Booking Through Thursday — Age-Appropriate

This week’s Booking Through Thursday asks… “Do you read books “meant” for other age groups? Adult books when you were a child; Young-Adult books now that you’re grown; Picture books just for kicks … You know … books not “meant” for you. Or do you pretty much stick to what’s written for people your age?”

Well. Let me do a bit of a longitudinal study here… -examines Goodreads-

Okay, so. I was going to say that I read a lot of YA and children’s books, because they are short and quick and usually delightful, but it turns out that I read way more adult-age-group (as opposed to “adult,” which sounds skeezy) books in general. But I suppose I read more books for young’uns than the average 25-year-old? I don’t know what the average 25-year-old reads. Nothing?

Anyway. Back to the point. In high school, I read a lot of YA, of course, but I also read a lot of adult-age-group books, including some that I still love today. Excellent. Then, in college, I didn’t read, like, at all for the first few years, except to re-read The Phantom Tollbooth, continue A Series of Unfortunate Events, or read through A Wrinkle in Time and its sequels. Those were some fun library trips!

So the first three or so years of college were about kids books. The summer before my senior year, though, I tried really hard to actually read books over summer break instead of working myself to death, and so I managed quite a lot of adult-age-group books, and then I read lots of stuff for classes during my senior year, and then when I got out of college I continued on that path.

The reason that I think I read all of these YA books is that after I got laid off and started reading ALL of the books, reading more book blogs, and going to library school, I found a lot of cool YA books I had never heard of and therefore devoured. Especially last year, when I took a whole class on YA services and had to read 21 books for it… a lot of my reading time after that class was spent reading the rest of series and other books by the same authors.

So far this year my reading is back to where it was a couple years ago, probably because I’ve burned myself out on YA books, and because I don’t have people constantly recommending new awesome ones to me! And on the flip side, I have lots of people recommending excellent adult-age-group novels to me every day, and my list is just so full! Of course, there’s plenty of year left and this could still change — got any books to recommend me? 🙂

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Booking Through Thursday — New and Used

This week’s Booking Through Thursday question is, “All other things being equal–do you prefer used books? Or new books? (The physical speciman, that is, not the title.) Does your preference differentiate between a standard kind of used book, and a pristine, leather-bound copy?”

This is an interesting question. A quick look at my bookshelf shows a preference toward new books, which makes sense since I generally don’t buy books unless I’m going to keep them. And I’ve learned from experience that you can’t keep an older used book indefinitely unless you have a lot of patience and tape. But I do have a few used books that I’m planning to keep; for these I looked specifically for the least used-looking of the bunch, and they have worked well for me.

And I do have a decent collection of last-legs, or nearing there, used books, largely come my way by giant booksales. These I buy because they’re 14.7 cents or whatever and I’m not terribly concerned about liking them or reading them a second time, and I know that if I don’t treat them too terribly I can always take them to a used bookstore where someone else can worry about their cracking spines. Of course, some of them turn out to be really awesome books, and so I try to touch them as little as possible so I don’t have to buy a new copy, but of course eventually they will fall apart and the new books will inhabit my shelves again. 🙂

Booking Through Thursday — Borrowing

Today’s Booking Through Thursday asks… “Who would you rather borrow from? Your library? Or a Friend? (Or don’t your friends trust you to return their books?) And, DO you return books you borrow?”

That’s a lot of questions! First, I tend to prefer borrowing from the library, because even though the library lets me keep things for a while it eventually wants them back or I have to start paying some serious fines (it’s $0.20 per day, here!). With friends, there’s usually not a set date for returning books except “as soon as you’re done”… and so unless the book is something I am already interested in reading (like Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk, which I read the day I borrowed it), that might take a while.

