Let’s Talk Bookish – Favorite Way of Reading a Book

Hey lovely friends and welcome to another Let’s Talk Bookish post! Let’s Talk Bookish is a weekly meme, created and hosted by me, where we discuss chosen topics, share our opinions, and spread the love by visiting each other’s posts.

Today’s topic is: What Is Your Favorite Way of Reading a Book? (Aria @ Book Nook Bits)

By now, you probably know what my favorite way of reading a book is, so today, I’ll share the why, and my thoughts on being a borrower.

My favorite way of reading a book is with an e-book. I can have several books on my phone, and carry it around with me and read wherever I am.

Physical books on the other hand can be a lot more cumbersome, anxiety inducing because I don’t want to ruin them, and not private enough for my liking.

What do I mean by it not being private enough? Well, I like to read books, without everyone around me peeking over my shoulder and reading it, or knowing what the book title is. Why? I don’t know. I just don’t like it.

With a physical book, it’s harder to achieve that because it’s bigger, more open, and the title is right. there. I can’t lay it flat because then it’s easy to read it over my shoulder and I can’t semi-close the book, because then the title is there for everyone to see.

And then there are those situations where I put the book down, go do something (like use the bathroom, or get food, or something) and somebody will come along, pick up the book, and start reading it.

I’m so embarrassed by having my family read the books I read?? Like, it’s just embarrassing and I try to avoid it as much as possible.

I know. I can be really ridiculous sometimes.

With an e-book, I can totally avoid all of these situations, because my phone’s smaller and I’ll be able to notice if someone’s hovering over my shoulder trying to read the tiny screen. And I have a password, so I don’t have to worry about someone picking it up behind me.

So those are the reasons why I love e-books. But why did I start reading them to start with? It’s because…*drum-roll*…I don’t go to the library often. i’m feeling a bit extra today πŸ˜‚ Nor do I buy books, so the only way for me to read is by borrowing books online.

I’m really thankful that my library has such a vast collection of amazing books that I can read.

Why do I borrow instead of buy e-books, especially when the wait list could be something ridiculous like me being number 1,273 on 63 copies (Where the Crawdads Sing…apparently it was super popular at the time)?

Because I feel like it’s a waste of money to buy it, read it once, and then leave it sitting on my digital shelf for forever. I’m not much of a re-reader, so to me, it’s pretty wasteful.

Books also aren’t necessarily cheap guys. Especially new and hyped books. And I’m not making any money, so you know, I’m content with waiting a couple of years to get a copy of whatever wonderful book it is. Or I might just give up and move on. It depends on how patient or desperate I am.

And that’s it for today’s tea.

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That’s it for today! I think we can officially agree that I’m pretty much on a hiatus right now. And that’s okay. I just need a moment to breathe πŸ™‚ Also, with the coronavirus going around, I just want to say, be careful and stay safe πŸ’–

What’s you favorite way of reading a book? Are you a buyer or a borrower? Am I the only one who just doesn’t want people to be reading the books I read? Chat with me in the comments below!

21 thoughts on “Let’s Talk Bookish – Favorite Way of Reading a Book

  1. I can FEEL you!! Physical books worry me because the title, the cover, they are right there on display for everyone to see and I’m kind of a private person so I don’t really like it if people know what kind of books I read. Sometimes I feel insecure too.

    And yup. Money problem. I still have student loan to pay and with how economy is at my place plus the global pandemic issue, looking for a job is a challenge right now. So I always borrow the books from library instead of buying them. And I’m not the type to reread often too so yeah.

    As for now, ebooks are my main source for reading and I’m beginning to think that I might enjoy ebooks more than physical ones πŸ˜…

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  2. I’m definitely an eReader too! I never thought about it before, but now that you mentioned it, one of the reasons I like ebooks is because of their anonymity in public. No one has to see what I’m reading πŸ˜…! I’d much rather people think I’m just scrolling through social media haha.
    And YES! The biggest reason I read ebooks is because they’re cheaper! In fact, I’m like you, in that I usually just borrow ebooks from my library πŸ˜„. Buying books is such a commitment of time, money, and… shelf space (? haha), so I’d rather preview what I’m getting into first πŸ™‚.
    Also, I don’t think that you’re extra for rarely going to your library. I think the same thinking of not wanting people to see what I’m reading applies to why I don’t go in physically either πŸ˜….
    Awesome post, Rukky πŸ™‚!

