I’ve been doing lots of random searches for book and blog tags lately and came across this one from Flowers in the Brain which sounds like a lot of fun.  Are we all snobbish when it comes to books?  Maybe we’re secretly snobbish or proud of our views towards certain books and formats?  Well maybe we’ll find out exactly how much of a book snob I am after this tag…

1. Adaptation Snob: Do You Always Read the Book Before You See the Movie?

If I know it’s something I definitely want to see then I will seek out the book to read it first.  Sometimes having all the visuals of the film can make it hard to then picture any details which might be different in the book version.  However when it comes to a few stories there is an exception.  One good example of this for me personally is Harry Potter.  When the books originally came out when I was at school, or at least the first books came out while I was still at school, I remember not wanting to read them at all.  I had a weird aversion at that time to fantasy stories, especially more traditional ones with magic (which is ridiculous as I am obsessed with fantasy now!) and also had trouble reading anything that was too long and not only were the Harry Potter books filled with fantasy, but they were also much longer than most children’s books back then.  But I ended up seeing the movies and fell in love with them and now I can’t wait to read the books!  Sometimes if there’s a book I don’t think I’d like, I will see the movie and it often makes me want to pick up the book later after all. 🙂

2. Format Snob: You can only choose 1 format in which to read books for the rest of your life.  Which do you choose, Physical books, Ebooks or audiobooks?

This is an easy one: Physical books.  I just love to hold physical books, I love to smell them too and there’s something so satisfying to me to just have that physical book that I could never do without it.  Audiobooks are nice but it’s not my go-to format for a book as I like the quiet time I have with just me and a book.  And although I used to read ebooks I can’t for very long any more as looking at an ereader screen just gives makes my eyes hurt.

3. Ship Snob: Would you date or marry a non-reader?

It’s not so much whether they are a reader that matters as whether we could talk about the books I’ve read or some interesting ideas I liked in them.  I like to read now but for years I didn’t consider myself a reader, even though I did read on occasion.  Instead I’d called myself a gamer or crafter or a bunch of other titles but reader wasn’t among them.  Would that mean that I categorically wouldn’t read a book or enjoy talking about a book if someone was really interested in sharing their excitement and thoughts about it?  Of course not.  I think it matters how you get along with someone more than anything else, and whether you can have some interesting conversations (talking’s important to me I guess 😀 )and if they like to read books then that’s just a bonus, isn’t it? 😉

4. Genre Snob: You have to ditch one genre – Never to be read again for the rest of your life, which do you ditch?

I completely don’t read anything erotica so can I ditch that? lol.  If that’s not enough then I guess I’d ditch romance.  I love a good and sweet romance, and some of the more predictable stories are sometimes just what I need to feel good, but of all the genres this is the one I probably read the least at the moment, others just intrigue me more. 🙂

5. Uber Genre Snob: You can only choose to read from one genre for the rest of your life, which genre do you choose?

I’m tempted to put ‘children’s’ or ‘ya’ here as I could read these books forever, but those are technically age groups and not genres even though I list it under genre in my book reviews.  But if I had to pick one genre to read for the rest of my life it’ll probably be fantasy.  It’s a toss up between science fiction or fantasy (even though I love historical a LOT too) but if I have to choose one and only one I think I’ll go with fantasy, as I just love how broad the genre is and how many amazingly complex stories and worlds can come from fantasy books. 🙂

6. Community Snob: Which genre do you think receives the most snobbery from the bookish community?

I’m not sure if I’ve ever seen any snobbery around any kind of books.  But the only books I’ve ever seen anyone complain about are some romances as well as science fiction.  I think a lot of science fiction is misunderstood or just doesn’t gel with some people so that’s why I’ve seen the odd rant about sci-fi books.  But in general the book community, at least the people I’ve seen, are very welcoming of a range of different genres.  After all, we are all different and all have differing tastes. 🙂

7. Snobbery Receipient: Have you ever been snubbed for something that you have been reading or for reading in general?

I’m not sure if I’ve been snubbed, but I do remember back at school, the mean girls, those who’d bully me or just didn’t like me would smirk and mutter stuff to each other when they saw me with a book.  I wasn’t an avid reader but I read more than they did it seems.   I was later also the source of complaint from a former school friend when her mother felt it was more important that I go out and socialise with her daughter in a club rather than stay home reading.  Apparently by reading a lot and not wanting to go to night clubs meant I was a bad influence on her?…🤔😱😂🤣  I’ve not faced any snubbing behaviour since though, and don’t think I’d care much today if people snubbed me for reading, it’s their loss at friendship or a conversation if they choose to snub someone just for enjoying reading.

So there are my answers to this fun snobbish book tag! 😀  If you want to do this tag then please go ahead.  As always don’t forget to tag me on twitter and also put a link to this post in your own so it can trigger a pingback an I can see your answers (and know you’ve posted 😀 ).  If you’re not on WordPress you’ll have to add a comment below with a link to your blog post though as pingbacks only work on wordpress 😉 Hope you enjoyed my answers. 🙂

What do you think of my answers?  Are you snobbish in any way when it comes to books?  What would you answer to the questions above?  Let me know what you think in the comments below 🙂