Monday, February 2, 2015

Let's Talk Books

I'm a stickler when it comes to my books, which is evidenced here. I know everyone treats books differently but I'm curious on what your take is on certain things that I do when it comes to books.  

Like, I can't write in books. Even school books or books given to other people. 

There was only one exception to this rule and that was my literature book and that was because my professor pretty much insisted upon it. Even when I give books to friends or as part of a baby shower gift, I have to write my little note on an index card to them and then paperclip it to the front page. I just can't bring myself to write in a book. 

I was listening to a podcast the other day and one of the people on the show talked about how they write notes in the margins of the novel to notate things. I was kinda horrified. 

Or, when I read a hard cover book I have to take off the paper cover. 

I can't stand it sliding all around while I read it so I always take the cover off and store it until I finish the book and then replace it. 

How about re-reading books? I don't do it unless I have to

I've only ever re-read two books, the first was for the teen book club I run. I read the book in question about 7 years before I decided the club was going to read it and wanted to brush up on it again. The second was a book that is coming out with a sequel this summer and I wanted to reacquaint myself with the story. Otherwise one and done. Although, I'm not closed to the idea of catching back up with Harry Potter.....

Lastly, it took me a long time to do this, but I don't finish books I don't enjoy. 

I used to think I had to finish a book. The problem with that is that I would hate reading the book so much I'd stop reading all together. That's not cool. Now if I find myself avoiding picking up the book because I dread reading it, I just stop reading it. Nothing is worth me not reading. 

So what are your thoughts on all these things?


  1. I used to write in margins a lot more than I do now. It was a total must when pursuing my degree. I dog ear pages of books I own too.

    I love when you can look at a book and see that it was well read, used, and loved.

    I don't finish books that don't click with me!

  2. I don't write in books either, but I used to have no problem writing in text books.

    I love reading books over again. I think I've read the Harry Potter series at least 5 times.

  3. I am not a fan of writing in books either unless the book is a gift and has a special meaning. I always take the paper off the hardcover books while reading them, and I refuse to finish a book I dont like. Life is too short to read a bad book!

  4. haha I did an English degree in college before I did law and man I loved to write in my books when studying. I found that they felt loved. Nowadays not so much!!

  5. I take the paper cover off a hard cover book as well. And re-reads? I can only think of one that I've read more than once: "The Secret Garden" - once as a child, once because it was assigned to me in school, and once because I wanted to see if the magic of the book still existed when I was an adult.

  6. Ha I don't like writing inside books either! I feel like I'm damaging it! My professor in high school made me write inside a book and all I could think was "great, now I can't resell this" haha!


    1. haha! I've had that thought a few times myself when I've had to write in a book

  7. I also have to remove the paper off the hardcover books. I never write in my books but don't mind receiving books that have been written in. My grandmother used to read a lot and she'd write in all of her books. She'd note the date she read the book and if it was any good. She'd also cross out any words she found offensive. OH, and she'd put an address label in the front cover of all her books.

    1. oh that sounds so neat! as much as I don't like writing in books what your grandma did is endearing!


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