Through The Lens Thursday #29: Cozy

Through The Lens Thursday is a one-year photography project, where every week, my project partner, Greta of GFunkified and I, will post a picture (or pictures) we have taken based on a prompt. Our hope is that together, we can teach and learn from each other, stay accountable to our goal of improving our skills, and hopefully, be taking some gorgeous photographs. 

A photography project

This week’s prompt is ‘Cozy’.

Cozy - reading

 For months, my husband cajoled me about getting a Kindle, saying (correctly) that I spend too much money on books. 

I repeatedly refused, stating emphatically that I’m “old school”, that I love the feel of a fresh, new book in my hands, that I love the feel and smell of an actual book, that nothing, NOTHING could possibly replace an old-fashioned book reading experience. Never mind that I break my bank buying books, reading them once, and putting the not-so-great-ones aside for charity later.

Last week, I cracked and said okay, I’ll give the Kindle a shot.

I haven’t put it down since. I’ve read three books on it so far, and have another dozen waiting for me. It’s almost like reading a real book, and not at all like the horrendous experience I had reading books on the computer or the iPad (where I went all cross-eyed and headachey). 

I guess I’m not as old school as I like to think I am. I still believe that some books are absolutely worth the investment of a hard copy, and I will always support my author friends by buying a book I can savour and love on. But truly, I am in love with my Kindle.

Hence, all the cozying up I’ve done with it lately. I’m sorry books.

Also, nearly 26 weeks pregnant in this shot. Though it feels like 8 years. 

Do you prefer ebooks or real books? What are you reading?

(What do you think of this ‘cozy’ photo? This is a photography exercise, so any critique is appreciated and welcomed!)

Next week’s prompt: Stairs

For the full list of prompts, check out my Through The Lens Thursday page. If you’d like to join Greta and I, but not necessarily blog your picture, join our Flickr group, where we upload our photos, and give comments, or helpful critique on each other’s photographs.

Speaking of pregnancy, I did an informal poll on my Facebook page on the most outrageous things said to pregnant woman, and compiled them all for Everyday Family. It’s a hilarious read!

Alison Lee is a former PR and marketing professional turned work-at-home mother. After a 10-year career in various PR agencies, and of the world’s biggest sports brands, Alison traded in product launches and world travel, for sippy cups, diapers, and breastfeeding. Alison's writing has been featured on Mamalode, On Parenting at The Washington Post, The Huffington Post, Everyday Family, Scary Mommy, and She is one of 35 essayists in the anthology, My Other Ex: Women’s True Stories of Leaving and Losing Friends. In 2012, she founded Little Love Media, a social media consultancy specializing in blog book tours, and because she doesn’t sleep, is an editor at BonBon Break, an online magazine. Alison lives in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia with her husband and four children (two boys and boy/ girl twins).

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  • July 17, 2014 Tamara

    I’m reading, “I Shall Be Near To You.”
    I love real books only. I used to buy them new all the time. Now I get them from the library so I finally learned how to save money on my reading habit!
    The photo is VERY cozy. Those twins are snug as a bug.
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    • July 21, 2014 Alison

      I wish we had a library near by. Apparently Kuala Lumpur doesn’t do libraries well. Sigh. How’s your book, any good?
      The twins are snug! And very active.

  • July 17, 2014 The Bride

    I would love a Kindle, because all the booklovers who’ve converted have convinced me. But now I read books borrowed from the library a lot, and I don’t think there are libraries where you can get free books on the Kindle right? So until I have access to a great library system, I’m sticking with the cheaper way.

    • July 21, 2014 Alison

      I think you can always look out for offers on Kindle – sometimes there are one-day free books on offer!

  • July 17, 2014 Janine Huldie

    You totally made me smile, because I said the same thing a few years back about not giving up on real, physical books and then I caved to having my husband buy me a Nook. The rest is history and now, I have a Kindle and iPad with the Kindle and Nook apps and even just recently won a Google Nexus with the Kindle and Nook apps, too. And yes I also don’t remember the last time I cracked open a real book, but have read a ton on each of the devices myself, as well!
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    • July 21, 2014 Alison

      It’s just far more practical, isn’t it? And awesome on winning the Google Nexus!

  • July 17, 2014 Kim

    I used to think I was old school, but I was converted with my e-reader too.
    I have some books that will remain with me always though, even if I have the e-versions.
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    • July 21, 2014 Alison

      Oh yes, there are definitely some books that MUST be on hard copy and kept always πŸ™‚

  • July 17, 2014 Tricia

    I’m reading “Glitter and Glue.” And while I much prefer real books, I read a bunch (Glitter and Glue included) on my kindle (or, rather, the kindle app on my ipad). Sometimes convenience really does win.
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    • July 21, 2014 Alison

      Is it any good?
      I still love good old-fashioned books, but it’s hard to argue with the convenience and cost-effectiveness of the Kindle.

  • July 17, 2014 julie gardner

    I’m still a hold-out for actual books instead of an e-reader.
    I used to say this was old school.

    Now I admit I’m just old πŸ™‚

    • July 21, 2014 Alison

      I held out for SO long.
      You are not old, silly goose.

