The Inside & Out Book Tag (Or Some Bookish Opinions)

Inside and Out Book TagHello everyone! I found an interesting-looking book tag on Books, Biscuits, and Tea The tag was originally created by MathomBooks on YouTube.

Inside flap / Back of the book summaries: Too much info? Or not enough (Discuss) 

I am actually debating this myself lately. Sometimes jacket copy can sell the book in a different way. Many of the books that I have purchased or have been interested in buying as of late have been recommendations from friends or other bloggers.

What I want to know when it comes to a flap is why I should read the book. I don’t need a bulleted plot point list but I need to know what brings the characters together and the premise.

If those two things sound interesting I am likely to pick it up.

New book: What form do you want it in? Be honest: audio book, e-book, paperback, or hardcover? 

If I am buying the book I prefer a physical book. I’ve read ARCs and galleys in both forms. I am not so picky about hardcover vs. paperback.

Paperbacks are easier to carry around and pack for vacations, but if I really love an ARC I’ve read or if I really can’t wait to read a book, I’ll get the hardcover.

Scribble while you read? Do you like to write in your books, taking notes, making comments, or do you keep your books clean clean clean? (Tell us why)

I typically keep my books clean because if I don’t love it, or if it wasn’t a gift that was inscribed to me, it usually gets passed on. I also have a pretty good memory so I feel like if a book is going to have a lasting impact I will remember it. Till this day I remember a quote from Audrey Niffenegger’s Her Fearful Symmetry that appears in the first chapter.

I am not opposed to using post-its to mark a passage and writing on the post-it. I did that quite a lot in high school and college.

In your best voice, read for us your favourite first sentence from a book.

There are so many book openings that I like. I think my favorite is from Everything I Never Told You By Celeste Ng.

Lydia is dead. But they don’t know this yet. 1977, May 3, six thirty in the morning, no one knows anything but this innocuous fact: Lydia is late for breakfast.

d Does it matter to you whether the author is male or female when you’re deciding on a book? What if you’re unsure of the author’s gender?

It’s not really a factor for me. I am tracking the books I’ve read this year and I find that I am more inclined to enjoy books written by female authors but that doesn’t influence whether I will buy or read a book.

Ever read ahead? Or have you ever read the last page way before you got there?

Does it sound like I’m lying if I say accidentally? When I am reading a physical book I flip ahead to see where a chapter ends (because I set goals and push myself to get so much done in a day) and I may glance at the last sentence of a page in the process.

I don’t mean for it to happen and I try not to let it affect my judgement of the book. I’ve never put a book down because I happened to glance at a sentence I didn’t like.


Organized bookshelves, or outrageous bookshelves?

I have a system akin to Rory Gilmore in the Gilmore Girls. Shelves are a mess, filled with books I mean to get to and yet more keep joining them plus ARCs. Yes it is a problem. Yes I am trying to correct that.

Under oath: have you ever bought a book based on the cover (alone)?

Not strictly, but I do find that a beautiful cover helps and draws me in. The Fade Out: Act One by Ed Brubaker is an example of such a title. The noir-ish cover drew me in and then the premise of the story got me to buy the book.

Take it outside to read, or stay in?

If the weather is temperate I love reading outside. I would love to take my books out much more, but I seem to live in bipolar weather as of late. New England used to have many more seasons.

How about you? Let me know your answers in the comments below or even better, join the fun and post them on your blogs. I’d love to read them!


Be sure to share a link in the comments below and I will check out your answers. 

Published by Lauren Busser

Lauren Busser is a fiction writer and essayist. She is an associate editor at Tell-Tale TV, where she writes about all things tv. She has had fiction appear in five : 2 : one magazine’s #thesideshow and her nonfiction has appeared in Bitch Media and The Hartford Courant. You can find her talking about tv, film, and knitting on Twitter @LaurenBusser.

5 thoughts on “The Inside & Out Book Tag (Or Some Bookish Opinions)

  1. I still like a physical book and the cover will draw me in. Reviews will factor in my decision, too! Loved Her Fearful Symmetry! Wish she would write another book!!! I have been reading new authors, too.. Thanks to you!!!


    1. I am with you on Niffenegger! I want her to write something new. She was in NYC doing a Jane Eyre night back in March. I almost wanted to go but it was too much schlepping to the city.


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