Sunday, March 25, 2007

Book meme

As seen at Badger Meets World:

Hardback or trade paperback or mass market paperback?

Paperback (either size) for reading on the bus, hardback for new books if I can't wait for the paperback edition or from the library.

Amazon or brick and mortar?
Amazon mostly, but also the local used bookstore (I'm a poor law student, remember?)

Barnes & Noble or Borders?
Borders is closer to my house, but I used to work at Barnes and Noble so I know where everything is there. Barnes and Noble has a better magazine selection.

Bookmark or dogear?
Bookmark - usually with a Post-it, or with one of those ubiquitous magazine subscription cards.

Alphabetize by author or alphabetize by title or random?
Ha. I do group by author, and somewhat by genre, but otherwise, it would look random to an outsider. I know where everything is, though.

Keep, throw away, or sell?
Throw away? Who would do that? Keep, sometimes sell/trade at the bookstore. Or give away to people.

Keep dust jacket or toss it?
Keep it! Why wouldn't you?

Read with dust jacket or remove it?
Off, so the pretty jacket stays nice.

Short story or novel?

Collection (short stories by same author) or anthology (short stories by different authors)?
It's all good.

Harry Potter or Lemony Snicket?
Harry Potter, for sure. I'm scheduling a break in bar study to read the new one when it comes out this summer.

Stop reading when tired or at chapter breaks?
Makes no difference to me. If I'm up late reading, I'll let myself read until the end of the chapter if I really don't want to stop.

“It was a dark and stormy night” or “Once upon a time”?
Neither. I hate mysteries, because I can't stop myself from skipping to the end to see what happened. It's a sickness.

Buy or Borrow?
I don't care how I get the books, so long as I can read them!

New or used?
Either, but the used has to not be marked up, or smell like mold.

Buying choice: book reviews, recommendation or browse?
All of the above.

Tidy ending or cliffhanger?

Morning reading, afternoon reading or nighttime reading?
Whenever! I read on the bus on the way to and from school, and then before bed. Or while I'm watching TV. Or when I should be studying. Really, it's an addiction.

Stand-alone or series?
Series only if the quality stays good throughout. Otherwise, stand-alone.

Favorite series?
Harry Potter, "A Matter for Men" series by David Gerrold (he's been promising us the 5th book for 15 years. I haven't given up.), Foundation (Asimov), Robot novels (Asimov), The Dark is Rising (Susan Cooper), Little House on the Prairie, Nancy Drew. I'm sure there's more.

Favorite children's book?
How could I choose only one?

Favorite book of which nobody else has heard?
Bellwether by Connie Willis

Favorite books read last year?
I read some good stuff by Stephen Baxter and John Scalzi.

Favorite books of all time?
Anything by Connie Willis, any of the series listed above.

Least favorite book you finished last year?
I'm not sure...

What was the last book you finished?
Gaudy Night by Dorothy Sayers (a re-read)

What are you reading right now?
I'm between books right now - I need to find something today.

What are you reading next?
See above.

Anyone's free to do the meme - or to just comment here!

Friday, March 16, 2007

Another quiz!

Your Geek Profile:

Academic Geekiness: Highest
SciFi Geekiness: Highest
Movie Geekiness: High
Fashion Geekiness: Moderate
Geekiness in Love: Moderate
Internet Geekiness: Moderate
Gamer Geekiness: Low
General Geekiness: Low
Music Geekiness: Low

Thursday, March 15, 2007

Hooray for Sci-Fi

the channel, that is. Cox changed our cable lineup to finally add the Sci-Fi Channel, so now I can watch Battlestar Galactica when everyone else does. My sister and I had been dependent on a friend of hers who had digital cable to tape it for us each week, so we could see it at least in the same week it was aired, rather than waiting for the DVD to come out at the end of the season. They also added Court TV. Naturally, they gave us no notice of the change, but that is another story. I'm such a TV junkie that I would happily pay for all of the digital channels, if I were rich. Or even gainfully employed.

On the Bar Exam front, I sent Bar-Bri my payment (expensive!), and I've started on the Character and Fitness paperwork. We have to list every job since age 18, which turns out to be 16 jobs for me. I held a lot of part-time moonlighting jobs while also working full-time during the days: retail, data entry, etc. So I'll be filling out forms for a few days. Not to mention trying to track down addresses and contact info for all of them.

Monday, March 12, 2007

Spring "Break"

Sorry for the long absence. School has been keeping me pretty busy - so much for it easing up as a 3L. Last week we got to buy our caps and gowns, and the graduation announcements. I need to send my Bar-Bri payment, and decide which PMBR I'm going to take. I'm leaning toward the 3-day at a minimum. (Thanks for the advice, Brian.)

So it's finally Spring Break, and I have plenty to do. I have two papers to research and start writing, I need to do the Character and Fitness report, and I have to prepare for a deposition in Pretrial Lit. The worst part of the depo is that a professor is playing the witness role, because the student who was assigned is no longer playing the role.

I should also get some more resumes and cover letters out - I have a few hot tips on firms that are hiring. All of this is complicated by problems with our home internet connection. And I need to find a dress to wear for graduation. And shoes.