“Life is without meaning. You bring the meaning to it. The meaning of life is whatever you ascribe it to be. Being alive is the meaning.”
~ Joseph Campbell (1904-1987)
Well, I am a Kindle owner since December 2012. When I acquired my first Kindle I had to literally “import” it from Amazon, since they weren’t available in my country back then. And, needless to say, I could have bought two (maybe three) Kindles with the amount of money I’ve spent to get it legally here in Brazil (you know, lots of taxes…).
My first Kindle was the 6″ fourth-generation one, without touchscreen. Since then, I started reading every single day. That resulted in a total of 30 books read in one year (2013). That was a major milestone for me!
There is a project in my city where people can donate books so that they are available for others inside the city’s bus terminals. The idea is to let books and magazines available to be read while waiting for the public transport, on the bus or during the course of the trip. The objective of the project is the “democratization of culture”. So that was the perfect place for my lonely paper books!
And, also, that helped my “decluttering project” that is currently in (very slow) progress.
So I’ve donated 35 books so far. It was not that easy, because there is sentimental value on some of them, I can’t deny that. But I simply let go and thought that others will have the chance to enjoy them 🙂
Among them are George R.R Martin’s series of a Song of Ice and Fire (book 1 to 4), Ken Follett’s “The Pillars of the Earth” and “World Without End”, the Stieg Larsson’s Millenium trilogy (“The girl with the dragon tattoo”, “The girl who played with fire” and “The girl who kicked the hornet’s nest”, Anne Rice’s “Interview with the vampire”, “The Vampire Lestat” and “Merrick”, Stephen King’s “The Stand”, Isaac Asimov’s “The Caves of Steel”, “Robot Stories” and “Foundation” and others…
Here are some images of my donation haul:
And that’s okay, I don’t miss them at all!