Well, I did it to myself again. <sigh> I've book hauled. As much as I try to resist the urge, I can't. Yes I said those two ugly words again...I can't. I'm not going to follow it up with a my usual qualifier of "right now."
Between Smashwords promotion of "Read an e-book" week and all the yummy selections that are offered for free on Amazon, I've amassed 53 new titles to the horde of books on my kindle and computer. Three are audio books. I won't lack for things to read any time soon. For the old me consuming voraciously, two books a week was no problem. The new me, post stroke this amount of book hauling could take years to read them all!
It all started simple enough, an author friend posted on the Compuserve Book & Writers Forum that two of her books were free on Smashwords. Having read parts of her excellent writing style in bits and pieces while she was writing both books didn't hurt my rushing over to grab the books. Of course, I'm speaking of Marte Brengle's "Closed Circuits" and Dutchman's Puzzle."
I love to read and daily and forever thankful that I still am able to with only minor difficulties since my stroke. It just takes me longer to read with understanding. It can now take me almost two weeks to read a full length novel via kindle or computer. Even though I can attach them onto my treadmill or air cycle, I can't focus on two things at once...my brain short circuits. I can no longer walk and chew gum at the same time either, literally. So my multitasking days are over for the time being. (Notice I did use the qualifier here) But I can listen to a book while I do these things.
So will I continue adding to my mountain of reads, probably. I got a hardbound book in the mail last week from a publisher to review, "Letters to Zerky: A Father's Legacy to a Son...and a Road Trip Around the World" by Bill Raney and Joanne Walker Raney. This is on my next read pile. The review will appear here the Friday after I finish reading it.
And to think, a short year ago audio books and e-books were on my least favorite list. What a difference a year and a stroke makes.