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Busybody Bibliophilist on Dumpsters Full of Books

Monday, 16 August 2010 Leave a comment

A friend of mine recently posted a picture on Facebook of a dumpster full of books. She works at a university and apparently the library had been doing a bit of a clean up before the start of the new semester.

Intellectually, I know that books need to be thrown out (or ideally recycled) occasionally but emotionally a picture like that makes me want to take up dumpster diving again just to be sure there isn’t anything good lurking in the pile. How about you? Does a picture of a skip full of books bother you?

HT: Jackie ❤

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Busybody Bibliophilist asks: Book or Movie first?

Monday, 9 August 2010 4 comments

Things continue to be slow here on Bibliophilist as I am still doing battle with the dreaded vertigo. Skirmishes have been won but the war is as of yet undecided.

Despite not reading or posting much during this time of warfare, the old brain was thinking today about what to read once this health issue is settled, and a reread of the final Harry Potter book came to mind. There are times that it’s enjoyable to revisit a story before seeing the movie. (The two part movie version of HP7 will come out later this year for part one and next year for part two). It can be disappointing when the movie changes the plot line or leaves out a favorite part, but I don’t think I’ve ever regretted reading a book before seeing the movie version and will often go looking for the book a movie was based on if I haven’t read it yet.

When it comes to books and movies, do you like to read (or reread) a book before seeing the movie version? If you see (and enjoy) a movie then find out it was adapted from a book would that make you more or less likely to read the book? Or do you prefer to have your books be books and your movies movies?

Busybody Bibliophilist asks: “Do you reread?”

Monday, 12 July 2010 2 comments

There are times when it pleases me to go back and reread a book I’ve previously read. Even as a child I remember rereading the Little House on the Prairie books over and over. As an adult I still continue to revisit favorite books: Snow Crash, Persuasion, Going Postal, and Enchantment to name a few.

How about you? Do you have a favorite book (or books) that you like to reread? Or are you more of a “read it once and move on” kind of reader?

Busybody Bibliophilist asks about “Waiting” Reading

Monday, 21 June 2010 1 comment

When venturing out on public transportation a quick glance up and down the aisles will reveal several people with their nose in a book, magazine or newspaper. In waiting rooms around the world people sit reading while waiting to be called for their appointment. They stand in the queue at the DMV engrossed in a story. Occasionally you can even see someone with a book propped on their steering wheel as they sit in stalled traffic (I’ve even see people drive that way but I try to block the memory). But, inevitably, there are many more people who do all of these things without ever cracking open any type of read.

If you’re the type to read while you’re waiting, do you just pick up and read what’s on hand or do you bring along your own materials? If you carry around a book with you daily, is it your current read or perhaps an old favorite to have available if you get stuck? If you don’t read while waiting, what do you do to pass the time?

Busybody Bibliophilist asks About Parental Reading

Monday, 31 May 2010 1 comment

Sunday we were blessed with our second grandchild, a healthy baby girl. As I was mulling over the joy of a grandchild, I realized that I especially look forward to reading with each of my grandkids. I’ve taken pleasure in looking at books with our two year old granddaughter (even “where’s the kitty?” is such fun) and expect to do the same with her younger sister as she gets older.

My parents read to my brother and me when we were young and we both grew up to be avid readers. We read to our children, and three of the four are avid readers, and though one is not quite as enthusiastic, he still enjoys reading.

Somewhere it seems I have heard that if you read to kids they will grow up to be readers. Does this jive with your experience? I know that a person can be an avid reader even without being read to as a child, but I am curious to know about your experience with reading as a child and whether you think it has influenced your reading habits now.

It would please me if you’d take a minute to answer my poll question and leave any comments you may have as well.