Friday, 27 January 2012

Friday Hop Quinze

Q: Which book genre do you avoid at all costs and why?

I like to think I avoid no particular book genre because every book is going to have redeeming qualities and there are probably a small minority of books that I couldn't enjoy one bit. But I tend to not read Horror books, since I hate blood and my imagination is way to active to have such images in my mind. I also try to avoid Angel/Vampire/Werewolf books (so a lot of that side of paranormal novels) because I think I find them too unbelievable and even a tad self-righteous occasionally. It's a small thing, and I'm judging a huge genre by a few, but it's just how I feel.

Buy or Borrow: Where do your books that you read come from? The bookstore? The library? Do you prefer to own a book, or have it on loan?

I much prefer to buy and physically own my books. I've been to the library and try to go occasionally, but when I like a book, I want to keep and hoard it away because dust needs a home (which is my way of saying I don't tend to even read them again). It's a bad habit since I should probably give books away either here, to the library or to charity shops and just keep the ones I love. I'm not so bad that I keep every book, but any book that I liked somewhat is one I can't get rid of.

Online buying is cheaper and often easier since it doesn't mean I have to haul books around the city centre, and I avoid being drawn in by pretty covers and unbeatable deals. I use the store when I can't wait for a book to arrive online or when I get them for someone else (so they can take them back). If I really expect to like a book, I also tend to go in-store because I worry that the book may be ruined over the delivery process and I like my books to be in as good a quality as I can get them.


  1. Oh no, I love Paranormal books. This must mean we can't be friends. lol j/k :)

    I too own my own books.

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    Jennifer @ Reading and Writing Urban Fantasy and Paranormal Romance

  2. I agree that it's often much safer to go in-store to buy books to make sure that the condition is good because in two instances, I've bought books from B&N's online store and they have come with covers or pages torn. I think Amazon does a much better job at packing shipments, though, because I've never had a problem with receiving books in poor condition from them (so I tend to buy books at Amazon).

  3. I absolutely love owning my own books but, like you, I also feel that I really should be more selective and donate the ones that I may not love as much. I tend to keep books if I liked them even just a little. Hopefully, once I'm on vacation, I get the opportunity to sort through everything I own and figure out what to keep :)

  4. New follower!

    I have an over active imagination but still enjoy the good horror book from time to time. Nothing like scaring myself silly some nights.

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  5. I have a big problem with not being able to get rid of books too. And I tend to buy books that I think I'll get around to eventually but then never do, so I end up with tons of unread books on my shelves. Sigh. Ah well. I'm still convinced I'll read them one day. :P

    New follower. :)
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  6. new follower, and not a big fan of Horror

  7. Hi! I'm a new follower!!! I can't wait to read more on your blog!!!! :)

    I agree about horror books, mainly because I'm a chicken...but I LOVE paranormal! :)

  8. I don't think I avoid a particular genre but I do find myself swept into certain genres at different times in my life. I used to only read travel books, then food, then paranormal...etc. I'm trying to mix it up more.

    For some reason I can't read library books. I need brand new ones. I donate a lot to the library but I like the idea of buying it and keeping it forever or until I personally pass it on.

  9. I am a big paranormal junkie. It's mainly all I read. I love vampires/werewolves/faeries/shape-shifters/witches/warlocks and all that fun stuff.

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