Monday, June 10, 2019
TTT: Unpopular bookish opinions
2. I love borrowing books from the library, better yet audiobooks. For some reason borrowing library books does not stress me out. If I can't get to them within the due date, no big deal. I just return them and try again another time. I think the difference between #1 and #2 is that the librarians don't care if I read the book or not whereas my friend who loaned me the book, does.
3. I see nothing wrong with marking or highlighting in a book if I own it. If I keep little notes in the book then it gives me an insight to where my brain was when I look back years later. But too much highlighting can be a problem.
4. Though I have a messy book shelf (I'm looking at it right now), I actually could happily get rid of 75% of the books on it immediately. I only want to keep books that I will reread some day or that hold some sentimental value. So why not heave-ho the lot? Most of the books on my shelf I haven't read. Either I bought and never read them or acquired the book some way. If I read a book, even if I like it but doubt I will ever reread it, I give it away.
5. I love audiobooks and I usually listen to them at 1.25 speed. I know. It drives everyone crazy in my family, too.
6. Poetry books are the exceptions to all the rules. I buy them and hoard them. Whenever I'm at a used book store I will always peruse the poetry shelves. Best finds are usually in university towns.
7. I prefer stand-alone books to books in a series. But if a book is in a series and the second book isn't published when I finish the first book, I usually won't go on and read the rest of the series later. I've moved on. Exception: Eragon, Raven Boys, Daughter of Smoke and Bones, Hunger Games, and Harry Potter.
8. I like reading award winning books, in fact I try to read the Printz, Pulitzer, and National Book Award selections every year. I try to figure out why the book was a winner.
9. My favorite books are often some of the most quirky, out-there books. These types of books are often called cult classics---books that people either love or hate, but the fans are super-fans. I usually love them. Examples: A Confederacy of Dunces; The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao; The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy; Mr. Penumbra's 24-hour Bookstore; The Couch.
11. I haven't read one word or viewed one moment of the Game of Thrones books or TV series. I'm sure I'd like the shows but I just never got started.
12. I don't loan out my books. (See #1) The possible exception might be books for book club but since I usually get the books from the library (See #2) I can't really loan them out to anyone.
What book-related opinions do you hold that might not be too popular with other bookish people? which of my twelve opinions are at odds with yours?