Monday, May 26, 2008

What kind of books do you like?

Maybe you seek out hardcovers, go the way of the trade paperbacks or maybe you like the smaller mass market paperbacks, or maybe you're all about the books on tape/cd?

What type of books do you like?

Or maybe like me, it depends on the kind of book or how much you really really want to buy it this very second? I'll love to hear what type of books YOU like!

My answer:
When it comes to novels I prefer trade paperbacks, they are much easier to hold when reading (especially when laying down), also the corners of hardcovers poke me in the hands! Paperbacks are just easier to handle in my opinion, they stay open without too much effort. I've been known to buy hardcovers if i can't wait for a book to come out in paperback (I've been doing that a lot lately)! I do like having the option of someday swapping out my hardcovers for paperbacks. Libraries often have their books in hardcover which is sometimes a bummer...

I very rarely buy mass market paperbacks. I like to keep my books in good condition and the moment you open a mass market paperback it seems the spine cracks, they are also very hard to keep open since they are so small and thick.

When it comes to design books I prefer hardcover. These books I don't really "read" more lay them open on the table when I'm working so they have to stand the test of time a little better than novels and hardcovers provide just that. I handle my design books a lot more often then novels. Usually they only come out in a hardcover or paperback edition though, so no choice there, so I take what I can get.

I often buy a lot of very cheap used books from the library etc. and in those cases I'm not AS picky, I still stay away from the mass market paperbacks though!

I've always wanted to use books on tape more but haven't really found the opportunity.

Comment back with the types of books you like!


  1. I'm a mass market girl hands down. I've learned how to not bend the spine since bent spines bother me. I like the paper trade paperbacks use, but they're just too expensive. Hardbacks can be lovely, but they're terrible for carting around. I can throw two mass markets in my purse.

    Actually, I've considered writing a short paragraph about design in my reviews. Do you think I should?

    I'm glad you liked Olivia too! And Just Listen is by far my fave of her books . . . it's so awesome you got a signed copy!

  2. Liviania-
    Thanks for sharing!

    I think it would be awesome if you wrote about design in your reviews! I've often thought of doing it myself but always forget when I'm actually writing one! Cover design is what gets me to pick up a book usually and the summary is what gets me to actually read it so i think it's important, and also really fun!

    I'll definitely have to read Just Listen then!

  3. like you, i prefer paperback novels, but i prefer hardcover when it comes to design or photography books.

    i also listen to books on tape, but my enjoyment of them depends on the narrator. i liked listening to the percy jackson series, the city of ember series, and david sedaris's books. but i could not listen to criss cross on tape because the reader sounded like fran drescher's voice on the nanny.

    and i'm a big fan of used books, too. they come with character and history.

  4. I'm like you, and I love trade paperbacks. Occasionally, though, I can't wait for a book to come out in paperback and I'll succumb to the hardback - like New Moon, the sequel to Stephenie Meyer's Twilight.

  5. Carrie-

    I did the exact same thing! I have Twilight in paperback and New Moon and Eclipse in hardcover, I wish they were all paperback though, maybe someday I'll have a matching set of some sort!

  6. Charley- My favorite things about used books is that since they are already worn in some way i'm less careful with them then brand new books. I like to keep my books in the best shape i can but if they are already banged up there is nothing i can do about it (which is a good thing)!

  7. I'm doing the opposite of you. Whenever I find a great used hardback I switch out the paperback. I also hate it when a series isn't matching. I like hardback for my library, but have a lot of paperback as well.

  8. Natasha- Isn't there something so fun about the search for the perfect library. Everytime you walk into a bookstore (or wherever you get books) there's a chance to find something really great for your collection!


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