A friend of mine, Eight-Bit Brit (who writes a blog about books, sci-fi, feminism, zombies, & comics), posted this thing today called “Feature & Follow,” wherein each Friday, you answer a question (along with a ton of other bloggers who are answering the same question), and it helps you to become aware of other blogs & other bloggers’ personalities, and to gain followers. It’s explained here and here. (I’ve yet to fully explore those “here”s but from what I’ve read so far, they seem to be really creative, well-written blogs – definitely worth checking out).
I contemplated whether or not I wanted to join up for at least a full 30 minutes. It took some soul-probing. On the one hand, I want “The Pooka Picks” to remain pure. I want it to be book reviews and book reviews alone. I don’t want to clog it up with LiveJournal-y questionnaires every Friday, answering queries that my few followers might not care about the answers to. But that last bit – the part about my “few followers” – is also a concern. I do want more people to read what I’m writing & to join me in a discussion about things I care about (namely, stories). Without a certain number of followers, you really can’t even think about requesting books for free from publishers (“Advanced Reader Copies”, or “ARCs”), and I really, really want free books. I used to work for a bookstore where I could collect them at-will, and it severely spoiled me. Now that I’m away from retail and solely in the Library world (which has its perks – retail can be grueling), I miss those ARCs. Dearly. So please don’t judge me too harshly. I’m about to sell-out.
If you truly hate it, feel free to voice your outrage. I’ll cut-off all ties and get back-to-basics. Or, if you’re a sleazy self-promoter with questionable integrity, too, feel free to join me! But for now, until the judges are out, I’m going to try it. With any luck, I’ll get over my initial skepticism. I’ll find some blogs I love, find some people who love my blog back, and be able to participate in a big love-fest. Here goes.
Q: What is your preferred reading format? Hardcover, eBooks, paperback etc?
A: Beyond all shadow of a doubt, I prefer print books over e-books. I understand the advantages of e-books, especially if you read a lot of classics (most are free to download!) or if you travel a lot. But I don’t do either of those things. To me, each book should have its own body, not just its own soul. And that body should come with a spine and a smell. That great book smell – the smell of knowledge and grass and vanilla – is non-negotiable. My relationship with books is, like any good relationship, both intellectual and sensual. When I read a sentence I love, I frequently find myself running my Pooka paw across the words, as if I could absorb them under my fur, into my skin, and make them a part of me. You can’t do that with an e-reader. (It’d end up really smudgy…)
As for which form of print I prefer, I’d take a paperback over a hardcover any day. Not only are they cheaper and easier to carry, but they’re easier to cuddle up with. You can fold them, and wrestle them, and bend them to your will. You can dog-ear the pages, write in them, and mark them up, all without a shred of guilt. They change you and you change them. I may not be a paperback writer (yet) but I am a paperback reader.
I hope that wasn’t too terrible! I’m open to any questions, comments, praise, or insults. Just let me know! And an optimistic “hello!” to my new readers. You can follow me by clicking the “follow” button (I bet you figured that out) at the top, right-hand corner of my blog (above “Archives”). I look forward to meeting you & to following you back. Have a great weekend, all!