Tuesday Talks – Unhauling books?

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It’s time for Tuesday Talks! If you would like to participate, you can join the Goodreads Group to see all of the monthly topics!

This week’s topic: Do you unhaul books and if so, how often?

I typically do an annual unhauling of books in the spring – which is also when I clean out my closets!

Reasons I unhual each year:

  • To make room for more books!
  • To get rid of books I wasn’t crazy about (I like to keep physical copies of books I really love)
  • Multiple copies of books thanks to friends/family gifts

Some years I have a ton of books to give away and other years I hardly have any; it really just depends. I usually donate the books to my library (many libraries have a “friends” bookstore that will sell your unwanted titles.)

How often do you “spring clean” your bookshelves?

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Tuesday Talks – Favorite Book Quotes!

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It’s Tuesday Talks time! Check out the Tuesday Talks Goodreads page to join in the fun!

This week’s topic: Favorite Book Quotes

This is such a fun topic but also really hard (how do I pick just a few?!) I’m going to list four, in no particular order, otherwise I’ll spend my entire day doing this 🙂

1. “She wasn’t doing a thing that I could see, except standing there leaning on the balcony railing, holding the universe together.” – From A Girl I Knew by J.D. Salinger

2. “Isn’t it nice to think that tomorrow is a new day with no mistakes in it?” – From Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery

3. “I would always rather be happy than dignified.” From Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

4. “You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself in any direction you choose.” From Oh, The Places You’ll Go! by Dr. Seuss

What are some of your favorite book quotes?

Tuesday Talks -Reading Reviews

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It’s time for another Tuesday Talks! Click the link to join the Goodreads group and see the monthly topics!

This week’s question: Do you read/watch reviews before or after reading a book?

It really depends on the book and author. For example, I fully intend on purchasing and reading Harry Potter and the Cursed Child without reading any reviews. I do this with most of my favorite authors.

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I find that reading reviews of books I’m looking forward to actually put me off the book and I would rather form my own opinion. For example, I was really looking forward to Go Set a Watchman but read so many horrible reviews about it that I still haven’t purchased the book. (The reviews for this book were inescapable, it seems. There were everywhere!)

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That being said, if there is a book that looks interesting but I’m unfamiliar with the title or the author, I’ll often check the general rating on the book before I make the purchase. If the book has a really awful rating, then I’ll read the reviews to see why people didn’t like it.

If I really loved a book, or was confused by it, then I’ll read reviews once I’m done. I do the same with movies, actually.

How about you? Do you read reviews? If so, do you read them before or after reading the book?

 

Tuesday Talks: Specific Books or Browsing?

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In an effort to blog more often, I’ve joined a few Goodreads groups. One is Top Five Wednesday and the other is Tuesday Talks. Both are open to anyone so click the links to join!

The Tuesday Talks this week: Do you shop for specific books or are you a browser?

For me, it’s a mix of both. If I’m at a bookstore (I still miss you, Borders!) then I am definitely a browser. I love strolling around bookstores and discovering new titles. I also browse Amazon pretty frequently. When I travel, I’m 100% a browser. I like to pick up a small paperback to read on the plane and they are usually books I’ve never heard of. On my last trip I grabbed In the Blood by Lisa Unger. Super creepy, by the way!

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That being said, I also shop for specific books. I look for books by my favorite authors for sure. Working in a library, I have access to a lot of titles, so I have to narrow it down somehow! I just started reading The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah. After seeing this on numerous must-read and bestseller lists, I looked for it specifically.

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Do you all browse or know what you want when you book shop?