I have it on good authority – that would be Marcia, founder of “Mailbox Monday” – that this meme is meant for mentioning any new arrivals on your bookshelves, whether they came through the mail or not.
I have two newbies from a trip to Borders last weekend. We were actually not there for the usual reason; we were looking for some reading glasses for Tall Paul, who doesn’t need as strong magnification as I do, and the ones that Borders and B&N sell start at +1.00 (the lowest we found in the drugstore was +1.25). But of course, I had to check out the bookshelves too, and I came across two titles from my wishlist:
Good timing, too. Since we entered the season of Lent on Wednesday, I am making my usual attempt to give up buying books till Easter, so I won’t be back in Borders for a while.
Acquired any good books – or books you hope will be good – lately?
I’m more genre-specific with nonfiction. Other than the occasional book of essays or something with a sociological bent, I tend to stick with memoir and biography. But if the subject matter sounds interesting and the writing is engaging, I’m happy to branch out and try something different.
Are you a genre specialist, or more of a generalist?
Teaser Tuesday, hosted at Should Be Reading
Grab your current read.
Let the book fall open to a random page.
Share with us two (2) “teaser” sentences from that page, somewhere between lines 7 and 12.
You also need to share the title of the book that you’re getting your “teaser” from … that way people can have some great book recommendations if they like the teaser you’ve given!
This week’s Teaser comes from a book that is currently sitting on my husband’s nightstand:
Booking Through Thursday: Collectibles
- Hardcover? Or paperback?
- Illustrations? Or just text?
- First editions? Or you don’t care?
- Signed by the author? Or not?
Don’t forget to leave a link to your actual response (so people don’t have to go searching for it) in the comments—or if you prefer, leave your answers in the comments themselves!
I really don’t view books in terms of collectibles. To me, a collectible is generally something that sits on a shelf or in a display case; you don’t use it, because using it would take away from its value. There’s no question that I enjoy acquiring books, but I acquire them to read them – although it might take me a few months, or even a few years, to get around to doing that. The books that I’ve kept after reading, for the most part, are those that I can foresee reading more than once. If I don’t think that’s going to happen, I’ll usually try to find the book a new home – unless it’s autographed. I’ve been fortunate enough to receivesome signed copies of books from authors since I entered the book-blogging world, and those will remain with me permanently, regardless of their format or read status.
Since I don’t consider myself a book “collector,” I prefer books in trade paperback format, because I find that the easiest to read. If someone else is giving a book to me, though, I won’t turn it down if it’s in hardcover. I generally prefer books without illustrations, with the exception of maps and diagrams if they’re appropriate.
Since I’ve started book blogging, I’ve received a few books that are technically first editions, but time will tell if that’s meaningful; they’re not something I’ve ever sought out, and that’s not a reason for me to get review books. (It brings up a question, though: is an ARC a “pre-first edition”?)
Are books collectibles to you, or are they something you use?
Friday Fill-ins #113
1. I’m rushed, I’m anxious, I really need to relax!
2. Why do I have small feet and not good eyesight?
3. How does this iPhone thing-a-ma-jig work, anyway?
4. Every morning, I put cinnamon sugar on my oatmeal.
5. I consider myself lucky because I am married to someone who makes me laugh every day.
6. One day we’ll see things we can’t even imagine right now.
7. And as for the weekend, tonight I’m looking forward to TV catch-up time with my family, tomorrow my plans include my nephew’s birthday party at the go-kart track and Sunday, I want to do some reading, some writing, and some de-stressing!
What’s on deck for your weekend?
I know I’m asking y’all a lot of questions today, but that’s the hazard of putting all of my memes in one post :-).