Thursday, 10 April 2014

Bookish Thoughts Thursday (10/4/14)

There are many great discussion memes on a Thursday and so I thought that instead of doing them in seperate posts I would just make one.

Thursday Thoughts is an original, weekly conversational post hosted @ Ok, Let's Read

If you know a book is sad does it make you want to read it, deter you from reading it or not effect you at all? Do you enjoy sad books? Are you someone who cries easily at books? What books have you read that made you cry?

I don't stay away from a book because it is likely to make me cry and I don't pick them for it either. I enjoy books for their stories and/or characters and if they happen to make me cry, then thats fine by me.
I am the type of person who doesn't easily cry in real life situations and I tend to keep my emotions in check, therefore I like that books (and TV/movies) can make me cry because we all need a good cry every now and then - it's healthy.
I think I have cried while reading all of the last few books I have read this month. The thing I think is strange though, is that I didn't cry while I read The Fault in Our Stars, even though I know that it is actually considered a sad book. Maybe I read it too soon after my mum died (of cancer), maybe I was too numb to it at the time, I am fairly certain I will cry should I re-read it.

Booking Through Thursday is a weekly discussion meme about (mostly) books and reading

Does the price of a book affect your decision about buying it? Do you wait for cheaper editions of the book you want?

I almost always wait for the cheaper paperback editions of books, even though in the UK most paperbacks are only £6.99 or £7.99, to me that is a lot. Hardbacks are even more, and I just don't have that kind of money to spend. Don't get me wrong, I think that books are worth the money because I know that a lot of work goes into them, I just can't justify spending more than £6 on one. Now, once I have a well paid job, then I don't think I will have a problem with buying many shiny, new hardbacks.

Thoughtful Thursday is a weekly bookish discussion post hosted @ Reading is Fun Again

What do you do with the books that you have read? Do you keep them? Donate them? Gift them? Return them to the library? Throw them away? Make them into arts & crafts projects? Has this changed during the years? Have you noticed a change in your perspective regarding read books?

Aside from being a book reader, I am also a book collector. I don't just like books for the stories they hold but also as physical objects. I love having shelves full of books - read or not. Now, if it is an ugly book that I know I will never read, then I will donate it. My perspective on this has not changed at all since I got my first book, even as a child I loved the feel of books, the smell and just knowing that they are mine. Of course, the content of books is the most important aspect and so, I love knowing that I can always fall into a story anytime I want. The benefit of having a lot of books is that I have plenty of choice of what I want to read and to read them whenever I want.

What about you - do you like sad books, cheap books and keeping books?


  1. Good questions this week. As for sad books, I don't really seek them out, and I prefer happy endings, but if I really want to read it I will. I'm a book collector too, so if i really like a book it will have a place on my bookshelf- but if a book was just OK I might give it to someone else to read, or donate it. Depends I guess... my favorites though, yeah it's nice to have them all on a shelf. :)

    By the way, I nominated you for a Sunshine award. Hope you don't mind- I know some people roll their eyes at these, and I don't like chain letterish stuff myself, but someone nominated me and I wanted to highlight some nice blogs... so here you go if you're interested. If not, that's fine too. :)

  2. I love how you did this, doing all three bookish memes and break all down! Awesome idea!!
    Love your thoughts as well. I agree with keeping books :) Reading helped me with my recovery, so all the books I read are like trophies, like tokens/coins showing what I accomplished! My treasures!! Love me books. My father-in-law is actually building me another bookcase b/c my other one has run out of room! :)
    Michelle ~ Book Hangovers Blabs Books

    1. Michelle you are too kind. I absolutely love the fact that books have had such a great inpact on your life. I wish I had someone to build me custom bookcases. You can never have too many books, right?

  3. I am so happy to hear that I am not the only person who didn't cry at TFIOS. That one just didn't get to me the way it seemed with others. I'm sorry to hear about your mother, but that could be part of the reason the book didn't make you cry. I had a similar experience reading a book that featured someone who, after getting a brain swelling , lost all brain function and the family had to switch off life support. I thought it would make me cry as I had recently lost my aunt that way, but it didn't. I think you are definitely numb at those points and what you're reading just doesn't compare to the reality of the situation when you are faced with it in your own life.
    Here's my Thursday Thoughts post

    1. YAY! We are not alone. Sorry about your aunt and I think you are right about the reality Vs fiction thing and I am sure I will cry when I see the movie.


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