I’ve been a fan of hard-bound books my whole life – the massive cover, the smell of the pages, the excitement and adventure contained inside. Nothing beats the feel of a great book in your hands when snuggled in bed or curled up by a fire. Even school textbooks had a certain authority to them.
Fast forward to the 21st century where technology rules the world and time is the great equalizer – when business travel consumes the majority of your life and taking luggage on a plane costs almost as much as the fare itself. When I travel, I tend to stuff my carry-on with at least one or two books, a laptop, bottled water, snacks and all the assorted items you’d expect a woman to have. I’ve been a road warrior for 25 years and the extra weight, particularly on my right shoulder, has gotten downright uncomfortable.
My husband evidently heard me complaining, because on Valentine’s Day he surprised me with a Kindle – one of those great techno-items you use to download and read books. Now, I can carry dozens of books and the weight of my bag never changes! I just finished reading Cutting for Stone and the last of the Stieg Laarson trilogy, The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets’ Nest. I love my new, lightweight, self-contained library in a box. Roses for Valentine’s Day just became very passé.
Until next time,
Vice President of Sales & Marketing