Actually, I have two new reading companions. The first one happens to be my son. For a few nights now, my six-year old refuses to read books with me after his little brother goes to bed until he’s done reading his own book. I recently got him a whole bunch of chapter books (about 50 pages each, regular font size with illustrations every few pages) about superheroe adventures, including Batman, Superman and Green Lantern. I’m not allowed to read them with him as he lays down on my bed patiently until he reaches the last page. Then he kindly offers me a synopsis of the story, possibly so I don’t feel left out. Sweet kid.
To reinforce the “reading is good for you” message, I now lay down next to him and read my own book until he’s done. We both sit quietly, the alternate flipping of the pages being the only interruption of our silence. Lovely sound to my ears.
You’ll notice I didn’t post a WWW Wednesdays update yesterday. That’s because I’m still reading The Accidental Bestseller by Wendy Wax. I didn’t find the beginning of the book very engaging but things did get better after the first 100 pages or so. The problem was to get through every single page. It was not an interest problem. It was a physical problem. As in, I can’t read the damn thing!
A combination of small font size and extremely tight line spacing may save a publisher lots of bucks but it comes at the expense of my own eyesight. And I know it’s not just me because a friend of mine in our book club complained about the same thing. Here’s what the book looks like, page after page.
I consider myself a fast reader so I can’t stand when font size and line spacing slow me down. This isn’t the first time it’s happened to me either and I have a feeling publishers will further try to find ways to reduce the amount of paper they use.
So I finally gave in yesterday, and while I was shopping at Michael’s art & craft store, I visited their magnifier section. Lots and lots of choices are available for crafty people. I just wanted something simple and I found it. To make this a sweet deal, I used my 50% off coupon on my Michael’s phone app for a total of $1.50 + tax. Let’s just say I didn’t break the bank.
But hey, I may have saved my eyes, which makes this purchase priceless. Here’s what the font looks like in the enlarged format.
Not bad, huh? How well does it work? I zoomed through 100 pages of the book last night without ever having to squint, so I’d say my new reading companion is a keeper. I just have to find the right position to get the maximum magnification and avoid the glare.
My son was admiring my new purchase last night and suddenly blurted out… “Mama, look, it does three things! It’s a magnifier, a ruler and a bookmark!” He’s so right, the package did tell me it was a 3 in 1! What can I say, the kid is a genius and I’m his proud mama.
If you want one for yourself, Amazon sells them for really cheap too (or Michael’s, if you have a coupon). It’s called the Carson Optical MagniMark Fresnel Magnifier. Sold!