Monday, March 9, 2009

Book Confessions Meme

Emily tagged me for this one...

1. To mark your page you: use a bookmark, bend the page corner, leave the book open face down?
I always use a bookmark. Years ago, I made several, by putting lengths of assorted ribbons inside sheet protectors. You place a dish towel over the sheet protector and iron it. The sides of the page protector then sort of meld together. Cut out the ribbons using a straight edge and a razor knife, and voila, bookmarks.

2. Do you lend your books?
Never. I buy copies for people who may want to read them.

3. You find an interesting passage: you write in your book or NO WRITING IN BOOKS!
I write in certain books, usually paperbacks, usually devotional or theological books.

4. Dust jackets - leave it on or take it off.
Ditto Emily's response:
I take it off while I'm reading the book. I wouldn't want the dust jacket to get scuffed up.

5. Hard cover, paperback, skip it and get the audio book?
Hard cover. Paperback for a second choice.
(Emily's words again)

6. Do you shelve your books by subject, author, or size and color of the book spines?
Whatever arrangement fits on my limited shelf space. We have tons of book cases, but most of them are occupied by Demetrios' extensive library, and most of those are medical. Within space constraints, I group by subject.

7. Buy it or borrow it from the library later?
Buy it. I've gotten out of that excellent habit of visiting libraries.

8. Do you put your name on your books - scribble your name in the cover, fancy bookplate, or stamp?
What for? I already know the book is mine. My address book/day planner is the only book bearing my name, in case it should be lost.

9. Most of the books you own are rare and out of print books or recent publications?
I have an Anglican/English Book of Common Prayer old enough to include prayers for Queen Victoria, and my Third Great-Grandmother's Gaelic Bible, and a couple of other antique books, but no more than half a dozen.

10. Page edges - deckled or straight?

11. How many books do you read at one time?
Usually two, sometimes three.

12. Be honest, ever tear a page from a book? Once. I carefully cut (did not tear!) a color plate of a wonderful icon of St. Demetrios from an illustrated book of icons. I had the St. Demetrios framed to give to my husband on his feast day.

If you are reading this, you are TAGGED!


Mimi said...

I am the same way with dustcovers.