Inside Out Book Tag

catreadingI just read KatSilver’s Inside Out Book Tag and want to participate even though I haven’t been in the reading mood lately. Maybe this will help!

I (Inside flap/back of the book summaries: Too much information or too little? Your opinion?)

Must have. I know I’ve gone a little crazy-eyed flipping a book around and around to find the summary. I especially hate when paperbacks just have a list of kudos quotes. Like. No. Draw me in. Put the needle in my arm and pull me along.

So, yeah. I love summaries. I love ones that give you enough, but leave out everything. Similar to a good movie trailer.

N New book: What form do you want it in? Be honest.

I would say it doesn’t matter, but I probably prefer paperbacks. Don’t tell my husband, hardbacks are his #1.

I love ‘abusing’ books. Curled up in bed clutching the cover with intensity as my eyes crawl over the page. It’s intimate.

I try to buy kindle copies first, because confession time…I’m a book hoarder. I love buying books I won’t read for years. Just holding onto them is like a weird comforting osmosis. Kindle allows me to hoard and easily look up the meaning of words or highlight lines I love.


S Scribble while you read? Do you like to write in books while you’re reading or do you keep your books clean?

No. Definitely not. As much as I might like curling a cover or cornering a page, writing in a book seems offensive. Even books you’re supposed to write in, I like to use a notebook instead.

I have come around to writing in cookbooks to rate recipes or make notes. But that’s it.

I In your best voice, read us your favorite opening line.

I don’t know how I’d ever keep track of a favorite opening line. I remember loving things in the moment, but nothing that I’d remember word for word later. Or it just hasn’t happened yet.

I love when a book is able to grab me with the very first sentence vs 20 pages in. I think The Girl on the Train did that for me. So, that must mean ‘favorite first line’.

I’m going to start paying attention to this.

D Does it matter whether the book you’re readings author is male or female?

Not really. I love books no matter. But if I’ve solely read male authors for awhile, I try to make a point to balance it out. It’s good to balance perspective.

E Ever read ahead? Or have you ever read the last page before you got there?

Not intentionally. That’s a lie. It was under the guise to see how many pages were in the book and oops I read a few words on the page.

The only other time was when I lost my place and started reading too far ahead.

I generally don’t like to do that though. I’m patient.

O Organized bookshelves or outrageous?

Kind of organized. I have mostly non-fiction and cookbooks, so I organize them in collections. Genocide. Atomic bomb testing. Native American. Vegan cooking. Fermentation.

I love when I see books organized by colors or first letters of the title, but I don’t think I could ever do that. I’m more like a library.


U Under oath: Have you ever bought a book based on ONLY the cover?

Oh. Absolutely. Book aesthetics get me hard. I’ve even been disappointed when a book’s cover art has changed. ???? Like why?! Why did they do that?

I especially like judging when picking a book at random.


T Take it out to read or stay in?

It has to be a really good book for me to read it outside. I’m easily distracted and love to observe what’s going on around me.

That being said I do love reading on the beach, but I’ve never tried going on a hike to summit read.

My favorite spot to read is in bed. It’s something familiar from childhood where I can draw the walls around me and fall into the story.

How do you feel about some or all of these things? Tag yourself and let me know on Twitter @michellefelt! 

Until next time…