I thought I would do something a bit different and write a blog post based on a tag that's going around YouTube. It's called the Inside & Out tag. The words are an acronym and there is a question for every letter, except obviously the "&". One doesn't really work in written form, but I'll sort of make it work.
I Inside flap/back of the book summaries: too much info? Or not enough
I usually read the backside or inside flap to find what the book is
about. I want to get a feel for the book so I need there to be a bit about the
plot in the summary. There has to be enough to get me interested, but not
enough to spoil it.
N New book: What form do you want it in? Be honest: Audiobook, E-book,
Paperback, or Hardcover?
I like paperback. I mean I’ll read anything and I have an iPad, to me the
fact that it’s a book is usually enough. I prefer paperback though. They
usually don’t take up much space and I can bend them and stuff. I don’t really
like audiobooks because I don’t have much attention span and I usually zone out
when I listen to audiobooks. I need to read for myself. I don’t treat my books
very well and for that paperbacks are pretty good, I can bend them and stuff.
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
I don’t scribble in my books, not to keep them clean necessarily, I’m
not that bothered about my books. I will sometimes highlight in e-books. I
don’t take notes because I sort of lose the flow of the story and I prefer to
just keep reading.
I In your best voice, read for us your favorite 1st sentence
from a book.
This one doesn’t really work in a blog, because you can’t hear me, but I
can however type the 1st sentence of a book I like:
“Mr. and Mrs. Dursley, of number four, Privet Drive, were proud to say
that they were perfectly normal, thank you very much.”
- Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. P. 7.
D Does it matter to you whether the author is male or female when you’re
reading a book? What if you’re unsure of the author’s gender?
I don’t think that has ever mattered to me. I don’t actually think much
about it until after I’ve started reading I think. I am more interested in the
story than the writer’s gender to be honest. I do like to know a bit about the
author though, where they’re from and stuff. I like to know stuff about the
author, but their gender doesn’t really interest me much. If I’m unsure about
the gender I tend to try to find out, mainly because I want to know about the
author. I don’t know why I want to know about the author, cause it doesn’t
really matter. I guess I’m naturally curious about everything, or nosy.
E Ever read ahead? Or have you ever read the last before you got there?
(Do confess thy sins, foul demon!) J
I don’t think I have. I doubt it. I only flip ahead to find out when the
next chapter starts, or if I’m reading, like Song of Ice and Fire, I check to
see who is next. I don’t read ahead to find out what happens. I’ve never, as
far as I can remember, read the last page of a book to find out how it ends.
O Organized bookshelves or Outrageous bookshelves?
Currently my bookshelf is very small because I have very little room.
Because there are few books I’ve organized it by color. I don’t really see it
as a viable option for a bigger collection of books. For me at least. I like
order more than I like to admit. I like to know where things are and I’m a
sucker for systems. It might be my librarian-gene, or something, but I really
like organizing my books so I know how to find them again. I can’t wait until I
live somewhere with enough space for all my books so I can make a proper system
and organize my precious books. I’m a weirdo.
U Under oath: have you ever bought a book based on the cover (alone)?
I don’t think I have. I like to know what a book is about before I buy
it. I definitely like to pick up books with pretty covers to find out what
they’re about though.
T Take outside to read, or stay in?
I read pretty much everywhere. I had to take the bus when I went to high
school and it took about half an hour both ways. I got bored on the bus so I
started reading. I got really used to reading when stuff was going on around me
so I can read everywhere. It’s brilliant because I then don’t really have to be
bored. I am good at losing myself in the book and shutting out the world. I am
definitely a “take-it-outside-person.”