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BTT – Cover story part 2 and storms…

It’s been a while since I participated in a BTT, so here is several weeks’ worth…

Are there any good books that you read IN SPITE OF the cover and ended up wondering what on earth the artist and publisher were thinking to pair up a cover that so badly represented a perfectly good book?

And … if you didn’t like the cover, what made you pick up the book? The author? Assigned reading from school? A recommendation from a friend?

Yes. Who made these decisions?

edible woman

is there a woman in there? is it a fruit bowl with extra feet? (I disliked the book, I just think it’s a daft cover too)

Layout 1

huge enormous feathers of doom floating over you in the sky should be a sign that your life is not going to go all that well in the immediate futurewar of the wives

there are no books in this book which are full of secrets or that either wife might clasp to her breast like this. Also – that wife is not looking very warful.

Me Before You

brown? with a strange, misshapen purple sunrise? I is confused.

1. How do storms affect your reading? Do you go for comfort reading?

2. How do you deal with power outages? Do you read by candlelight? Flashlights? Use a self-lit e-reader or tablet? Skip reading altogether for the duration and instead play games with the family?

Umm… they don’t. We get so little extreme weather here in London (at worst, it rains all summer); I don’t want to jinx things but I haven’t experienced a power cut since we lived in the country when I was a teenager and sometimes the fuses would trip. So I don’t have much cause to worry about reading with no power!

I do love reading on the sofa or in bed, all snuggled up under a blanket, listening to the rain lash the windows. That’s fun. But no scary reading at that point – a classic or something fluffy.

Any books you’re particularly hoping to be gifted this year? Any that you’re giving as presents this holiday season?

Everyone on The Physicist’s side of the family is getting a book except where they have specifically requested otherwise: there’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, the first Lemony Snicket, some younger Roald Dahls, Gormenghast and The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake.

As for my own present hopes… I’ll be happy to receive almost anything (not Fifty Shades of Grey or Twilight though).

So … you’ve just finished reading a book. For the sake of the discussion, we’ll say it was everything a book should be—engaging, entertaining, interesting, thought-provoking. The kind you want to gush over. The question is—do you immediately move on to your next book? Or do you take time to contemplate this writerly masterpiece and all its associated thoughts/emotions/ideas for a while first?

I think we can assume that I still have at least 25 minutes on public transport to go, and that I probably have another book in my bag, on the Kindle if not in hard copy.

I think I would probably stare into space for a bit, maybe jot some notes on my phone and email them to myself, and probably faff about a bit on the internet if I’m passing through stations with internet (4 more stations on my commute just got internet and the whole rest of the line is due to get it soon. I’m so excited), rather than muddy the book I just read with the next one.

If I finished a book on the morning commute though, I’d definitely be onto a new book by the evening commute!

Do you keep a list of the books you’ve read? How? In a journal? Through one of the online services? If so, WHY? To keep good records for future reference? To make sure you don’t accidentally reread? If not, why not? Too eager to move on to the next book? Too lazy? Never thought to bother?

Yes – on this blog! I also use LibraryThing and Goodreads. I like the way that it enables me to collect some stats about my reading (I’m a cricketer and an accountant. I *love* statistics).


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