Reading is my absolute favorite pastime. Between my mom and my teachers, I was instilled with a love for books. One of my favorite group of memories is my mom taking my brother and I to the public library. The library was my favorite place. What was not to like? There were more books than I could ever read, cozy places to sit and read, a quiet atmosphere that was calming, and a wonderful book smell. Best of all, the books were available at no cost! I grew up in a poor family, so we didn't have many books at home. But who needed books of your own at home when you could go the library once a week and trade the ones you had finished for new ones.
With all the new technology (Kindle, Nook, iPad), will books be a thing of the past? Not in my home. I love the smell of books, new and old. I still love to flip through a book, especially a picture book. Now that I am grown up and am able to afford it, I have a new favorite place to go: the bookstore. Two of my favorites are Davis Kidd Booksellers (independent bookstore in Memphis, TN) and Barnes and Noble. They have the same characteristics as a library, but now I get to keep my favorite books.
That being said, I do have a first generation Kindle which I have upgraded to an iPad. I love to read electronically also. It is more convenient to take my books with me when I travel when they are in electronic form...less to carry on the plane, easier to pack.