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Posting challenge 7/17: Book meme

Who can resist a book meme? Thanks to [dreamwidth.org profile] therealsnape for leading the way.

Note: I do a lot of reading for work--in fact, almost exclusively reading for work these days, apart from the occasional fic. Which means that I don't read a lot of fiction. But I do read a real variety of non-fiction--academic, general audience, recent, not-so-recent, in my field, in other fields. So I'm going to go ahead and reply here, with a caveat that I really wish I read more fiction. One day!

I'd love to see what you have to say! I'll create a text box below if you want to do the meme yourself.

Bold the statements that apply to you.

1. You currently own more than 20 books.
Of course.

2. You currently own more than 50 books.
These first questions are just to stroke our bookish egos.

3. You currently own more than 100 books.
12 Billies, if you know the Ikea bookcase size. I've actually received four in the mail while typing this meme. I kid you not. This is what happens when you study the recent past. Everything is $.01 plus $3.99 shipping.

4. You amassed so many books you switched to an e-reader.
Mmmm, no. I don't read online very well yet. (And honestly between reading the news and reading articles in PDF form, I don't feel I need any more screen time than I already have.)

5. You read so much you have a ton of books AND an e-reader.

6. You have a book-organization system no one else understands.
It's actually pretty logical--mostly by subject, with a bit of size distribution to keep the bookcase stable. But I'm not sure a stranger could find something quickly.

7. You’re currently reading more than one book.
Always!

8. You read every single day.
I read the back of the cereal box over breakfast. I'm not sure how I'd get through a day without reading.

9. You’re reading a book right now, as you’re taking this book nerd quiz.
Of course! Two, since one is a bit dry.

10. Your essentials for leaving the house: wallet, phone, keys, and a book.
Always be prepared. (Metro riders in DC have to say this fairly often these days.)

11. You’ve pulled an all-nighter reading a book.
Actually, no. Reading fic, yes. Fic makes me obsessive. But not books.

12. You did not regret it for a second and would do it again.

13. You’ve figured out how to incorporate books into your workout.
Hm. If you have suggestions on this, let me know!

14. You’ve declined invitations to social activities in order to stay home and read.
I try never to decline the few social invitations that arrive, lest I turn into a hermit.

15. You view vacation time as “catch up on reading” time.
In the general sense that all good days are reading days.

16. You’ve sat in a bathtub full of tepid water with prune-y skin because you were engrossed in a book.

17. You’ve missed your stop on the bus or the train because you were engrossed in a book.

18. You’ve almost tripped over a pothole, sat on a bench with wet paint, walked into a telephone pole, or narrowly avoided other calamities because you were engrossed in a book.
No, and I've also never been mugged while reading a book. Gah! Do folks really walk around reading? Isn't that dangerous for a whole host of reasons?

19. You’ve laughed out loud in public while reading a book.

20. You’ve cried in public while reading a book (it’s okay, we won’t tell).
Just once, when Dumbledore died. Full on sobbing in an airport, I'm afraid to say.

21. You’re the one everyone goes to for book recommendations.
Well, my students. Usually a few days before papers are due. But every once in a while a student will e-mail and say "I've read everything you suggested in class last semester--do you have any other suggestions?" and I'm giddy with joy.

22. You take your role in recommending books very seriously and worry about what books your friends would enjoy.

23. Once you recommend a book to a friend, you keep bugging them about it.

24. If your friend doesn’t like the book you recommended, you’re heartbroken.

25. And you judge them. A little bit.

26. In fact, whenever you and a friend disagree about a book you secretly wonder what is wrong with them.

27. You’ve vowed to convert a non-reader into a reader.

28. And you’ve succeeded.

29. You’ve attended book readings, launches, and signings.

30. You own several signed books.
I'm collecting signed books by my colleagues, as we start to publish them.

31. You would recognize your favorite authors on the street.

32. In fact, you have.

33. If you could have dinner with anybody in the world, you’d choose your favorite writer.
If dead writers count, then yes!

34. You own a first-edition book.
Well, technically. But it's obscure and relatively recent stuff, nothing genuinely valuable.

35. You know what that is and why it matters to bibliophiles.

36. You tweet, post, blog, or talk about books every day.

37. You have a “favorite” literary prize.

38. And you read the winners of that prize every year.

39. You’ve recorded every book you’ve ever read and what you thought of it.
Wow. Not at all. I'm going to be curious to see who says yes to this one.

40. You have a designated reading nook in your home.

41. You have a literary-themed T-shirt, bag, tattoo, or item of home décor.
My favorite academic remainders bookstore used to sell these great canvas book bags. I've got two.

42. You gave your pet a literary name.

43. You make literary references and puns nobody else understands.

44. You’re a stickler for spelling and grammar, even when you’re just texting.
Mmmm. Is this really a related question? Yes, but only because I'm old and learned to skim using caps and punctuation. kids these days r hard 2 understand

45. You’ve given books as gifts for every occasion: birthdays, Valentine’s Day, graduations, Tuesdays...
Embarrassingly, I once gave a cultural history of Christmas to someone as a Christmas present. (In my defense, it looked great!) After that, the better half took charge of all of our gift-giving.

46. Whenever someone asks what your favorite book is, your brain goes into overdrive and you can’t choose just one. You end up naming twelve books.
Doesn't anyone else not have favorites this way? I could name a handful that really touched me or influenced me in some way, but I don't have a favorite.

47. You love the smell of books.
Ergh, not really. I buy a lot of things from the 1960s and 19070s and am always a little worried that smell is a toxic mold of some sort.

48. You’ve binge-read an entire series or an author’s whole oeuvre in just a few days.

49. You’ve actually felt your heart rate go up while reading an incredible book.
Hm. Held my breath, definitely!

50. When you turn the last page of a good book, you feel as if you’ve finally come up for air and returned from a great adventure.

And here's my TRS's very own addition:

51. You found out about a new book you want to read while doing this meme.
I did! Twitterature: The World's Greatest Books Retold Through Twitter via TRS. This looks light and fun. And to contribute one of my own, since I didn't discuss specifics above: Empire of Cotton: A Global History



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Comments

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kellychambliss
Jul. 14th, 2017 03:22 am (UTC)
Fascinating meme; I'll have to steal it. I expect that many of us on LJ/DW will exhibit the same bookish intensity. Thanks for the text box; just the ticket.

Personally, I would have been over the moon to receive a cultural history of Christmas as a Christmas present. As any present. What a great gift.
therealsnape
Jul. 14th, 2017 02:12 pm (UTC)
Personally, I would have been over the moon to receive a cultural history of Christmas as a Christmas present. *grin* I commented at DW (how I miss the days when all the interaction was in one place) and said exactly the same thing.
magnetic_pole
Jul. 15th, 2017 02:05 am (UTC)
:)
islandsmoke
Jul. 14th, 2017 03:35 pm (UTC)
I agree! Sounds fascinating.
magnetic_pole
Jul. 15th, 2017 02:05 am (UTC)
Validation! :)
magnetic_pole
Jul. 15th, 2017 02:04 am (UTC)
Personally, I would have been over the moon to receive a cultural history of Christmas as a Christmas present. As any present. What a great gift.

That's what I said, too! But apparently people--including the one here--also like "things for the house" or "Christmas ornaments" or "something seasonal." Crazy, hm? *sigh*

It's fun to read about other people's reading and book buying habits, isn't it? M.
islandsmoke
Jul. 14th, 2017 04:01 pm (UTC)
May I put it here? I'll edit out the ones that don't count.

3. You currently own more than 100 books.
I think I've kept every book I've ever acquired.

4. You amassed so many books you switched to an e-reader.
I do still buy books sometimes. There is nothing like the feel of a book in your hand.

5. You read so much you have a ton of books AND an e-reader.
Space! Space is an issue.

8. You read every single day.
Can anyone get through a day without reading something?

10. Your essentials for leaving the house: wallet, phone, keys, and a book.
Always take the Kindle with me to appointments, or anytime I might have to wait more than 30 seconds for something.

11. You’ve pulled an all-nighter reading a book.
Jo Rowling, you owe me several night's sleep!

12. You did not regret it for a second and would do it again.
No, and yes.

13. You’ve figured out how to incorporate books into your workout.
You can read while on a stationary bike.

14. You’ve declined invitations to social activities in order to stay home and read.
I'm not sure, but I think, when a new HP was out....

19. You’ve laughed out loud in public while reading a book.
Probably more than once.

20. You’ve cried in public while reading a book (it’s okay, we won’t tell).
See above.

29. You’ve attended book readings, launches, and signings.
Does midnight at the bookstore waiting for the new HP count?

34. You own a first-edition book.
Harrrrrry Potterrrrrr....

35. You know what that is and why it matters to bibliophiles.
Yup.

41. You have a literary-themed T-shirt, bag, tattoo, or item of home décor.
Do I have to go count them?

43. You make literary references and puns nobody else understands.
Once in a great while. I mostly don't do it because people mostly don't understand.

44. You’re a stickler for spelling and grammar, even when you’re just texting.
OK, my SPAG sucks, but I DO try, and I abhor text-speak.

45. You’ve given books as gifts for every occasion: birthdays, Valentine’s Day, graduations, Tuesdays...
Doesn't everyone? I always loved receiving books as gifts when I was a kid, and that hasn't changed.

46. Whenever someone asks what your favorite book is, your brain goes into overdrive and you can’t choose just one. You end up naming twelve books.
You're supposed to have only ONE favorite??

