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.