Happy Tuesday lovelies! ☀️
Today, I have chosen to do a fun activity! 😀 It’s been a while and I found this great tag on The Strawberry Post, please go and check out her blog, it is incredible to read. The writer, (Kitty) Cat, posts lots of engaging book reviews as well as her own poetry.
Sadly, I couldn’t find the creator of this tag, if anyone knows who started it, let me know so I can add credit to the writer.
Ready? Let’s go!
1. Inside flap/back of book summaries: Too much info? Or not enough?
I prefer summaries that do not reveal too much of the story, just enough to get a sense of the premise and tone. I am not a huge fan of chunky summaries, admittedly, it puts me off of the book as it gives an indication that the reader needs to know a lot before turning the front page.
Example (taken from Before I Go To Sleep by S J Watson):
Memories define us.
So what if you lost yours every time you went to sleep? Your name, your identity, your past, even the people you love – all forgotten overnight. And the one person you trust may only be telling you half the story.
Welcome to Christine’s life.
This shares enough to pique my interest in five sentences, it presents the genre of thriller and mystery. It is the perfect balance of enough information to make you intrigued and want to read on.
2. New book: What form do you want it in? Be honest: Audiobook, eBook, Paperback or Hardback?
I don’t know what it is, but having a physical paperback book in my hand makes me feel content and more focused when reading. I love the feel and smell of the paper when turning the pages and its sturdy weight.
With that said, Hardback books are visually more attractive and stay intact for longer due to the extra protection.
eBooks are very convenient especially when travelling as you can download a book (or several) straight onto your phone and have it on your person at all times.
Audiobooks are not for me as I easily zone out when something is playing in the background and I’m doing some kind of other activity. Therefore, I will spend a lot of time rewinding the audiotape.
3. Scribble while you read? Do you like it in your books; take notes, make comments, or do you keep your books clean, clean, clean?
I’ve only ever scribbled inside books when studying English Literature and Language. The sides were covered in notes and sentences and keywords were highlighted in the brightest of colours. And truth be told, I liked it and didn’t think about doing it again till now…and I’m tempted to do it to the next book I read.
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 think gender should be a considering factor period. Focus on the story and talent rather than the sex of the author. I enjoy reading and getting lost in worlds created by both men and women.
5. Ever read ahead? Or have you ever read the last page way before you got there?
It is shameful…admittedly at times, I have jumped to the end of a chapter because I couldn’t wait to find out what was happening or I felt like I wasn’t reading fast enough, and then continued where I left off.
However, I have not jumped to the last page of a book yet. Hopefully, I can continue to maintain some cool and not spoil it entirely for myself.
6. Organised bookshelves or outrageous bookshelves?
Outrageous. There’s no other alternative. I can keep certain parts of my room and life organised, but certainly not my bookshelf haha.
To find out what I have on my bookshelf, feel free to have a read of my What’s on My Bookshelf Tag.
7. Have you ever bought a book based on the cover (alone)?
Cannot say that I have…however, the cover of a book has attracted me to read the synopsis and the first few pages. A beautifully illustrated front cover is an added bonus 😀
Undoubtedly though, there’s no better hook than the blurb. To me, that’s the make or break.
8. Take it outside to read, or stay in?
This one required quite a bit of thinking…hmmm…
Both, I guess.
I enjoy the environment and atmosphere of cafes and have spent some days reading with a slice of cake and a cup of hot chocolate. Most notably during university as there was a coffee shop on my way home where I used to stop for a few hours to go through my reading material i.e. books, plays, essays. Trains were another place where I would read as I had an hour and a half commute each way.
But there’s no better feeling of officially starting a book indoors with a cosy and warm blanket on your lap, which is how I mainly crack open a book.
What do you think? Does any of my answers match yours or do they differ incredibly? I would like to tag everyone who reads this, if you have already completed this tag or will be doing it, please leave a comment with your link so I can read it too 🙂