a recovering addict. Yes, I like my problem. No, you can’t change my mind.
Stick with me and I will tell you the story of how I lost control of my e-reading.
Before I tell you. You must promise you won’t laugh. 😉
It all started back in August 2012. I had finished reading Fifty Shades of Grey, and I was feeling the reading vibe, once again. I was feeling pretty good, like I could conquer the world just by reading books. The only downside was that I could not read at work. I was super bummed. Even if I could, I was broke. I didn’t have money to go out and buy a bunch of more books. The library was in the super-shady part of town, so I wasn’t going there. Nu uh.
I think it was also around the time that I was
complaining mentioning to Chris that I couldn’t carry my books everywhere! It just wasn’t possible. So casually, he mentions that I have a smart phone. Yes, I knew that. But.. Did I know that I could put the Kindle app on my phone, and read all the millions of books I want? Wait. So you mean to tell me, I don’t have to get a bigger purse, or skip down on the number of books I want to take with me? Whut.
I was super skeptical though. I didn’t want to read ebooks. I wanted my precious print books. I wanted to feel the pages as my fingers skimmed over it. I wanted that book smell, you know the one I’m talking about. I wanted to browse the shelves at a bookstore. Not the Internet. I was so against it.
Then, something changed. I was suckered into downloading the app and just trying it. So I went on Amazon and found The Love Market. It was the first ebook I purchased. Free, of course. An hour later, I was the proud owner of 3 more free books: Love Will Find A Way, More, and Plain Jayne. I read two of them before I went straight back to Amazon.
Before I knew it, I had twenty books. They were all free! I was in heaven! Like what had I been missing this whole time?! I took those 20 books with me everywhere. I could open any of them with the touch of a finger. All I had to do was unlock my phone, and open the Kindle app. I had freedom!
Well, a month goes by, and I still hadn’t read all 20 of those books; maybe 6? But that didn’t stop me from typing Amazon into the address bar of Google Chrome and scouring the site for more free books. The next thing I know, I’m having to create a whole new folder in my email to keep all these Amazon receipt emails!
It’s Christmastime, and with my new-found love of Kindle, I asked for gift cards. I was able to buy books that weren’t free! Yay! I did.
In March 2014, this is how many books my Kindle app contained:
(Just 8 months after first trying the app.)
Then my list grew. And grew. And grew.
I couldn’t stop buying the free books. I’d read a couple, then go buy more. Or I wouldn’t read them at all, and I’d go buy more. Buying books is addictive, guys. I mean, you already know, right?
Up until I started my blog, I had no idea how many Kindle books I owned. As of December 2015, there are over 1500 books on my Goodreads TBR list. 85% of those are unread Kindle books from my 1-click sprees.
Since starting this blog, my 1-click sprees have slowed wayyy down, due to ARCs and the like. But every once in a while, I still get that rush, and I 1-click my way into oblivion. Thank goodness, they’re all free.
So. Now you know.
This is the story of how I lost control of my e-reading.
Do you have a situation similar to mine? Let me know!
- March 26, 2016
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