As I suspect is true with most lovers of stationery, I am also a book nerd. I particularly like the feel of book in my hands but I have also learned to enjoy the convenience and portability of ebooks and audiobooks. At any time, I am reading at least one book but often it’s more like three: one paper book, one audiobook and one ebook.
I had tried to switch to reading all fiction digitally because our house is absolutely bursting at the seams with books and it didn’t seem to make sense to keep hard copies of books I will most likely only read once. This spring, however, in an effort to read more “distraction free” I joined the Book of the Month Club.
Yes, THAT Book of the Month Club. The books are reasonably priced, curated like the front table at your favorite book store and delivered right to my door — an introverts dream. I promise this is not an advertisement for the BOTM club, I just wanted to share my digital vs. analog reading habits.
As a result of my new analog reading habit, I’ve had a lot more kismet reading moments. I can leave a book open on the table and read a page or two as I’m cooking or moving about my day that is a bit harder to do with a digital book which requires keeping the screen on or unlocking the device to read a page or two. And I do like being able to quickly flip pages to see how much longer a chapter is. Sometimes, that just requires folding back the page corner that is not as easy to do with a digital book.
I participate in the GoodReads reading challenge and I am currently several books ahead of my reading goal as a result of my 3-pronged reading approach.
Do you read a lot? Paper or digital?
In link news this week, there is a wonderful post about ink bottles, a post of tools for lefties (I’ve never used or owned left-handed scissors, in most places, they are as rare as hen’s teeth so I learned to use right-handed scissors but maybe I should try them?) and a post about pens and the Ukraine that I found thought-provoking.
What were your favorite links this week?
- surprise, surprise: pilot kakuno (via A Fleeting Ripple)
- Van Dieman’s Zucchini on Life Schöpfer (via Inkcredible Colours)
- Monarca Mar Caribe (via Mountain of Ink)
- Pure Pens Platinum Purple on Midori MD (via Inkcredible Colours)
- Ferris Wheel Press Edwards Gardens (via Mountain of Ink)
- Video: Diamine Ink Comparison #13 (via Penultimate Dave)
- Review: Private Reserve Neon Yellow (via Krafty Cats)
- Fountain Pen Ink Bottle Design (via Fountain Pen Love)
- Kyo-No-Oto #04 Yamabuki Iro (via Fountain Pen Pharmacist)
- Uni Kuru Toga Dive Mechanical Pencil Review (via The Pen Addict)
- Review: Wingback Mechanical Pen & Pencil (via The Pencilcase Blog)
Notebooks & Paper:
- A mnml Digest: Records we make (via mnmlscholar)
- another day, another notebook: clairefontaine velvet paper (via A Fleeting Ripple)
- How I use Field Notes (via Stationery 🍕 )
- Review: Kunisawa Notebook (via Krafty Cats)
Art & Creativity:
- Handwriting and lettering names in various calligraphy styles – Episode 02 (via Gourmet Pens)
- The Knitting Salon (via Susan Crawford Vintage)
- SketchingNow Watercolour Course Introduction (via Writing at Large)
- “PenTips” Matte Silicone Tips for Apple Pencil (via Tools and Toys)
Other Interesting Things:
- Knit to This: Middlemarch (via Modern Daily Knitting)
- U.S. Postal Service Releases Dog Attack National Rankings (via USPS Newsroom)
- New at TPK: Free Samples! (via The Postman’s Knock)
- The Best Pens & Stationery for Left-Handers (via JetPens Blog)
- The Best Everyday Carry Stationery Items (via JetPens Blog)
- Workably weird to end the school year (via mnmlscholar)
- Meet The New G30 Presentation Box And Take A Stroll Down Memory Lane (via The Pelikan’s Perch)
- Ukraine and Pens (via Peaceable Writer)
- Getty Grants $1.3M to Projects That “Unlock Paper’s Material Secrets” (via Hyperallergic)
- A Frightening Doc About the NYC Subway (via Hyperallergic)
- Velveeta and Nails Inc Take Cheesy Nail Art To The Next Level (via Dieline)
- LEGO Announces Vincent van Gogh – The Starry Night Set in Collaboration with the MoMA (via Design You Trust)
- Starbucks Barista Moved to Tears by Act of Kindness in Viral TikTok Video (via My Modern Met)
- A message for graduates (via Austin Kleon)
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