Hello, everyone! Gosh, I keep procrastinating on writing those Real Posts, right? You know, the kind where I actually say something that’s either really funny or somewhat thoughtful? Yeah. Sorry about that.
But some days are like that. Some days, I am filled with Great Big Ideas and spend time blogging about them. On other days, I still want to blog but just don’t have as much motivation… or there are other things I need/want to do online. Such as finishing some Spanish homework and then watching Agent Carter. Which is what I’m going to do after this, so let’s get started.
I found this book tag at Books Over People. The first letters of each of the questions spells out “inside out.” Apparently whoever created this tag thought it was cool. I have no idea.
Also, I haven’t needed to use WordPress’s GINORMOUS LETTERING yet, but this seems as good a moment as any to whisk it out with a flourish. Enjoy!
Inside flap / Back-of-the-book summaries: Too much info? Or not enough?
Yes to both, actually. There’s usually plenty of info, but does it really tell us anything? I think a lot of plot summaries are badly written and don’t accurately reflect what the book is actually about. And I hate when books just have reviews instead of summaries. Why would I even care what some big-wig critic thinks when I haven’t even read the book yet?
New book: What form do you want it in? Be honest: audio book, e-book, paperback, or hardcover?
HARDCOVER! I think hardcover editions look much more elegant than their paperback brethren, and they’re much sturdier, too – always a plus for those books that I want to reread over and over and over again without having them fall to pieces. Which describes most of my books, actually, because I rarely buy books that I haven’t already read AND loved.
Lately I’ve been thinking about buying a few of my favorite graphic novels. When I realized that the local Barnes & Noble (that’s a huge chain bookstore, for my international readers who didn’t know) doesn’t sell hardcover copies of what I’m looking for, I was momentarily grumpy. WHEN I SAY THAT I LOVE MY BOOKS TO PIECES, I MEAN THAT SOMETIMES LITERALLY. So I need hardcover copies. Sheesh.
Scribble while you read? Do you like to write in your books, taking notes, making comments, or do you keep your books clean clean clean?
NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO I AM NOT A HEATHEN.
The only books with markings you’ll see on my shelves are second-hand, usually picked up during a library book sale. I leave them be, though – I don’t erase pencil marks or anything like that. It seems overkill. I do usually uncrease the dog-eared pages as I read/reread the books, though.
In your best voice, read for us your favorite first sentence from a book.
Did this tag originate on YouTube? Or am I supposed to do some kind of magic and put my voice on my blog?
Anyway, I’m going to pick two, because I’m just such a rebel that way.
This is the first sentence from The Teacher’s Funeral by Richard Peck, which I recently reread:
“If your teacher has to die, August isn’t a bad time of year for it.”
I’d forgotten how hilarious and deadpan this book is… and also how, ah, “countrified” it is. It is one of the few books I’ve read that is set in my state – Indiana. Actually, come to think of it, all the other set-in-Indiana books I’ve read were also by Richard Peck. Huh.
Anyway, here is the first line of The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater:
“Blue Sargent had forgotten how many times she’d been told that she would kill her true love.”
This sentence is a surprise, and I love that. She’s just so matter-of-fact about it! This series (the Raven Cycle) has been on my mind all afternoon because the title of the fourth/final book was announced today: The Raven King will be published on September twenty-ninth, 2015! I’M SO EXCITED AND YET ALSO NERVOUS BECAUSE I DON’T WANT THIS WONDERFUL, WONDERFUL SERIES TO END DO YOU UNDERSTAND HOW I FEEL.
I don’t usually notice this when I’m deciding on a book, but I usually think about it a lot while I’m actually reading it. Some authors just can’t create believable characters and sometimes I wonder if this is because they’re soooooo different from the people in their stories. I’m not saying that you can’t or shouldn’t write about people who are not like yourself, but I do think it requires more planning, thinking, et cetera.
Which would explain why some seventy-year-old men can’t write realistic teen girls. I’m looking at you, James Patterson.
Ever read ahead? Or have you ever read the last page way before you got there?
Oh my gosh, yes. I do this a lot with mysteries and thrillers, because the anticipation is just too much for me. I really, really need to stop. Note to self: Stop doing this with the A Song of Ice and Fire books. No no no. Stop. Bad Engie.
Organized bookshelves, or outrageous bookshelves?
A bit of both? I mean, my books are loosely organized, but only into fairly large categories. My science fiction books aren’t sorted according to age (classic versus newer) or subgenre (dystopian, aliens, et cetera). And I have an entire shelf of my absolute FAVORITEST books of ever that isn’t organized at all. (I may need to expand this collection to two shelves quite soon.)
Under oath: Have you ever bought a book based on the cover alone?
Only when I was buying a very cheap (read: used) book! I really like the cover of When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead, so I bought it the other day at a library book sale. (You may have guessed that I think library book sales are awesome.) Normally I would never do this, but it cost only twenty-five cents. So why not?!
Take it outside to read, or stay in?
Go outside? Why would I do such a thing? WE HATES THE SUNLIGHT, PRECIOUS. WE HATES IT FOREVERRRRRRRRRR.
Just kidding. Sometimes I do read outside but honestly, I don’t find it very comfortable. It seems like the weather is always too hot or too cold, or there’s a sudden breeze that ruffles the pages of my book so that I have to flip back through it and find my place again. Mostly, I like to read whilst lying in my bed, wrapped up in a fuzzy blanket, with the cat purring contentedly next to me and not, I don’t know, trying to sit on my book or chew on its pages or something equally foolish.
- Orphu @ A Mirror Made of Words
- Matt @ The Little Engine That Couldn’t
- Bridget @ Stay and Watch the Stars
- Alexandrina Brant @ Miss Alexandrina
- Miriam Joy @ Miriam Joy Writes
- Mawa Mahima @ All Things Wordy
- Charley @ Charley R’s Leaning Tower of Plot
- Cait @ Paper Fury
- Strix Spell @ How to Make Dusty Tea
- Taylor Lynn @ Paper Daydreams
And as always, feel free to participate in this tag whether or not I tagged you! Or feel free to ignore the tag – you won’t hurt my feelings.
Tell me: What are you reading at the moment? I, for once, am not reading anything. Not really. I am still in the same pesky reading slump but since I have to take some Captain America comics back to the library soon, I might give those a try before they’re due.