Second, I’m pretty sure my friends trust me not to, like, lose their books or burn them or something, but I think they know it’s going to take me a while to return them. 🙂 I know that’s how it is with books I’ve lent out, one of which I have been itching to read and am thisclose to checking out of the library. And third, of course I return them! I want mine back, so my friends get theirs back. Just sometimes it takes a while. Like how I’m returning a tape next weekend that my friend lent me… a long time ago. I would say possibly two years. And that I still haven’t watched, but can no longer even attempt to do so because we got rid of our VCR. But I have kept diligent track of it, so I think that counts for something!

Booking Through Thursday — War

Today’s Booking Through Thursday is topical… “It is November 11th, known here in the U.S. as Veteran’s Day, formerly Armistice Day to remember the end of WWI but expanded to honor all veterans who have fought for their country, so …

Do you read war stories? Fictional ones? Histories?”

…Not usually with that aspect of the story in mind. I have read plenty of books that take place during wars, but usually I read them because I’ve heard they’re good stories in general, not because I’m seeking out war. And, looking through my blogged books, I can see that I haven’t even read that many in the past couple of years. Perhaps I need to work on this! In case you need to work on it, too, here’s what I’ve got for you:

The Pox Party (Octavian Nothing), by M.T. Anderson — American Revolution plus slavery
The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, by John Boyne — Holocaust plus sadness
The Book Thief, by Markus Zusak — Holocaust plus intense sadness
The Madonnas of Leningrad, by Debra Dean — World War II in Russia plus Alzheimer’s

Got any suggestions to broaden this list a bit?

Booking Through Thursday — Foreigners

Todays Booking Through Thursday question is… “Name a book (or books) from a country other than your own that you love. Or aren’t there any?”

Oh, there definitely are.

The Shadow of the Wind (from Spain) is a book I read what feels like forever ago, but that I’m still pretty in love with. I need to find the Cemetery of Forgotten Books someday.

Its prequel, The Angel’s Game, is also good, if more confusing than its predecessor.

Who Slashed Celanire’s Throat is an intriguing book, one of those where there’s not much plot but there are plenty of interesting characters.

And of course no list of anything is complete without my beloved Thursday Next series, out of Wales, which is a completely oddball series about a literary detective in an alternate-universe England where time travel is real, people have cloned dodos for pets, and books are not just for reading.

Booking Through Thursday — Travelling

Today’s Booking Through Thursday question is, “When you travel, how many books do you bring with you? Has this changed since the arrival of ebooks?”

Well, I don’t have an e-reader, and probably won’t until they work out the whole DRM issue, so that’s not a consideration.

But the number of books I take does depend on where I’m going and what I’m doing and how long I’ll be there and how I’m getting there. If I’m headed out for a vacation, where I don’t have to do anything in particular while I’m there, I’ll bring one book for every day I’m going. Usually that ends up being just enough; sometimes I have to scrounge for more to read!

If I’m headed somewhere where I plan on being busy, and I’m flying there, I’ll just bring a couple of books for the flights and hope for the best.

And if I’m driving, I’ve learned that I can’t really get any book reading done because either I’m driving or Scott is driving and I’m talking to him, so I’ll stock up on audiobooks. We’ve been working our way through the Series of Unfortunate Events books, which are good because they’re short and easy to take a break from when it’s time for a pit stop. 🙂

Booking Through Thursday — Movies to books?

Today’s Booking Through Thursday asks, “Even though it’s usually a mistake (grin) … do movies made out of books make you want to read the original?”

They do! They really do. I commented on yesterday’s RIP Challenge post that I’ve seen the movie version of two of the books on my list, which is part of why I want to read the books. I did the watching first, then reading thing also with Minority Report, Stardust, and The Princess Bride, in recent memory, and that all turned out well for me.

And sometimes I see a movie coming out that I am not that interested in seeing or am too poor to see, but am intrigued enough to read the book… I have the first Scott Pilgrim book on hold at the library for this reason, and I read Shutter Island for it, too. It’s sort of nice to know that someone liked a book enough to make a movie of it, and you get to have a little preview of what the book is going to be about, too! Well, most of the time. 🙂