Confessions of a book snob

I’m a book snob, I confess it freely.

  1. I am skeptical of other people’s recommendations.
  2. If I do listen to other people’s recommendations I want them followed up by references and I want to see your book shelf.
  3. However, ask me for a recommendation and I won’t shut up.
  4. I prefer not to have anyone buy me or give me a book as a gift ever, they might get it wrong.
  5. I put my books out on shelves for others to peruse – I am fascinated by what book pulls their attention.
  6. Whenever I see someone reading out in public a maddening and overwhelming desire to know what they are reading overcomes me.
  7. I judge a book by its cover.  Just books though.  Not people.
  1. Number four, oh yes! I could not agree more on this.

  2. This made me laugh. I must confess that I’m a book tart (but I mean that in the nicest possible way). I love all your confessions and have to comment on some of them:

    1. I love recommendations but usually from people who i’ve started to trust that have the same taste (or at least similar).
    2. Will bear this in mind – the pressure of a ruined reputation!
    3. Nothing wrong with being a bit passionate.
    4. Pretty much agree with this (hear me out) except when I go on holiday. I want to take so many books that I have no room for clothes, which obviously aren’t that important (but you do need a few after all – I’m sure it’s illegal in some countries to walk around butt naked). Also, the pressure of choosing the right book! I might make a bad decision – at least if I take a kindle, it weighs little, takes up virtually no room and I have the world of books (almost at my fingertips). Other than that I prefer the book every time.
    5. I guess 50 Shades is a perfect example. I did read this, not because of the hype – but because my friend loved it and really wanted me to do so too. Talk about a reputation in tatters. I think if she recommended Rothfuss right now I wouldn’t believer her! I’m certain I’m the only female in work who didn’t love this book and devour the rest and I tend to get that look – like you have two heads or are just plain insane – if I say anything negative about it (which I’m quite likely to do on regular occasions).
    8. I think I’ve actually damaged the muscles in my neck through trying to read over someone’s shoulder and try to guess what they’re reading.
    9. I don’t see how you can help but judge a book by it’s cover – it’s the first thing that draws your attention after all.
    Lynn 😀

    • Lynn – so far your argument for reading an electronic book is the only good one presented to me thus far. That is a very valid point and one I will keep in mind. I only know too well that feeling – oh what if I bring the wrong book? God, readers. Can’t live with ‘em, can’t live without ‘em.

  3. I agree with almost all of these! Couple comments:

    5. Oh yes. Definitely. I have given 50 Shades a wide berth, have never read Harry Potter (tried to read the first one and it’s just not my thing at all).

    6. I actually love being given books. I have only a very few I didn’t manage to read, only one I can think of immediately, but in a way it’s like a fingerprint or message from the other person and I treasure it as an object. Mostly though, they have been wonderful gifts that have shown me writers I wouldn’t otherwise have sought out.

    8. Not being able to see what others are reading is for me the biggest failure of the kindle and its ilk so far. All that lovely (or otherwise) jacket art wasted! Which leads to…

    …9. I absolutely judge a book by its cover. I think the words are important, but really all your senses are involved in reading a book, aren’t they? I also like books that smell good.

    p.s. I’m reading 1Q84 too! Love Murakami.

    • I too haven’t read Harry Potter and like you, not for lack of trying. Just not my thing though I loved the movies. The only person to have given me a book was my husband and he was so nervous! It was early on in our relationship and I love that he took the chance. I couldn’t get into it so put it away. It wasn’t until a few years later that I picked it up again and couldn’t put it down! That book was They Way the Crow Flies by Ann-Marie MacDonald. And your number 8 – absolutely agree with you. As for 1Q84 – it’s my first time reading Murakami and though I am enjoying it, it is certainly requiring me to be fully focused. I feel I am exercising my brain just reading this story.

  4. Upon finding this page, I found myself thinking ” i should start following this blog.” This and the combination of some of your posts made me decided that i’m going to follow this blog.

  5. Heh, I guess I am a book snob too, because I agree with you on every single item. And please do not feel guilty about #9. Why do you think books have covers in the first place??? 😉

  6. Anyone who boycott’s Fifty Shades is instantly amazing and actually respects what literature is haha

  7. Just wanted to let you know I nominated you for two blog awards.

    Love your blog, enjoy!


  8. Oh my goodness, I think I may be a book snob too! I am guilty of all of your confessions, except that I did cave to the pressure to get a Kobo, and promptly gave it up after a very short time. Great blog!

  9. Love your blog, and thanks for following mine. I’ll be following you via Feedly. Here’s to reading keeping us both not cranky!

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