“When anybody asks, 'What are you writing about now?' if I try to reply, the book-in-the-works sounds so idiotic to me that I think, 'Why am I trying to write that puerile junk?' So now I give up; if I could talk about it, I wouldn't have to write it."
- Madeleine L'Engle, A Circle of Quiet


A Book Meme

Tuesday, April 03, 2007

I picked this up from Jeana.

It's about books.

Oh yeah.

1. Hardback or trade paperback or mass market paperback?
Really depends on the book. Classics should be hard cover if at all possible. Certain books just insist on being owned in hard cover. For the ones that don't, either type of paperback is fine.

2. Amazon or brick and mortar?
Brick and mortar.

3. Barnes & Noble or Borders?
Well, I used to be a Borders girl because I worked there for a while, but I've since converted to Barnes and Noble - mostly because they are closer. I still enjoy either one. I mean, they both have books, right?

4. Bookmark or dogear?
(cough, cough, ahem) Um, did you say dogear? On my blog? Please..I'm begging of you...don't make that mistake again.

5. Alphabetize by author or alphabetize by title or random?
I used to organize by subject, but most of my bookshelves were put in storage for the move we were supposed to make over a year ago. So the remaining books sit in piles. And no, I don't alphabetize the piles.

6. Keep, throw away, or sell?
Oh dear...O dear. Did you just say throw away? That's even worse than dogear. Please, I beg you. One more statement like that and I will cry. I mean it. (Ok, if you must know, I did throw away a few books once, but they were old computer books that were so outdated no one would even recognize them anymore. And even then I felt really bad about it.)

7. Keep dustjacket or toss it?
Keep it, but usually store it. There's something really pretty about cloth bookbindings on a shelf, but I can't justify throwing away the covers.

8. Read with dustjacket or remove it?
Remove it, unless I have no bookmark handy. Then the flaps become bookmarks.

9. Short story or novel?
Novel. I'm not averse to short stories, I just gravitate toward novels.

10. Collection (short stories by same author) or anthology (short stories by different authors)? See #9.

11. Harry Potter or Lemony Snicket?
Never read Lemony Snicket. Only read the first Harry Potter. It was okay, but not enough to entice me to read more.

12. Stop reading when tired or at chapter breaks?
Chapter breaks unless my eyes are so droopy that I can't finish the next...that I can't finish...that I can't...that...that...zzzzzzzz

13. “It was a dark and stormy night” or “Once upon a time”?
The attitude of "Once upon a time" but preferably without the actual words.

14. Buy or Borrow?
Borrow first (from a library usually). Then buy if I decide it's worth owning.

15. New or used?
Some of each. There's a thrift store nearby where I like to browse the used book section now and then. Otherwise it's generally Barnes and Noble (obviously new) for me.

16. Buying choice: book reviews, recommendation or browse?
Personal recommendation, then browse, then book reviews. And reviews by people I know are considered personal recommendations.

17. Tidy ending or cliffhanger?
I agree with Jeana on this one - cliffhanger for chapters, tidy endings for books. And please don't try to wrap up every bit of subplot in one paragraph. There is nothing worse than a book that keeps you waiting and waiting and then ends with "andtheneverythingturnedoutfineandeveryonelivedhappilyeveraftertheend".

18. Morning reading, afternoon reading or nighttime reading?
Ideally, all of the above. Realistically, on breaks at work and in the evening just before bed.

19. Stand-alone or series?
Mostly stand-alone, but there are a few series worth reading.

20. Favorite series?
If you're asking for just one, sorry can't do it. Anne of Green Gables, Lord of the Rings, Chronicles of Narnia - like I said, a few.

21. Favorite children’s book?
Well, not having kids, I'm not familiar with many children's books, but I do like the Anne of Green Gables Series, and A Wrinkle in Time and it's companion books

22. Favorite book of which nobody else has heard?
A Small Rain and A Severed Wasp by Madeleine L'Engle (SW is a sort of sequel to SR written 40 years later) I don't know how well known they are, but I haven't run into many people who have read them.

23. Favorite books read last year?
A Circle of Quiet, A Small Rain, Persuasion

24. Favorite books of all time?
Pride and Prejudice, Chronicles of Narnia (I can't pick just one of them)

25. Least favorite book you finished last year?
Wuthering Heights. I know I should appreciate fine literature when I read it and all, but it was just so awful! I just spent the entire book longing for one sane person out of the bunch. Please, please, just one sane person!

26. What are you reading right now?
The Irrational Season by Madeleine L'Engle

27. What are you reading next?
The Boleyn Inheritance

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At 4/03/2007 11:52 AM, Blogger Jeana wrote:

I'm so glad you did this meme! After all my snarky library comments, I started noticing just how many books we own and how much I tend to drop at Half Price books, only "every once in a while". I am obviously buying them at some point, but not nearly as many as I would like to, so I'm showing some restraint, right?

At 4/04/2007 3:19 AM, Blogger Rob wrote:

Nice post!

I noticed you didn't comment about online novels and short stories.

Do you read them and do you find them a good read?


At 4/04/2007 3:50 AM, Blogger Carolanne wrote:

I agree with your comment on Wuthering Heights. I had to study for school and read it years later but still wonder what the fuss was all about.

At 4/04/2007 6:26 AM, Blogger Geekwif wrote:

Jeana, more restraint than me! That's for sure. I just dropped a boatload of money on The Boleyn Inheritance. (Not that I'm complaining. I'm more likely to spend money on books than clothes any day.) I checked the library, but it's on a waiting list of nearly 300 people!

Rob, I haven't read many books online. I tried it for a while, but I'd just so much rather curl up on the sofa with a real book.

At 4/04/2007 8:32 PM, Blogger yellojkt wrote:

I just did a book meme very similar to this but the last few questions were different. Odd how that happens.

I hope to never hear the d_g e_r word either. That is just wrong.


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