The Kindle Paperwhite transformed my life from a depressed chronic illness patient to a less stressed chronic bookworm. I love to discover new books and authors and hope this Kindle Paperwhite review helps you become a chronic bookworm too!
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I was jealous of my oldest son. I started reading to him as a baby and as a kid, he was a voracious bookworm. I couldn’t get enough books for him to read, we had to keep going to bigger bookstores and libraries to find new books that interested him.
I was also overwhelmed, depressed and struggling to keep up as a mom who worked outside the home full-time with 3 small boys and a chronic illness that caused me a lot of pain. I wanted to be able to get lost in a book like my son could. I knew I needed to decompress after a stressful work day to get to sleep. I had to find a way to escape the reality that brought me down. I needed to find hope.
The day came when I was sucked in by the first book I couldn’t put down and suddenly I was on a quest to find more books like it. When I got my first Amazon Kindle Paperwhite, my life started to transform.
My Superhubby bought me an Amazon Kindle Paperwhite* for Christmas in 2012 and I absolutely love it! All these years later and the Kindle is still one of my prized possessions, it ranks up there with my cell phone and Macbook. Instead of writing a love poem about how much I love my Kindle, I decided to give you Top 7 Reasons why I love my Kindle and how it transformed my life and how it can transform yours too.
The Kindle has transformed my reading habits and helped fuel my addiction to reading. Reading is no longer something I TRIED to do instead of watching TV before bed, it’s what I MUST do before bed. Reading helps me escape from reality and clear my racing mind so I can get to sleep faster (unless of course, I just can’t put the book down).
Now I turn to books whenever I need help. Whether it’s a book that will help me learn about my chronic illness, how to deal with strong willed and gifted sons, or just to explore different cultures as I travel the world in books, the reading has helped me transform my life for the better and yes, the Kindle Paperwhite helped me get there.
Kindle Paperwhite Review – Top 7 reasons Why I Love My Kindle:
1. It’s light.
With Rheumatoid Arthritis, my hands are misshapen and I have difficulty gripping things. The Kindle* is often lighter than a paper book and not as bulky or awkward to hold. Any paper book over 200 pages is difficult for me to hold, how many great books would I miss out on just because I couldn’t hold it?
2. I can read in bed until the wee hours of the morning or in full sun at the beach!
When I’m reading in bed, I can prop it up on the mattress in its cover* (I don’t even have to hold it). I keep the Kindle on the lowest light setting, that way it does not disturb Superhubby while he sleeps and I read, some nights until 3 am! It’s easier on my eyes too than reading on the ipad was.
Even when we are at the pool or beach in direct sun, I just adjust the light setting and can still read perfectly with no glare. We traveled to Spain and I took my Kindle* and read Outlander on the beach while the kids wore themselves out. Perfection! See?
3. A complete portable library.
It fits in my purse so I always have a TON of good books with me! You never know how long a wait will be in a doctor’s office so best to have my own books to pass the time. I have over 200 books on my Kindle right now and I have not run out of space yet!
4. Instant purchasing.
It’s easy to purchase books off Amazon (including the free ones and even newer books from the Prime Lending Library*) and moments later it shows up on Kindle. No waiting for books to be shipped to you or the hold at the library to come in.
5. Library downloads with no late fees.
While there may be a little bit of a wait to get a book, there is usually something available now to download from our public library with the Libby app or the Overdrive app. When the due date passes, the book automatically disappears from the Kindle so I can avoid those annoying little late fees. Let’s face it, I don’t always make it to return books to the library on time and we borrow a lot of books.
6. Tracking notes and quotes.
Note taking and highlighting quotes are very helpful when writing book reviews. It’s much easier for me to just highlight/type than having to use a pen and paper to jot it down (and potentially lose the note). If you’re a book blogger or a professional blogger, let’s call the Kindle* a necessary business expense 🙂
7. Translations and Dictionary.
I love reading books set in other countries and this feature comes in very handy to translate a Spanish or even a Chinese word I didn’t know! Of course, I love the dictionary feature too to find definitions of words I don’t know.
Only turn on the Wi-Fi setting when you need to download a new book. Keeping the device in airplane mode not only saves the battery (which allows me months between recharging) but it also helps me keep library books a little longer until I’ve finished reading them.7 Reasons Why I Love my #Kindle and a helpful tip to save battery life. #booklovers Click To Tweet
I thought I’d be a loyal paper book fan, but there are so many advantages to having the Kindle* . I’ve easily read three times as many books a year since I got one. I have over 200 books on my device right now and it’s so great to have them all at my fingertips for whenever and wherever the reading mood strikes!
Enduring life with a chronic illness is one of the greatest challenges I’ve ever faced. I could not believe how the Kindle Paperwhite* helped me overcome my depression, learn more about my chronic illness and have the resources I needed at my fingertips to make a positive transformation in my life. I wish the same for you
Do you prefer reading a paper book or an e-book? Do you have a Kindle? What simple tools have made a surprisingly positive impact in your life? How has reading changed your life?
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