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Booking Through Thursday

Btt2_2 This week's Booking Through Thursday question is:

  • Do you read e-Books?
  • If so, how? On your computer, or a PDA?
  • Or are you a paper purist? Why?

I don't read e-books. There's something about holding a book and being able to flip through the pages at will that is irreplaceable to me. Maybe if I had something more portable I could read in bed with the lights off, but so far, eBooks haven't caught my eye at all.

And because I'm massively behind on BTT, just to catch up:

Do you have any foreign language books and if so can you (still) read them? Other than a couple of books that I plan on teaching myself Latin with - someday - no foreign language books at all. I used to be able to read the occasional French or Spanish passage but my foreign language skills have gone the way of the dodo without any practice.

It happens even to the best readers from time to time… you close the cover on the book you’re reading and discover, to your horror, that there’s nothing else to read. Either there’s nothing in the house, or nothing you’re in the mood for. Just, nothing that “clicks.” What do you do?? How do you get the reading wheels turning again? I was in exactly that mood the other day after finishing The Devil's Mode by Anthony Burgess! Nothing was clicking at all. I picked up a Margery Allingham mystery, 1968 by Mark Kurlansky (I swear, one of these days I'm going to finish that book!), a bio on John Dee, Every Book A Reader by Nicholas Basbanes.......the last two are the only ones I got more than a few pages read. I still haven't really gotten into either of them, but then again I've had a stupid (mildish) migraine the last few days and haven't done much of anything. (It seems to be finally going away, knock on wood.)

Where DON’T you read?? I don't read in the shower (but I do read in the bathtub), I don't read while I'm asleep (although I've probably slept on my share of open books), I don't read in the movies but I have left the theater a few times and read while waiting for it to end.



I've read while waiting on line in the theater, and I've been quite annoyed when it's been too dim to read while waiting for the show to start.

pixie girl

I really think I need to have the paper in my hands, or I just wander away, if you know what I mean. I'll be dead before my TBR pile is gone :)!


Nice catch up! And thanks for the suggestion, too.


I need paper. It's portable, relatively cheap to produce, doesn't need to be charged. What more could you want?


Paper books truly rock.

(And there's nothing wrong at all with having cats instead of kids if you ask me ...)


The movies must have been pretty boring, eh?

Hope the migraine goes soon!


I really need the paper, too. Of course, I also love a welldone audiobook...


How would one read in the shower anyway? :-)

I could never read e-books. The eye strain alone makes it prohibitive.


Interesting... I never thought of myself as a paper purist before this, but I do save book-reading for carrying around places, tucking up in bed (though less of that than I used to; it is not supposed to be that conducive to a good night's sleep) and other non-computer pursuits. I read magazine article-length stuff online, but not books.

I have several Spanish books for reading to very young children; I can still manage reading at that level:) I once bought Don Quixote in Spanish, when I was a student, somehow optimstically believing I would manage to read it; doubt that I would last through it in my native tongue, honestly.

I sometimes cast about for something to read, but usually the waiting pile is big enough. Of course, there's always knitting...

Where don't I read? I can't read in most moving vehicles - gives me nausea.

Jeanne B.

I read at the dinner table, in the bathroom, and anywhere I can curl up (but not the shower or while driving/riding). Give me the paper kind; nothing beats the smell of a brand new book. It is hypnotic to me. I'll read a little online, but printing presses and binding companies must never go out of business. Does that make me a purist?

I have books in French, Italian, Spanish and German, but I'll be danged if I can read much anymore.


I am a paper purist - the thought of reading a book on a screen, horrible. My eyes would fall out. I like the portability and permanency of paper too.


Gee...I've slept on my share of open books too. I am also a paper purist; although, I do occassionally listen to audio books.


Hey! I get it! You read like I knit!

My dad, who is a wonderful writer, is working on a novel/memoir. He asked me to read it and sent me a HUGE document on the computer. 268 pages followed in the mail a couple days later. I am SO GLAD not to have to read it on the monitor!


It's gotta be paper books! I wonder if the next generation (you know, the one who grew up with the Internet) will be the e-book consumers.


Oh it's too hard to read e-books. I don't want to spend that much time in front of a screen (any screen). And I've run out of books to read - a few years ago I started having that problem where you put the book down and nothing else looks good! And I haven't yet found a solution!


What movie did you leave? The only movie I've ever felt like leaving was 'Daredevil'. If I'd had a book with me, I would have.


I used to be much better at languages myself, but I do have some kids books in Spanish and two in Japanese (I can only pick out some of the characters of that) and can guesstimate what they are saying! I really don't read as much as I used to. I don't like ebooks either (there are way too many other excuses to be on the computer) but I am currently addicted to books on tape. I can really multitask then!


I'll stick with the paper, thank you very much!

Oh, knock on wood that you are feeling better!

amanda cathleen

If I'm reading a good book (that is my book, I'm not borrowing it from anyone else) and I can't put it down. I'll read in the shower. It's very challenging!


I try to bring a book to the theater so I can read while those obnoxious ads are playing.

PS. Alligator lizards are feisty! There was one living under the steps to my house for a long time, and every time I walked down the steps he would run out and hiss at me. Once we had one in the house and tried to sweep it outside, and it bit the broom and wouldn't let go.


I'm a paper purist...the smell of a new book draws me in. The smell of an old book is comforting. There is nothing "cozy" about curling up with my computer to read a book...I'm all about cloudy days, hot cocoa, a blanket and a real book!

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