Saturday, January 25, 2014

Inside & Out

My sister sent me a link to this fun blog idea ~ I am not participating in an actual Book Tag, but thought posting this would be fun anyways. ;)

I ~ Inside flap/Back of the book summaries: Too much info? Or not enough 
I think it depends... there have been some books I've read and I didn't necessarily HAVE to read it, seeing how I got the entire story through summary. :P Then there are some books that don't tell you anything- or they summarize in a way that makes you think one thing, when the plot is actually completely different...then of course there are those books that have THE perfect plot summary and you can't wait to start reading- then you finish the book, read the back again- and start re-reading the book. :D However, I don't usually pay too much attention to the inside/back blurbs. .. I usually skim it once, and see if anything catches my attention. And if it is an author I love- I don't usually read them at all, and just let myself be surprised. ;) 

N ~ New book: What form do you want it in? Be honest: Audiobook, E-Book, Paperback, or Hardcover?Paperback. I'll read a hardcover if I MUST read the book and can't get a hold of it in paperback... but never... absolutely never.... digitally... and I've never been able to really follow audiobooks- I'd rather be able to go at my own pace, and to 'hear' it the way I want to, in my head. ^_^ 

S ~ 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? (Tell us why)
This is kind of how I feel about writing in books... I do, however, always write down any sentences or quotes that I like, or in which I find the wording simply beautiful. 

I ~ In your best voice, read for us your favorite 1st sentence from a book.
Haha...oh dear... *think think think*
Alice was beginning to get very tired of sitting by her sister on the bank, and of having nothing to do: once or twice she had peeped into the book her sister was reading, but it had no pictures or conversations in it, 'and what is the use of a book,' thought Alice 'without pictures or conversation?' 

I also really like- 

D ~ 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?
No, this doesn't influence my decision at all. (
I have favorite female authors, and favorite male authors.) Their reputation, beliefs, genre, and style, however, DO.

E ~ Ever read ahead? or have you ever read the last page way before you got there?
I'm sure I've read ahead at some point or other, and I've glanced at the farther page or a few lines down before, but looking ahead pages at a time has never been an issue for me. I'd rather be surprised. :) I DO have the random annoying problem of looking at the very last sentence in the book, before I even start. I don't know why this is a habit for me... although sometimes its fun to see a little of the conclusion, and then go back and watch it work out to that end... but looking at the last line doesn't always give anything away. ;P


~ Organized bookshelves, or Outrageous bookshelves?
Hmmm...organized as  in everything neatly in a place, with stacks of either the same size books, or from big to little, and mostly having the same authors' books together- yes. Organized as in genre, historically, alphabetically- no. 

U ~ Under oath: have you ever bought a book based on the cover (alone)?
Oh, wow... maybe once or twice... but I usually don't buy a book by an author I've never heard something of, or writes a genre/era I like... so I usually know something about every book I buy. I don't want to spend money on a book I may not like, that I could have spent on a book I knew I would have liked. 
After thinking about it... 

*Sigh* Isn't this a captivating cover?? Blue- ship- swords! This is one I remember buying based on the cover (however, I did know it would be Elizabethan- one of my favorite eras) and one of the reasons I don't buy-by-cover anymore. Rather disappointing, and I wouldn't recommend it. 
This was the "or twice", I mentioned above. ;) I love this cover.... all I knew about this book was it was Christian fiction by a debut author. I thought it was set in the prairie days (come on, she looks like she's wearing a dress, and her hairstyle coincided. :P) but it turned out- after I bought it- to be modern. ^_^ It was really good though, so I don't regret this one.

This is another beautiful cover- I picked it from a list to review, so I didn't necessarily BUY-by cover- but I had never heard anything about it or the author. ;) (very satisfactory, btw.)

TTake it outside to read, or stay in?
I love doing both! But only outside if it's not too cold or too hot; warm, but with a cool- even nippy- breeze. I can always wear a jacket. ;)



  1. Thanks for sharing. That was fun.

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  3. Great post, Alice! Enjoyed it very much. :)
    I might have to do one like this on my blog sometime... ;)

    1. Thank Aery! :)
      You should! I really enjoyed doing it!!