It’s been a while since I’ve done a Book Tag post, they’re fun enough I really should do more…
I have no idea where this came from, Duck Duck Go didn’t help much and the blogs I’ve seen this on (The Strawberry Post and The Tattooed Book Geek) don’t know, either. So props to whoever came up with this, and here we go with The Inside and Out Book Tag (alternatively titled: Are You a Philistine and/or a Monster? Plus a couple of other questions Book Tag)
1. Inside flap/back of the book summaries: Too much info? Or not enough?
I don’t need a lot, just enough to pique my attention. Often (and I frequently mention this when I post about a book) publishers put too much information on them. Just give me a hint about the premise and a flavor for the tone—that’s all I really want.
2. New book: What form do you want it in? Be honest: Audiobook, eBook, Paperback or Hardcover?
A decent-sized paperback (not Mass-Market) is probably my favorite, but I tend towards HC or eBook lately. Nothing against MMPBs, really, I’ve only bought 2 or 3 a year for the last couple of years (if InCryptid ever makes the jump to HC, then it’ll only be Stephanie Plum books—which I refuse to buy in HC).
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?
What kind of monster do you think I am? No ink (or graphite!) should come into contact with my books after the printer is done with them. That’s why we have notepaper.
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?
Unless it’s an author I’ve read before, I frequently don’t remember the author’s name until I’ve written a post about them (and even then, honestly, I’m not great at it). So gender? Fuhgeddaboudit. I can’t be bothered. It matters not to the ability of the author, matters not to this reader.
5. Ever read ahead? Or have you ever read the last page way before you got there?
As I’m not a philistine, no. Why would you do that? I’m not being rhetorical here, why would someone do that?
Okay…not true. In Choose Your Own Adventure books, I did read ahead. Even then, I knew that was a dumb way to read them, but I hated to commit to a course until I had read the first paragraph or so of two options…
6. Organized bookshelves or outrageous bookshelves?
I try, I really try to be organized. And if I had 5 more bookshelf units, I could be. At least for a month 🙂
So, yeah, outrageous bookshelves/stacks next to shelves.
7. Have you ever bought a book based on the cover (alone)?
Alone? I don’t think so. I may have checked a book out of the library based on the cover alone.
But numerous covers have led me to read, and re-read, backs/inside flaps.
8. Take it outside to read, or stay in?
Generally, the only time I think of taking one outside, it’s too hot to do so and I only last 10 minutes. But when the weather is right, or I have decent covering overhead, I really enjoy being outside and reading.