Thursday, February 26, 2009

Booking Through Thursday - Collectibles

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Today's question:
* Hardcover? Or paperback?
* Illustrations? Or just text?
* First editions? Or you don’t care?
* Signed by the author? Or not?

My Response:
As much as I love reading, I don't collect books. Shelves and shelves of books equate the tedious job of dusting, not the joy of reading. Since I do not re-read, I pass the vast majority of my books along--even those that have been signed by the author.

I do have a few coffee table books. I have one on England, purchased when Johnny and I traveled there. I have two others that I put out for a change.

I no longer choose to read paperback books. Paperback books use such a small print that my eyes tear. I like hardcovers or softbound books.

How about you?

Take note of my book giveaway in my sidebar.

✻Blogger is still not functioning well. For some reason, I am unable to leave comments on some blogs I visit. Some of you have told me that you've experienced glitches too. I have emailed some, but I will leave my comments for you whenever Mr. Blogger gets running correctly.


April said...

Morning Sally!
I love to read, but I don't collect books, either. Sure hope the situation with Blogger gets fixed SOON...I know how frustrating it can be!

Libby's Library said...

I've n=been having the same porblems with Blogger - it's driving me nuts.

I would love to have some signed editions from my favorite authors.
I do collect cookbooks, and others from a series. Mostly I just hunt them down at garage sales, and thrift stores.

gin said...

I have a few special childrens books we collected signed by authors when our children were elementary age and the author would come to the school. I read occasionally, but I do love a good book.

Shelia said...

Morning, Smiling One! Oh, I love my coffee table books and have quite a few we've picked up on our travels!
Hope you're being a sweet girl today,
Shelia ;)

Bridget said...

I will read the occasional paperback but I don't buy the ones with the tiny type. Those are murder! I have the same practice as you about passing books on. Hubby has a collection of books that he doesn't want to part with and we have plenty of cookbooks, decorating/home improvement books and travel guides that fill the shelves. The problem with passing the books is decided who will get it next. There are usually a few people that I think would enjoy it.
Off to do some reading on my new book now!!!
Thanks, Bridget

Darlene said...

I LOVE hard cover or paperback. I mostly get my books from garage sales or when they have their book sale at the library. I tend to keep my books but when I am getting too many I get rid of some to make room for more. Looking at my bookshelf of books is peaceful to me.♥

~CC Catherine said...

Hey Sally, I was having problems two nights ago...with blogger and leaving comments., but then I disabled my word verification and have been fine since. So...about the books. I'm a collector, and they do give lots to dust...but I'm love with looking at them on the shelves., and always enjoy pulling one off the shelf on a rainy day and rereading., or paying it forward (kind of like a library) and then if I get it back fine., and if I don't fine. ;) I'm with you, my favorite is hardbacks. ~CC Catherine

♥ Kathy said...

Good morning Sally & Happy Thursday :) I usually get paperbacks even though I've been having trouble seeing the page like you said you did. I guess my eyes just aren't what they used to be. I originally started buying paperbacks because of the reduced price. They cost less which meant I could get more :) Now I like the way the paperback feels in my hands when I'm sitting back reading. That sounds funny but really I do like that. I hope you have a great day!

Anonymous said...

The tiny type in some paperbacks is hard to see. But they are a little easier to handle -- not quite as heavy. Overall the content is more important to me than the format.

Betsy Banks Adams said...

Sally, I'm afraid that we have our share of books--paperbacks and hardbacks. And of course, we have our share of DUST. Since I was in church work I have alot of religious-type books. George loves history --so he has collections of those kinds of books. We did donate a bunch to our local library when we moved here--but we probably should donate MANY more.. WELL--one of these days!!!! ha


Bargain Decorating with Laurie said...

I do re-read books-often. Unfortunately, I remember loving a book I've read, but have trouble remembering what it was about! Paperback books are getting more and more difficult for me to read, but I love being able to fold the book back while reading it, so I hate to give them up. Interesting questions to ponder. laurie

Blondie's Journal said...

Call me selfish, but I can't give a book away. Well maybe the occasional paperback (actually I think softcover books are cheaper than paperbacks now). So yes, I have collections; I love my books, I love my authors, I love my interests and passions and I love to re~visit every now and again! It's well worth the dust!


Anonymous said...

Hi Sally,
I'm just curious. Have you downloaded the new version of Safari? I did and I loved it, but it affected the posting on my WordPress blog. I couldn't change the font color and the link thing didn't work. I just took the new Safari off and returned to the old one and WordPress works fine again. I noticed your book blog is a WordPress blog. I didn't have any problem with the Blogger blogs on the new Safari.

Missy Wertz said...

I am not having any trouble with blogger at this time. Sometimes I wonder if it might be more server problems. Sometimes it is slow. And I usually think that is server.

I do not collect books. I have some favorites that would only be of value to me. I will read them over and over. Other than that, I have no real preference. I used to love certain mystery authors, and would rush to buy their latest until would guess the perpetrator 1/2 way thru the book. Then I decided that the author needed to change formulas.

I still love a good Agatha Christi book.

Dawn said...

I used to save all my books but I have since learned the joy of passing them on!

I like a hardcover book the best!

take care,

Musings of A Minister said...

Thanks for dropping by and leaving a comment. You always make me smile. I have been looking at shelves and stacks of books all my life and I have never once wondered who was going to dust them. I can't stop laughing. Looking around I see books almost everywhere I look. I don't see any dust.

Judi said...

Hi Sally
Hasn't it been frustrating not being able to leave comments on many blogs? I was glad it wasn't with my computer or something that we're sharing it alike.

Hmmmmm I like paperbacks because I usually read in bed...propped up and they are lighter and easier for me to read.

I don't collect paperbacks because I don't reread either but I do like hardcover nonfiction books especially about the crafts I enjoy...and decorating..

have a nice evening

Anonymous said...

Hi Sally, Beverly tells me when you can't get comments to go through, you have to clear your cookies and cache. That works for me. Actually my dh does it for me. I do not like collecting books either. I like to pass them on. Room for multitudes of books is a serious problem in this house.


Theresa @ Take A Sentimental Journey said...

I like hardcovers best.

artis1111 said...

I use to read a lot now I just don't take the time to. Kathy

kymber said...

Hi Sally,
You have better self control than I do! I wish that I could get rid of some of my books but if I read it and LIKE it, it becomes a treasure to me and I can't part with it. I am now facing the dilemma of having to purchase a few more bookshelves to put them all in! I don't know why I can't just let them go!
That is why we bought a house that has a "library" - now the books have a room all of their own! :-)
Have a great day today,