BTT: In Public

I don’t know what’s up with me, but I’ve been on a blog-following, blog-commenting streak the past few days. I think cleaning my Google Reader helped, because I started following a bunch of new highly-recommended blogs. :) This is me de-lurking, yo! I hope it lasts.

Anyway, I thought I’d participate in this week’s Booking Through Thursday again because I liked the question. :)

Booking Through Thursday

Do you carry books with you when you’re out and about in the world?

And, do you ever try to hide the covers?

Oh yes of course. I always carry a book in my bag (sometimes two!). I usually have one print book in my bag, and I add another one if I know I’ll be finishing that book before I get back home. I don’t always bring my Kindle because I think I already have more than enough gadgets in my bag. When I do have my Kindle, I leave the print book because there are more than enough ebooks in my Kindle.

But wait, there’s more! I also carry my iPod Touch everywhere and I also have a copy of my ebooks in the Kindle app. I also have most of my e-galleys from Netgalley and Galley Grab there, so if ever I happen to forget to bring a print book or my Kindle, as long as my iPod has battery, I can still read. I just have to turn the WiFi off and don’t listen to music when the “20% battery remaining” warning shows up and it will tide me over, especially for long commutes.

Do I ever hide covers? I don’t think so. Like I said, I’m not much of a cover person, so I don’t care that much. Then again, maybe I’m lucky that most of the books I read and take outside has decent enough covers. I hardly read any romance novels anyway — not that that’s bad, but I know some people who hide the covers in public when reading that! Hee. When I read hardcover books anyway, I don’t bring the dust jacket outside. And ebook readers have done a lot for cover shame.

Except of course, if the cover is just ugly. Like, general, public opinion ugly. You know what I mean about that, right? If you don’t…well, here are some examples spotlighted by That Cover Girl, Capillya.

Get it now?

Then again, if you’re really and truly enjoying the book and you love reading with abandon, this shouldn’t matter right?

What do you think? :)

4 Thoughts on “BTT: In Public

  1. Thanks for stopping by. Your right about e-readers doing a lot for cover shame, but I miss all the covers. I am down on hard cover books big time between e-readers and galley copies. I should install the app on my iphone too, but was wondering how hard it would be to read off from something that small.
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  2. I went to Florida this past week and you BEST BELIEVE I had the cover of Love Story face down anytime I had to pull it out. Also, we have a ton of teenage boys (Hubs’ youth group) staying at our house this weekend, and after scanning the spines of some of my books, I reversed the spine to Ten Things We Did by Mlynowski. Talk about embarrassing.

    • Haha! Oh yeah, Love Story has that kind of cover! I’d like to believe it’s less embarrassing when we girls read a book like that than when guys do (I know someone who borrowed and read my Anna and the French Kiss copy in private — he said even without the dust jacket, the purple hardcover is still too girly for him). It’s kind of a good thing my books are all in my room, so I won’t have to explain any embarrassing covers when people visit our house. :D

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