Thursday, August 14, 2008

Thursday Thoughts: Books

I am spending way too much money at Barnes and Noble. Just last weekend I spent about $70 on books!! I do that about every 2-3 weeks. I need to start going to the library or I will be broke soon. But am I the only one who likes to own their books?? I just love owning books and doing what I want with it.

Do any of you have any suggestions for books?? I always love getting recommendations. Even on the train I always look around to see what people are reading to give me ideas. One book I recommend to you is The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger. It is amazing. I’m not really into Sci-Fi but this was Amazing. It is actually being made into a movie, but I seriously suggest you read the book first. I don’t usually like when books are made into movies because a lot gets changed or it just isn’t the same, but this novel I think will translate well into film.

You know the saying “Don’t Judge a book by its cover”?? Well I have to say that I always judge a book by its cover! Of course I read the back of the book to see what it is about, but the only reason why I picked it up in the first place is because of the pretty/interesting cover. Don’t get me wrong I do read some books that have a less interesting front, but those are usually recommended to me or I had read a review about them.

I don’t think I could ever buy those romance novels just simply because of their covers. You know what I’m talking about right, the ones with Fabio half naked and in a passionate embrace with a woman. I’m not really into books like that, I need some sort of sustenance in the book, but if I was interested I would feel weird buying it. Mostly because I would be reading it on the train and I wouldn’t want my fellow commuters to judge my reading choices. Unfortunately I do it all the time, so I can’t be the only one. If I were to really want that book I would probably only read it at home, the beach, or some place private. That way no one can really see what I am reading.

I know you think I am crazy, but I can’t help thinking these things. It’s not that I really care what people think, but I have just always done this. Another thing that makes people think I’m crazy is when I am reading and I gasp or laugh at something. I just can’t help myself. Do any of you have weird tendencies when it comes to books or anything else?


Alexandreena said...

I used to buy tonnes of books- my apartment was overflowing between the shelves, and the side tables and the stacks on the floor. And then I got into decluttering and I gave 95% of my books away to friends I knew would love them (I kept those that had some sort of sentimental value, due to being given to me by friends, or bought while traveling etc). I have been using the library ever since...and it's good. Saves a lot of money and keeps my storage space available for shoes.

Anonymous said...

I LOVE buying books but when I was unemployed, I cut myself off and vowed not to buy another book until I had a job. It got me going to the library and now I'm hooked. I still take my library books to Barnes and Noble and sit in the cafe and read them but I buy much less often.

I was reading "Straight Up and Dirty" by Stephanie Klein but I was worried people at work would think it was porn rather than a memoir about divorce! Titles can be misleading!

Karen said...

I always judge a book by it's cover also. I buy a lot of books on ebay or

I do the library too, but they don't always have what I want.

I am reading the Harry Potter series now. I am on the 4th book and I just love it. I was totally reluctant to read them since I hate sci-fi and fantasy stuff.