Monday, April 18, 2011

How do you read books?

I know people differ in their ways when it comes to handling and reading books. I have my own peculiarities and so do C and E.

How do you read books?

Do you stick to reading just one book at a time or several?
Do you read from cover to cover, skip some pages or chapters, read the ending first or how?
How do you open the book - all the way, folded back or just enough to prevent creasing its spine?
Do you read every single page, including the contents list, glossary, acknowledgements, index, publisher and printing details, etc.?
If it is a hardcover book, do you read the inside flaps of the jacket if they contain text, do you remove the jacket for safekeeping while reading it?
Do you wrap the covers of your book with paper or plastic to keep them clean and in better condition?

Do you write notes in the white spaces or highlight words or sentences that you think are important?
Do you use a bookmark or post-it tabs or dog-ear the page, or simply leave it overturned and splayed open?
Where and when do you read - anywhere, anytime, everywhere, in bed, in the bathroom, in a car, bus, train?
Do you prefer to borrow or buy?
Do you read a book a second, third, fourth...time?
Do you prefer paperbacks, hardcovers, or e-books?

Do you stick to just one or a few favourite authors/genre or read anything that catches your eye?
If the book is made into a movie, would you read the book or watch the movie first?
If the book is a novelization of a movie, would you read it?
Do you judge a book by its cover?
Do you trust or rely on book reviews for your choice of reads?

These are just some questions of which the answers I think would be pretty fun to share and compare.

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