Last week I set out to join some book blogger communities and I found three – Blogger Book Nook, Hooked on Books with Joanna Victoria and Bookish Mamas. Some are discussion groups, some are online book clubs and some are a mixture.
I instantly loved the look of Blogger Book Nook. There are loads of threads plus they have a monthly theme, with Q&A, to encourage specific blog posts and wider discussions. January’s theme is judging a book by its cover and there’s a book swap for February. Exciting!
I’m hoping to post something each month under Blogger Book Nook and, as it’s already been running for a few months, I’m starting with #5, which feels a bit weird but I’m learning to deal with it.
1. Which book currently on your shelf has the most beautiful cover?
I’m really in love with two of the books from my post-Christmas haul, which I’ve yet to read. Pushed to pick a favourite, I’d probably pick The Famous Five because it’s shiny!
2. Is picking a book based on its cover something you do regularly?
I’ve judged books by their covers for a long time and often share some of my favourite covers on the blog. I’ve got a few of the Penguin Clothbound Classics and I’ll totally spend more for a prettier version of a new book.
3. If a book was written about your life, what would be on the cover?
It would have a blank cover. How deep is that?! I hate having my picture taken and I like to think I’m pretty good with words, so maybe a quote would form the basis of the cover…
4. Do you prefer hardback or paperback covers? Why?
I’m tempted to say hardbacks because it means you get a new release sooner and it often has a prettier cover. I also like to see what’s hiding underneath the jacket – …And A Happy New Year? really surprised me.
Saying that, you can get some cute paperbacks too. I love the copy of Peter Pan I got for Christmas and I’ve started collecting the new Harry Potter anniversary paperbacks – in Hufflepuff!
5. What draws you in most to a book cover? Stunning illustrations? Pretty lettering? Interesting textures?
I like different material, like the Penguin Clothbounds, and also something that just generally stands out. That edition of The Wizard of Oz stood out when I saw it in Waterstones.
I’m really looking forward to the upcoming book swap and am having fun picking out a title for my partner. Have you ever done a book swap?