Thursday, 22 September 2011

Booking Through Thursday: Carrying a book? Hiding it behind a newspaper?

Booking Through Thursday is a weekly meme that buoys bloggers through the end of the week by letting them chat happily about general bookish goodness!

I spotted this week's question and, because it reminded me of something that I surprised myself by doing earlier today, figured it was as good a time as any to join in. So this week's questions:

Do you carry books with you when you're out and about in the world? And, do you ever try and hide the covers?

The first part is easy: YES! I always, always have a book with me, no matter where I'm going or what I'm doing. That was true when I had to lug around paperbacks and it's absolutely still true now I have an eReader (though true, the handbags can be smaller!)

So do I hide book covers? When I was younger and worried about what people thought, I used to not take out the books I thought were at the geekier end of the spectrum, i.e. anything that might get me pegged as a "sci-fi nerd". I'd read Robert Jordan and Terry Pratchett at home but then switch to Louise Rennison and Jacqueline Wilson in public. Tragic, I know! :)

These days, I don't even need to think about it! If it's something particularly nerdy that might embarrass me, I'll make sure I've got an eBook version. Like...well, I can't think of anything I'd be embarrassed about now I'm more mature and less inclined to give two hoots about what someone else thought about my literary choices but wouldn't be a problem if there was something!

So against that background of usually being very much a 'do-what-you-want-regardless-of-others'-opinions' kind of girl, this morning, on a jam packed commuter train, I turned a page in Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld to find a full page illustration. As soon as I saw it, I hunched down over my book and brought it closer to me to restrict the chances of the other suit-wearing passengers noticing the fact that I was reading a book that has pictures! Why? I still couldn't tell you...all I know is that before today I would have said, "I absolutely do not hide what I read!". Now I guess I'd have to say that there are times when I care!

Not, of course that I care enough to take Leviathan out of my handbag and replace it with my eReader. So I guess that's something! :) I shall be much hardier in future!

Are you an book brandisher or a book hider? Do you get twitchy without the comforting weight of a book in your bag too?