Hardcover vs. paperback: Which do you prefer?
I’ll choose a paperback every time. I just don’t see the appeal of hardcover books. Those things are heavy! And they always poke me in my eye. I don’t like them, and I don’t think they like me. 😦
I have a few hardcover books on my shelves. They got there either because I was too excited for a book and couldn’t bother waiting for the paperback to be published years later, or because they were bought second-hand so the hardback was cheaper than purchasing a brand new paperback, or because it’s a series and the first couple books are hardcover so I continued with that to keep the books the same size. (This last one only applies to my Rick Riordan books.) Otherwise, it’s paperback all the way.
And it’s trade paperback I prefer, not those mass market ones. The trades often have better cover design, I think; and more of them can fit on my shelves than those horrible hardcovers. Sometimes the designers do something fun on the hardcovers, like sprayed edges and stuff, which makes me mad because that means I have to buy the hardcover. I’m a sucker for a beautifully designed book. Still, those things are too damn heavy and take up too much space. I can’t love them. I prefer my trade paperbacks, which are the majority of the books on this 3-books-deep bookcase we’re still touring.
We’re on the last row of the second shelf from the bottom, which happens to have a bunch of hardcover books on it. Take a look…
Some dark spines there. They are all fiction except two, which are nonfiction.
Sitting on top:
The Garden of Evening Mists by Tan Twan Eng
Stacked: left to right
The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling
The Book of Strange New Things by Michel Faber
A Mercy by Toni Morrison
The Barrowfields by Phillip Lewis
Forty Rooms by Olga Grushin
Room by Emma Donoghue
A Brief History of Seven Killings by Marlon James
The Lonely Hearts Hotel by Heather O’Neill
The Autobiography of Henry VII: With Notes by His Fool, Will Somers by Margaret George
Vixen by Rosie Garland
Jane Steele by Lyndsay Faye
Stacked: left to right (continued)
The Secret History by Donna Tartt
The Bonesetter’s Daughter by Amy Tan
Get in Trouble: Stories by Kelly Link
Hidden Bodies by Caroline Kepnes
Behold the Dreamers by Imbolo Mbue
The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith
Patsy by Nicole Dennis-Benn
I read this last year and really liked it. I love how Dennis-Benn writes. It’s about a Jamaican woman who moves to the U.S. to be with the woman she loves leaving her daughter behind on the island.
Here Comes the Sun by Nicole Dennis-Benn
S by J.J. Abrams & Doug Dorst
Lab Girl by Hope Jahren
Professional Idiot: A Memoir by Stephen “Steve-O” Glover & David Peisner ★★★☆☆
I read this years ago, probably when it was just published. I liked the crazy Wildboyz TV show, so I didn’t mind reading Steve-O’s autobio.
Total books in this row = 23
How many I completed = 2
How many I will unhaul = 0
Total shelves so far = 2
Total books so far = 221
How many completed = 78
How many I will unhaul = 9