Are You A Book Snob?

Posted On 14 November 2020

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I was recently tagged by Hundreds and Thousands of Books to take part in the ‘Are You A Book Snob’ Tag and as I liked the sound of this one I decided to give it a try so here goes :

FORMAT SNOB You can only choose 1 format in which to read books for the rest of your life. Which one do you choose: physical books, eBooks, or audiobooks?

This is a tough question because I do love the feel of a book, the whole tactile experience of turning the pages, that certain smell that the book has when it’s new.  You know where I’m coming from I’m sure.  But, and I never thought I would see the day, if I had to choose one format for the rest of my life it would be ebooks.  I love my kindle for a whole host of reasons and even though I sulked when my husband bought me one I’ve had a total about face.  So there you go.  Kindle for me without doubt – plus, who am I kidding, I can secretly buy books now and nobody knows because the book piles around the house are not doubling in size – queue maniacal laughter!!

ADAPTATION SNOB: Do you always read the book before watching the film/ TV show?

Yes, I guess I am an adaptation snob because I do like to read the book before watching the adaptation on screen.  For me, I want the writing in the book to conjure the world in my mind’s eye, I want to fall into that wormhole and fall in love with the characters and I want to build up my own picture of them.  Of course, there can be disappointment when the adaptation doesn’t meet your own expectations or vision but I’d still sooner read the book first.

SHIP SNOB Would you date or marry a non-reader?

This one is easy because I did in fact marry a non-reader.  Well, I say my husband doesn’t read but he does – very S L O W L Y – he takes a book to bed and reads about 7 pages before falling into the deepest sleep, therefore most books take him three months to complete.  I am the complete opposite.  I take a book to bed hoping it will make me sleepy and instead I become involved in the story and keep telling myself ‘just one more chapter’.  We all know how that ends.

GENRE SNOB You have to ditch one genre – never to be read again for the rest of your life. Which one do you ditch?

Tricky.  Well, I’m going to go for a slight cheat and ditch romance.  I don’t mind romance being part of the story, I just don’t want it to be the whole ‘thing’.  So, I can still read SFF/horror/thriller/mystery, etc, and those books all might have a little romance going on – therefore I haven’t totally ditched it.  This is not really cheating.  It makes perfect sense.

COMMUNITY SNOB Which genre do you think receives the most snobbery from the bookish community?

I think YA books can be judged harshly sometimes and I hold my hands up a little that I’m guilty of this also on occasion.  But, of course, I’m not the target audience and I am a bit of a stickler for wanting things to have strong foundations – and sometimes this is in place with YA, and sometimes it isn’t and when it isn’t, I just find myself with so many more questions than answers and I get annoyed with the book.  But, that being said there is still plenty of good YA and keep reading it in order to uncover those little gems.

SNOBBERY RECIPIENT Have you ever been snubbed for something that you have been reading or for reading in general?

All the time.  I read a lot and always have a book with me and people are more often than not interested to know what I’m reading but as soon as I say ‘fantasy’ or ‘sci fi’ the shutters come down 99.8% of the time.  I guess people want to find a common ground and so when that’s not possible their interest dwindles.

That’s it for me.  I’m not going to nominate anyone – take part if you’d like.  Or don’t. Simples.

Many thanks to Hundreds and Thousands of Books for the nomination.

26 Responses to “Are You A Book Snob?”

  1. Deborah Makarios

    Oh, I’m definitely a format snob! (Paper all the way! Who wouldn’t want their home full of beautiful carbon-store?) Not much of an adaptation snob, though I do get ratty about adaptations which change the plot for excitement’s sake in ways which don’t actually make sense. (Looking at you, Agatha Christie Ltd!)

    I married a slow but steady reader, though it still felt weird being the only one in the family with a library card. And like you, I don’t much care for books where romance is the thing and the whole of the thing.

    As for being a victim of snobbery, it mostly takes the form of people giving me literary books (fiction and non), in the belief that being a writer, I must be keen on the highbrow. Not so much. Dickens is about as high as my brows get.

