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Welcome Home: Books that Arrived in April & June 2012

“Buying books would be a good thing if one could also buy the time to read them in:…” – Arthur Schopenhauer

Right now in my life, time is in short supply. I get up, go to work, come back home and collapse in exhaustion, only to start all over again 5-6 hours later. Still I try my best to find time to read and the good news is that I succeed most of the time. But book buying excursions have become few and far between. As it is there are not that many bookstores left in my area and I don’t like purchasing books online so I have to wait for some free time (weekends are spent on activities like sleeping, washing, cleaning, more sleeping; etc). As a result, fewer books have come into my home and here they are,

April 1, 2012.

The Plague. Albert Camus.

Crooks Tour. Jane Shaw.

I saw The Plague on one of my friend’s dad’s bookshelf. I think I was 8-9 years old. The name got stuck in my head. I wondered what the book was about. Now as an adult I’m hoping to satisfy my childhood curiosity.

Crooks Tour, I admit, I bought only because of the cover. I am greatly attracted to anything vintage and the Retro Press covers are just so prettily ‘retro’! The story may not be anything deep or great but I love the cover! Shallow of me but there it is!

June 13, 2012.

To Kill a Mockingbird. Harper Lee.

The 50th anniversary edition of a great American classic. Of course, I had to buy it!

Musing Mondays (June 18)

This week’s Musing Mondays from Should Be Reading asks…

“In this week’s musing MizB asks a question based on Craig Mod‘s article called Hack the CoverThe article basically tells us that covers are dead. Physical books are disappearing, e-books are taking over and publishers are increasingly skipping right to the content discarding digital covers. So MizB wants to know, 

What do we think about this? Do we think the book cover is “dead”? Do we care whether the “covers” on digital books exist or not?

Do I care? People who know me know that I am kind of an old fashioned prude who thinks ‘Facebook’ is a terrible waste of time and refuses to join in. So you bet that I care about the existence of book covers!

I don’t know if book covers are dead but I certainly don’t want them to be! Covers do matter whether physical or digital. Here are a few instances from my life.

As an yet uneducated 3 year old, I loved looking at the brightly drawn cover of Chestnut-Grey and the more sombre cover of The White Deer (two mysterious books that have been on our shelves from before my birth, books that my parents swear they didn’t buy). As I sat there looking at them my heart filled with anticipation about the treasures hidden inside them.

I would eagerly read the back page of each of my Penguin Popular Classics  editions, wanting to know what art work has been used as the cover.

And very recently reading  It’s Only a Movie: Alfred Hitchcock – A Personal Biography by Charlotte Chandler en route to my workplace and people asking me what book I was reading. The striking cover grabbing everyone’s attention and surprising me!

Okay let’s get back to digital books. I am not that into them but when I occasionally do read one I prefer the ones that do not skip directly to the first page of the first chapter or table of contents. The cover makes my ‘digital’ reading experience seem more ‘real’.

Even my future reads like   Crooks Tour by Jane Shaw feels more readable because of the ‘retro’ looking covers from Retro Press!

So, yes I do care whether the “covers” on exist or not, whether on digital books or real books.