Award-winning writer and teacher Sally Allen knows that good books don’t just draw us in; they talk to us, shape us, and transport us to times, places, and minds different from our own.
In Unlocking Worlds: A Reading Companion for Book Lovers, Allen deftly weaves personal stories with fifteen thematized, annotated, and illustrated reading lists for what to read next. By sharing some of the treasures in her library and the secret lives they reveal, she gives us permission to embrace the shameless book lover inside each of us. Unlocking Worlds is a testament to how reading passionately—and compassionately—can unlock the world beyond our back yard. Celebrating books and those who read them, Allen shows how the solitary act of reading can be a powerful thread that creates community and connection. Thought-provoking and eloquent, Unlocking Worlds: A Reading Companion for Book Lovers is a must-have for anyone who can’t leave the house without a book in hand.
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3 Things I Love About E-Reading
by Sally Allen, author of Unlocking Worlds
As a person who loves not only reading but also the tactile experience of books – the smell of paper and ink, the slicing sound of a turning page, the sight of read pages accumulating as I near the end of a story, the weight of a book in my hand – I never expected to take to e-reading.
If I had only ever tried the tablet experience, I probably wouldn’t have taken to e-reading at all. Eliminating the distraction of alerts was easy – simply disable them. But even without alerts, temptation – of email, Twitter, Instagram, the web – was difficult to overcome. Besides that, I can’t read on a tablet outdoors, and I do so love to read outdoors on a warm day. So I chose an electronic paper reader that has the advantages of reading on a tablet without the drawbacks.
So what have I learned to love about them?
The portable library. If, as the Chinese proverb says, a book is like a garden “kept in your pocket,” my e-reader is like a hundred gardens (or more) that I can carry with me wherever I go. This is very appealing! I don’t have to anticipate which book I’ll be in the mood to read while waiting to have my license renewed or during a train commute or while on my lunch break. I can bring all the books with me and sort it out later.
Lightening my load. And while we’re on the subject of traveling, I have to admit that e-reading has considerably lightened my luggage on trips … and my handbag on the daily. Oh, I still bring paper books with me, just not five, ten, or fifteen of them.
Reading under covers (sort of). I have very fond memories of reading under the covers long past my bedtime as a little girl. With its backlit screen and feather-light weight, my e-reader facilitates reliving those memories in the present. I don’t have to hide from the grown-ups under the covers any more because I’m the grown-up now. But I still find it relaxing to turn off the lights, settle into a comfortable position snuggled into my pillows and comforter, and get lost in a good book.
How do you feel about e-reading? If you’re into it, do you prefer a table or e-ink?
Award winning writer and teacher Sally Allen holds a Ph.D. from New York University in English Education, with an emphasis in writing and rhetoric, and a M.A. in English Language and Literature. She teaches writing, literature, and communications, leads book group discussions, and is the founder and editor of Books, Ink at HamletHub.