48. You’ve binge-read an entire series or an author’s whole oeuvre in just a few days.
I'm a slow reader; it takes more than a few days.

49. You’ve actually felt your heart rate go up while reading an incredible book.
Is that not one reason we read?

50. When you turn the last page of a good book, you feel as if you’ve finally come up for air and returned from a great adventure.
It's happened more than a few times.

magnetic_pole
Jul. 15th, 2017 02:14 am (UTC)
Fun to read through this! I'll edit out the one I don't have comments on. (The meme gets shorter and shorter...)

10. Your essentials for leaving the house: wallet, phone, keys, and a book.
Always take the Kindle with me to appointments, or anytime I might have to wait more than 30 seconds for something.


Ah, you're a Kindle user! I haven't ever actually used one myself, but I can imagine 1) the ease of purchase/the space saved but also 2) missing the physical/spatial experience of holding something that (for me) allows skimming and quick reading. You've found it works for you? Do you have a habit of buying certain things in hard cover and certain things digitally?

11. You’ve pulled an all-nighter reading a book.
Jo Rowling, you owe me several night's sleep!


Of course!

13. You’ve figured out how to incorporate books into your workout.
You can read while on a stationary bike.


This is what someone said over at DW! I tend to huff and puff a lot while exercising...but then, to be fair, I'm not much good at multi-talking more generally.

20. You’ve cried in public while reading a book (it’s okay, we won’t tell).
See above.


Which part, do you mind my asking?

29. You’ve attended book readings, launches, and signings.
Does midnight at the bookstore waiting for the new HP count?


Yes!

41. You have a literary-themed T-shirt, bag, tattoo, or item of home décor.
Do I have to go count them?


Oh, interesting. What do you have?

45. You’ve given books as gifts for every occasion: birthdays, Valentine’s Day, graduations, Tuesdays...
Doesn't everyone? I always loved receiving books as gifts when I was a kid, and that hasn't changed.


I've gradually come to realize certain people--including the better half, my brother, and my old high school friends, all folks I've bought a lot of gifts for over the years--would really like something else. *sigh* This lesson was not intuitive. It's taken many years. :) M.
islandsmoke
Jul. 15th, 2017 03:55 pm (UTC)
I bought the Kindle for my trip to Greece years ago. Can't beat it for traveling! I got the Paperwhite which has a light in the screen so you can read it anywhere, and it's not as intrusive for reading on a plane, or if you're sharing a room. Also paid extra to get the 3G as well as wireless, 1, because I don't have wifi at home, and 2, it's good for airports and other places that don't have wifi. Anywhere there is a phone connection, you can get a book! You can also take several books without the weight and space hassle. But I DO enjoy a "real" book, for all the reasons you mention. Any book I'm using for reference - owners manual, genealogy, etc. - I prefer a book, as "flipping back and forth" on an ereader is not something I'm good at.

Have I ever cried in public while reading? About the same number of times I've laughed, probably.

What do I have?
A mug that says, "So many books, so little time."
Two Snape t-shirts.
Six HP con t-shirts.
Two HP con messenger bags.
An HP con tote.
A little, metal, storage box with HP characters on it a friend sent from Japan.
Probably more that I can't bring to mind at the moment.

I admit that I don't give books to my friends anymore, as I'm not sure of their tastes, or if they've read it, and because if it's a book they really want, they probably already have it on their Kindle. A cook book, maybe, for one friend, but personally, I like looking at recipes on the computer. That way, I can pick whatever I'm in the mood for, and if I like it, I can copy it. That way, also, I don't have lots of books in which I may only like a couple of recipes.

If I know a child well enough to be giving it gifts, I give books that I've loved.

magnetic_pole
Jul. 20th, 2017 04:07 am (UTC)
You have so much HP swag! I'm impressed.

It's hard to give a book--you have to really know what folks like and whether they're likely to have encountered a particular book before. The better half loves looking at cookbooks because you tend to find new things when confronted with someone else's selected recipes, but in practice she heads right to the computer when she wants to cook or bake something.

Anywhere there's a phone connection = book sounds like a winning combination.

Sorry to be so slow with the reply, Smoke! We've had house guests, and I'm so bad at done more than one thing at a time. Hope you're not getting the same heat we are. M.
whymzycal
Jul. 18th, 2017 04:53 am (UTC)
Ooooh, awesome meme! And awesome answers, too. I bet you give good book gifts. (Your meta Christmas book gift, for instance, sounds amazing. It seems that all your commenters agree!)
magnetic_pole
Jul. 20th, 2017 04:09 am (UTC)
I love that everyone approves of the cultural history of Christmas! LJ/DW folks are such readers. (Wish this meme had more on reading, more generally--things other than books as well as books. I might need to write a follow-up).

Anyways, I saw you did this one, too, and will stop by in the morning to read. Thanks for commenting! Good to see you again. M.
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