This week’s question at Booking Through Thursday:
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?
At the risk of being considered shallow in my love of books, I confess the tactile element of bookish-ness is very important to me. How does the book feel in my hand – is the spine narrow and elegant, or thick and cumbersome? Is the cover slick and glossy to touch, or smooth and muted? Does the book fall open easily, welcoming me back inside, or is it reluctant to stay open, it’s pages coyly turning inward?
I love hard-covered books – a stack of them piled high on my table says, “here is wonderful, serious reading to be done, words of great importance are sheltered in these firm walls, rich, delicious words are at home here in this lovely vessel.”
A library room, floor to ceiling shelves lined with hardcover books…