I saw this tag over at OwlBeSatReading, her Inside and Out tag post is here, and thought it sounded like a lot of fun! Tag creator unknown, please do comment if you happen to know the original creator and I’d be happy to edit this post to credit them.
I may have been tagged by someone a week ago or so? My post is ultra late in posting. If you did tag me feel free to mention in the comments as I’d love to mention you here as well.
1) Inside flap/back of the book summaries: Too much info? Or not enough?
My heart is saying put not enough, to avoid spoilers and make the book a wonderful surprise! But my brain is saying, authors, put a lot of info in there. Because there is not enough time in the world for us readers to get every book in our TBR finished. Most of the books I have ended up reading (especially series) were ones I read spoilers for that informed me that “Hey, interesting stuff is happening in here!” or “Stuff adhering to your niche interests is in here!” For example if a book has secret hardcore forbidden or enemies-to-lovers romance in it WE NEED TO KNOW NOW rather than later. Might go forever unaware and never end up reading it.
2) New book: What form do you want it in? Be honest: Audiobook, eBook, Paperback or Hardcover?
Now for the mother of all unpopular opinions- eBook. I love the aesthetic of hardcovers for example, I often love the feel of a physical book and that is truly irreplaceable. But eBooks won’t get damaged by a natural disaster. If I need to move, eBooks are beyond easy to carry. If I’m going to be gone for a while, eBooks offer an endless trove of books to read in one tiny device versus taking a few physical books and running out of reading material. Also love the convenience factor of looking up words, highlighting, taking a quick note, etc. You can do all those with physical books, but my current setup makes it even faster. More about these things in a future eBooks/eReaders related newbie post.
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?
I like to keep mine spotless. But LOVE looking at other people’s annotated books. If I come across one at a thrift store with a ton of notes in the margins I’m more likely to buy it out of curiosity toward the previous owner’s thoughts.
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 authors gender?
It doesn’t matter. I do tend to read female authors more often though, mainly by chance and genre preferences. Guys don’t typically write romance for example, outside of visual novels but that’s a rabbit hole for another day. (I do love some visual novels by the way.)
5) Ever read ahead? Or have you ever read the last page way before you got there?
I feel very tempted to sometimes. Might do so in the future, someday, but it’s better to generally avoid that. Surely I’d have the luck of coming across a major spoiler and regretting ever doing so. Sometimes a book just makes you want to know what happens though and the waiting through nonsense is irksome. Big Little Lies comes to mind.
6) Organised bookshelves or outrageous bookshelves?
Outrageous sounds more fun to look at. I like rainbow shelves, which by nature are not organised, but I enjoy looking at them.
If you have a rainbow shelves setup with pics on a blog post or your Insta let me know, I will gawk at your shelves happily, lol.
7) Have you ever bought a book based on the cover (alone)?
Yes, and would do so again! Recently bought a hardcover of Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children. I might very well end up on the long list of people who think that book is overrated, but man is it nice to look at. Even the bind is pretty.
8) Take it outside to read, or stay in?
Indoors and late at night, or I’d get too distracted by anything. Reading outside under a big tree sounds lovely though!
Thanks, as always, for reading this post and your likes and comments are always appreciated. If you’re interested in doing this tag consider yourself tagged, and do let me know as I’ll be happy to read your post and your answers to these questions.