Friday, February 27, 2009

Friday meme roundup

This week, first I was in France, spending my summer vacation in a lovely cottage by the sea with my father and his latest companion. (Bonjour Tristesse by Françoise Sagan)
Since then I've been in Russia, contemplating my life as it nears its end, and trying to make sense of death and suffering. (The Death of Ivan Ilyich by Leo Tolstoy)

I was happy, but bewildered. I was used to hearing the word love bandied about, and I had often mentioned it rather crudely as one does when one is young and ignorant, but now I felt I could never talk of it again in that detached and vulgar way.
(Bonjour Tristesse by Françoise Sagan)

'Perhaps I didn't live as I should have?' it suddenly occurred to him. 'But how could I have not lived right when I did everything properly?' he said to himself, and immediately drove away this sole solution to the whole mystery of life and death as something utterly impossible.
(The Death of Ivan Ilyich by Leo Tolstoy)

I don't really have any true collectibles, or at least nothing that would be worth much to anyone other than me. Sure, I've acquired a lot of books but they're for my own enjoyment. So my answers to the questions are my general book preferences.

Hardcover? Or paperback?
I like hardcovers. They look nice on the shelf and are a bit more durable, but they are bigger, heavier and more expensive. It's mostly a cost and space issue for me so I usually only buy hardbacks when I adore the author, and can't possibly wait for the paperback, they're bargain books, or I am occasionally tempted by a pretty cover. And I might consider buying a hardback, after I've read the paperback, if it's one I really loved and want to treasure. Otherwise, I mostly buy paperbacks, and even still my shelves are at full capacity.

Illustrations? Or just text?
Illustrations? Yes, please. Only text is fine but I love illustrations and really love reading books that have them. A couple of times I have bought a second copy of a book to keep because a different edition had illustrations.

First editions? Or you don’t care?
I'm not terribly bothered about first editions, especially since for the majority of my books I wait for the paperback edition anyway. Ultimately I don't intend to try to sell any of my books for profit, they're for my personal reading enjoyment, so I don't really worry about which edition is more valuable.

Signed by the author? Or not?
I have a few books that have been signed by the author. Some of them I was lucky enough to have signed in person at book signings, but I also have a few that I acquired just by finding them on store shelves. Given a choice between a signed book and one that hasn't been signed, I'd most likely choose the signed one. Unless of course it was considerably more expensive.

1. I'm tired, I'm cold, I need a hot bath.
2. Why do I have to work and clean the house and not read and hang out on the computer all day?
3. How does this time seeming to slip away faster and faster illusion work, anyway?
4. Every morning, I put my hand on my snooze button.
5. I consider myself lucky because the boys (2 felines, 1 human) amuse me on a daily basis, and keep me grounded.
6. One day we’ll see the floor again in the storage room (it's stuffed full right now).
7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to going to sleep so I can escape my headache, tomorrow my plans include spending the day with H and maybe hanging out in a cafe with a book and Sunday, I want to relax!


  1. Can you take pictures at the cafe?

  2. Hi Nat,
    # 2 would be nice
    # 5 Very nice :D
    # 7 sorry about your headache, hope you wake up without a headache and have a nice week-end with H and the boys

  3. I love me some illustrations too. And some signed books. First editions I don't care about all that much either.

    I hope your headache gets netter and that you have a great weekend!

  4. Janet - We only took a couple photos, but we might go again sometime, it was quite cozy.

    Sylvie - Why do house chores always have to cut into my reading or computer time? LOL.
    Yes, the boys, all 3 of them, are great! :P

    Nymeth - I'm always thrilled when a book has illustrations. So I think graphic novels and manga are the natural next step. :)


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