Let's Talk Books

How Hardcore Are You?

I stole the idea for today’s post from the lovely, Annnemieke, over at A Dance With Books: 5 things I can’t or won’t do, even though I love reading. And, as she says, while a lot of bookworms are hardcore readers, a few of us, well, we need our sleep! So, do you:

  1. Read in a moving vehicle — I have an inner ear problem and was car/plane/train/bus sick through-out my entire childhood. Anything that moved basically, and I’d toss my guts if I did anything other than stare at the horizon. So no, I cannot read in a moving vehicle, even now.
  2. Stay up past my bedtime — nope, never gonna happen, not then, not now, not every. Going to bed is sacrosanct for me, and I can get hissy if anyone messes—even slightly—with my bedtime ritual.
  3. Always have a book in my bag — yes, there was a time when I carried a book with me at all times. Especially when I was in the military, and there was a lot of dead-time to fill between moments of screaming anxiety. Not so much these days, as I work from home and, therefore, don’t need to constantly have a book in my back pocket.
  4. Judge people by their bookshelves — mine are kind of chaotic, disorganised, definitely not by colour/genre, or author. And I’m the only person that can find a book instantly from my own book shelf. So I never judge anyone else by how organised or disorganised they might be. My shelves give people nervous breakdowns!
  5. Get angry at dog-eared books — while I am the one anal person who keeps her own books like new, making sure that the spines are in perfect condition (for my hardback and first edition collections) I’m a little less annoying when it comes to cheap paperbacks, or, more to the point, secondhand/used/borrowed books, which all show wear and tear. And yes, I have a lot of ARCs that fairly ‘glow’ with underlined words and passages and covered in scribbles. I’ve also been known to write rude words and other commentary on blank pages.

And what about you, how do you treat your books?

18 Comments

  1. I couldn’t read in a moving car when I was a kid, which made road trips tough. Now it doesn’t bother me. I will neither confirm nor deny that I have ever read a book while DRIVING.

    • Ah, a fellow car-sick kid. So you get it, and yeah, it was tough.

      Looks innocently back at you and says, yeah, me neither! 😉

  2. Haha I’m sure I wouldn’t mind your shelves, mine are not organised either (I try to keep the Dutch and English books seperated but that’s about as far as it goes). I just can’t imagine ever writing in a novel though, that’s something I’ve never done and I think that’ll never change I do have a booklet for notes but if it wasn’t for reviewing purposes I’d not take notes either.

    • Oh, that’s good to know, Inge. I thought I was the only unruly book shelver! 😉

      I should reiterate, the books I write in are usually review copies, and it’s something I’ve always done as they’re not final proofs or anything – so why waste a perfectly good notebook? Ha! Ha!

  3. I can’t read in a moving vehicle. And yes, I get angry at dog-eared books too.

    Happy Monday, Alex!

  4. Oh, you wouldn’t like to get my paperback copies secondhand then, Veronica. As they’re usually well trashed and can be written in!

    Have a great week yourself, Sweetie.

  5. My sister was always envious of my ability to read in the car (we traveled a LOT) and I’ve always takenit for granted. Now that I’ve got audiobooks to entertain, it no longer matters.

    • Alexandra says

      I always thought I was the oddity, Jonetta, in my family, as everyone else was okay reading and doing stuff. And yeah, I was envious of my sister and brothers. 😀

      Now, if they’d had audio in my day, things would have been great!

  6. Oh, fun list!
    Well, let’s see… i can read in the car / on the bus… sometimes even on the flight as well, but i usually get super sleepy. Can’t sleep tho. Just flop around, basically 😀 Same goes for bed time. Even if i really want to, my eyes just don’t stay open.

    Book always in the bag… yea, sort of. Most of my books are on my kindle. I’m prepared!!
    I never really get to see other people’s shelves, but i don’t think i’d judge… we’ll see.

    • Oh, lucky you. One of those that can pretty much read anywhere, and carries a book everywhere. I know I did when I worked in London and NYC, all the travelling to and fro.

      And Kindle prepared? Sounds like something from a list of how to survive the apocalypse, Norrie! Ha! Ha!

  7. Did you redo the formatting of your page? It’s showing up differently for me now and it’s LOVELY!!

    I can deffffo read in the car and always do (put down two books two and from Colorado this week) and will read pretty much anywhere/anytime (I can do boats and planes too). I don’t generally stay up past my bedtime reading because I’m always tired when it’s time for bed and I love routine but every once in a while a book grabs me. I too always have at least one book and my iPad with my kindle on it at all times! I’m more inspired by others book shelves than judging them. I love seeing the different ways people organize or don’t organize their shelves. I don’t get angry about dog eared books except if someone borrows MY books and starts creasing the pages!

    This was a fun post!

    • Ha! Ha! You’re the first to comment on the fact: yes, I changed the front page layout, Christina. I wanted to include a featured post (the big flower at the top). As I plan on sharing more photos as spring/summer come along.

      Oh, and you’re a well laid back person too, none judgemental! Nice to know, so I could safely let you see my disorganised bookshelves. And oh how lucky you are to be able to read while travelling. My next long journey I’m def doing audio. I need to get clued in.

  8. I can’t read anything in a moving vehicle either, or even look at a map! I am constantly up late though, and I do love a pristine book 😀

    • Hi Nicola, thanks for stopping by to comment. I can check a map, but not for long, and books are still iffy for me. And I’m a dead beat by 10:30! I envy people who can stay up late.

  9. Hahahaha Alexandra I always read in a car (well not if I drive obviously) and I even read while walking on the treadmill! I always have a book with me too. What wouldn’t I do? Mhhh read a hardcover with the jacket on, lend my book to someone I don’t know or trust maybe?

    • I can see you being hardcore, Sophie. A book within grasping distance at all times, right? 😉

      But seriously, I do not loan my books to anyone. I do give certain books away, that I’m done with and don’t care about. That’s fine. But my babies? Nope!

  10. Sleep is so important~ I really underestimated that in my youth haha.

    I always find it so interesting to see how others keep their book shelves. Mine are decently organized but I love discovering how other people have them 😀

    • I think once you get past 30 sleep becomes more important, and then, a decade later, you find yourself in bed when everyone else is going out to the party, Annemieke! Ha! Ha!

      There was a time when I was very organised, but who wants to waste time organising shelves of anything these days? 😉

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