The Digital Bookshelf | Now I See You

First day back after the weekend, and I’m already looking forward to the next one. There never seems to be enough time in the week or weekend for me to do all the things I want to do. Instead they just rollover into a never-ending to-do list that grows exponentially, with me adding three new items for every one I cross off.

That inexhaustible list also extends to my Kindle.

The only thing I may love more than traveling is curling up with a blanket, a mug of tea, and getting lost in a new book. In San Diego, the sunny days made me feel guilty for staying inside, and so the one upside with the oft rainy Brussels weather is that days spent inside reading are fairly guilt-free.

Now, I will not pretend to be the most critical of readers – I read almost anything and everything, and I can count on one hand (without all fingers) the number of books I have started and stopped. And so, despite my ever-growing book list, I’m always on the hunt for something new and love getting recommendations from others. I share these books first and foremost as record of my reading – my digital bookshelf of sorts – and secondly, in hopes that someone out there is looking for something to read and decides to pick one of these books up, because the joy of reading is something to be shared.

And so, without further ado…

Now I See YouNow I See You | Nicole C. Kear

At nineteen years old, Nicole C. Kear’s biggest concern is choosing a major–until she walks into a doctor’s office in midtown Manhattan and gets a life-changing diagnosis. She is going blind, courtesy of an eye disease called retinitis pigmentosa, and has only a decade or so before Lights Out. Instead of making preparations as the doctor suggests, Kear decides to carpe diem and make the most of the vision she has left. She joins circus school, tears through boyfriends, travels the world, and through all these hi-jinks, she keeps her vision loss a secret.

When Kear becomes a mother, just a few years shy of her vision’s expiration date, she amends her carpe diem strategy, giving up recklessness in order to relish every moment with her kids. Her secret, though, is harder to surrender – and as her vision deteriorates, harder to keep hidden. As her world grows blurred, one thing becomes clear: no matter how hard she fights, she won’t win the battle against blindness. But if she comes clean with her secret, and comes to terms with the loss, she can still win her happy ending.

I read this book from to back in the matter of a few days. Could. Not. Put. It. Down. Imagine being told at 19 that you have about a decade before you go blind. That’s just what happened to Nicole Kear, and she relates the experience in a fun and witty memoir. If bad language isn’t your thing, I would probably put this one back on the bookshelf. For all the rest of you, pick it up and give it a read. It is a glimpse into the reality of a life that most people – luckily – will have never have to experience themselves. Eye disease or not, it is a reminder to all that life is meant to be lived.

For those of you that have read it, what were your thoughts?