Do I qualify for The Book Snob Tag and perhaps the Book Addiction Tag?
Yes – well I’m definitely a bookworm, so book additive behaviour certainly applies, and I probably am a bit of a book snob, since I’m quite particular about certain bookish things.
I came across The Book Snob Tag other day via Nehal Jain’s blog ‘Quirky Pages’ and decided to do a quick post.
1. Adaptation Snob: Do you always read the book before you see the movie?
Short answer, yes.
If I’ve seen the film then I don’t want to read the book, the surprises have already been spoilt and my imagination will be clouded by scenes from the film. So no thanks.
More often than not, the book is better than the film because the book takes the time to draw us deeper into the story and the characters. Films are on a tight schedule (and budget) and in a hurry to finish, cutting things out or changing tweaking details to make it more screen worthy. 🎬
The book is like a main meal, the film is a nice dessert to have afterwards – to finish it off.
A few films that spring to mind, watched after reading the book:
- Angels and Demons (Dan Brown)
- White Tiger (Aravind Adiga)
- I read The Colour Purple a long time ago too (Alice Walker) – and have seen the film
- Shutter Island (Dennis Lehane) – a rare case of me finding the film better than the book
- The Larsson trilogy (Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and the other two films)
2. Format Snob: You can only choose one reading format for the rest of your life. e.g. physical books, e-books, or audiobooks?
Physical books, for me, there’s no contest. There is so much more to books than just the act of reading, they’re part of the home, and they create a more enjoyable reading experience.
I’m yet to try audio books, even though I don’t really class them as books – more like a play without visuals – like a radio play – but I definitely will, and can imagine them being quite a nice way to relax. 🎧
As for digital books, I’m not a fan, I don’t like reading from a screen (unless it’s a blog of course!!).
3. Relationship Snob: Would you date or marry a non-reader?
Yes. This alone would not be a deal-breaker, there are lots of reasons why some people don’t read many books, including being busy with other hobbies or interests.
4. Do you keep every book you buy/receive or are you happy to pass them on to make space for more?
I would love to keep every single book. But no, I don’t.
If I didn’t enjoy the book or felt it was uninspiring, I leave it at a local charity shop.
I ask myself would I want to read this again one day, or would I recommend it to a friend? Was it a good book? Will it come in handy for something in the future? – if yes, it’s a keeper, and I will always find/make space for more.
5. Genre Snob: You have to ditch one genre—never to be read again, forever. Which one would you ditch?
Well generally speaking it would be ‘horror’ but I don’t really read much of that anyway, not my cup of tea. Perhaps ‘true crime’ could go, since I’ve read a few and get the idea now.
6. Uber Genre Snob: You can only choose one genre for the rest of your life. Which do you choose?
7. Community Snob: Which genre do you think receives the most snobbery from the bookish community?
I think romance as a genre has always had a bit of a stereotypical image of being ‘not that serious’ predictable and just soppy stuff.
8. Snobbery Recipient: Have you ever been snubbed for something you’ve read or for reading in general?
I distinctly remember when I moved into a new home many many years ago, a friend popping round practically gasping that I had a lot of books. Ironically, this person has no books or bookcases in their house.
I have been told I’ve read some controversial books, but I think that depends what you think of as controversial really! I prefer the term ‘thought provoking’.
9. Describe what books mean to you in FIVE words.
Books offer a psychological vacation! ✈️
10. Do you use bookmarks or just fold book pages?
I buy and use proper bookmarks, plus they’re a nice thing to collect. Never fold page corners, that’s horrific 😱
11. Are your books in alphabetical order or any kind of order?
Yes I have clusters of similar spine colours, as well as some books grouped together by topic (e.g. gardening, health).
The coffee table/photography books are mainly piled/grouped together.
All my travel guides are kept together too.
12. Do you review every book you read?
No. Some books don’t really leave me wanting to share any views.
I tag anyone reading this to take the batton and do your own Book Snob/Book Addict post – and do let me know so I can read your answers too. 📚
Happy reading and bookwormery!!