I find that during the summer it’s so. much. harder. to keep up with the blog, what with trying to spend every waking sunny moment not at work at the beach or at a pool – so to that end, I’ve decided to make this the summer of book tags! Every Thursday I’ll be posting a book tag (that I’ve tagged myself in, because rules/schmules *shruggy emoji*). I’ll be sharing this post on social media with #booktagthursday – so if you would like to find book tags of your own, please join in! They are seriously so much fun, and I love being able to share some of my favorite books in such fun and unique ways.
(PS: IF YOU ARE READING THIS, ALWAYS AND FOREVER CONSIDER YOURSELF TAGGED.)
I found this book tag on the blog Books, Biscuits, and Me (which is a gorgeous blog, by the way!), she credits finding it on the blog I Have To Read That, and the original creator is MathomBooks on YouTube!
(All of the prompt images for this post were created by me and you can definitely use them if you’d like! – just credit me, please? They took me forever, what with the constant ADHD and procrastination and pizza eating and occasional breaks to pet the kitties.)
Personally, I think the synopsis is an incredibly important tool for authors/editors/agents/publishers/whomever is responsible for that particular tidbit of a book. Working in a bookstore gives me the opportunity to glance at quite a few books throughout the day, and I’ve got to say – some of the synopses are just the. absolute. worst. For the casual book reader that doesn’t have friends that read (I feel so bad for these people) and hasn’t heard of Goodreads (how are there still people that don’t use Goodreads?), the book synopsis is one of just THREE things drawing them in (the others being cover and author recognition). (That is totally just my opinion, resulting in having worked for a bookstore for 10 years. I could be wrong. Don’t quote me. Or at least say “she said she might be wrong.”)
tl;dr – Synopses are super important and I don’t think I’ve ever ever ever read a book without glancing at and/or obessessing over the synopsis.
Paperbacks! I am not opposed to hardcover or e-book as a rule and have definitely gotten them when the price is right, but I’ll choose a paperback over the other formats any day. Most of my books are paperback – I think I probably have 2/3 paperbacks and then the other 1/3 would comprise my hardcovers, audio, and e-books together!
Howeevverrr, I will say that as I’ve gotten more into book blogging and had a larger awareness of NEW AND SHINY BOOKS THAT ARE RELEASING AT A BOOKSTORE NEAR YOU (y’all are the worst), I’ve been struggling not to buy more in hardcover. I imagine sometime in the not so distant future I’ll probably start purchasing more hardcovers for this reason, but for now I love my paperbacks!
Nope nope nope nope nope nope nope nope nope nope.
I have never been able to write in or highlight my books (not even in college – sometimes I would just verbatim copy paragraphs into my notebook if they were especially important). I don’t necessarily think people that do take notes in their books are evil or anything, and I see how it’s not necessarily the worst thing in the world … but…. I just can’t. I also don’t dog ear my pages. Putting sticky tabs in the book to remember certain lines is about as much as you’re going to get from me, and that’s only when I remember to bring my sticky notes with me. (You’d think you would just put them in your purse and go, but that’s clearly way too simple to actually work. Duh.)
“There was no possibility of taking a walk that day. We had been wandering, indeed, in the leafless shrubbery an hour in the morning; but since dinner (Mrs. Reed, when there was no company, dined early) the cold winter wind had brougt with it clouds so sombre, and a rain so penetrating, that further out-door exercise, was now out of the question.”
Jane Eyre, how I love thee.
Not in the slightest. I don’t think I’ve ever decided to read (or not read) a book in any way based on the author’s gender. Maybe the author themselves, if they’re not so good people or if I’ve heard questionable things – but their gender is irrelevant. I do find that I’ve read significantly more female authors than male, but I don’t feel that it’s any conscious choice on my part. I think it just happened to work out that way.
I’ve never read the last page of a book before I was actually at that part, but I am totally guilty of sneaking quick glances ahead on the pages I’m currently at – especially if it’s a book that has me totally hooked. (But on the flipside, I can also be found doing this if the part of the book I’m at is particularly boring and I need to find a reason to keep going!) I’m not a big “OMG DON’T SPOILERS ME” type of person, because for me how the thing happened is almost as big as the thing itself, but I wouldn’t purposely spoil myself by skipping to the end, either.
Is outrageously organized an option? Most of my “shelves” aren’t traditional shelves, so it makes organizing them (and/or displaying them together) somewhat difficult. I have two mid century modern hutches that I use for bookshelves, a weird angled bookshelf for hardcovers (that has about a gazillion paperbacks stacked on top of it, a weird-ish short long bookshelf, and then a bunch of books stacked on my dresser. As far as organization goes, I think the closest I have to any sort of system would be chronologically – as I get new books they go on whatever surface is available … and if there’s isn’t a surface, then it’s time for a new bookcase to fill!
(BUT SOMEDAY I WILL HAVE A PROPER LIBRARY DANGIT)
Ok, so, here’s the thing. I totally understand why “don’t judge a book based on it’s cover” is a thing, and I also totally understand how true that can be (in the case of both books and people!). BUT. BUT. I mean, book cover designers have jobs for a reason. If book covers didn’t matter, they’d all be white and the book titles and author’s names would be printed in a nice black Helvitica 24 point. However, they’re not like that. And why? BECAUSE BOOK COVERS MATTER. (See point on synopses made above).
Wait, what was the question again? Oh. Yes, I’ve bought a book based on the cover.
I think I will defer to the title of my blog for this answer, because it really tells you all you need to know. “Bring My Books,” as in, if I am ever somewhere and I don’t have a book with me something is seriously wrong aka I lost it and/or someone stole it aka things are seriously not okay. I can read anywhere – car, train, bus, pool, airplane, elevator, café line, while walking to work … (yes, I’ve done this. And yes, I walked into a parked car.)
But I think the question we’re asking here is, “If you’re at home and really into your current read and it’s a gorgeous day outside, do you stay in or go outside?” So to answer the question and not go on another wild tangent, I always prefer being outside to inside on beautiful days!
AHHHH I LOVE BOOK TAGS!
This was one was so much fun to do, and I hope someone else out there decides to give it a whirl as well! In the meantime, I’m specifically tagging: