Well-read

What constitutes as well read to you?

For me, when I picture a well-read book I think of broken spines and the indescribable smell of paper.

A book that is well-read has the signs of being read and loved.

As a younger reader, I used to loathe the idea of breaking the spine on a book and the thought of bending pages on it would send a shiver up my spine, but there’s also something special about a book that has obvious signs of reading.

A book can tell a story, but it can also tell a story about the reader. It can show your reading habits, how much you’ve enjoyed the book and how much you’ve taken from a book. A book that sits on your shelf or next to your bed looking too read is just as amazing as a book that looks untouched.

I remember once going to a book convention in London, and I apologised to the author who was signing my book about how unkempt it looked. But they told me it showed them I had enjoyed.

There is always another side to the story, and what you take from it. I used to be so bad about preserving my books the way I’d bought them, but now I don’t mind so much when they end up a little worse for wear.

Do you have any unbreakable rules when it comes to looking after your books? I find a lot of people differ on their views on books than I do, and it leads to an interesting discussion!

Reading Habits

What are your reading habits?

In our ever increasingly busy lives, finding time to sit down and to actually read something is getting harder and harder.

I find now more than ever, I squeeze reading in bite sized chunks. With my kindle, I can read on anything anywhere. I usually tend to either read books on my phone or on my kindle at home. So, I try to sneak in a chapter or two on breaks in work, or when I find a spare five minutes in my day.

Does anyone else do this? Do you have any other interesting ways of reading? I’d love to hear them!

Our May book club suggestions can be found here if you’d like to suggest a book 🙂