How To Read by Candlelight

 Photo by Audrey Davis of  Audrey Davis Photography . Hire her, will ya?

Photo by Audrey Davis of Audrey Davis Photography. Hire her, will ya?

When you live in a neighborhood that frequently loses power--perhaps it's the trees that give me joy except when they're giving me allergies--you learn to keep candles. 

For me, the power going out is the equivalent to a time warp. Like in the days before refrigerators and microwaves, I can only eat what can be consumed uncooked from the pantry. Like in the days before air conditioning, I must open the window for breeze. Like in the days before e-readers, I'm bound to reading things printed. And the story doesn't stop just because the power goes out. 

 Photo by Audrey Davis of  Audrey Davis Photography . I can vouch for her awesomeness, and not just because she's my roommate. 

Photo by Audrey Davis of Audrey Davis Photography. I can vouch for her awesomeness, and not just because she's my roommate. 

While the battery life on my Nook is such that I only need to charge it once a month, power outages don't often keep me from reading, even in electronic format. But there's something whimsical, magical even, about reading a print book by candlelight. 

 Photo by Audrey Davis of  Audrey Davis Photography . You should totally commission her for portraits. I mean, if she can shoot pics this awesome on the fly when the power is out and in crappy lighting, you know she's got talent. 

Photo by Audrey Davis of Audrey Davis Photography. You should totally commission her for portraits. I mean, if she can shoot pics this awesome on the fly when the power is out and in crappy lighting, you know she's got talent. 

It's a book seance, in a sense. This is how things must have been in the days before electricity, in the days when "technology" made life easier by way of hand pumps and pulleys. It's a reminder to appreciate the simple pleasures of life--a reminder that while technology makes reading easier and more convenient, the absence of it can't get in the way of a good story. 

Do you ever read by candlelight? Share your story in the comments below. 

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All these lovely photos were taken by the fabulous photographer Audrey Davis, with whom I have the pleasure of calling my roommate. She does portraits and you can see more of her superb work on her website, audreydavisphotography.com.

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