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Today, I'm talking a little bit about my favorite ways to read books. There are so many options now whether you're a digital reader or print reader! It's easier than ever to get your hands on a book! It seems like everyone has a strong opinion about which form is better, but, honestly, I end to love whatever I'm reading at the moment. I switch back and forth between wanting to read in each format, and that's actually one way I work through my TBR.

Hardcovers: 3 I have a serious love-hate relationship with this format. The truth of the matter, though, is that hardcovers are the best made print books you can get your hands on. The binding stays in tact as you read, the paper tends to be higher quality, and, if you're a book blogger like me, you can protect the dust jacket to get the perfect picture for your review. They sit nicely on shelves too.
But that's pretty much where my love for hard bound books end. They're awesome for every part of reading except the actual reading part. They tend to be heavy which makes them awkward to balance in your hand and keep open if you're doing something like lying in bed or eating lunch. My hand getting tired has lead to many accidental book droppings.

Paperback: 4 Paperbacks have the opposite pros and cons of hardcovers. If you like to read in print, they're the lightest option to carry and hold open. And if you're not worried about conserving a book's longevity, you can get it to stay open on a bed or table by itself without too much trouble. I love the reading experience of getting to turn the pages and physically see how far along in the book I am.
The only problem is that, at least when I read a paperback, I destroy the book. The spine has wear and tear and the cover might be a bit bent up or tired looking just because I take my books everywhere. While the right lighting or other effects can help fix those later on, they're not optimal for a post-read photography session.

Kindle: 3.5 I've read on a variety of Kindle generations since I was in elementary school. My mom was an early adopter of the Kindle because we both read an insane amount. She loves that it always keeps her page and that she always have a book. And I do have to admit, I only read at night if I'm working on a Kindle book. I like that it always gives the perfect light and is full of books. It's also nice that I can set it down anywhere and it keeps my page so reading at lunch or in bed is no problem.
What I don't love, though, is it makes me feel like I'm reading into a void that I feel I will never get out of. The percentage of the way through I am feels meaningless because the rate you progress changes for every book. It gives less of a sense of accomplishment at the end, too, because you can't look back at the massive pile of pages you just conquered. They're also a bit tricky for pictures as a blogger. Nowadays, I spend my Kindle reading time working through ARCs. I'm super grateful that e-readers have allowed advanced copies to reach more bloggers than if we just had physical ARCS!

At the end of the day, I think that I like print books better overall. It makes me feel like I'm reading more which is strange, and I'm not taking away from e-readers. I just personally love to look at page numbers and see how much I have left as I read. It motivates me to hurry up and finish. I find the Kindle easier to put down. Other formats like audiobooks and PDFs on your phone exist as ways to read too. Are you a print or digital reader? Or are you like me and happily go back and forth? Let me know in the comments!

Links of Interest:
The Cheerleaders: Review Here
There's Someone Inside Your House: Review Here
Into YA with Blue Willow: Interview Hereaeree56h`
Imagine Us Happy: Review Here



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  1. I hate hardbacks haha, they're so heavy and unwieldy!
    Paperbacks are my favourite format. I always have at least one on me.
    Cora | http://www.teapartyprincess.co.uk/

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