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Sunday, March 11, 2007

A book meme to finish off the weekend

I've done one of these before, but this one has more detailed questions. Plus I can't resist talking about my favourite subject! With thanks to Rocks in my Dryer.

Hardback or trade paperback or mass market paperback? Paperbacks are easier to read, but Hardback's are 'nobler' aren't they?

Amazon or brick and mortar? Definitely Bricks and Mortar. One of my favourite (former) occupations was to while away an afternoon at Borders.

Barnes & Noble or Borders? Borders. We don't have Barnes and Noble in AUS!

Bookmark or dogear? Dogear. I know, it's sacrilegious.

Alphabetize by author or alphabetize by title or random? Ha! I remember I tried this once to alphabetize by author. Then Adam got narked because my 'arty' books got mixed up with his 'cool' ones.

Keep, throw away, or sell? Keep the good ones. We used to keep everything, but together Adam and I own over 1000 books (most in storage). We had to start culling. I've sold crappyish ones that are still in good condition.

Keep dustjacket or toss it? I try to keep it.

Read with dustjacket or remove it? Hmm....try to keep it on.

Short story or novel? Mostly novels, though short stories are underrated. I enjoy them when I'm in the mood.

Collection (short stories by same author) or anthology (short stories by different authors)? Anthologies that are themed, preferably. To have an anthology by an author can be dicey at times (spotty quality)

Harry Potter or Lemony Snicket? Harry. But I haven't tried Lemony to be honest. I will one day.

Stop reading when tired or at chapter breaks?
Oh, such a contentious point in our house. I can put a book down in the middle of a sentence. Adam HAS to wait for a chapter break.

“It was a dark and stormy night” or “Once upon a time”?
"Dark and Stormy" because that appeals to my Gothic-specialist roots.

Buy or Borrow? Both! Who care so long as you get the book you want!

New or used? Used. I love their character! Cheaper too.

Buying choice: book reviews, recommendation or browse? I used to write book reviews, so naturally I have a critics bias here..... :) Occasionally I'll pick something up and give it a go, just for the heck of it.

Tidy ending or cliffhanger? It depends on the story, doesn't it? Whatever fits best, use it.

Morning reading, afternoon reading or nighttime reading? Afternoon, actually, now I think of it. Never been asked that before!!

Stand-alone or series?
Stand alone, usually.

Favorite series? Harry Potter. Or Tolkein. When I was a kid, it was the Babysitters Club (oh, dear). Anne of Green Gables because I was named (middle name) for Anne. "Being smart is better than being good looking" is something I've taken through all my life. (or however that quote goes)

Favorite children's book? When I was a child? Fairy Tales, generally. Especially Sleeping Beauty (odd, when you consider my rants on it now!!)

Favorite book of which nobody else has heard? "Tirra Lirra by the River" by Jessica Anderson. 114 mere pages of brilliance.

Favorite books read last year? I can't remember last year but in recent years it's been "A Farewell to Arms" (Hemingway) and "All Quiet on the Western Front"

Favorite books of all time? Jane Eyre (Charlotte Bronte) and Dracula (Bram Stoker). Perhaps Dracula more, because it inspired my love of all things gothic in nature.

Least favorite book you finished last year? Ah, pfffff, that book "The Historian" by E. Kostova, I think was her name. What was all the fuss about? I didn't finish it. Life's too short for bad books.

What are you reading right now?
Right now? A book about writing picture books for children, actually.

What are you reading next? About to start "Captain Courageous" by Kipling.

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