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Subject: Love Romance (but not reading them in public!)
Date Posted: 10/21/2009 12:32 AM ET
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I just started reading Romance books a few years ago.  I'm totally addicted and love to escape from my hectic life and duck into an entertaining book.  But the thing is I can never read them around people, its way too embarrassing!  One look at a book cover by friends, family, etc, and I'll be teased for life! 

Aside from going digital what is your answer to reading romance novels in public. 

Or alternatively, what are books that I wouldn't mind carrying around?

Date Posted: 10/21/2009 12:35 AM ET
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Fabric book covers- they keep all of your secrets. ;)

Date Posted: 10/21/2009 3:21 AM ET
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LOL Andrea! We all know the feeling... This thread, "What do you use as a bookmark?" also contains a conversation about book covers and suggests a couple of sources for them. One eBay and one user here on PBS.

Then there are the problems that no book cover can help you overcome... giggling over a funny book or blushing over reading really, really racy passages in a crowded room.

Colleen

Date Posted: 10/21/2009 6:55 AM ET
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I use the Bookmate's that you can buy from the PBS Kiosk.  They are plastic and you strap it onto your book.  They take a little getting used to, but they are wonderful.  Now no one knows what I'm reading unless I show them.  And I do think it's funny to show some people sometimes.  lol 



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Date Posted: 10/21/2009 7:15 AM ET
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I just usually grab one without an embarassing cover when I'm reading in public.  Just don't grab one with naked people on the front. There's a lot of them out there with a cover that doesn't really indicate that it's a romance.

Date Posted: 10/21/2009 7:17 AM ET
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OK this reminds of the time I bought some erotic books at Half-Price Books.  The cashier was an older man and behind me in line were too old men (well over 60).  One books was Tie Me Up, Tie Me Down and I forget what the other one was-but they all had sexy covers.  I was a little embarrassed. Not enought not to buy them though.

Date Posted: 10/21/2009 9:06 AM ET
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I always use my bookcovers for vacations or public.  I don't care what book I'm reading, romance or not.  I hate people leaning over to see what it it and asking me about it or commenting on what I'm reading.

I bought one off of Ebay and another from a fabulous place called something like Fabric wrap or Fwrap?  Someone here had posted the link.

Date Posted: 10/21/2009 10:34 AM ET
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I bought some covers from the ebay seller that was recommened in the What do you use as a bookmark thread.  I really like them.  There were many designs, the price wasn't bad, and fast shipping.  I would recommened getting a book cover of some kind.

Date Posted: 10/21/2009 11:49 AM ET
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The bookcovers from Fwraps are FABULOUS. They are made of fabric which in my opinion are way better than plastic ones. I bought some plastic ones at Etsy - which were really cute - but when there's a tight fit with the book, they tend to mangle the corners a bit. 

Date Posted: 10/21/2009 11:52 AM ET
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I bought one off of ebay years ago, then deconstructed it and started making my own.  I was finding that a lot of the book covers were made out of what looked like children's pajama fabric.  There's a point in life when publically using a book cover with frolicing kittens and puppies is just as embarassing as reading a book with a racy cover! 

The ones I made were either denim or a beige or brown suedecloth, with a slim rawhide cord for a bookmark.  I did make one for trade size PBs that had an triangular flap over that protected the edges of the book too.  A sewn in magnet kept it in place.

Date Posted: 10/21/2009 2:04 PM ET
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I'm not sure how to post picture links so the pics show up in the post, but here's a pic of my most recent effort with bookcovers & a matching tote bag.  I did this by just sewing scraps of ribbon, lace & trim to a felt backing and then sewing it into a bookcover.  I put a ribbon marker in there and an elastic band with a snap on it for a closure.  Was going for something that wouldn't be all dangly & in the way when you open the book.  I use this one & it works pretty well - and I get lots of compliments on it, even at the fabric store, where everybody sews:P - but I still don't have it perfected yet.  I want something a little stretchier, but with a rigid insert, like a heavy fabric stabilizer, that isn't tacked down to the fabric on either end, so it can still strecth to accomodate thicker books.  Didn't take a shot of the inside pockets, but I made them out of wide stretch lace seam binding, so they wouldn't be hard on the cover corners when you put books in & take them out.

http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y4/rubberducky102760/IMG_1168.jpg

Date Posted: 10/21/2009 6:55 PM ET
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Theres a very simple solution to the sleazy cheesy covers on most romance novels--book covers.  I take my romance novels with me everywhere with my bookmates & nobody ever asks what I'm reading or gives the book a second look.  I highly recommend them.  Even keep your books propped open so you can read on the treadmill, which makes exercise LOTS more enjoyable!

