April 21, 2005

Books, My Precious...

It's time for The Spring Reading Edition of the Axis of Weevil Thursday Three!. As you can see we like books.

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I won't bore you with pictures of the other nine bookcases.

1. Do you like to read one book at a time until you’re finished, or multiple things at once?
Back in the olden days when I had all sorts of time and such, I usually had lots of books going at once. Now I'm lucky to be reading anything other than a blog entry here and there and so I usually stick to one book at a time and perhaps a few magazines.

2. Do you do your browsing at the library, or do you prefer going to retailers such as Barnes and Noble and glomming up free samples of the publishing arts, pretending you’re actually going to buy something?
Library. Library. Library. I love buying new books, but I have eleven overflowing bookcases and I hate packing books up and storing them away. I'd rather check them out, which appeals to the cheapskate in me anyway, and not have to find a home for them on a new shelf.

3. Which do you prefer--hard cover, paperback, or online?
Although I probably read more stuff on the web than any where else, online is right out as my preference. That's not really a good way to read anything long. I suppose hard covers, or as we liked to call them in my librarian days "cloth" books, are the best, but unless a book is really, really old I can't get too worked up about the cover. Books are too familiar as friends to be sacred. In this house we live with them all over, which means they get bent, tossed around, stepped on and mistreated. But they are also loved. If the pages fall out of a book, we tape it back together. It's the words that matter more than what the cover is made of to me.

That said, I do have a bookcase filled mostly with very old or very special books. I read from there occasionally, but the children aren't allowed to get their grubby hands on those books.

And a special bonus question:

4. What do you read most often?

A very non-specific question, I must say. I probably read children's books most often, followed by blogs and magazines next. Once in a while I get to read real books. Sometimes I like to read fluffy Regency Romance novels and sometimes more improving literature, but it's been a long time since I got to concentrate for long on much of anything.


When my kids were small, I was still in the Army and the libraries typically had limits on the number of books you could check out. My family got a waiver since the four of us went through so many books. Lee and I are going through boxes of books we have acquired over the years and it has been lots of fun looking at the progression of books the kids had as they grew. My son took his when he moved out, but we still have about 100 Nancy Drew books.

I found my copy of "Walden". I do so intend to read it someday.

Posted by: Larry Anderson at April 22, 2005 10:03 AM

Jordana -
Another fan of Regencies here. Good Regencies are getting harder and harder to find as so many of the publishers aren't printing them anymore and the writers are movng to other genres. Have you read Loretta Chase's newest? The title is Mr. Impossible. It's not a traditional Regency but you might enjoy it...I did.

Posted by: lisa at April 23, 2005 06:20 PM