Inside and Out Book Tag

I found this from Books, Biscuits, and Tea...who found it from Sabrina's Blog...who found it from A DayDreamers' Thoughts...who, well, get the picture? Original tag created from MathomBooks from Youtube. Please join in too, it's fun!

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

It really irks me when a book is missing a blurb on the back. I know some authors have this theme, especially if they have achieved household popularity, like Dean Koontz. I don't WANT the picture of the author on the back and to have to open the book to search for the description. Give it to me where it's expected please.

Most of the blurbs work well without giving spoilers away. If I'm reading a series in order I will purposely NOT look at the blurbs of future books as they always give away spoilers. Such as, "Recovering from the death of..." or "After getting married to..."  
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N  New book: What form do you want it in? Be honest: Audiobook, E-Book, Paperback, or Hardcover?

Oh, always a paperback book. Hardcovers are pretty and all for decorative purposes, but really, aligning them on the shelves when you get so many makes it uneven. The covers can be sooo much shinier with brand new paperbacks too. Hardcovers hold up better, so that's in their favor, but I like the cost and ease of reading for a paperback, hands down.

I am not an audiobook fan so that's out the window. I do free e-books and e-books for review. For favorite series, I would never read an e-book version of it first.  

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 don't scribble in anything with notes other than my ESV study bible. I do like highlighting in school textbooks and herbal studies. For paperbacks and fiction books I NEVER mark in them.

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

Unfortunately I don't have a favorite first sentence from a book. The first thing that comes to my head is the poetic and gothic sounding line from Pike's 80's novel, that was excellent and for YA, Whisper of Death.


'I sit alone in a dead world. The wind blows hot and dry, and the dust gathers like particles of memory waiting to be swept away.'

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 very rarely pay attention. So, no. I may raise my eyebrows with some series being told through a female POV and written by a male,  but I rarely find this.

E Ever read ahead? or have you ever read the last page way before you got there? (Do confess thy sins, foul demon!) :)

Since I fear and loathe spoilers, this is one reading sin I very rarely commit. I NEVER read the last page first, but sometimes I do skip ahead slightly if the book is lagging or if I'm really dying to know something happening on the next few pages.


O  Organized bookshelves, or Outrageous bookshelves? 

Organized please! Mine are organized by genre, then author. BUT they are not strictly organized - not enough room and I tend to have to always maneuver around them. Outrageous bookshelves are always good too, though - you can never go wrong with books and bookshelf decor.

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


T  Take it outside to read, or stay in? 

Oh, it so depends. I LOVE reading outside, but need it to be comfortable out there. Also the weather...if it's freezing or humid and hot I would rather stay in doors. I LOVE reading on the porch in the rain and if it's windy, or else my favorite time of day - 5, 6, 7 PM hours.

Part of the fun of reading is finding so many nice areas to read!