Date Posted: 10/21/2009 7:28 PM ET
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Oooo so nice, Kim! You are so creative! I'd love to see a picture of the inside, I don't even know what "wide stretch lace seam binding" is! 

Date Posted: 10/21/2009 8:49 PM ET
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I want something a little stretchier, but with a rigid insert, like a heavy fabric stabilizer, that isn't tacked down to the fabric on either end, so it can still strecth to accomodate thicker books. 

Have you thought of inserting a panel along the spine in a fabric that stretches - maybe a jersey (t-shirt fabric)?  I stiffened the front and back fabric covers on mine with the heaviest iron on interfacing I could find.  I seem to recall that I made one from a stretchy fabric, but it curled the covers back on the thicker books.

Date Posted: 10/21/2009 9:02 PM ET
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Yeah, I know you'd have to watch out for it smooshing or curling it up.  Could just put together a shell fabric and a lining, and then slide a piece of heavy fabric stabilizer, or even crinoline inside of it before I close it up.  So that what you end up with - regardless of the type of fabric - is like a paper bookcover that you just fold around the book.  I could then top stitch the edges down to hold the pockets in place.  I've been trying to think of some way to use snaps or ties to secure the pockets, and that way, you'd be able to just fold & secure it around each new book, without damaging the cover edges.  Can't think how to do that without something that would stick out on both sides though - like big, unsightly bows or something dorky like that:P - because you can't put a fastner in there that the cover won't be stuck in the middle of.

Date Posted: 10/21/2009 9:25 PM ET
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Kim what you described is what I did: put together a shell fabric and a lining, and then slide a piece of heavy fabric stabilizer inside of it before I close it up, then top stitch the edges down to hold the pockets in place.  The stabilizer is in the pocket section, too, I think.

Date Posted: 10/21/2009 9:40 PM ET
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On the one I made with a flap, I used small round magnets - smaller around than a dime and about the same thickness.  They come in all shapes, strengths and sizes now, including in strips.  I've only bought the strip ones in hardware stores, but you can find the others in craft stores and on the internet.

Date Posted: 10/21/2009 11:06 PM ET
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Magnets might not be a bad idea.  If there's something available that wouldn't be all bulky & mess up the look of the cover.  It'd be nice to have something you can wrap around each new book you put in it.  That would take care of the size variance between pb & mmps, and be gentle on cover corners too.  I'll look & see what I find when I go to Hobby Lobby this weekend.

Subject: Thank you!
Date Posted: 10/22/2009 11:36 AM ET
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Thanks for the info on the bookcovers - I went and bought 2 last night off of ebay. 

I normally save my hardcovers (without dust jacket) or those without people on the cover to read while in public, but I just hate laying in bed reading a book with half naked people on the cover and in walks my 11 year old son.  He's been making quite a few comments lately.  :)

New bookcovers should be here soon - Thanks again!

Date Posted: 10/22/2009 8:47 PM ET
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I would recommend a bookcover also! :)  Ive bought one of the larger bookmates here on PBS, and I really like it!  I want to "second" the suggestion about the sources mentioned in the   "What do you use as a bookmark" Discussion thread.  The lady here at PBS that makes bookcovers does a Wonderful job!

Date Posted: 10/24/2009 1:28 AM ET
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Wow, rubberducky. . .That book cover is really beautiful!  How very creative.  Makes me want to get creative and make some.  I ordered acouple bookcovers and usually carry them in my tote bag or purse.  I know what its like to have people look to see what you are reading.  But really. . .its no ones business what I am reading. LOL!!!

Date Posted: 10/24/2009 9:47 PM ET
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I use fabric bookcovers and tell everyone I'm reading trash.  Usually they smile or grin and admit that they love it too.  :) Pat

Date Posted: 11/4/2009 4:49 PM ET
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Just got my Fwraps book covers today!  Hopefully this will help me get through my smut quicker!  *laughs*

Date Posted: 11/6/2009 6:00 PM ET
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I just ran into this problem big time. I was leaving for my high schooler's conferences and needed a book. Do you think I could find one without either a smutty title or a smutty picture? Even my paranormals were stuff like Ecstacy and Night Pleasures. Looks like I'm going to check out these covers.

Date Posted: 11/6/2009 7:43 PM ET
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I got a really cute book cover from Barnes and Noble.  I teach school and the kids always want to know what I am reading.  I can't say, "Hey kids...there's this vampire searching for a lover and he kidnapped this woman...."  LOL

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