Apr 4, 2009

Bookish Meme

I snagged this from The Boston Bibliophile and The Bookkitten:

1. Hardback, trade paperback or mass market paperback?

I also prefer trade paperbacks because I don't have to squint or necessarily wear my reading glasses. Sometimes its just not convenient to pull out those reading glasses on the Metro.

2. Barnes & Noble or Borders?
The B&Ns here are not that great around me, though I do like the one in Bethesda, Md., but I prefer my Borders because of the staff and the selection of books, music, and magazines. The staff is always helpful and courteous.

3. Bookmark or dog-ear?
I use a bookmark most of the time and post-it flags...I usually only dog-ear pages when I run out of post-it flags, which is a compliment to the book.

4. Amazon or brick and mortar?
Brick and mortar stores, though Amazon has its purposes, especially when I want something that is hard to find around here at a good price.

5. Alphabetize by author or alphabetize by title or random?
Right now, its random because I don't have enough shelf space. When I get my new bookcases, which have to be custom made, I will probably group by genre.

6. Keep, throw away, or sell?
I keep a majority of the books I have, though I will giveaway some on my blog as a way to pass along some great books or books that didn't work for me, but would work for someone else. I never throw away books...I have donated some to the library system, though.

7. Keep dust jacket or toss it?
I love dust jackets.

8. Read with dust jacket or remove it?
I sometimes use the flaps as bookmarks, but I generally don't read them until I finish the book.

9. Short story or novel?
Mostly novels, but I love short stories when they are written well.

10. Harry Potter or Lemony Snicket?

11. Stop reading when tired or at chapter breaks?
I prefer to stop when I reach a chapter break, but I won't force myself to get there if my eyes will not stay open.

12. "It was a dark and stormy night" or "Once upon a time"?
"It was a dark and stormy night." is perfectly ominous...foreshadowing conflict, which I need for a novel to work for me.

13. Buy or borrow?
I do a combination of both...I borrow audiobooks from the library more than books, which I get from the store and other places.

14. New or used?
I don't discriminate when it comes to books.

15. Buying choice: book reviews, recommendations, or browse?
Book reviews from bloggers, not official reviews. Recommendations and browsing are a close second.

16. Tidy ending or cliffhanger?
Both, but the resolution has to fit the plot.

17. Morning reading, afternoon reading, or nighttime reading?
M-F its afternoon through evening reading, Saturdays I prefer to read in the morning and afternoon, and Sunday its all day reading.

18. Stand-alone or series?
Again, I don't discriminate, but the series has to be good and continue to be so to hold my attention.

19. Favorite series?
Nancy Drew or Anne Rice's Vampire Chronicles

20. Favorite children's book?
Cat in the Hat or Where the Sidewalk Never Ends

21. Favorite YA book?
Nancy Drew The Kachina Doll Mystery

22. Favorite book of which nobody else has heard?
Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux or Tuxedo Park, though I can't remember the author right now.

23. Favorite books read last year?
The Adoration of Jenna Fox, Black Flies, Testimony, The Road, Mr. Thundermug, Pemberley by the Sea, Gods Behaving Badly, Mr. Darcy's Diary, Cold Rock River, and The Lost Memoirs of Jane Austen

24. Favorite books of all time?
The Road, Phantom of the Opera, The Vampire Lestat, Hamlet, Pride & Prejudice, Wuthering Heights

25. What are you reading right now?
An Offer You Can't Refuse by Jill Mansell and Mainline to the Heart by Clive Matson

26. What are you reading next?
The Traitor's Wife by Susan Higginbotham

27. Favorite book to recommend to an eleven-year-old?
Nancy Drew Series

28. Favorite book to reread?
Pride & Prejudice

29. Do you ever smell books?
I do occasionally.

30. Do you ever read Primary source documents?
Sometimes. It really depends on my mood.


Amy said...

I love trade paperbacks, too. I hope you are enjoying, An Offer You Can't Refuse, I loved it so much. :)

Lenore said...

Maybe I'll do this too.

Lemony Snickett over Harry Potter!

Marvin D. Wilson said...

Wow that's a LENGTHY meme! Enjoyed your answers. I also prefer trade paperbacks. They're more expensive than mass paperbacks but better quality and considerably less expensive than hard covers. And yes, easier on the aging eyes (smile)

Serena said...

This was a long meme, but it was a fun one.

Sandra said...

I just did this one too. It was a lot of fun. Interesting answers. I try not to read the jacket flaps until after I've read the book either. And I have heard of Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux. It's an old classic I thought everyone knew about but perhaps not the younger generations any more. I read Nancy Drew books as a kid too. I want to read Black Flies myself, glad you really enjoyed it.

Serena said...

Sandra, Thanks for stopping by the meme. I really loved Nancy Drew as a kid.

Janel said...

Love this meme. I think I'll do it too!

Jo-Jo said...

That was a neat meme Serena. The question about smelling books just made me laugh, because since my son has been about 4 years old he has smelled everything! He's graduating from college this year and is still smelling stuff. lol

Serena said...

Anna still smells books after all these years.

Trish said...

What a fun meme! No Harry Potter? For shame! :P We have a lot of common answers--don't discrimate between new/used, like trade because don't have to wear the glasses, novels vs. short. I enjoyed reading your answers! (and sometimes I can't help but to smell a book--what is that about?)

Jenners said...

I like this one ... but no Harry Potter???????? awwwwwwww..

And I agree... I would NEVER EVER throw a book out.

Fun meme.

Ladytink_534 said...

Since this may take awhile, I'm going to save it and do it later. Thanks!!!

S. Krishna said...

I'm going to do this meme too! Great answers!

Serena said...

Jenners: I haven't read Harry Potter or Lemony Snicket. So I didn't think I could answer in favor of either, though I have seen the movies of Harry Potter and the one Lemony Snicket film.

This was a long meme, but it was fun.

Serena said...

Trish: I often wonder what it says that we bookish people tend to smell books.

bermudaonion said...

I don't like mass market paperbacks at all and will pay extra to get a book in trade paperback or hardback.

Serena said...

Bermudaonion: I have some mass paperbacks, but I don't seek them out...they are usually given to me.

Anna said...

I prefer trade paperbacks, too. I enjoyed reading your answers and I see we agree on some of them.

Diary of an Eccentric

Serena said...

Anna: I think you should join in an post this too.

Anna said...

I probably will. I've got a few memes to catch up on, so I can include it then.

Diary of an Eccentric