Bookshelf Tour, Pt. 6 | General Fiction (continues)

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.

Bookshelf Tour, Pt. 5 | General Fiction (continues)

Bookshelf Tour, Pt. 7 | Hints at Fantasy (begins) 

Some stats:

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


24 thoughts on “Bookshelf Tour, Pt. 6 | General Fiction (continues)

  1. The only kind of book I don’t enjoy reading is a mass market paperback, the font is just too small! Love your pictures!!


  2. Wow! Awesome bookshelf tour 🙂 I don’t have many physical books on my bookshelf so I love living vicariously by seeing the bookshelves of other bloggers haha. Thanks for sharing!


  3. I like hardcovers, but I only buy them when I loved the book and I want to have it on my shelf (or when I can’t wait to get my hands on the book and paperback is nowhere in sight ;)) I have Hobb’s two Farseer trilogies in hardcover, and they’re beautiful 😀 But the first trilogy I have in a UK paperback, because it was so much prettier in paperback than HC 😉 So, it’s mostly aesthetics in my case! 😀


  4. I have a lot of hardcovers, which I love to collect, but when it comes to reading I agree, trade paperbacks and the best. I love how floppy they are and easy to keep open while you read. Does that make sense?


    1. Lol! Makes sense to me. I love a book that stays open. I’m less likely to mess it up while eating due to trying to hold it, a fork, and a cup all at once.


  5. If your objective is to assassinate say like the president then a paper back is pretty useless, just flop on the floor, but as you say, poke your eye out, and that’s without practice!
    Imagine a trained warrior!
    Hard cover, blu tak, sharpened edges.

    Those thick glasses getting one close, the lethal zone,
    Decked out in geek,
    The least suspected.

    Death by one’s own bio, a harsh review.

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      1. I was thinking of the social aspect too, like a team of book warriors, no need to be an anti social assassin.
        Although I see a slippery paper back now under the brake pedal, the second holding that throttle open….

        You should always ask, are there other options ” when deciding to debook.


  6. Room is such a good book. Your bookshelves look beautiful. Wish I had mine set up so nice and pretty.
    I prefer hardcovers, but only if it’s casewrap. I find dust jackets so annoying and I think they look really bad. That’s why when I published my book, I opted for the hardcovers to have casewrap.
    Paperbacks are okay too, but I guess I like how sturdy hardcover books feel.
    You’re definitely not alone in preferring paperbacks though. When I sent out copies of my book to friends, some of them specifically asked for the paperback when I gave them the choice.

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    1. I get the impression that the majority of people prefer hardcover. When I was working at the bookstore, most people asked for hardcover.


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