Thursday, February 21, 2008

Booking it Hard and Peculiar Puppies

Lord! when you sell a man a book you don't sell just twelve ounces of paper and ink and glue - you sell him a whole new life. Love and friendship and humour and ships at sea by night - there's all heaven and earth in a book, a real book. ~Christopher Morley

All other things (like price and storage space) being equal, given a choice in a perfect world, would you rather have paperbacks in your library? Or hardcovers? And why?

This is actually tough for me to answer because both have their place. I think public libraries should probably carry hardbacks simply because they are more durable and those particular books have a high-level of use.

My own personal preference for reading is actually mass-market paperback because of their size. I really prefer reading a smaller book and owning a smaller book... more room on my limited shelf space, easier to pop into a purse or bag. Maybe the compromise would be to make a mass-market paperback sized hardback!

Or, since price is no object, and the world is perfect, therefore I have unlimited space: one of each format!!


Now, the daily Blatant Self-Promotion:

My tour stop today is: The Long and the Short of It Romance Reviews -- I'm in the author spotlight talking about what I love and hate about writing. And I'm giving away a free download of any of my stories, including but not limited to, "One Love For Liv". Come on by!

My daily contest is here.


So, Dakota wins the prize for weirdest dog. Yes, she's cute:

But the fact remains ... she's strange. I took her for a walk on Monday, garbage day for my neighborhood, and she decided that she was terrified of garbage cans. Absolutely flipped out when we got near them. OUR garbage can was okay (despite the fact that it looks pretty much just like everyone else's garbage cans), but walking past the neighbor's? Heck, no.

So, Monday, we spent quality time with the neighbor's garbage cans. We stood by them. We tapped them with our feet to make a weird noise. We even picked up an empty one and walked with it for a while. I can only imagine what my neighbors must have thought if there were watching Dakota and I out their windows.

On the other hand, she has NO fear of the vacuum cleaner and will not get out of my way. I can even bump her with it and she just stands there, staring.

Of course the blow dryer gives her nightmares. The blow dryer is some horrible fiend that eats puppies. So is the electric razor, unless it's turned off. Then it's just exactly the right size to carry around the house in your mouth.

Ah, the joys of puppy ownership.


I got another nice review on the MBaM site for "One Love For Liv" -- the person (who I don't know, and didn't pay *G*) said, in part (click here for all the reviews at MBaM):

What a fun book! ... Everything just flowed together so nicely I really liked reading it.

Gosh... ((blushes))... they like me, they really like me.

Still waiting to see what Mrs. Giggles has to say, though.


You Need Some Green in Your Life

Green will make you feel alive, renewed, and balanced.

And with a little green, you will project an aura of peacefulness and harmony.

If you want stability, you've got to get a little green in your life!

For extra punch: Combine green with blue or purple

The downside of green: It can promote jealousy in yourself or others

The consequences of more green in your life:

You will be drawn to a new life path

You will feel free to pursue new ideas and interests, no matter how strange

You will be released from the demands and concerns of others

Anyone have some green to spare?


Allie Boniface said...

Nice reviews! Just FYI, I think I read somewhere that Mrs. Giggles doesn't review ALL Samhain titles. You might be one of the lucky ones...

Melody said...

I'm with you on the BTT answer, Marianne. I'm sure most of us have the same thoughts.

Ceri said...

You're right, you do have a odd dog, but that's an awesome thing. I'd much rather have a dog with personality.

Mrs. Giggles only reviewed Where One Road Leads and not Sweet Forever (or Finally Home). She scares me, but she seemed to like WORL. You'll be fine!

Jen of A2eatwrite said...

I certainly need green... I'm soooooo sick of winter!

joanna said...

I need green too! It's been so gray for so long!

Jaimie said...

I love your description of the hairdryer! Funny! I need some green too!

Alice Teh said...

Your BTT sounds almost like mine: I want them all. ;)

gautami tripathy said...

I too want both. Paperback to read. Hardcover to display!

Booking through format

GeraniumCat said...

You're right about public libraries, Marianne, I do prefer to borrow hardbacks.
Your puppy looks so sweet, and aren't they wonderfully unpredictable!

Becca said...

You can't beat the mass market paperbacks for portability! Unless you're talking about my new reading toy, the Kindle. But that's a whole different topic!

I loved the story about Dakota. Sounds like she'd get along well with my 18-month old yellow Lab, Tex. Tex is terrified of wrapping paper rolls. That's right. Wrapping paper. :)

Anonymous said...

Cool quiz -- I got "black", and it said:

Black will make you feel powerful, in control, and not bound to what other people think of you.
And with a little black, you will project a aura of mystery, rebellion, and dominance.
If you want people to respect you, you've got to get a little black in your life!

For extra punch: Combine black with orange or red

The downside of black: People won't be able to "read" you - and may perceive you as more aggressive than you actually are

The consequences of more black in your life:

You'll become a figure of intrigue and speculation
You'll be better prepared for life's unknown path
You'll rest better and free yourself of expectations.

That latter part about freeing myself of other people's expectations is dead-on what I need. :)

Liked your BTT answer! I agree -- really, paperbacks and hardbacks are like apples and oranges. Both of them have their better points!

Happy BTT!

Brandy said...

I agree with your answers to BTT. Not to mention that mmpb are easier for me to handle on the treadmill. *g*

I need green, as well.

Have a fantastic thursday and congratulations on such a nice review!

Tori Lennox said...

All things being equal, I'd rather have hardcovers. Sometimes I have a hard time reading paperbacks because the print's so small.

You Need Some Purple in Your Life

Purple will make you feel ambitious, independent, and creative. And with a little purple, you will project an aura of individuality. If you want more extravagance, you've got to get a little purple in your life!

For extra punch: Combine purple with green or orange

The downside of purple: It can evoke sad feelings

The consequences of more purple in your life:

You will feel an increase in your artistic abilities
You will find balance in the most chaotic parts of your life
You will feel calm and will be hard to disturb

Hey, I love purple almost as much as Iove pink. :)

Julia said...

I would want one of each formats too. But personally I buy paperbacks because it easier to carry and for me to hold (I have small hand) the books.

Happy Belated BTTs! I hope you have a good weekend ahead!

cj said...

Congrats on the reviews! I'm sure they are well deserved.

As for the puppy, keep in mind that a dog's brain doesn't process things like we do. For her, the garbage can is a big, bulky object that is simply standing there without moving. Statues freak dogs out for the same reason - they cannot understand them. Yours is an exception because it carries smells she's familar with.

And, btw, she's adorable!