I saw a book meme over at Jen's Page, and thought it looked like fun. However, before I start in on it, let me invite you to participate in an online book club over at Reading the Classics. We're reading Anna Karenina--discussion on Books 1 & 2 is March 21st.
Hardback or trade paperback or mass market paperback?
Trade paperback. I used to prefer hardback, but I've found that they are too bulky in my hands. I like a cover with a bit of flex to it. If I could trade in all my hardbacks for trade paperbacks I would.
Amazon or brick and mortar?
For as much as I love going in bookstores, I do most of my book shopping through Amazon. Their low prices have sucked me in. If I lived closer to Powell's, I'd go there instead of Amazon. But by the time I decide I want a book and make my way up to Portland to get it, I would have received it from Amazon by then.
Barnes & Noble or Borders?
For some reason I like B&N best, but all we have is a Borders in town. They're fine, but I hardly ever buy anything there.
Bookmark or dogear?
Usually dogear, but if I'm using a bookmark it's a clever little one that I got from Jes a couple years ago.
Alphabetize by author or alphabetize by title or random?
None of the above. Our books are sorted by genre, just like our music, and there's no alphabetizing at all. All our fiction (and some non-fiction) is in the living room (sorted by sub-categories, like "classics," and "irish literature," unless it's a mass-market paperback in which case it's on the top shelf). Children's lit is in Sydney's room, parenting books in Jules' room, poetry and religious literature in our room, and educational and plenty of non-fiction in our book loft (and until we build a ladder to get up there, it's only accessible by climbing up the shelves of our linen closet).
Keep, throw away or sell?
Mostly keep, but sell often enough. Never throw away. I'd give it to the Goodwill.
Keep dustjacket or toss it?
Read with dustjacket or remove it?
Remove it. And all of the dustjackets for Sydney's books have been tucked away so that she doesn't rip them up. If books were as pretty without their dustjackets, I'd toss them. But usually the cover underneath is blah.
Novel or short story?
Novel, although I do like well-written non-fiction essays.
Short story collection (short stories by the same author) or anthology (short stories by a different author)?
I like both, but I have more anthologies than collections.
Harry Potter or Lemony Snicket?
Pshaw. Harry Potter of course. I've read several of the books from A Series of Unfortunate Events, and while it's clever enough, it's not the same caliber as Harry Potter.
Stop reading when tired or at chapter breaks?
How about, stop reading when child calls you, or laundry beckons you, or phone rings for you? That's my answer. The other answer: I stop when I'm tired.
"It was a dark and stormy night" or "Once upon a time"?
I'm a "once upon a time" kind of girl. Happy endings for me please. Although I will say I loved Rebecca, by Daphne du Maurier, and that's very dark and stormy.
Buy or Borrow?
Usually buy, although I've borrowed plenty from my Inkling friend. Truthfully however, almost all of the last two dozen books I've added to my collections have been gifts.
New or used?
I have no problem buying used if I'm at a bookstore.
Buying choice: book reviews, recommendation or browse?
Both reviews and recommendations. Rarely browse (unless it's in the classics section).
Tidy ending or cliffhanger?
Morning reading, afternoon reading or nighttime reading?
I'll echo what Jen said, and say "whenever I can get it." That tends to be in the afternoon, while the girls are napping.
Standalone or series?
Anne of Green Gables, hands down. I like the Harry Potter series, but only because it's entertaining. Anne of Green Gables brings me joy and makes me want to be a better person. That kind of book is always better, in my opinion. I must add, however, that the series that I got the biggest kick out of was the Thursday Next series. Superb.
Favorite books read last year?
The Thirteenth Tale was amazing. Loved it. Also really enjoyed Flu: The Story of the Great Influenza Pandemic of 1918 and Team of Rivals (about Abraham Lincoln).
Favorite books of all time?
Hmmm. I suppose there are lots. I guess I would say the Anne of Green Gables series, Pride and Prejudice, and Where the Red Fern Grows.