A Life "without" Books


People who read seem to be so beautiful. Something in their eyes or in the way they turn -almost reverently- the pages is special.

First things first, I love books more than many other things, living or not. The process of reading is much more than actually… reading. It starts from the procedure of choosing a book from the bookstore’s shelves and it end when reading impatiently the last page. { Opening brackets: Or not. Have it ever happened to you to think a book’s ending for a whole day and? Me too! Closing brackets} I do like to touch with my fingertips the book's spine, to open and fold the cover for the first time really carefully, to browse randomly the pages and to put my nose in the book's seam and fill up with the paper's addictive smell. .

Ahh, the paper... Generally paper's industry is kinda of irrational to me. Vast forests are felled to the last twig and big trucks transfer these logs to huge factories, where they are turned into sheets of paper. Then other big trucks transport all this paper to some factories, where small inky words will be printed on these sheets of paper. All this procedure seems to be a little insane if we consider all the wasted resources. Does the magical feeling of reading a book worth such waste?

So what Debbie? Should you stop reading books? Should books be prohibited? Hmm, no that's not a solution, such prohibition would end with something like this.

No, the solution is so simple: E-Readers! I was and I still am cautious with these gadget (note that I love all sorts of strange and seemingly useless gadget). How relaxing and enjoyable would be to read in a screen of 6-7 inches? And then I saw the Kindle Paperwhite and the angels' hymns just for it. 

The e-readers' main characteristic until now was the dark, like an old cheap paper, background.  The Kindle Paperwhite increases the brightness of the screen making the "paper" to appear whiter. Paperwhite. Practically, this new feature allows you to  read effortlessly in total darkness and the great mechanism of this wonder is described wonderfully here. Anyway, it's clear that the screen isn't not backlit, like the majority of the screens around us, which makes reading from effortless and great and fantastic and cool! Kindle Paperwhite, le' me inform you that my bday is coming and my eyes are on you! However, I am not sure if I am ready to go all digital. And my physical bookshelf? Will it froze in time and be drown in dust? I don't know, it's a scary decision to make. 

Please tell me, do you prefer reading books or e-books?

Bonus: And in case you didn't notice that this post is entirely dedicated to books, here are some more seriously-cool-booky links:

Many bookish kisses!


Déspina Kortesidou

Déspina Kortesidou was born with the April flowers sometime in the '90s in the sunny peninsula of Greece. She is a graduating master student of neuroscience & metabolism, and a born adventurer.

(3rd person statements sound so official, love it)

She founded In Whirl of Inspiration, back in 2011 when she was (just) a biology student, in the island of Crete. In Whirl of Inspiration started as a creative and writing outlet for when studying molecules, became too monotonous. Recently, she started writing a children book and a not-so-children's book about the civil war in Greece. She has a soft spot for cheese, elder people, and (her own) jokes, but can't tell any as she ruins them by laughing too early. She enjoys sharing advice for eating healthier, or inspiring people to cover themshelves with plants, color and confetti.

Feel free to email her at hello@inwhirlofinspiration.com, or find her on Instagram and Twitter. (breaking the 3rd person narration to thank you properly)

Thank you so much for reading!