Book Talk

Monday Book Talk

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Today, I’ve stolen a tag from the internet, Bookish This or That.

Audio book or text book?

Text book. I’m a really fast reader and the narration in audio books are waaaaay too slow for me. My concentration wanders and the story just becomes annoying droning in the background and I can’t keep up with the plot. Audio books aren’t for me. That being said, I’m very happy audio books exist. I have a friend in Sweden who hadn’t read a book since he graduated high school, but now he’s discovered audio books and has started reading. It’s great!

Paperback or hardback?

Paperback. I like the look of a well-read and -loved paperback book. Plus, they’re cheaper.

Fiction or Non-Fiction?

Both. I read mostly fiction, but I enjoy both.

Harry Potter or Twilight?

Harry Potter. I mean, I read and enjoyed Twilight back in the day (at least the two first books), but they haven’t stayed with me like the HP books has. I have Funko-pop Snape on my desk watching over me when I work and I spend hours and hours reading HP fanfiction. So definitely Harry Potter!

Bookshop or online?

I buy most of my books online because I read mostly ebooks. But nothing beats wandering around in a bookshop, touching the books, thumbing through them, and enjoying the new book smell.

Standalone or trilogy?

Standalone, please.

Sweet and short or heavy and long?

It’s clear whoever came up with these question doesn’t know me. Sweet and short, of course! πŸ™‚

Cosy read or reading in the sun?

Yes. I read everywhere and all the time.

Hot chocolate or coffee?


photo_2019-04-15_23-21-13Severus Snape, keeping dunderheads on their toes since 1997

5 thoughts on “Monday Book Talk”

  1. Hi, Nell –

    I just wanted to add something that I’ve found in the paperback/hardback/eBook.

    Like you, I mostly buy ebooks.Β  I can take a thousand of them with me everyday and they are so convenient to read on my phone in any line (or waiting at the gas pump).

    Some books I do buy/keep in hardback.Β  Usually non-fiction (it just works out that way) because they have some many footnotes and references and frequently either aren’t published in ebook form or the price is the same.

    Paperbacks I’ve given up on for the above reasons and because the paper just doesn’t stand up to time.Β  They are great for a quick read and when you finish, you can decide to keep or pass on. I love the thought of finding/leaving one in unexpected places. And at Christmas time – or really any time throughout the year – they are welcome in many hospitals and especially prisons.Β  When I find a charity that does this, I save my paperbacks throughout the year and am able to send them off for others to read.

    But – when you visit a new town for work or business and can find a second-hand book store (that doesn’t offer free lap dances, preferably), either getting a paperback to read and then leave for someone else or finding a map or something great (I’ve found teacup, plates, incense burners) makes a much better memento than another Hard Rock T-shirt.Β  Its fun to say – look I found my favorite author when I went to Canada (or Wisconsin or wherever).

    I love your books and the weekly newletters!

    Best wishes and please keep writing.


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    1. I kind of like that paperbacks don’t stand up to time. I have a well-read book where some pages are loose and falling out. I bought a new edition, but I couldn’t make myself throw the old one out, so now I have two πŸ˜€

      Thank you for your kind comments! I’ll definitely keep writing ❀️


  2. Love this tag (I might have to steal it) πŸ™‚

    If you want to give audiobooks another try, FYI, you can adjust the speed to make it go either faster or slower to suit your personal preference. Like you, I have more trouble concentrating on them so I use them only for favorites that I want to reread but basically already know the story so it’s not tragic if my mind wanders for a bit. It’s something I can listen to while doing housework or mowing or driving, but otherwise I like to read it myself.

    One significant benefit to print books is if it’s a story about a world with a map to reference. Being able to easily glance at that map and flip back to the page I’m reading is a plus. In ebooks that’s a bit more complicated, and the maps often won’t fit on the page, etc.

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    1. Yes, that last point is very valid! Any books with illustrations really. Or annotations. They don’t really work in ebook format. I also like reading poetry in print books. I don’t know why really, but it just doesn’t feel right in ebook format πŸ˜€

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