I've made three excellent discoveries lately...
- It turns out I can actually read whole books in Swedish quite easily!
- Second hand books are really cheap!
- Hardback books are even better, without their paper sleeves!
Well how can you not!
I find it quite distracting if the book cover has a picture from the well known movie (that most likely came out after the book) forcing me to see a certain actor or actress in my head instead of letting the story take me in to my own imagination.
Also, I'm not so keen on having all the reviews of other people shouting at me each time I pick up the book, I want to read it and make my own conclusions.
And as much as the author is very proud of themself for putting a whole book together (and so they should be!), I don't really want to see an awkward photo of them at the back - when I sneak to the last page to read the last sentence before I've begun...
Does anyone else do that?
I can't help but read just the last sentence only, before I've met any of the characters, have any idea what might happen to get there...
It has never given away the twist or ruined the book for me.
I guess it's kind of like lifting off one corner of the Christmas present just to see what colour the box is inside.
Then caaaarefully placing the tape back on so nobody will suspect you, and waiting patiently until Christmas morning like you have no idea what it could possibly be, and still you get surprised!
I give to you Exhibit A.
I noticed while reading the Jodi Picoult book, (as I kept getting annoyed with the paper sleeve half slipping off) that it was a wonderful purple underneath! So I had to check it out, and voila!
Check out Exhibit B.
I discovered an almost totally new looking set of books that not only get along much better with each other on the shelf, but there's some lovely simple embossed metallic writing and they are even bang on the latest Hollywood trend (apparently) of colour-blocking!
(so they say...)