Monday, April 6, 2009

Book Meme

Hardback, trade paperback or mass market paperback? Hardback to put on shelves, but mass market paperback for most of my reading, because they're cheapest.
Barnes & Noble or Borders? Neither. Give me Half-Price-Books any day. HPB should be on my list of my favorite things about Dallas.
Bookmark or dog-ear? dog-ear. I TRY to bookmark, I really do. I also fail miserably.
Amazon or brick-and-mortar? Amazon. Yay for the internet.
Alphabetize by author, or alphabetize by title, or random? Grouped by topid.
Keep, throw away, or sell? Keep if I love it, sell it if I like it. If I hate it, I throw it away. No sense perpetuating ignorance.
Keep dust jacket or toss it? Keep it.
Read with dust jacket or remove it? Keep it.
Short story or novel? Novels, definitely. I do like short stories, but it's sort of like the difference between a sitcom and a movie, a drive-through and a seated meal.
Stop reading when tired or at chapter breaks? When I'm tired. I try to at chapter breaks, but they write them as cliff-hangers too often, so I generally keep going until my eyes won't stay open any longer.
“It was a dark and stormy night” or “Once upon a time”? Um... neither? I guess dark and stormy, because once upon a time just sounds like it's going to be unrealistic. Oh my word, I sound like my mother.
Buy or borrow? Borrow if I can, but that rarely happens.
Buying choice: book reviews, recommendations, or browse? Recommendations. I have a long list I'm trying to get through of everything that has been recommended to me.
Tidy ending or cliffhanger? What good is a cliffhanger ending? I don't mind a messy ending because life is messy, but a cliffhanger? That means unanswered questions.
Morning reading, afternoon reading, or nighttime reading? Nighttime. When everything else is done I can focus.
Stand-alone or series? Stand-alone.
Favorite series? Lord of the Rings. Too bad they are now so popular that my answer is cliche. ;)
Favorite children’s book? Tales of the Kingdom.
Favorite YA book? Chronicles of Narnia
Favorite book of which nobody else has heard? Shusako Endo's books are still sort of underground. I loved "Silence".
Favorite books read last year? A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini, Sons and Lovers by DH Lawrence, The Spirit of the Jungle by Mark Ritchie, and Wild Swans by June Chang....
What are you reading right now? The Mission of God by Wright and The Last Sin Eater by Rivers.
What are you reading next? My next fiction is up in the air, and the Mission of God will take me a while. Any fiction must reads?
Favorite book to re-read? I can reread Dickens because his characters are so charming.
Do you ever smell books? Yes... I love book smells
Do you ever read primary source documents like letters or diaries? Reading blogs is sort of like reading a diary sometimes, depending on who is writing

I'd like to tag Sonnetjoy and Empress8411, but I'm not sure they read bloglines. :)

1 comment:

  1. middlesex, prep and a fine balance are all phenomenal novels.