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    1. Hahaha, we need to start marketing e-books as an awesome private/anonymous way of reading lol

      Yeah, I haven’t got money to be buying books lol. And I also have this fear that I’ll hate the book, and then be super upset that I “wasted” my money getting it…so that deters me as well πŸ˜…

      Lol, thanks for your reply!! Happy reading πŸ’šβœ¨

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  3. Omgggg I love this post! 😭😍

    So i told you before but anyway, I mostly read physical books. Either bought of from my library πŸ’β€β™€οΈ

    The price of books is something sad! Honestly! ☹️

    The thing is, I re-read books alot so if I read a library book and I love it, I usually buy it after to like…have my own one πŸ˜‚. And if I’m reading a series I love, I don’t mind buying it. But I don’t buy random books from unknown authors because of the risk of not liking the book and then what am I supposed to do with it? πŸ€·β€β™€οΈ

    Omw hahahahaha I will never leave a book of mine lying around BECAUSE WHAT IF it’s a weird cover or title or idk, I’d feel so awkward if my parents had to see me reading a romance book πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ™ˆ. Or just…even if it’s a normal book but most YA has explicit language/scenes and I just don’t feel comfortable leaving it around 😏

    Anyway, thanks for this awesome post πŸ’œ

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    1. Aww, thanks!

      Yeah. I kind of feel…weird, since I prefer e-books all the time lol. Everyone seems to prefer physical ones, and I understand the appeal. Fresh books are the best (the smell πŸ₯Ί). But I’m wary of them for all the reasons I mentioned lol

      Yes exactly!! I don’t want to buy a book, and then hate it, and then have it staring at me from my shelf every single day πŸ˜‚ I guess you could donate it in that case.

      YESSS!!!!!!!!!! I could never leave a book lying around because usually the cover or title has something dark and murdery, and stuff and I just would die if my parents saw it and picked it up. Exactly, YA, I don’t think I’m going borrow a physical copy of again ever. My last experience was 😬😬😬 My younger cousin was trying to read it and figure out the title, and my aunt picked it up and was reading the synopsis and I was d y i n g. Thankfully the synopsis didn’t have anything…noteworthy. Ugh man πŸ˜“πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ I’ll stick to e-books thank you very much!!

      You’re welcome!! Glad you loved it ❀

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  4. I so agree that physical books are not private enough! I always read on my commute (train, metro AND tram) and I don’t want people judging me by what I read. What if the book has a sexy picture on the cover? Or I once read a book called Suicide Notes, what would people think if they saw that?! (tiny voice inside my head also always told me, who cares? But you know, I do apparently)

    I love e-books because they are way lighter too. It’s so much easier stading up with my e-reader in the metro than it is reading a physical book.

    Physical books are pretty though. And I love the look of a full bookcase. I just love my money more haha.

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    1. Haha, I so care too! Exactly, it’s the cover that is terrifying the most. It’s so easy to make conclusions based on what someone’s reading even though the book may be the exact opposite of what you think it is about.

