Life with Ladybug: Dissin’ my Nook

By Shannon Magsam

I have a confession.

I don’t really like my Nook.

Can we still be friends?

I mean, I LIKE my Nook. The idea of it. In theory, I no longer have to pack a huge stack of books into my suitcase and pull around an extra 10 pounds at the airport (unless it’s in belly fat and on my hips, yo). Instead, I can have all of my current main book squeezes all squished up, digital-like, in a slender little tablet.

Having a Nook should mean I don’t have to lie awake at night worrying that the huge book sculpture on my bedside table will suddenly topple over and smother me in my sleep.

Truthfully, I like having my own leaning tower of word pisa right next to me in bed. (We don’t have a tv in the bedroom, but my husband has to compete with the stack ‘o books. Their titles beckon. All the time.)

Here’s what I’m reading right now:

Wow! Those are some heavy books. I mean, topic-wise. The current bedside titles are:

  • Financial Recovery: Developing a Healthy Relationship with Money by Karen McCall
  • No Cheating, No Dying. I had a good marriage. Then I tried to make it better. By Elizabeth Weil
  • Taking People with You: The only way to make big things happen by David Novak
  • The Drama Years: Real Girls Talk about Surviving Middle School by Haley Kilpatrick
  • Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life by Anne Lamott
  • The 10 Habits of Happy Mothers by Meg Meeker, M.D.
  • The Bible 

Over the weekend, I added Then Came You by Jennifer Weiner. Because I needed a little fiction to balance out all that serious non-fiction.

But back to the Nook. I’ve had it for just over a year and I’ve used it about, say five times. I received it as a gift last year for Mother’s Day. My daughter insisted that I needed – deserved – one, so my husband bought it. As Mother’s Day got closer this year, I remembered the Nook and brought it out of hiding (from the basket under my bedside table). Then I faked reading it for a few days.

I think my biggest complaint is that I can’t flip through the e-books easily. I (clearly) read lots of nonfiction and occasionally want to skip around to different chapters. I realize I can figure out how to do that on the Nook, but I don’t have the energy to learn new technology right now. When I read, it’s my peace, escape, joy.

I should probably take my Nook into B&N and ask the dude that mans the counter for a quick tutorial. Then, I’ll walk around and feel all the actual books. And probably buy a few to add to my bedside art project.

Do you LOVE your Kindle/Nook/tablet? Talk me into loving mine, too!

Shannon Magsam is mom to 10-year-old Ladybug, married to Ladybug’s dad, John, and co-creator of To read previously published installments of Life With Ladybug, click here.


1 Comment

  1. I have yet to get a Nook for the same reason you don’t want to use yours – I love BOOKS. I feel a house without shelves of books is sterile and the people living there must be boring. I even shake my head in wonder and disgust at the decorating trend that has people tearing the covers off of old books just to get that shabby, aged stacked look… wth???

    So go on and stack those books! I’m totally adding a couple of titles you mentioned to my “to-read” list!! 🙂

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