Thursday, April 23, 2009

Book Meme Thing

I snagged this one from Book Junkie although I've seen it pretty much all over the place.

Hardback, trade paperback or mass market paperback?

I'm up for any kind of paperback. The smaller, the better.

Barnes & Noble or Borders?

Barnes and Noble, definitely. I've always felt that Borders was always really scattered and hectic. I never really liked going in there. BN, though, was always, slow going, casual and a relaxing place to be.

Bookmarks or dog-ear?

Bookmarks, definitely. I like to keep my books in nice condition.

Amazon or brick-and-mortar?

As of late, Amazon can go fornicate themselves. Overall, I like brick and mortar stores. I only shop online if I know exactly what I'm looking for and don't think I'll be able to find it in store (or can be bothered to hunt for it). Otherwise I like to browse.

Alphabetize by author, by title or randomize?

Random. I'm OCD but not like that.

Keep, throw away or sell?

Who the hell would throw away a book? I keep the ones I know I would want to read repeatedly and either sell or donate the rest.

Keep dust jacket or remove it?

Keep it. The book's naked without it.

Read with dust jacket or remove it?

With it on. It acts as my bookmark. Also see: naked.

Short story or novel?

I prefer a novel but I know some damn good short stories. They definitely need more hype than they get.

Harry Potter or Lemony Snicket?

I've never read Lemony Snicket so by default Harry Potter gets this one. Although I'm sure he'd get it anyway.

Stop reading when tired or at chapter breaks?

Depends. If it's a novel, chapter breaks. If it's a really slow moving book that I'm somehow obligated to read, when I'm tired.

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

Neither. I prefer more subtle and barely recognizable cliches. If we're going for tone, I could go either way depending on my mood.

Buy or borrow?

Depends on my financial situation. I like to buy but I don't mind borrowing from the library either. I rarely borrow from friends.

Buying choice: book reviews, recommendations or browse?

I only take reviews to heart if I know the person doing the reviewing and I know their taste and it matches mine. Which is basically like three people. Same thing with recommendations. I'll only go out and buy a book from a sole recommendation from one person but if someone else recommends something to me and I think it sounds interesting, I'll pick it up. But mainly I'm a browser. I like roaming.

Tidy ending or cliffhanger?

Whatever. So long as it doesn't suck.

Morning, afternoon or nighttime reading?

Whenever I can actually get it in, I'll do it.

Stand alone or series?

Whatever, so long as I like it.

Favorite series?

Harry Potter, Goosebumps and Chronicles of Narnia. I wasn't supposed to pick just one, right?

Favorite children's book?

How children are we going here? Are we talking Pat the Bunny, Golden books, Babysitters Club? What? I remember the Berenstein Bears being one of my favorites. And Where the Wild Things Are.

Favorite YA book?

Currently, Cirque du Freak. For a while, Song of the Vampire. I've hung onto that one pretty strongly for a while now.

Favorite book of which no one else has heard of?

Well that's a slight impossibility, isn't it? If no one else has heard of it, it's probably well out of print, don't you think? One I think not too many people have heard of is The Idiot Girls' Action Adventure Guide.

Favorite books read last year?

Do you have any idea how bad my memory is? Let's see, I liked The Dark is Rising and The Chronicles of Narnia.

Favorite books of all time?

The Things They Carried, The Historian, Harry Potter

What are you reading right now?

See first section of the sidebar.

What are you reading next?

Stake That! by Mari Mancusi

Favorite book to recommend to an 11-year-old?

Anything from the Goosebumps series. I'm demented like that.

Favorite book to re-read?

Song of the Vampire, Harry Potter

Do you ever smell books?

That's none of your damn business, now is it?

Do you ever read primary source documents, like letters or diaries?

Well that's kind of random, isn't it? I don't think I ever have for fun.


prophecygirl said...

HP, Goosebumps and Narnia. Nice. :D

kalea_kane said...

I liked your answer especially on whether you smell books or not. :) Great meme!

runa said...

Haha, my 11 year old brother is currently reading through all of the Goosebumps books like crazy (same with Animorphs)

And re: Keep, throw away or sell?, I'm not ever going to understand how ANYONE could choose the first >.<

Ravenous Reader said...

I really enjoyed this meme, for it lets us get to know you a bit better. I wanted to personally stop by and say how sorry I was for not mentioning your "lovely" award. I amended the post and hope you can forgive me. It is always an honor to have my blog recognized.

BTW....I love your bite ratings

Benjamin Solah said...

I had a go at this myself.

miss cindy :) said...

I like this meme and am gonna post it also :)

Donna said...

RR,no worries! I was just teasing! You deserve the award! And thanks!

I would recommend everyone do this meme! It's a meme-olution! LOL!

Jen said...

Neat meme ^_^ The Dark is Rising is made of awesome! Also Im curious how different is Barnes and Noble from Borders (Ive just quickly darted into Borders while on vacation)!

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