Sunday, 12 April 2009


Stolen from Marireads

Hardback, trade paperback or mass market paperback?
Mass Market. Definitely. I loathe hardbacks because they are harder to hold and I like to read for a good stretch at a time and I don't like the format of the other paperbacks. Plus, I never throw books away, or give them away for that matter, so I have lots and it's easier on the bookshelves to have them in the same format.

Order online, at a chain bookstore, or at an independent bookstore?
All of the above. Anywhere I can get them cheap and easy.

Bookmark or dog-ear?
Bookmark or just remembering the page. I don't like to dog ear my books. I beat them up enough as it is.

Alphabetize by author, or alphabetize by title, or random?
Alphabetized by author.

Keep, throw away, or sell?
Keep. Never, or rarely get rid of a book.

Read with dust jacket or remove it?
Without. I hate dust jackets. They slide around too much.

Short story or novel?

Harry Potter or Lemony Snicket?
Do I really have to choose? I suppose HP, but it depends on my mood. I never like having to choose because it seems to me that choosing is too definite. If I didn't have the choice, the "best" would no longer be the best and it would get boring after a while.

“It was a dark and stormy night” or “Once upon a time”?
It was a dark and stormy. Much more atmosphere.

New or used?
Don't care as long as it's not dirty and is readable.

Buying choice: book reviews, recommendations, or browse?
Recommendations and browsing. I love Amazon's recommendations, although they've been getting a little flat lately. Besides, the blogging world generally provides me with enough fodder.

Tidy ending or cliffhanger?
Depends on how well the cliffhanger is done and how soon the next one is available.

Morning reading, afternoon reading, or nighttime reading?
Any time I feel like it. Sunday I read in the morning, but during the week more at night. Unless it's an audiobook and then just anytime I'm walking the dogs, cleaning or doing anything that doesn't require my full attention.

Stand-alone or series?
I'll take anything good.

Favorite series?
Harry Potter methinks, although the Septimus Heap books are in the running too, then there's Lemony Snicket and Kurt Wallender and the PD James, and the Elizabeth George books...I refuse to choose.

Favorite children’s book?
Um, yeah, HP or SH.

Favorite YA book?
I really couldn't say. Again, I don't like choosing and this one isn't necessarily my favourite genre.

Favorite book of which nobody else has heard?
Miss Smilla's Sense of Snow by Peter Hoeg I think, but it's hard to say what others have heard of.

Favorite books read last year?
Again with the fovourites! OK, Jane Eyre because I'd never read it before and was totally surprised at how great it was. I wanted to turn around and read it a second time.

Do you ever smell books?
Yes. I love the smell of books

What are you reading right now?
Middlemarch by George Elliot and The Ice House by Minette Walters

What are you reading next?
I won't decide until I get there. I like to choose according to my mood. Probably something lighter after Middlemarch.


Mari said...

I haven't read the Septimus Heap books. Perhaps a trip to the library is in order. :)

Jeane said...

And do you put the dust jackets back on, when done reading them? I only take them off for very large books, that are awkward to hold. I love smelling books, too.

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