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!


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