Time for another Book Tag thingy!
1. Inside flap/Back of the book summaries/Blurbs: Too much info? Or not enough?
Usually it’s just right, but I read a blurb recently that told me exactly nothing about the book at all and I hated it. It just said something like ‘Similar to X’s last two books, this one will take you on another emotional journey.’ As I’d never heard of the author or the other books this gave me nothing to go on and sounded a bit self-absorbed and precocious. I very nearly didn’t read it, I would have put it straight down in a shop or library, I only read it because a friend had passed it to me and said they thought I’d like it.
2. New book: What form do you want it in? Be honest: Audiobook, E-Book, Paperback, or Hardcover?
I do love a hardback but then paperbacks can be beautiful too and are a bit easier to hold. (I can’t read hardbacks in the bath, I’m too likely to drop them!)
Some books work better for as audio – I love listening to Stephen King novels and epic fantasies because I find the audio format wraps you up in the story and absorbs you entirely.
I hate ebooks. I sold my Kindle and have no regrets about it at all.
3. Scribble while you read? Do you like to write in your books, take notes, make comments, or do you keep your books clean clean clean?
The only books I’ve written in (other than putting my name in the front) were ones I studied at school. I hate it, it drags me out of the story if I reread later and, well, just no!
I have a notebook I scribble favourite quotes and stuff down in and notes for reviewing on here but I don’t write in the actual books. I do tab/bookmark poetry books sometimes though.
4. Does it matter to you whether the author is male or female when you’re deciding on a book? What if you’re unsure of the author’s gender?
I don’t pay attention to author gender particularly. In fact, unless it’s a series I love, I quite often don’t even look at who the author is until afterwards when I come to write a review or something.
5. Ever read ahead? or have you ever read the last page way before you got there?
Nooooo!! What’s the point in reading if you’ve already seen how it all ends? I remember when we went and got the final Harry Potter book at midnight and someone in front of me bought their copy and then immediately flicked to the back of it – I wanted to snatch it out of their hands and bop them with it for ruining it for themselves!
6. Organized bookshelves, or outrageous bookshelves?
I reorganise my shelves so often Caius despairs. Sometimes they are alphabetical by author’s last name, sometimes they are in rainbows, sometimes in series, sometimes just some other configuration that I made up and decided to try out…
7. Have you ever bought a book based on the cover (alone)?
Regularly. Thankfully it works out okay probably 4 times out of 5!
8. Take it outside to read, or stay in?
I read anywhere. I usually have a book in my bag when I’m out and if I can grab five minutes on a park bench somewhere then I’ll take it. At home it depends on the weather but I like reading indoors and outdoors probably equally. My recent holiday to Edinburgh had lots of lovely outdoor reading stops, I loved it!