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Paperback, hardback, or trade paperback?

I love hardcovers printed on high-quality paper in an aesthetic sense, but for carrying around with me, trade or mass market paperbacks are more convenient.

Amazon or brick and mortar?

Both. I buy online sometimes to save money, sometimes to save time if a book isn't readily available.

Barnes & Noble or Borders?

I've been to both; they tend to have different selections, at least here in two main city stores. Both of those stores are in lovely old buildings that I love to look at.

Bookmark or dog-ear?

Bookmark, always.

Favorite place to read?

In bed, on the bus, on the train, on a plane, on the couch, in the bathroom, on a bench in the park, on a quilt in the grass….

Alphabetize by author or alphabetize by title or random?

I alphabetize by author, but space constraints have thrown off the system a bit. I also group books by genre sometimes.

Keep, throw away, or sell?

Keep, mostly. I sell a few, give away many more.

Keep dust jacket or toss it?

Keep dust jacket.

Read with dust jacket or remove it?

I take it off and leave it home if I'm carrying the book around with me.

Short story or novel?

I prefer novels.

Harry Potter or Lemony Snicket?

Harry Potter, because I haven't read Lemony Snicket.

Stop reading when tired or at chapter breaks?

Both; I try for a chapter break or even a scene break, but am not always successful.

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

Both have their points.

Buy or borrow?

Buy. Other people borrow from me.

New or used?

I prefer new, but sometimes you can't find a book new. And when I first started buying books, I could rarely afford new ones.

Buying choice: book reviews, recommendations, or browse?

Recommendations since I've been on LJ! Before that, mostly browsing.

Tidy ending or cliffhanger?

Tidy endings, definitely.

Morning reading, afternoon reading, or nighttime reading?

Yes. Mealtime reading got left out of that list.

Stand-alone or series?

I like both, depending on the books themselves.

Favorite series?

Like I have just one.

Favorite children's book?

As a child, I remember The Big Green Thing.

Favorite YA book?

Is this a trick question?

Favorite book of which nobody else has heard?

As soon as I name something, somebody will comment that they've heard of it.

Favorite books read last year?

Some of them were Geoff Ryman's Air, Megan Whalen Turner's The King of Attolia, and Marjorie Liu's Shadow Touch..

Favorite books of all time?


Least favorite book you finished last year?

Susan Kearney, The Ultimatum. The science really bugged me.

What are you reading right now?

Terry Pratchett, Witches Abroad; Jeanne Birdsall, The Penderwicks; Edmund Blunden, Undertones of War [almost done; have been reading it very slowly]; Lyn Macdonald, The Roses of No Man's Land [almost done]; and, loitering in the pile of partially read, Robert Louis Stevenson, Kidnapped; Andrew Dalby, Dangerous Tastes: the Story of Spices; Scott Lynch, The Lies of Locke Lamora. And a few others that I just barely started and have set aside until I'm in the mood again.

What are you reading next?

Not sure. As usual, would like to make the to-be-read pile go down, and finish some of those partially-read books.

Favorite book to recommend to an eleven-year-old?

Depends on the eleven-year-old.

Favorite book to reread?

As a child, the Narnia books and the Black Stallion books were good candidates, but mostly I reread Kim by Rudyard Kipling; The Swiss Family Robinson by Johann Wyss; and The Wind in the Willows, by Kenneth Grahame. I used to reread my Roger Zelazny and Anne McCaffrey and Marion Zimmer Bradley books a lot in high school. These days, I don't reread so much, but in recent years have frequently reread books by Barbara Hambly, C.J. Cherryh, Lois McMaster Bujold, and a few romances.

Do you ever smell books?

Of course I do. It's part of their bookishness.

Do you ever read primary source documents?

I have done so, yes. It adds a special frisson to know something's original.

Tags: books, my life, reading

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