      Haha yes. I love the look of an organized pretty book shelf, and the smell of new books is truly awesome. But same, I love my tiny amount of money and privacy a lot more πŸ˜‚

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  5. i so FEEL you on walking around with physical books and them not being private enough. i hate when my brothers tease me by picking up my books and pretending to read them πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ especially when theyre a romance jfkldjflka BYE

    i prefer reading physical books in general bc i feel like i’m able to read faster (sometimes) and there’s something magical about holding a book and turning each page and seeing one side of the book get smaller. i just LOVE it but i definitely find e-books more convenient for reading outside of my room lol

    this was such a fun topic to discuss!! i loved hearing your take. ALSO take care and stay safe!! enjoy your hiatus, i hope you feel better soon ❀️

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    1. YESSSSS I can not πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ I’m glad my brother isn’t old enough to start doing that yet!! My sisters read too, so they get how it’s private, but still they mess with me sometimes. I think I literally die inside when my parents or family pick up my book. It’s horrible!!!!! It truly is πŸ˜­πŸ˜­πŸ˜‚

      Yeah, I understand that. And the smell is also amazing. And I think it is truly helpful because like you said, you can see it ending. With e-books it’s easy to just drop it and get bored because it feels like it’ll never end when there might not be so much left.

      Glad you enjoyed it!! You too!!! We all need to be careful ✨ Thanks lovely β€πŸ’š

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  6. That’s a really interesting post. I have to say I prefer physical books. There is just something about having a physical copy on me at all times that gives me a sense of security.
    I’m also quite astounded that people would just come and read over your shoulder. Me reading a physical copy is like I have a shield. People don’t really disturb me when I’m reading, like on trains or at lunch at the office. It’s like a big “F*** off!” sign.

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  7. I agree 110% on buying ebooks…I’ll wait for a borrow before I spend a crazy amount on an ebook. I will buy ebooks on sale though if it’s one I really want to read so I have it and can read it when I’m ready. I love having so many options on my Kindle though!!

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  8. OK, I ghost wrote this post. There’s no other way to explain how much I relate to it. Like you, I primarily read ebooks. Maybe 90-95% of the books I read are ebooks. if my primary source of reading were physical books, I’d have driven my family to poverty long ago 😭 (like you, I’m still a student and don’t make any money myself)
    And yes!!! It’s so awkward to me when people can see the title, cover or text of the book I’m reading. I know that it technically doesn’t matter, but it bothers me that some people will end up knowing the kinds of books I read :”) I’d rather keep that to myself and people I truly trust, thank you very much. Also, my family members reading my books?? It makes me shiver to think of that possibility! I’m so sorry that your family members invade your privacy like that! honestly, mine probably would too if I read more physical books πŸ€¦πŸ»β€β™€οΈ i still read physical books occasionally, and I bring them to family dinners sometimes. And I have this one grandfather who always asks me too tell him what it’s about, and since I primarily read YA, it would be too weird to tell them their premises πŸ˜‚ he told me to tell him the plot of Love From A to Z once, and I was like 😐😐
    Though I must admit, my favorite way of consuming books is still physically because I love knowing the exact page number I’m on and having less distractions when I read (because my phone has Twitter, WordPress, etc). Also physical books can be so pretty 😍 (too bad they’ll make my family broke)

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    1. Hahaha I’m so glad you relate!! Exactly! I read wayyy too much to be buying physical books all the time.
      I’m so glad I’m not the only one with this…tic? pet peeve?? Ugh, it’s so annoying! It makes me paranoid, especially because I usually kind of zone out when I read. So, like my cousin was staying right behind me, and I was sitting, and I didn’t notice and I was reading a physical book, and I just aghhhh πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜­πŸ˜­πŸ˜­ I don’t think he was there for long anyway, but still. It gets to me so much πŸ˜‚ Honestly, I kind of like the fact that no one that I know IRL reads what I read, because it’s awkward.
      It’s not like my fam do it all the time. It’s usually only the rare times I get a physical book, but usually I’m super alert and religiously make sure I know where my book is at all times πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ yess πŸ˜‚ like how do you explain to an adult or parent or family who isn’t in your age range a romance book, or a thriller, or fantasy or whatever. It’s a w k w a r d. And then they’ll ask why you’re reading it, and how do you really explain that….and just, I try to avoid it as much as possible πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚
      That’s probably the best part of reading a physical book-not having any distractions. It’s so easy to get carried away on my phone. Sigh, the struggle is real.

      Thank you so much for this amazing comment, Caitlin!!! ❀✨

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