Hardback or trade paperback or mass market paperback?
I like all three formats - their sizes, their weights, their look.
Since hardbacks are expensive, I rarely buy them. This means I do not own some of my favorite recent releases because they are not yet available in paperback.
Bookmark or dog-ear?
Bookmark. I do not fold pages in my books. Perish the thought.
Alphabetize by author, alphabetize by title, or random?
Alphabetize by author.
Keep, throw away, or sell?
Keep. Never throw away. Perish the thought.
Keep dust jacket or toss it?
Read books with their dust jackets on or off?
I read books with their dust jackets on.
Holly liked to sit on hardcover books, but only when the dust jackets had been removed.
Short story or novel?
Harry Potter or Lemony Snicket?
Truly? Neither. However, I've read more HP than LS.
Stop reading when tired or at chapter breaks?
Usually, I only stop reading when I absolutely have to, like when I have to go to work.
"It was a dark and stormy night" or "Once upon a time"?
Once upon a time, it was a dark and stormy night.
Buy or borrow?
Borrow. Thank you, public library. I couldn't afford to buy all of the books I
New or used?
Buying choice: book reviews, recommendations, or browse?
Browse, mostly. I then review and recommend for others.
Tidy ending or cliffhanger?
Whatever suits the book. I do not like plot holes. I do not like loose ends.
Read in the morning, afternoon, or evening?
Stand-alone or series?
I like both. I like when series are completed, rather than stopped prior to their big finale and wrap-up.
Classics: The Anne of Green Gables octet by L.M. Montgomery
Kids: The Baby-Sitters Club by Ann M. Martin
Contemporary: Body of Evidence by Christopher Golden and Rick Hautala
Favorite children's book?
There is no way that I can only select one book! Not only that, but there are many books that were my favorites as a kid (and still are now) that may or may not be defined as children's books by the general populus, and vice versa. For example, if I say Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll, that doesn't work because I feel that it was written for adults just as much as it was for kids. If I say The NeverEnding Story by Michael Ende, that doesn't work either because that book was written for adults and perhaps astute older kids, but I read it as a little kid.
I have created and added this question:
Favorite books which deserve more praise and more attention?
Pretty much everything by Christopher Golden, especially The Boys are Back in Town (stand-alone novel with changing memories, time travel, dark secrets, and dark magick), the Body of Evidence series (contemporary murder mysteries, inventive and intriguing, well-researched medical twists and well-developed characters), and the Prowlers quartet (contemporary urban horror filled with action, good guys and girls vs. evil shapeshifters)
The Alison Rules by Catherine Clark (see this post)
Innocence by Jane Mendelsohn (see this post)
Favorite books read last year?
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
Full list here, here, or here
Favorite books of all time?
Alphabetical by author, as listed here:
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen
The NeverEnding Story by Michael Ende
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster
Body Bags by Christopher Golden
The Boys are Back in Town by Christopher Golden
Innocence by Jane Mendelsohn
The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
What are you reading right now?
This morning, I read a book I did not like and I will not name it here. I then read a graphic novel that severely disappointed me. Bah.
I had a hard time returning The Nature of Jade by Deb Caletti at the library today. I re-read the last two pages while standing at the book drop. Twice. I didn't want to let Jade (and Sebastian) go just yet, but I also wanted to re-release the book into the wild so that others may meet Jade and read this fantastic book.
I re-read a good chunk of The Alison Rules while preparing this post. Kuz why? (Read the book, and you'll understand that.)
What are you reading next?
Books I plan to read in the next week include:
Dragon's Keep by Janet Lee Carey
The Phoenix Dance by Dia Calhoun
The Taker by J.M. Steele
What is your favorite book to re-read?
I don't re-read often, but when I do, you can bet it is one of my favorite books. If I had a nickel for every time I read The Phantom Tollbooth or The Westing Game, I'd be rich.
A few months ago, I looked for a specific quote in The Great Gatsby and ended up re-reading the entire thing.
Do you ever smell books?
Do you ever read primary source documents?
Yes, when applicable and when possible.