Life of a Book Hoarder

My Literary Tattoos

If you follow me on Instagram, you’ve probably seen some pictures of the half-sleeve I got in May. If you don’t follow me, here is a shameless plug where I say you should follow me: Hey, you should follow me!

Anyway – I figured I’d do a post with some nice pictures now that my arm is healed and give a brief explanation of what I chose to get.

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Life of a Book Hoarder

Love at First Page

I don’t believe in love at first sight and if you start talking about it, I’ll likely roll my eyes at you and sigh in your face (rude, I know). However! When it comes to reading, I do believe in love at first page.

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Life of a Book Hoarder

Cover Art Matters…At Least To Me

This post might come off as (incredibly) whiny to some of you, but if you can’t tell from my weekly Judging posts, I appreciate the cover art and overall design of my books. That’s not to say every book in my library must be pretty. In fact, I love used books and oftentimes when casually browsing, I’m not looking for specifics when it comes to cover art. However, there are several books that I collect multiple copies of, solely for their art and design and other times I see a pretty series or cover design and I want that one!

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Judging A Book

Judging A Book By Its Cover: The Hobbit (VII)

This is my weekly post where I highlight and appreciate cover designs and the general physical appearance of books. We all judge book covers to some extent. I can’t say that I’ve ever decided against a book with terrible cover art if I liked the sound of the plot, but I have purchased special editions of books or multiple editions of books based on their cover art. If book covers didn’t matter, publishers wouldn’t put out so many beautiful editions!

A friend was going to get rid of this old box set, but smartly asked if I wanted it first. The books are pretty beat up, to the point where they’re unreadable because the spines have all separated from the covers. But I like the box they come in and their simplistic covers (even if they have yellowed with age). This set was published in the late 1970s by Houghton Mifflin. The pages themselves aren’t really photo-worthy and I don’t like to open the books since they’re already falling to pieces, but The Hobbit does have the standard illustrations throughout.

Judging A Book

Judging A Book By Its Cover: The Hobbit, Etc. (VI)

This is my weekly post where I highlight and appreciate cover designs and the general physical appearance of books. We all judge book covers to some extent. I can’t say that I’ve ever decided against a book with terrible cover art if I liked the sound of the plot, but I have purchased special editions of books, or multiple editions of books based on their cover art. If book covers didn’t matter, publishers wouldn’t put out so many beautiful editions!

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Judging A Book By Its Cover: The Hobbitses (IV)

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This is my weekly post where I choose to appreciate a book for its cover art or overall design – to me, a well-designed book is like a piece of art. We all judge book covers to some extent. Personally, it’s usually a title/cover combination that pulls me in when I’m browsing in a bookstore. I can’t say that I’ve ever decided against a book with terrible cover art if I liked the sound of the plot, but I have purchased special editions of books, or multiple editions of books based on their cover art. If book covers didn’t matter, publishers (looking at you, Penguin!) wouldn’t put out so many beautiful editions!

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Judging A Book By Its Cover: The Hobbit (III)

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This is my weekly post where I choose to appreciate a book for its cover art or overall design – to me, a well-designed book is like a piece of art. We all judge book covers to some extent. Personally, it’s usually a title/cover combination that pulls me in when I’m browsing in a bookstore. I can’t say that I’ve ever decided against a book with terrible cover art if I liked the sound of the plot, but I have purchased special editions of books, or multiple editions of books based on their cover art. If book covers didn’t matter, publishers (looking at you, Penguin!) wouldn’t put out so many beautiful editions!

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Judging A Book By Its Cover: The Hobbit (II)

This is my weekly post where I choose to appreciate a book for its cover art or overall design – to me, a well-designed book is like a piece of art. We all judge book covers to some extent. Personally, it’s usually a title/cover combination that pulls me in when I’m browsing in a bookstore. I can’t say that I’ve ever decided against a book with terrible cover art if I liked the sound of the plot, but I have purchased special editions of books, or multiple editions of books based on their cover art. If book covers didn’t matter, publishers (looking at you, Penguin!) wouldn’t put out so many beautiful editions!

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Judging A Book By Its Cover: The Hobbit

I know we’re all familiar with that old phrase, “Never judge a book by its cover” and I’d like to think that as book fans, we try extra hard to follow that rule (both literally and more metaphorically in relation to all areas of life). But let’s be real guys, we do judge books by their covers. If we didn’t, publishers wouldn’t keep putting out different cover designs for our favorite novels!

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