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Saturday, August 16, 2008

Warning Signs-


A few years ago my friend and fellow bookseller Joyce Godsey wrote this quiz. The original was 100 questions, which I've whittled down. You can see the entire quiz here.

Book Geek Test -

Have you ever deliberately bought another copy of a book because it had a different cover than the one you have?

Have you ever bought extra copies just so you could give them away?

Have you ever spent more than 20.00 to replace a book you read as a kid?

Have you ever pre-ordered a book as soon as it was humanly possible?

Have you ever maxed out your library card?

Have you ever tried to acquire absolutely everything an author has ever written including, text books, liner notes and book jacket blurbs?

Can you sense whether there are books at a yard sale or a flea market booth before you get there?

When you're shopping with friends do they try to rush you past the books and then groan audibly when you stop?

Have you ever not heard your named called in a bookstore? On purpose?

Have you ever been asked to leave a bookstore because it was 10 minutes past closing?

Do you fix mis-shelved books in bookstores?

Do you help customers find books in stores you don't work in?

Have you ever stood outside a bookstore waiting for it to open?

Have you ever scribbled a recommended book title on the back of your checkbook register or deposit slip?

Have you ever made up fake plans so you could read undisturbed?

Have you ever stayed up all night to finish a book and then called in late the next morning?

Have you ever started reading a book at the store and bought it so you could finish?

Have you ever flung a book you didn't like across the room?

Do you turn magazines sideways so you can read the book titles in the picture backgrounds?

Do you surreptitiously try to get the titles off the books people are reading on the subway?

Do you wonder why the people on TV don't have more bookcases in their homes?

Has anyone in your household encouraged you to open a bookstore so you can sell all the books cluttering up the place?

Have you ever used something for a bookmark that was important and forgotten what book it was in?

Have you ever sat in the car in the driveway while listening to an audio book?

Have you ever sat in the car in the driveway reading a real book?

Do you take more books on vacation that you could read in three vacations?

Do you have more than 4 unread books on your bedside table? more than 10? more than 25?

Do you have no bedside table, just a pile of books?

Have you ever fantasized about a 10 minute bookshopping spree?

Do you know the home city of all the major publishers by heart?

8 comments:

AngryMan said...

Where the hell is that convention?

Colonel Colonel said...

San Francisco, but it's in March.

Colonel Colonel said...

Oh my, they appear to have a slideshow...

Mike said...

Yes, and quite the slideshow at that.

Colonel Colonel said...

Yes, I really must get out and, um, "read" more...

Mrs. Chili said...

Okay, while all you boys are off drooling over the dirty librarians, I'm going to steal this and use it as a meme....

anaglyph said...

What about when you are obsessed by collecting first and early edition books by a certain author, that are weird and unreadable, but have great concepts and titles?

Like:

The Jeweled Ragpicker
X. Jones
Finger! Finger!
The 16 Beans

Or does everyone do that?

Malach the Merciless said...

I would say yes to about 1/2