I wrote the other day how I visited the library and got a number of novels.
- Half a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
- The Handmaiden’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
- The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood
- Possession by A.S. Byatt
- Atonement by Ian McEwan
I am very interested in reading all of them. I’ve only heard great things about them. I couldn’t decide which one to get from the library first, so I got them all. And yet, the reason I chose to start the one I started surprised me.
I started reading The Handmaiden’s Tale. Why? Because it’s a softcover, small book that feels nice in my hands. All of the others are very beautiful, nice hardcover books. But at 300+ pages each, their extra-thick special-edition pages make them look and feel intimidating in my hands.
The other least intimidating book on that list? Atonement. Although it’s hardcover, it’s pages aren’t as thick; it’s not a “special edition.”
I realized I love owning hardcovers, but I prefer to read softcovers. I didn’t realize that would make a difference in my reading selections.
Which would you read first? What kind of cover do you choose to buy or to read? Does it make a difference to you?