read_warbler (read_warbler) wrote,

Book meme

A book meme from nakeisha - cross-posted to caffyolay.

Hardback, trade paperback or mass market paperback?
Hardback and mass market paperback

Barnes & Noble or Borders?
Both when I'm fortunate enough to be in the USA. I have fond memories of a wonderful Barnes and Noble in a mall near our hotel in Memphis and a huge Borders on the waterfront in Baltimore. The Borders in Charing Cross Road, in London, is pretty good too but I'm not up there very often.

Bookmark or dog-ear?
Heaven forfend! bookmarks of course.

Amazon or brick and mortar?
Both, I would never want either to wipe out the other.

Alphabetize by author or alphabetize by title or random?
Most are by genre or author - but my huge tbr pile is pretty random. I also tend to keep my favourite books close by in the study. So 'random' is the answer really.

Keep, throw away or sell?
Usually keep.

Keep dust jacket or toss it?

Read with dust jacket or remove it?
Keep it on.

Short story or novel?
Novels. I buy anthologies but notice that I don't read them very often. ;-)

Harry Potter or Lemony Snicket?
Harry Potter. Have yet to read any of the LS novels.

Stop reading when tired or at chapter breaks?
Both. At night it's when I'm tired but I try to get to a natural break first. It's a waste of time though as the next day I always have to read the previous couple of pages over because they're a blur.

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

Buy or borrow?
Mostly buy but I also borrow from the library and from daughter number one.

New or used?

Buying choice: book reviews, recommendations or browse?
All of those but recommendations tend to be the most important - mainly from people whose opinions I respect or who have similar tastes to mine.

Tidy ending or cliffhanger?
Tidy endings, please.

Morning reading, afternoon reading, night-time reading?
Mornings, only very occassionally - when I'm ill for instance. Afternoons, for a couple of hours as and when I can. Night-time, definitely, I like to read before I turn out the light.

Stand-alone or series?

Favourite series?
Harry Potter. The No.1 Ladies' Detective Agency. The Black Magician. Pern.

Favourite children's book?
Minnow on the Say by A. Philippa Pearce

Favourite YA book?
Too many to list as Young Adult books are some of the best being published these days. Two series I would rec though are The Black Magician trilogy by Trudi Canavan and The Abhorsen trilogy by Garth Nix.

Favourite book of which nobody else has heard?
The Atlas of North American Exploration by William H. Goetzmann and Glyndwr Williams. It has maps. :::happy sigh:::

Favourite books read last year?
The Nightrunner series by Lynn Flewelling and Sunshine by Robin McKinley. But really there were so many I loved last year that it's hard to choose.

Favourite books of all time?
What a question! Erm... Pride and Prejudice, Harry Potter, The Pern series by Anne McCaffrey, Grass and Gate to Women's Country by Sheri Tepper, The Woman in Black by Susan Hill. Really there are too many to list...

Least favourite book finished last year?
Goblin Mirror by C.J. Cherryh

What are you reading right now?
The Kalahari Typing School for Men by Alexander McCall Smith
A Passion For Books by Harold Rabinowitz and Rob Kaplan
The Three Imposters by Arthur Machen with in_tenebras

What are you reading next?
Probably Dissolution by C.J. Sansom.

Favourite book to recommend to an eleven-year old?
That would depend on the eleven year old.

Favourite book to reread?
I don't reread a lot.

Do you ever smell books?
Of course.

Do you ever read Primary source documents?
I'm not sure what those are.
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