Inside & Out Book tag

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I’ve never done a book tag before, and I wanted to write a post today but didn’t have anything particular in mind. So I went a-searching for a book tag and came across the Inside & Out Book Tag on who also says the tag was created by MathomBooks on YouTube. So I thought I would give it a try…

I Inside flap/Back of the book summaries: Too much info? Or not enough (Discuss)

A tricky one. If the back cover doesn’t have any information about the book then I’m probably not going to by it, equally if it gives everything away that’s going to put me off too. The perfect blend is where you get a short paragraph of info that gives you a taster, but leaves you wanting more. Anything with a bit of mystery about it always helps too!

N New book: What form do you want it in? Be honest: Audiobook, E-Book, Paperback, or Hardcover?

Paperback! Almost always. Although I think audiobooks have their place – my husband and I enjoy listening to these together, something you can’t do when reading a physical book. Hardbacks also have a special place in my heart from when we owned a bookshop and I could get my hands on these cheaply. Now my collection is mainly paperbacks unless I can find a good hardback bargain. Also paperbacks are by far the easier to read and I love the ones that fall open in your hand, inviting you to read!

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 have never made notes when reading since I was studying, and don’t think I could bring myself to write in a book now! Having said that since starting the blog I do think I need to make more notes to help me with reviews, something I’m not used to yet.

I In your best voice, read for us your favourite 1st sentence from a book.

I’m afraid this isn’t a good question for me because I never note things down like this so if I wrote something here I’d be totally making it up – I could do a google and add in something clever sounding but I don’t think that would be a good idea. I would say, that the first line of Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier is a spine-tingling classic:

“Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again”

D Does it matter to you whether the author is male of female when you’re deciding on a book? What if you’re unsure of the author’s gender? 

If I really like the sound of a book then no, the gender has no influence. However I certainly do read a lot of female authors, potentially because I read a lot of feminist literature which is by nature mainly written by women. My favourite authors are all women too. Earlier this year, after attending a talk about women in publishing, I actually counted my reading list to see the ratio of men and women which I found interesting and will certainly write more about soon. I wouldn’t discriminate against a book because it was written by a man, but I do like to support female writers where possible.

E Ever read ahead? or have you ever read the last page way before you got there?

No, never! Although sometimes in a really exciting bit I do find that my eyes skip ahead to the end of a line or paragraph before my brain has had chance to catch up!


O Organised bookshelves, or Outrageous bookshelves?

I aim for organised, but often and up with outrageous! In an ideal world they would be categorised or alphabetised or some sort of -ised. One day I hope to come up with a system, but right now was long as they are sitting nicely on the shelves and not an overflowing a mess then I’m a happy reader.

U Under oath: have you ever bought a book based on the cover (alone)?

I actually don’t think I have on over alone. A may well have picked up a book because it had a nice looking over intriguing cover, but if the blurb didn’t appeal or was too obscure I would put it down and move on. A good cover can certainly pull me in, but wouldn’t be the only reason for buying!

T Take it outside to read, or stay in?

Both! I get a lot of reading done on the train when commuting each day, but I also love nothing more than to curl up at home, under a cosy blanket with a cup of tea and a good book. That is literally heaven to me. In fact, I’m going to go do that now…

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  1. Oooh, this is a neat book tag! I like the “inside out” idea behind it, too: how the first set deals with reading and stories themselves, and the second set are more external questions. I might give this a try once I’ve caught up on my blogging schedule (fell behind a little bit after a crazy start to the New Year).

    Like you, I also prefer hardcovers and paperbacks over e-books. There’s something about touching and smelling a print copy that electronic versions can’t compare with. Plus, it’s nice to take a break from computer screens once in a while. Also, I have no preference of male or female authors, though most of what I read is written by women. (Maybe it’s because we’re women, too, and we’re naturally more attracted to those kinds of stories?)

    • I enjoyed doing the tag, wasn’t really sure tags would be for me but I think I’d do this again for the right one!

      I think the story always wins out in the end over gender of the author, but as I’m so interested in women’s issues and feminism I think that means there are certain authors I return to again and again who are female. I was surprised when I counted up my ratio for 2014 that there were nearly as many male as female authors (I was expecting a lot more women)!

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