Friday, January 19, 2007

Book Meme

Inspired by this meme at Carl's Stainless Steel Droppings, I have to warn you, I've edited it heavily. So I apologize to the person who started it, because it was originally a scifi, fantasy book meme, but I've taken out those questions and left the core reading ones. (Please refer to Carl's page for the full version).

Hardback or Trade Paperback or Mass Market Paperback?

Trade paperback. Nice to hold, cheaper than hardbacks, and they take up less room on the shelves (the most important!).
I still like to buy some hardbacks, and can be rendered powerless by a beautiful cover, but I usually reserve that right for favourite authors.

Amazon or Brick and Mortar?

I use Amazon a lot, especially living in Japan, as it's usually cheaper than the English books available in bookshops in Tokyo, and of course there is more selection. I still love to browse in bookstores though, and have a hard time passing one by without going in.

Barnes & Noble or Borders?

Well, I've never lived anywhere that had a Barnes & Noble.
When we lived in Cambridge, I went to Borders and Waterstones pretty much equally (they're just around the corner from each other).
I probably prefer Waterstones, but at Borders I could get American magazines, like Pages, and they would often have different books in their 3 for 2 offers, and different displays to catch my eye, so it was always fun to visit both.

Bookmark or Dogear?

Bookmark most definitely!

Alphabetize by author Alphabetize by title or random?

By size. Shelf space is at a premium, my books are double-stacked horizontally so by size is logically the best way to get the most books into one shelf!

Keep, Throw Away or Sell?

I keep quite a bit, but I do try to get rid of ones I most likely will never read again. When we lived in England, I sold some through Amazon Marketplace, registered others with Bookcrossing, or gave them away. But throw them away- never! I've lately been considering trying out BookMooch since I keep hearing about how great it is!

Keep dustjacket or toss it?

Why on earth would you throw it out?

Read with dustjacket or remove it?

Sometimes I remove it, sometimes I keep it on. I'm not really consistent about this one.

Short story or novel?

I mostly read novels but I like reading short stories too sometimes.

Collection (short stories by the same author) or Anthology (short stories by different authors)?

Either. I wouldn't not buy something for either reason. I have found though that in anthologies, I usually never like ALL the stories. But it's still a good way to get introduced to new authors.

Harry Potter or Lemony Snicket?

Harry Potter. Although that's not really fair since I've only read 3 or 4 of the Lemony Snicket books. I have most of them, and do think they're clever. I really should read them soon.

Stop reading when tired or at chapter breaks?

It all depends on where I'm reading. If it's while commuting, there's not much I can do about it. I try to stop at chapter breaks where possible, but otherwise, I try to stop where there is a break in action, or at the end of a page at least. In that case, I turn my bookmark to 'face' the next page to be read.

“It was a dark and stormy night” or “Once upon a time”?

"It was a dark and stormy night."

Buy or Borrow?

I'm rather picky about my books, and prefer new books. But I will borrow books sometimes, especially if it's something I don't think I'd want to keep.

New or used?

Again, I generally prefer new books and I won't buy used books if they're really ratty, but if the price is right, and they look fairly decent, I can be tempted.

Buying choice: Book Reviews, Recommendation or Browse?

All of the above. Book reviews and recommendations come mainly in the form of other bloggers' reviews. I rarely read critics' reviews. And I still love browsing bookshops and coming away with something I've never heard of before.

Tidy ending or Cliffhanger?

Somewhere inbetween. I don't like to be left completely hanging, but I don't like endings that are all tied up in a pretty bow either.

Morning reading, Afternoon reading or Nighttime reading?

I do most of my reading in bed at night before sleeping, but would gladly read anytime.

Standalone or Series?

I don't read very many series, but do enjoy them sometimes, and I keep thinking I'd like to get into a few mystery series, I just haven't gotten around to starting them yet.

Favorite series?

Since I don't read many series, this probably isn't a fair reply, but of the few I do, my favourites are Harry Potter, and Jasper Fforde's Thursday Next series.

Favorite book of which nobody else has heard?

Can't think of anything that would fit this category. My favourites all seem to be relatively well-known, or at least heard of.

Favorite books read last year?

The Way the Crow Flies - Ann-Marie MacDonald
How to Breathe Underwater - Julie Orringer
The Book Thief - Markus Zusak

Favorite books of all time?

I always have a hard time answering this type of question. For me, a favourite book of all time must have a long-lasting effect, a story that truly stays with me, and be one I'd happily read again (perhaps several times).
One that definitely fits that requirement is Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. I've just finished watching the BBC version for the umpteenth time and now have the urge to read the book, again!


  1. I think I'll steal this for my blog!! OK? :)

  2. That's a fun meme, and great answers. I may have to borrow the questions this weekend! I think P&P is a unversal favorite!

  3. Lisa - of course! :)

    Danielle - I knew I couldn't answer the scifi/fantasy questions but thought the rest was fun. I look forward to your answers.

  4. Good answers, nice editing. That is interesting that you do the bookmark facing the page thing, had never thought of that.

  5. Great meme. I saw it on Carl's blog and thought about doing exactly what you did (tailoring it to a more generic reading meme rather than sci-fi). I'm going to tag myself and post mine later this weekend.

    I'm going to have to try How to Breathe Underwater. If it was one of your favorites last year, I'm bound to enjoy it, too!

  6. Carl - I have no idea when I started doing it. Even at the beginning of a chapter, I'll flip the bookmark to face the page of text. Another book quirk, I suppose!

    Les - I do warn you that it's short stories as I know not every one likes them. I look forward to reading your answers.

  7. I may have to borrow this meme. I enjoyed reading your answers. I have got to get a hold of When the Crow Flies.

  8. Great answers. I don't get the book-cover tossing thing, either, but I know there are people who throw them out. I'd feel like I was amputating a book if I did that. LOL


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