We could spend a few minutes partaking in small talk or, we could discuss this book tag (let’s do both). Hello, how are you? (I’m doing grandly, thank you for asking.) How are your cats/dogs/siblings? (Mine are swell.) Have you read any good books lately? (I have *nods*) Tell me about what you’re reading in the comments!
Now that we’re kind of caught up, let’s begin with THE INSIDE OUT BOOK TAG.
I = Inside flap/back of the book summaries: Too much information or too little? Your opinion?
First and foremost – there needs to be one!
I deeply despise books that don’t give any summary at all. Don’t get me wrong, I think it’s great that Sally, Susan and some big time author from the New York Times Best Sellers list think the book I’m buying is great but I want to know what it’s about. I want the details! Give me the details!
Am I going to be reading about a book deemed ‘romantic, thrilling and enchanting’ by some person I know almost nothing about or will I be reading about a sloth named Ruby or, a butt-kicking-heroine on a mission to save the world from an alien invasion?
Besides the fact that I want some details – I don’t really mind the length of it as long as I kind of know what to expect from the novel.
N = New book: What form do you want it in? Be honest.
Hardbacks. No question. I tend to read paperback and kindle novels mostly, but if I could choose it’d be hardbacks all the way. They’re just so beautiful and I find comfort in the fact there’s no need to worry about breaking spines or taking a tumble and being ripped apart. (Gruesome imagery: I’m sorry.)
S = Scribble while you read? Do you like to write in books while you’re reading or do you keep your books clean?
Not only clean. I keep my books PRISTINE.
I’m like a hardworking, ninja mom who’s obsessed over the state of her house. Except, in this case, I’m a procrastinating, clumsy booknerd obsessed over the state of the cleanliness of her books.
My school reading books are the exception to this way of life because, for some reason, getting an A and jotting down everything my teachers say is more important than cleanliness (BUT ONLY IN THIS CASE.) If it isn’t a school book – pens better stay away or prepare to be snapped and chucked into an erupting volcano…or dustbin, whichever is closer.
I = In your best voice, read us your favourite opening line.
I don’t know if you’ve noticed but this is a blog so I can’t really read it as such. However, you can do the incredible reading for me…
I don’t have a number 1 favourite first line because there are just too many books to pick a favourite anything. However I enjoy any beginning that catches my attention instantly and makes me think.
Here are a few that come to mind instantly:
*clear throat* Ahem.
“Ironically, since the attacks, the sunsets have been glorious.” Angelfall, Susan Ee.
“It is the key to survival, the key to life.” The Murder Complex, Lindsay Cummings.
“The way I figure it, everybody gets a miracle.” Paper Towns, John Green
“I’ve always been competitive. Maybe it’s because I’m a dragon, and that’s how we are, at least the males of our species.” Phoenix, Finley Aaron.
D = Does it matter whether the book you’re readings author is male or female?
(I mean this light heartedly…I think…but) THAT’S DISCRIMINATION! I don’t care if the authors male, female, pink, orange, green or blue, if they wear a tutu, hats or rainbow coloured stockings. If they can write well and I want to read their book I will love them (or at least their books) forever.
E = Ever read ahead? Or have you ever read the last page before you got there?
If you read my blog regularly *gives the ones who don’t a cupcake and begs you all to stay forever* you’ll know my opinion on this already, but (in case you don’t)…
I have, BUT ONLY ONCE I SWEAR and in my defence I HAD to (I totally didn’t HAVE to). Things took a spin for the worse and the author was pulling at my heart strings. (I’ve never done it again though because I spoiled the book for myself.)
O = Organised bookshelves or outrageous?
Organised mostly but there are days when I take a million hundred pictures of my books and then leave them lying around, for a week or two. Generally however, I tend to keep my books organised.
U = Under oath: Have you ever bought a book based on ONLY the cover?
I know people are all like “don’t judge books by their covers and blah blah blah” but sometimes I just see a cover and I’m like, “I need that in my life right this very second or my world will stop spinning, the air will be forced out of my lungs and I won’t do my maths homework” (and we all know the consequence of that (!) don’t we?) So, yes. Sometimes a cover grabs me, pulls me through the mall, into the bookstore and then to the counter, conveniently.
T = Take it out to read or stay in?
If this means like outside, into the garden where there are plants, bugs and the sun that’s almost always ready to bake me until I’m the colour of a tomato the answer is no. Definitely no.
But if this question is based on if I take my book with me while I’m out and about then yes because even if I know I won’t have time I like the comfort of knowing I have something to read nearby.