  • July 18, 2014 Natalie

    Love my kindle but totally understand the love of real books…but I can read pretty fast on my kindle. Lovin’ the bump!
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    • July 21, 2014 Alison

      I read faster on the Kindle too! Why’s that I wonder?

  • July 18, 2014 Kir

    I have the Kindle and Nook Apps on my Samsung Tablet. I came to it with reservations just like you but while I still love to hold a book in my hands and smell that book, it’s much easier to cart around the tablet I am already carting around. My back hurts a lot less, I don’t accidentally leave my book at work, in the car, or downstairs on the kitchen table, because my tablet is always with me. (Normally). Plus, I have 10 + books in one place. I love it as much as I want to hate it.

    And I love that shot of your baby (BABIES) bump. It’s just the right amount of cozy.

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    • July 21, 2014 Alison

      Yes, exactly, the convenience of an e-reader is just impossible to ignore.
      And thank you, honey!

  • July 18, 2014 Tove Stakkestad

    I have to agree that I also love my Kindly – but lately I have been using my Kindle app on my phone – so I can get some reading done while I pump. I love that you can load all kinds of fun books on the Kindle and you don’t have to schlepp 15lbs in books all around town.
    You look VERY comfy in this picture – as well as the babies! I love it… You make me want to get pregnant again…
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    • July 21, 2014 Alison

      I do love that I can have a dozen books all at my disposal without worrying about the weight or how it fits (or doesn’t) into my already-full handbag.
      And thank you!

  • July 18, 2014 Rudri Bhatt Patel


    My husband purchased the Kindle for me last year because he also thought that would curb by book buying habit. I’ve read some books on the Kindle. It is a convenient way to read while waiting in line, traveling and in the carpool lane. I still love reading books – something about glancing at the cover of a satisfying book offers a comfort I cannot feel with the digital counterpart.
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    • July 21, 2014 Alison

      I love having both options, the Kindle and real books. The Kindle is great for when I’m out and about, especially with all the doctor’s appointments I have now and the amount of time I’m sitting waiting around. πŸ™‚

  • July 18, 2014 Elaine A.

    I read both. I still prefer paper books but the kindle or other device sure is nice for the doctor’s office or plane, etc. Glad you’re enjoying it. LOVE that belly shot! πŸ˜€

    • July 21, 2014 Alison

      YES, the doctor’s office, exactly! At my last appointment I actually didn’t notice the time passing, and I wasn’t edgy while waiting like before.

  • July 18, 2014 Rorybore

    I have the Kindle app on my laptop and I can say it is very hard to read a book this way. But if the story is good enough, I plug through. I definitely prefer the weight, feel, sense and smell of a real book in my hands though. That will never ever change.

    Love, love this shot. It’s perfection and my very definition of COZY.
    minus the pregnant belly, because honestly I think only the wee babe growing inside was ever truly the one comfy and cozy. LOL
    I’m just back from holidays, so I’ll be back to join the photo challenge next week πŸ™‚
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    • July 21, 2014 Alison

      I actually hate reading on the computer or my phone, so I love the Kindle Paperwhite because it’s lighter than a book, and I can have so many books at my disposal at the same time.
      Look forward to seeing your Stairs shot!

  • July 18, 2014 Kerstin

    I’m still going to go with “old school” for myself – after all I’m way older than you are πŸ˜‰
    No Kindle for me so far…
    You look at least semi-comfortable and cozy in your picture – hang in there my friend! xox
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    • July 21, 2014 Alison

      You’re not way older than me, silly πŸ™‚
      I was very comfortable and cozy in the shot.

  • July 18, 2014 Andrea

    Curling up with a book (even on my Kindle) is my kind of cozy. You’ve also got two cozy babies in that shot, too.
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    • July 21, 2014 Alison

      They sure are snug in there!

  • July 21, 2014 Kimberly

    Oh that is such the pure example of cozy. I loved being pregnant. Yes, I am that weird person.
    This is a really great shot except for the Kindle. Get some real books baby! Kidding. I haven’t conformed yet..and three books? Hot damn!!!
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    • July 21, 2014 Alison

      You ARE weird! I still have some real books of course, silly. πŸ˜‰

  • July 22, 2014 My Inner Chick

    LOVE my Kindle.
    Love listening to audio books.
    And I also love the old fashioned books from the library!
    I’m reading *The Story Teller* by Jodi Picoult & it is FaaaABULOUS.
    What did you read, Alison Lee? Xxx
    PS. have you read any Gillian Flynn yet?
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    • July 22, 2014 Alison

      I love Jodi Picoult!
      I’ve read a bunch of things recently: The Paris Wife, Dad is Fat, and Quiet. Yes, I’ve read all of Gillian Flynn’s books (except for one I think).

  • July 24, 2014 Julia

    I still go for the real deal and read the book, though now I get them from the library if I can. I try not to buy too many books and if I want one right away I will buy it on my kindle fire. Though i don’t tend to read as much on the Kindle as I do when I have the book.
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    • July 24, 2014 Alison

      I wish we had a library close by!

  • July 28, 2014 Keely

    Love it. I, too, was a hold-out…but it’s SO PLEASANT to hold 800 books in the palm of your hands. Cozy, indeed.
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    • July 28, 2014 Alison

      YES, exactly!

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