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Booking Through: Flaps

This week’s Booking Through Thursday question, suggested by A Prairie Progressive, is:

Do you read the inside flaps that describe a book before or while reading it?

My answer: No. I don’t read the inside flaps before reading the book, and I don’t understand why I’d read them *while* reading the book. I don’t read most of the back cover, either — for the same reason. I don’t want to know too much about a story before I discover those things myself, from the text itself. Cover copy has a bad habit of revealing too much of the story, the plot, for my taste. Now, I do occasionally check jacket copy when I’m writing a review and I want to verify a pertinent fact. Sometimes it’s there and sometimes it isn’t, but checking there is easier than re-reading whole chapters of the book, which is basically the only other option at that point.

Booking thoughts: Mark the Spot

This week’s Booking Through Thursday question, suggested by Tammy, (I haven’t participated in ages, but here I am again) is:

What items have you ever used as a bookmark? What is the most unusual item you’ve ever used or seen used?

I have a lot of bookmarks, and I love using them. I have several meaningful handmade ones, which are fun to use. Most of the time, though, I’m fond of business cards. No, not any business cards, but glossy, coated, two-sided artful business cards. I like the business card size better than most bookmark sizes. On a rare occasion, I’ll just grab whatever’s handy — be it a receipt, or a card, maybe a length of yarn, or a hair band.

I do go through phases, though. I’ll use one bookmark for 6 months or so, and then I’ll move on to another.

What do you use to mark your spot?

Booking Through: Recent Informative

btt2Today’s Booking Through Thursday question is, again, short and sweet: What’s the most informative book you’ve read recently?

This is a tough one. I read mostly fiction, although I certainly believe fiction can inform. I’d say I learned something (at least) from reading A Disobedient Girl and City of Refuge, but I guess I have to say Holy Roller at the moment. Other titles are sticking out to me, but I can’t articulate why, so I’ll leave them in my head awhile longer.

What’s the most informative book you’ve read recently?

Booking Through: Recent fluff

btt2This week’s Booking Through Thursday question is: What’s the lightest, most “fluff” kind of book you’ve read recently?

I think the lightest, fluffiest book I’ve read recently is probably The Confidential Life of Eugenia Cooper by Kathleen Y’Barbo. The Sweetgum Ladies Knit for Love by Beth Pattillo is pretty fluffy, too, though.

Do you read fluffy books? Why or why not? What’s the most recent?

Booking Through: Recent best

btt2This week’s Booking Through Thursday question was predictable, but still a good question: What’s the best book you’ve read recently? (Tell me you didn’t see this one coming?)

While last week to choose a recent worst read, I stretched the definition of recent to include as far back as last November, this time, I’ve been reading so many good books, I cut “recent” down to reviewed in the last month, and I’m still having trouble narrowing it down.

In the end, it has to be Nothing but Ghosts by Beth Kephart, though. The writing is quiet, unassuming, but somehow also transcendent. Love it.

Booking Through: Recent worst

btt2This week’s Booking Through Thursday question: What’s the worst book you’ve read recently? (I figure it’s easier than asking your all-time worst, because, well, it’s recent!)

Well, let’s see. I could answer this a few ways. The only book I’ve abandoned so far in 2009 is Blonde Roots by Bernardine Evaristo. I certainly didn’t enjoy it. It didn’t do what it claimed to do. But the question does include the word read, which may imply completed. So. After I thought about it for awhile, two really awful books I’ve read in the past year popped into my mind. I’m not going to choose one; they’re equally terrible in my opinion.

My worst recent reads:
Fog Over Finny’s Nose by Dana Mentink and
Recipe for Murder by Lisa Harris

I guess I could do the delimiting by recent, rather than by worst — I read Recipe for Murder more recently than Fog Over Finny’s Nose — but I did read them very near each other in time.

What’s your worst recent read?

Booking Through: Recent funnies

btt2Today’s Booking Through Thursday question is nice and short: What’s the funniest book you’ve read recently?

The funniest book I’ve read recently … Well, a few come to mind:

Scoop by Evelyn Waugh and Three Men in a Boat by Jerome K. Jerome are both very funny, although it’s been a few months since I read either of them. More recently, I read Sweeping Up Glass by Carolyn Wall, and while it’s not a humor book — it’s actually quite serious overall — at some points (more than one) I was laughing out loud. Review to come next week; it’s set to be released August 4, 2009.

What books have had you laughing recently?

Booking: Preferences

btt2I’m late to the Booking Through Thursday fun this week — that’s what moving and having no internet will do to you! — but the questions, begging quick answers, are something I’ve wanted to say here recently anyway, so here goes:

• Reading something frivolous? Or something serious?
Some of both, please!

• Paperbacks? Or hardcovers?
I waffle on this one. Hardcovers, I think.

• Fiction? Or Nonfiction?
Fiction.

• Poetry? Or Prose?
Prose.

• Biographies? Or Autobiographies?
Enh.

• History? Or Historical fiction?
Historical fiction.

• Series? Or Standalones?
Series.

• Classics? Or bestsellers?
Classics.

• Lurid, fruity prose? Or straightforward, basic prose?
This question is biased. Lurid has definite negative connotations.

• Plots? Or Stream-of-Consciousness?
Plots are good.

• Long books? Or Short?
Yes.

• Illustrated? Or Non-illustrated?
I haven’t read many illustrated books in years and years.

• Borrowed? Or Owned?
Yes.

• New? Or Used?
Yes, but new is good.