The Book Snob Tag

I don’t do many tags because my blogging time is usually devoted to writing up reviews and my two weekly blog memes, but this tag caught my eye. I first saw it at Stephanie’s Book Reviews, who got it from Bookworm Blogger.

1.ADAPTATION SNOB: DO YOU ALWAYS READ THE BOOK BEFORE YOU SEE THE MOVIE? – No, but that’s because since having kids, my viewing of movies has gone down dramatically. If it’s a movie I’m really interested in seeing, I get the book from the library first, then watch the movie when it comes out on DVD. But there are other times when I’ve watched a movie without knowing that it was based on a book, and then go back and read the book and compare the two.

2. 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? – In the past two years, I have slowly been releasing my physical books back into the wild (donating to the library book sale or my kids’ school) and buying the books I really want to keep on my Kindle, either in ebook or audiobook format. I simply had thousands of books in bookcases around our 2800 square foot house and the clutter was overwhelming. Slowly but surely I’m getting rid of physical books because when the kids are all grown up (the youngest is 11), we are going to downsize to a smaller house. The only exception I’ve made is for some of my favorite series books like Nancy Drew, Hardy Boys, Trixie Belden, Bobbsey Twins, American Girl, and Dear America, and that takes up one entire room in the basement (along with our 1000 CDs and 1000+ DVDs, which we are also in the process of downsizing). Even my favorite adult authors are getting the ebook or audiobook treatment including Elizabeth Peters/Barbara Michaels, Laurie R. King, and Agatha Christie.

3. SHIP SNOB: WOULD YOU DATE OR MARRY A NON-READER? – Well, when we were dating, my husband and I frequented used book stores and collected books, me and my Nancy Drews and he with his Hemingway and Steinbeck and Stephen King, so I thought he was a reader. But he’s a collector, not a re-reader. It’s been so long since I’ve seen him read anything that’s not on a computer screen or phone, I’d definitely say he’s a non-reader now.

4. GENRE SNOB: YOU HAVE TO DITCH ONE GENRE – NEVER TO BE READ AGAIN FOR THE REST OF YOUR LIFE. WHICH ONE DO YOU DITCH? – Crime Fiction. I don’t need a forensic analysis of what the dead body’s condition was like, the blood and dirt under the fingernails and how deep the laceration was on the jugular. Also why I don’t watch most network TV series of the past 25-30 years. No CSI for me!

5. UBER GENRE SNOB: YOU CAN ONLY CHOOSE TO READ FROM ONE GENRE FOR THE REST OF YOUR LIFE. WHICH GENRE DO YOU CHOOSE? Middle Grade. There are so many well-written children’s books, from the Newbery medal and honor books, of which I own more than 100 titles, to the series books I mentioned above.

6. COMMUNITY SNOB: WHICH GENRE DO YOU THINK RECEIVES THE MOST SNOBBERY FROM THE BOOKISH COMMUNITY? I haven’t noticed too much snobbery about any genre, which is very refreshing. However, most chick lit or contemporary romance novels that I’ve read are not rated very highly on Goodreads. I don’t read them for great literature. I read them for an escape, and that’s exactly what they do.

7. SNOBBERY RECIPIENT: HAVE YOU EVER BEEN SNUBBED FOR SOMETHING THAT YOU HAVE BEEN READING OR FOR READING IN GENERAL? I don’t think so. Even when I mention re-reading my Nancy Drew collection, I get very few side-eyes. I’ve mentioned political books that I’m reading, whether they are left-leaning or right-leaning in their philosophies, and I don’t get pushback. I’m not sure if that would be true if I were discussing it in person, but the community I hang out with during non-pandemic times is not into book reading, so it rarely comes up.

What about you? How would you answer these questions? Are you a book snob?

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