Inside & Out Book Tag


Hello everyone! I found an interesting-looking book tag on Sabrina’s blog this morning and since a lot of you seemed to enjoy my previous book tag attempts and I think it’s a great way to get to know each other and our reading habits, I thought I’d join the fun. Let me know what you think and feel free to join in! The tag was originally created by MathomBooks on YouTube.

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

It depends! I’ve read a couple of books where there was literally no summary at all (which I find really annoying) but I have quite a few where the summary is way too long and pretty much spoils the whole thing (equally annoying). If I had to choose though, I’d rather buy a book with a short summary than a very lengthy one. Most of the time I check Goodreads before buying a book so I usually have a fairly good idea what the book is about.

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

Paperbacks, hands down. I like hardcovers because they look pretty and they’re more durable than paperbacks but reading them is an agony sometimes. Trying to read a 700-page hardcover while lying in bed is a challenge in itself (mind you, it’s a very good arm workout) so I tend to go for the paperbacks. Also, they’re much easier to carry around in your handbag when you’re out and about. :) Yes, I know that’s what e-books are for but they’re not the same. I do have a Kindle and I love how practical it is but it’s not the same as reading real books.

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)

CLEAN CLEAN CLEAN!  I’m very fussy when it comes to keeping my books clean. I don’t mind creased spines at all but I can’t stand scribbles, folded pages, notes or highlights. I like to take notes sometimes – especially when I know I won’t have the time to review the book for a while – but not in the book. I have a separate notebook for that. :)

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

Hm, I don’t think I have a favourite first sentence! I usually find endings more memorable. But I remember really liking the beginning of Sharon Bolton’s Dead Scared. It’s one of those books that grab you on the very first page and don’t let go. Can I cheat and tell you the first paragraph? Yes? All right, then.

Ahem. *clears throat*

“When a large object falls from a great height, the speed at which it travels accelerates until the upward force of air resistance becomes equal to the downward propulsion of gravity. At that point, whatever is falling reaches what is known as terminal velocity, a constant speed that will be maintained until it encounters a more powerful force, most commonly the ground. Terminal velocity of the average human body is thought to be around 120 miles per hour. Typically this speed is reached fifteen or sixteen seconds into the fall, after a distance of between five hundred and six hundred metres.”

Four sentences in you already know this isn’t going to end well for somebody…

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 doesn’t. The majority of the books I read are usually written by female authors but it’s not a conscious decision. I have favourite books from both male and female writers and as long as I enjoy the story, I absolutely don’t care what the author’s gender is.

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

Okay, okay. I’m guilty. I’ve never read the last page but I tend to read a few pages ahead, either because the book is beginning to get a bit boring and I’m trying to figure out if it’s going to get any better OR when I’m reading a gripping and very fast paced thriller and the killer is about to strike again, I sometimes run my eye over the remaining paragraphs / pages in that particular chapter just to see if he succeeds or if the victim manages to escape.


Organized bookshelves, or outrageous bookshelves?

A little bit of both. I used to have organized (colour-coordinated) shelves up until last September when I moved out of my parents’ house. I had to leave most of my books behind – at least for the time being – so now I just stack the remaining 60-70 books on the top of my wardrobe. But yes, definitely organized!

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

Yep, I’m guilty. Again. I do judge books by their cover – but don’t we all? I don’t think I’ve ever bought a book just because it had a pretty cover (even if it has a stunning cover, I always check the blurb and read the first page) but when I’m browsing in a bookshop and I’m not looking for something specific, I’m more likely to pick up books with nice / interesting covers.

Take it outside to read, or stay in?

Take it out, definitely. I love reading in the garden and I almost always read on the train and the tube as well. :)

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!


  1. says

    This is a really interesting tag. I think I agree with you for all of these points, especially S – how can anyone scribble in a book?! I’ve been guilty of reading ahead when the suspense is too much and I just need to know.

    Rosie x

    • says

      Yes! I always feel a bit guilty for doing that but I’m glad I’m not the only one. It’s definitely the sign of a brilliant and suspenseful book. :) x

  2. NormaM says

    I do write underline and sometimes doodle in my books…I think marginalia is fascinating or to see where someone purchased the book???why they read it!???if they thought it was a waste of time….sort of mildly voyeuristic! but! I’d buy used books with a like minded marginaler in a heart beat

  3. says

    Took me a few minutes to see “Inside Out” as the question list. Quite clever, I say! As for the male/female narrator, I can also read either, but I find that if the narrator’s age is too far from mine, I can’t connect to them as well. That’s not always the case, but unfortunately, it’s the majority of the time.

    • says

      Very clever indeed. And that’s a good point! It happened to me a few times, although I think it depends on the genre as well. (For me, at least)

  4. says

    Like you I am guilty of reading ahead and I am guilty of buying a book sole based on the cover.

    If a read is not going anywhere, I will peep ahead and that can mean the difference between carrying on and putting it down. :)

    Also, some of my best reads have been bought based on cover :3

    Great tag my dear! :) xxx


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