I have finally finished reading my first electronic book from cover to cover. A chic flic called “Mad about the Boy” by Helen Fielding, who also wrote Bridget Jones Diary. As I had loved the book and movie, I was really looking forward to reading the latest book in the series.
I must have downloaded at least 5 other electronic books, which just hadn’t got me too interested, so was hoping that this would be the tipping point and convert me from paper into electronic books forever. If I told you that I started reading “Mad about the Boy” back in October, would this give you any hint that it has been a struggle to get to the end.
On the other hand, it didn’t take me long at all to finish a hardcopy book called “Empress of Fashion” by Diana Vreeland. She was Editor in Chief of American Vogue for many years, and eventually got fired in 1971. I literally couldn’t put the book down. It became my new best friend when I was going off to the gym. After 45 minutes of cycling and a couple of chapters later, I didn’t know where the time had gone. It was 329 pages of worthy reading and I was getting fit at the same time. This was a winning combination.
Even before starting this book I had just finished reading another hard-back booked called “The Vogue Factor” by Kristie Clements. Kirstie was sacked after 30 years in the Editor’s chair at Vogue Australia and wrote a ‘tell-all’ book. It also was really good and another one I couldn’t put down. Perhaps it was the subject matter, as well as the pretty pictures, but I have decided I like the tactile feeling of turning each individual page; and being able to see the book, pick it up/put it down. It was also really educational from the prospective that I would just love to be an editor of a fashion magazine (who wouldn’t)?
To bury my head in a good book, reading about something I am passionate about seems a great way to spend my spare time. Sometimes a dose of dreaming is a nice change from reality. Move over Anna Wintour, Yellow Tulip is on her way.