Goodbye Paperbacks, Hello iPad

We hate reading off tablets. In fact, one of Chris’ favorite smells is old books from the library! There’s just something about brushing your index finger across the top right corner of the page and slowly curling it under itself while you reach the bottom of the last visible paragraph. There’s an excitement that comes when you can take a stack of the pages you read throughout the evening and say “look at all I read!” Books and the feelings they produce cannot be replaced, and although tablets or ebooks have been a new medium of transportation of the information within them, we will always honor the bound, tangible pages.

Unfortunately, we can’t carry our large book collection (of mostly girly novels) around the world. It’s just too heavy, takes up too much space, and is 100% impractical. So, I guess we’ll be making the move to the tablet. We’ve heard great reviews about the Kindle tablets and how they’re so easy on the eyes, but we already have an iPad, and we’ll be sticking to it. We knew when we were buying the iPad that we would most likely be traveling the world with it and reading with it, and our Apple expert informed us to buy a black one because it is “easier on the eyes.” So this is what we did!


We must make the switch from “real” books to digital books, and I’ll definitely admit that this makes us sad and slightly apprehensive. I wonder if we’ll actually read less or just get used to it? We’ll have to see in time. This change is just one of a hundred more that will be coming in the next few months.

As we have talked about in other posts, we’re all about living the experience before you have to. We won’t be making the switch when we actually leave, but we will be going through a trial run or staycation towards the end of the year. Although it won’t be the full effect of an experience we will go through overseas, it’ll get us to start living the life we’re going to be living there, here. Food, clothing, daily choices, public transportation, books…these are all issues we are going to face overseas, and we will be ready to face them when we get there (or at least we think we will).

Chris & I are going to be spending some quality time at the library in the coming months. Not only will we be able to read and hold a book, but we will be able to read it in our language. This is a luxury we will definitely miss!

The Shift to Podcasts and iTunesU

I have a feeling that we’re going to have the desire on some occasions to experience the English language more frequently. The fact is, when we’re tired of not being able to communicate to many in English, we will want to resort to hearing spoken English. Podcasting is something Chris has wanted to get into but just never has.


We’re both visual people, and being able to multitask is difficult for us and getting us to sit down  to focus on an audio blog or podcast is currently next to impossible. With that said, we’re going to be looking into the millions of podcasts that we can take advantage of!

iTunes University is a category on iTunes that you can visit that is completely free. You can download courses from serious universities like Harvard, Stanford, Oxford, and other sources like TED. You can download full coursework for most of the courses and go along with the class until you decide to stop. You can pretty much get a full education on any subject and go to college without ever stepping foot on a campus. iTunesU is really an amazing program that we recommend to those who feel like they aren’t smart. There’s no more excuse not to be!

What are some of your best reading and info-gaining tactics for your life? Let us know!

Chris’ Favorites:

  • Rich Dad, Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki
  • Dreaming with God by Bill Johnson
  • Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston

Jessica’s Favorites:

  • Seven by Jen Hatmaker
  • Kisses from Katie by Katie Davis
  • The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin

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