    • @lynnsbooks

      Yep, Dickens is about as high as my brow goes too.
      And as for adaptations that change the actual plot or ending – well, probably best to not get me started. I can rant for a very long time about that particular annoyance.
      Lynn 😀

  2. Tammy

    I married a non reader who used to read a lot (before he met me) and now he doesn’t. That just seems wrong🤣

    • @lynnsbooks

      Haha – like you’re reading enough for both of you perhaps?
      Lynn 😀

  3. Jamie

    What a fun list! I feel a bit better than I can comfortably say that I’m not a snob about most of these things except… adaptations. I enjoy watching adaptations, but I much prefer reading the book first. Movies spoil a lot of the plot points that I would’ve enjoyed while reading. I’ve read a few books after watching the films first, and depending on the genre it can completely water down the experience.

    As for marrying a non-reader, I have never had much luck in meeting partners that were readers at all. My husband now doesn’t consider himself a reader beyond manga, but I’ve been able to convince him to pick up a book once a year so far (and only because I found books that were simlar to his one high school favorite, which aren’t many). Oh well.

    • @lynnsbooks

      Ohh, I’m so curious – what was your husband’s high school favourite?
      Lynn 😀

  4. Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

    This is me too! But I did marry a reader…he goes through bouts though, where he will read nothing for months but then binge like a dozen books in a few weeks, lol.

    • @lynnsbooks

      Haha – my husband literally doesn’t read more than 3 books a year – I cannot comprehend it.
      Lynn 😀

  5. bkfrgr

    Ah, I love this! 😍
    I, too, get that shutters down reaction so often when people ask what I’m reading. I have a colleague who actually shouts “I’m not interested!” at me whenever I get bouncy about a book. And she’s a friend. 🤣

    • @lynnsbooks

      Haha – that’s too funny and very similar to my own experiences.
      Lynn 😀

  6. Hundreds&Thousands

    Thanks for doing the tag! I totally agree that ya books get a little snubbed…

  7. maddalena@spaceandsorcery

    I totally agree with your choice for the e-reader format! The possibility of having any given number of books at your beck and call, and no shelf clutter, is priceless – and should I mention the instant gratification factor? See – want – buy – download – read: all in a matter of minutes! 😉
    And I hear you about the snubs when people hear of our preferred genre: there is an old and dear friend that still defines my preferred reads as “that trash you so like”… (((SIGH))) 😀

    • @lynnsbooks

      Exactly -these people don’t know what they’re missing. Trash indeed *harrumph harrumph*
      Lynn 😀

  8. mervih

    I can’t choose just one format! Audiobooks are great and so are ebooks and print. I’m sorry so many people snub your (our) genres. They don’t know what they’re missing.

  9. Ola G

    What a cool tag! I do feel you here, my answers would be very similar to most of these questions! 😀

  10. pagesandtea

    Not seen this tag before but I like it 🙂
    I’m definitely coming around to e-books these days which I’m still a bit surprised about. I love being able to hoard all the books without having to worry about where to store them, and the fact that you can get some really good deals helps to feed this too.

    The amount of times I’ve had that response when saying I’m reading fantasy! People don’t know what they’re missing 😀

    • @lynnsbooks

      Haha – yes, I think a few people must have experienced that same response – the shutters coming down, and I forgot to mention – the look of horror that people get on their faces when you say you like fantasy – they’re like ‘what, elves?? (with utter disgust oozing). I’ve actually started to use ‘speculative fiction’ instead, throws people off the trail momentarily.
      Lynn 😀

  11. roroisreading

    A no to all of these haha. i’m not a booksnob. I know what books don’t work for me but i’m not judgmental to them . I’m extremely happy that others love books i’m not interested in ^^

    • @lynnsbooks

      Yep, agreed. I know that short stories and anthologies don’t really work for me, for example, so these days, even if I see a shining review I still avoid them. It’s great that we all like different things – it makes for more rounded discussion and opinions. Although, I must say I think so many people have a downer on the fantasy genre, it’s quite funny to see some of the reactions.
      Lynn 😀

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  13. waytoofantasy

    Oh this is a fun tag! I think for me with adaptations it really depends. I used to run off and read the book before but now I’m like ‘eh whatever’ and I’ll do it either way. Most of the time I still think the book is better though haha. 🙂

    • @lynnsbooks

      Yeah, I usually think the book is better tbh – but there are the odd occasions.
      Lynn 😀

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