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Bibliophile’s Collective Tuesday – My Book Reading Stats for 2021

December 28, 2021

I love to set a reading challenge through Goodreads each year. Not only does it give me the opportunity to review every book I read, but also to track what I have read. You can see my 2021 list here:

It is always interesting to see the facts – pages read, books read and the average book length. This year that was 318 pages. This of course does not count the number of pages I read and re-read while writing my own!

Do you track your reading? What method do you use?

How many did you read in 2021?

Bibliophile’s Collective Tuesday – Book Borrowing Etiquette

July 7, 2020

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Does the thought of lending a book fill you with dread or are you happy to share the joy of a book?

What has your experience been with lending books? I have suffered the lost of books but also the happy return of some too. It has enlightened me to whom I should lend to and who not! So what are the ‘rules’ for borrowing?

There are a few rules to lending a book. Please add any you can think of too.

Don’t eat messy foods while reading a book – yours or anyone else’s for that matter.

Don’t fold over the pages, use a bookmark.

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Don’t write in, underline, or highlight anything.

Don’t put the book face-down or break the spine.

Don’t take the book in the bath or to the pool.

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Keep the book in a safe zones – away from children and pets.

Ensure all surfaces are clean before setting the book down on them.

If something does happen to the book, offer to replace it.

Ask permission before passing it on to another friend.

Don’t lose the dust jacket.

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Don’t borrow the book until you’re ready to read it. Don’t just put it on your TBR pile.

When in doubt, treat the book like a library book and give the book back in a timely manner. Set a date on your calendar to return it.

Ask the lender when they need the book back adhere to that date. If it’s taking a long time to read the book, check in with your friend and ask if you can have an extension.

Return the book in the same condition you received it.

It is a privilege to borrow a book so don’t abuse that favour.

Tell me your book lending and borrowing tales in the comments.



Learning Something New…

July 7, 2011


The process of creating a book from scratch has many facets and I am learning a few of them. The simplest part you would think would be the physical number of pages – but no. Depending on the type of binding used there are other factors to take into account. For example when using saddle stitch bindings (folded and usually stapled nowadays) the number of pages must be divisible by four, as with my book; Rumble’s First Scare; there are 28 pages. There has to be an even number and the ‘fold’ of sheets has to be taken into account. So I have learned the term ‘sheets’. Then there has to be consideration for the copyright page, the author bio and the dedication page. This can create blank pages, which are inserted to maintain the even number of sheets. I always wondered why books had them now I know! Obviously other types of bindings have slightly different rules.

Once the number of pages is set the format, type face and illustrations have to be decided upon. This can be a complex matter and is dependant on how you want the book to ‘look’. Do you want colour or black & white pictures? Which font do you want to use? How are you going to position the text and drawings? Do you have page numbers (or not!). Is there a header or footer etc? These decisions are dependant on the age group, the genre and to some degree personal choice but it is imperative that you discuss these particulars with your publisher, who will guide you (if they are worth their salt) to ensure the finished product is not only esthetically pleasing (get’s it off the shelf!) but is also appropriate for the type of publication.

Thereby ends lesson one. Happy writing.

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