FernWithy (fernwithy) wrote,

Book meme

Ganked from hamsterwoman

Paperback, hardback or Trade paperback?
Hardback. Though I have a special sneaking fondness for those library bound ones that they used to hand out in school, that were the size of a paperback, but had hard covers. Best of all worlds. Except that no one other than me likes them, judging by how infrequently they go out.

Amazon or brick and mortar?
Depends. If I'm looking for an exact, specific thing, I go to Amazon. It's quicker and I don't get distracted. But if I'm just in the mood to find something to read? Always brick and mortar. I can't imagine browsing Amazon.

Barnes & Noble or Borders?
Most BNs have a better selection, but not by much. Really, six of one, half a dozen of the other.

Bookmark or dog-ear?
Generally, I just memorize the page number I'm on before I close it, but it's not altogether infrequent for me to mark a page with a scrap of paper, a straw wrapper, or anything else that's handy. My favorite way to mark a place is with the dust jacket flap.

Favourite place to read?

Alphabetize by author or alphabetize by title or random?
I'm a bad librarian whose personal collection is almost totally random. I have the books I use most in a case beside my desk, and try to keep authors together, but other than that...? Not so much.

Keep, throw away, or sell?
Keep, unless it was an assigned text. Though I did give a handful of paperbacks to the Friends sale.

Keep dust jacket or toss it?
Keep--great bookmark.

Read with dust jacket or remove it?
I read with it.

Short story or novel?
Novel. I keep trying to get into short stories, but it's never been my favorite form. (Weirdly, I kind of like the drabble form, but more in the manner of technical appreciation for the achievement than as satisfying individual stories.)

Harry Potter or Lemony Snicket?
Harry Potter

Stop reading when tired or at chapter breaks?
Unless the book is deadly dull, chapter breaks. And usually it's after the fabled, "Oh, one more chapter..." I read Order of the Phoenix cover to cover, promising myself that I'd stop after the next chapter, when I picked it up at midnight and had to be at work at nine. But hey, I'd finished it before I had to be in!

"It was a dark and stormy night" or "Once upon a time"?
Once upon a time.

Buy or borrow?
Borrow first, buy if I'm hooked.

New or used?
Depends. I love the smell and feel of old books, and I love being surrounded by them, and I love my poor old falling apart paperbacks like the old friends they are, but I don't especially like just buying ratty old used books. Generally, if it's a question of money, I'll wait for a new paperback.

Buying choice: book reviews, recommendations, or browse?
Recommendations from friends, followed by browsing, for my personal collection. Professionally, I use a lot of reviews.

Tidy ending or cliffhanger?
Depends on where in the series we are! I want some hook to talk about if something's coming next, but if there's nothing else coming, I'd like the threads of the story to resolve themselves logically.

Morning reading, afternoon reading, or nighttime reading?
All hours, though my big reading sessions are at night.

Stand-alone or series?
I enjoy both.

Favorite series?
Harry Potter and Warriors, at the moment. (Like hamsterwoman, I don't think of Lord of the Rings as a series.) The Dark Tower is uneven, and The Tales of Alvin Maker seems to have gone downhill a bit, though I loved the early books to pieces.

Favorite children's book?
Hmmm. I'll pick something unambiguously children's: Millions of Cats, by Wanda Gag. I like a lot of children's books, but that's one I still remember lines and pictures from, years after the last time I actually had it in my hands.

Favorite YA book?
:blinks at vast array from which to choose:
I... can't. I mean, I handle thousands of the things. Some are great, some are wretched, some I read and can't remember the next day. I guess... maybe something that affected me as a teen? I'll go with A Separate Peace, by John Knowles.

Favorite book of which nobody else has heard?
Trying to think what other people haven't heard of... Maybe The Fetch, by Chris Humphreys? It's not the best book I've ever read or anything, but it's pretty good, and likely that a lot of people haven't heard of it. I don't know how many people keep up with nonfiction (this is a well-known nonfiction book), but maybe They Poured Fire on Us from the Sky: The True Story of Three Lost Boys from Sudan.

Favorite books read last year?
The aforementioned They Poured Fire...
The entire Warriors: The New Prophecy series
Will In The World: How Shakespeare Became Shakespeare, by Stephen Greenblatt
...eek, I'm blanking! It's 2:20, and I can't remember everything I've read this year. I'll get back to you on this.

Favorite books of all time?
Lord of the Rings
Lord of the Flies
Ender's Game
The Stand
Different Seasons (especially "The Body" and "Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption")
A Separate Peace
My Name is Asher Lev
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
Harry Potter series

Least favorite book you finished last year?

Tattoo by Jennifer Lynn Barnes. Golden, which preceded it, was marginally all right, but Tattoo, in which four airheads get magical powers and one of them turns out to be descended from the fates, and they save the world just in time to look FAB for the school dance, was just cringeworthy. It was like Buffy would have been if first season Cordelia had been the heroine, with Harmony as her brain trust.

What are you reading right now?
I have Why Johnny Can't Tell Right From Wrong in my purse, but I can't seem to maintain much interest in it. I think I'll go back to Killing Monsters. I just finished Hell House.

hat are you reading next?
I'm going to look for another haunted house story. Anyone have a good recommendation for one?

Favorite book to recommend to an eleven-year-old?
Well, they've all already read HP, so I'll go for Ender's Game.

Favorite book to reread?
It or The Stand

Do you ever smell books?
One of the primary pleasures of opening it. Or even not opening it. I smelled HBP in the cab because there wasn't enough light to read by.

Do you ever read Primary source documents?
I have the Declaration of Independence on my wall. I totally read it sometimes.

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