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How a Kobo eReader changed one reader's life for the better in 2020

By Jessie Ho • February 10, 2021Recommended Reading

"Last year was a crazy year, but the pandemic really helped me remember my happy place."

To say 2020 was full of surprises would be a massive, massive understatement. But despite it all, we're happy to report there was a still a silver lining to be found — reading was up by 35% worldwide as a result of the pandemic and it’s not hard to see that we must find our joys where we can, even if it means escaping the world for a little while.

For Khrystyna Yevstakhevych, a counselling psychologist in the making, that was found in the number of books she was able to read — even with a newborn baby.

“My biggest surprise about reading this year was first and foremost, the number of books I was able to read. I thought that it would be harder to get any reading done while taking care of a newborn. But I’m glad I figured it out for my own sake.”

Khrystyna came to Canada eight years ago to explore, but wound up staying, getting her degree and even meeting her husband here. She was six months pregnant when she got laid off in March, just when the pandemic hit.

“Last year was a crazy year. I was too anxious to leave my apartment, what with all the unknowns out there. My Kobo became my best friend then. I’ve read so much in 2020 and it’s made a huge difference for me — the pandemic really helped me to remember my happy place.”

Like many of us, Khrystyna was inspired to get an eReader by some of the best influencers we have in our lives: our friends. “My friend had gotten herself a Kobo Clara and she was raving about it, so I asked my husband to get it for me for my 30th birthday. Little did I know how much it would change my reading life!”

“My friend had gotten herself a Kobo Clara and she was raving about it, so I asked my husband to get it for me for my 30th birthday. Little did I know how much it would change my reading life!”

The first eBook she read was My Dark Vanessa, which came out last March: “I was so excited to get it with my first Kobo gift card. I absolutely loved everything about my new eReader. It was easy to navigate, light, and easy to adjust brightness and font size. Plus, English is not my native language so having an extensive dictionary helps a lot.”

For Khrystyna, digital reading couldn't have come at a better time—as the mother of a 6-month-old baby, she usually does her reading while she is breastfeeding. “[Without my eReader], I wouldn’t be able to read a regular book since it is not as convenient to hold, plus the room is dark and I wouldn’t be able to see. I have definitely realized how much more convenient digital reading is.”

Not to mention, eReaders are much easier to carry around. Although travel isn’t possible right now, Khrystyna’s excited about what digital reading will mean for future trips. “I like to have all of my books with me [when I travel], and there’s no way I’d be carrying multiple paperbacks or hardcovers. My Kobo is my best friend for life!”

“I like to have all of my books with me [when I travel], and there’s no way I’d be carrying multiple paperbacks or hardcovers. My Kobo is my best friend for life!”

These days, she’s found that having a Kobo means exploring a lot of new stories. “I’ve always liked historical fiction and non-fiction. But recently, I’ve been interested in horror and fantasy. I’ve also been reading romance, which I thought I’d never ever like. Now I can pretty much say that I like every genre.”

She also checks the Kobo Trending, Top Picks, and Daily Deals lists everyday, looking for new reads. “I have close to 200 books on my to-be-read list. I’ve purchased all of them since I got my Kobo in February!”

“Currently I’m reading The Push by Ashley Audrain. I discovered it on Kobo when it was featured as the best book of the month.”

We’re sure that Khrystyna speaks for a lot of us when she claims reading as a main hobby. “It’s my way to unwind, and my main type of self-care after a long day of dealing with housework and my baby. It may sound a bit exaggerated, but reading IS my life. It takes me places, energizes me, calms me down and brings me immense joy.”

“It may sound a bit exaggerated, but reading IS my life. It takes me places, energizes me, calms me down and brings me immense joy.”

“I’ve been an avid reader since my childhood. I tried it all," she says. "I was a firm believer in print books until I got my Kobo. It absolutely transformed my life. Now I would only pick a printed version of the book if I wanted it signed by an author.”

Photo courtesy of Khrystyna

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