Pack up books. Take them to boat. Read books. Pack books back up. Take them home. Pick out new books. Take them to boat. Read books....
Seriously. That was my life up until recently.
It seemed my car was always filled with books. The boat had them crammed into her shelves willy-nilly, while my canned goods were relegated to a dark and scary cabinet.
It wasn't pretty, readers. It wasn't pretty at all.
But all that changed recently.
No, I didn't stop reading. Oh no. I got an iPod touch. And discovered the Amazon Kindle application.
My mother has had a Kindle for years and for years the darn thing has cramped my style.
"Oh that book?" Mom would say when I inquired after the sixth book in a series we both read. "I read it on the Kindle."
And then my hopes for not having to buy that particular book were dashed.
Now, I can download and read books.
Now I know what you're thinking. I've always been a purist, too. I love the feel of paper in my hands and the flutter of the pages.
But the eBook? It rocks for liveaboards. It's the perfect solution.
I can have hundreds of books in a space that isn't even 6 inches square. Romances, mysteries, fiction, non-fiction, Shakespeare... it's all there for my reading pleasure.
And if there's nothing that meets my reading whims? I can download something else.
Of course the screen my iPod is pretty small, so I won't lie, I'm holding out for one of these:
But we can't have everything can we? Oh well... Christmas is coming, right? All joking aside, this is a great solution to the age-old entertainment problem. You're cooped up in a tiny boat with no TV and limited Internet and you're running out of books... the eBook comes to the rescue.
It's also great because you can have a newspaper delivered. Any other liveaboards out there miss having a paper delivered every morning? Now you can have papers delivered to your eBook and you can read from the comfort of your vee-berth without arguing with the newspaper delivery people at The Sun over why they should toss a paper 100 yards from the production plant and into the boat. Not that I've done that. Lately.
Now, I think I'll dial up a vampire mystery. I mean, why not?