I do love me a good tag. This is from My Little Book Blog, who is absolutely lovely!
I: Inside flap/back of the book summaries: Too much info? Or not enough (discuss)
I like to read the blurb. I’m not one of those people who go headlong into a book not knowing what it’s about. I like o have a general idea of what I’m getting into, since I’m such a mood reader. That being said, some books go WAY over the top and give away everything, to the point that there’s no point in reading the book anymore. So I just want what I need to know, and then I’m sweet to go on.
N: New book: What form do you want it in? Be honest: audio book, e-book, paperback, or hardcover?
Paperbacks for sure. I don’t like hardcovers at all, unless I want it to be a nice, special cover of a book I love. Hardcovers are bulky, take up too much space and they’re so expensive.
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)
I take notes in my books, especially those I read for university. The habit has carried into my reading for pleasure as well. I find it interesting and love coming across them later on, because some of them end up being quite funny! I also like to see if my interpretation of things has changed from reading to reading.
I: In your best voice, read for us your favourite first sentence from a book.
I’m going to go with the opening paragraph of Bid Me to Live, because when I opened this book, it grabbed me by the throat and dragged me, kicking and screaming, into a love of Hilda Doolittle.
“Oh the times! Oh the customs! Oh, indeed, the times! The customs! Their own, specifically, but part and parcel of the cosmic, comic, crucifying times of history. Times liberated, set whirling out-moded romanticism; Punch and Judy danced with Jocasta and Philoctetes, while wrestlers, sprawling in an Uffizi or a Pitti, flung garish horizon-blue across gallant and idiotic Sir Philip Sydney-isms. It was a time of isms. And the Ballet.”
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?
I don’t care at all. It really doesn’t bother me, unless it’s a man who is super misogynistic (I’m looking at you, Richard Aldington) and it mars the book. But 90% of the time, that isn’t a problem. I just read what interests me!
E: Ever read ahead? Or have you ever read the last page way before you got there?
Yes. I’m atrocious. I really want to know what happens at the end of things, so I know what to expect. I annoy even myself with it. I don’t do it with e-books though, so that’s a bonus point for them.
O: Organised bookshelves, or outrageous bookshelves?
I can’t stand my bookshelves being out of order! I need them to be lovely and neat and organised. It really upsets me when I have them nice and neat and someone moves them or puts something on the shelf. My books must be lovely! It’s funny, because with all other objects I’m such a disorganised being, and once my books aren’t on a shelf they can get sprawled about anywhere.
U: Under oath: have you ever bought a book based on the cover (alone)?
Yes and no. If the cover attracts me and the book is good, then I’m likely to buy it. If the cover is attractive and the book sounds like something I’m really not going to enjoy, then I won’t get it. Same as any other book, really. The pretty cover is an added bonus.
T: Take it outside to read, or stay in?
Both! I love reading outside, especially on nice sunny days. I tend to read more indoors though, because we have more seating inside. I really want a banana lounge or a hammock for reading in!