Hi again Readers! The topic for today’s Let’s Talk Bookish, a weekly meme hosted by Eternity Books is…

March 13: What’s Your Favorite Way of Reading a Book?

Well to start I am going to make a bit of a categorical list because this means I can fully explore all aspects of this question. And because I’m a little crazy about lists.

Ebooks: I have only ever read two (or maybe even one) book this way. I know I read the first part of The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien on a Kindle. Note that I said, ‘the first part’. I got so frustrated reading this way that I went and found myself the physical book. I struggled with the lack of tactile pages and a sense of being lost (due to not being able to see how much of the book I had to go).

Physical Books: I have always preferred physical books as I find there is a greater sense of achievement when you finish the book. Especially, when skim back through all the pages seeing what you just read. Also, I reckon it is easier to refer back to earlier pages like maps.

I prefer soft covers over hard covers as hard covers are a little hard to read when you have a torch in one hand and are trying to stay warm wrapped up in your bed in the middle of the night. Although I think if there was a special edition of a book that was rare and it was hard cover I’d still like it.

Do you like to buy or borrow your books?: I love expanding my own personal library so I buy a lot of books. I used to buy a lot of my books new (a money trap if I say so), and usually I’d use gift vouchers on new books. However, within the past three years I discovered the jewel in buying second hand books. There’s something amazing in knowing you have given a forgotten and unloved book a home again and you may have been the first to read it in many many years.

Recently in my bid to help the environment, I have made a pact to buy used books only, this includes second hand and borrowing from the library. I know most books are printed on paper grown from sustainable sources but I still think if the book you want is already out then why not borrow it or buy second-hand.

What do you think?

  • Are you a buyer or a borrower?
  • Do you prefer hardcover or paperbacks?
  • Do you have anything else to say on this topic?

Also before you leave – Would you like to participate in a quick poll? Click the button to go to my previous post.

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