Apr. 29th, 2007

Hardback, trade paperback or mass market paperback?
Paperbacks. They're more transportable, easier to hold open with a single hand (I like to eat & drink while reading), and I can fit more of them in a small space. Oh, and cheaper.

Barnes & Noble or Borders?
Barnes & Noble, for no real particular reason other than I like the feeling of being inside a B&N better than I do a Borders. Maybe it's the coloring and layout of the stores. Who knows.

Bookmark or dog-ear?
Bookmark. (Though, usually an unofficial bookmark since I tend to lose them. So receipts work well.)

Amazon or brick and mortar?
Depends. If I know I want/need a book, but don't need it right away, I'll tend to order it online. If I want it now or simply want to browse, then brick and mortar. I simply love wandering through bookstores, whether or not I have a particular purpose in mind.

Alphabetize by author or alphabetize by title or random?
That's cute. Random. One of these days I'll have to take a picture of my bookshelves - I have books stacked on top of the rows, in front of the rows, behind the rows, spilling off the shelves. And yet, in general, I have a general idea of where every book is.

Keep, throw away, or sell?
I hoarde books. Like they're going out of style. Just ask the movers who had to carry in and out my millions of boxes of books.

Keep dust jacket or toss it?
Keep of course.

Read with dust jacket or remove it?
Sometimes I keep them on and use the flap as a bookmark. Other times I remove the dust jacket so it doesn't get bent or scratched up.

Short story or novel?
Almost always novels.

Harry Potter or Lemony Snicket?
Harry Potter. Couldn't get in to Lemony.

Stop reading when tired or at chapter breaks?
Unless the book has incredibly long chapters, always at chapter breaks.

"It was a dark and stormy night" or "Once upon a time"?
None of the above.

Buy or borrow?
Buy. Hello credit card.

New or used?
Depends. I love new books. But I also adore used books. I love wandering through used bookstores and finding the oldest copy of a particular book. A good portion of my science fiction collection are used books, largely because they're out of print, unpopular, or the like.

Buying choice: book reviews, recommendations, or browse?
Browse and recommendations from people I trust/respect. I almost never read book reviews, unless it's for an academic book I don't feel like bothering with. Then I read reviews to get the gist.

Tidy ending or cliffhanger?
If it's a series, the latter is fine. If not, I like to have loose ends tied up.

Morning reading, afternoon reading, or nighttime reading?
Depends. Any of the above works.

Stand-alone or series?

Favorite series?
Hm. The Tuesday Next series, perhaps. Nope, I liked. Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.

Favorite children's book?
Dr. Seuss was a genius.

Favorite YA book?
Harry Potter.

Favorite book of which nobody else has heard?
Hm, not sure.

Favorite books read last year?
Hm, since January . . . I'd have to say Mary Renault's historical fiction trilogy on Alexander the Great.

Favorite books of all time?
Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, Gateway, Love in a Time of Cholera, and on and aon . . .

Least favorite book you finished last year?

What are you reading right now?
Basic Interests, Baumgartner and Leech. Yeah, it's on the reading list.

What are you reading next?
Well, this is depressing. Um, next . . . Perhaps American Business and Political Power, Mark Smith. Yeah, also on the list.

Favorite book to recommend to an eleven-year-old?
Harry Potter.

Favorite book to reread?
Hitchhiker's Guide

Do you ever smell books?
Oddly enough, yes.

Do you ever read Primary source documents?
I've been known to. Usually for research purposes.

Favorite authors?
Um . . . Douglas Adams, Douglas Coupland, Neil Gaiman, William Gibson, Joe Haldeman . . .



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