I love it when books I pick up have a map in them. In fact, I squeal and do a little dance when I see maps in the books I pick up. I have an entire goodreads shelf dedicated to young adult books with maps. (If I’m missing any on my shelf, feel free to tell me in the comments below!) To me, maps enhance the entire book – after all, not every book has a map.
However, while I was thinking about the awesomeness of maps in books today after discovering that An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir will have a map, a nagging question popped into my mind: Kelly, why are you so excited about maps in books? You don’t use the map while reading the book anyways.
Yes, that’s right, when a book has a map in it, I never use it to help me visualize places as I read. I just look at the map when I first start the book, never memorize it, and just read on. When I have to stop reading for awhile because of things called life (chores, homework, having to go to class, etc.) and pick up the book later, I don’t flip to the map again. I just read on from where I last left off, never glancing at the map. I used to reference the map every time a new place in the book was bought up or explored, but it eventually became tedious to flip the book back and forth, back and forth, until eventually, I stopped using the map altogether.
Don’t get me wrong, I love maps in books, but I just don’t use them.
Do you use the map in books, if given, while you read? Or are you like me – you love it, but never use it while you read? I want to know!