Judith Lautner (judith) wrote,
Judith Lautner

Book meme

I posted this meme on 2K bloggers today (I stole it from elsewhere; attribution is on that page). So I am answering it here! I'd love to see your answers as well - your journal or mine.

Hardback or trade paperback or mass market paperback?
I usually buy paperbacks just because they're usually cheaper and can be carried around more easily. I prefer trade paperback when available. Nicer quality. But I buy my share of hardbacks. I don't discriminate. Whatever looks good and is available.

Amazon or brick and mortar?
No discrimination here either. I buy a ton of stuff from Amazon but that doesn't keep me from browsing and buying at the real stores. I want them all to stay in business.

Barnes & Noble or Borders?
I like them both (and am glad I can get to both, as well as to more obscure bookstores). I love the "last chance" sales at B&N and I like the customer access to computers at Borders. I like that both have cafes and don't get weird if you bring a few books to peruse there. Both of these, in my area, tend to get saturated with students in the cafe, something that doesn't please me - but I feel it is more the students' responsibility to be fair to other customers than it is the stores' responsibility to police them all the time. I admit that I don't go to the local bookstores as often as I go to these biggies, but I love used book stores, sometimes more than any other type.

Bookmark or dogear?
Bookmarking is the only polite thing to do. However, I have dogeared plenty in my time. Usually mass-market books.

Alphabetize by author or alphabetize by title or random?
Generally I arrange books by subject. It's a miracle if I organize within that general method, but if I did I would probably alphabetize by author last name. Maybe the question refers to book stores? In that case - subject, author usually, but in the case of techie subjects, for example, might make more sense to group similar sub-subjects together. I think B&N does it this way.

Keep, throw away, or sell?
I do them all. I have a "permanent collection", which is a group of books I expect I will refer to again and again for whatever reason (often these are more reference-types but not always). I don't actually throw away books. But I do "release" them, through bookcrossing. I release them "into the wild" and to specific persons. Depends on the book. I don't just give away books that I don't care about, either. Sometimes I sell some, but not as often as I just give away. I can find so many used books in so many places, and people give me books as well, so I don't fret so much about recouping book investments. 

Keep dustjacket or toss it?
I usually keep them. I have some idea that they are protecting the book. 

Read with dustjacket or remove it?
With. I use it to mark my place.

Short story or novel?
Both. This seems such a silly question but I suppose it isn't to many. Well, cripes, the dustjacket questions are dumb, too. 

Collection (short stories by same author) or anthology (short stories by different authors)?
Both! Sometimes an anthology introduces me to writers I've never heard of. And I read collections because I usually have heard of the author. 

Harry Potter or Lemony Snicket?
What I've seen of Potter I don't love, but I haven't read enough to know. What I've seen of Snicket I do like. Pretty funny stuff. But I haven't read a full book of either.
Stop reading when tired or at chapter breaks?
Who would stop at a chapter break??

“It was a dark and stormy night” or “Once upon a time”?
Oh please. This question should be deleted.
Buy or Borrow?
Both, although usually I buy. I do return books!! I do! So if you want to lend me some you'll get them back. 

New or used?
Both. The used bookstores are real treasures. So much more to find there. But sometimes I want a specific book and the only way is to buy it new. I don't struggle with it, just take the easiest way. 

Buying choice: book reviews, recommendation or browse?
All. I read reviews, I hear interviews on the radio and see them on television, and sometimes I just see a book that looks good. I am delighted that I can still find reviews and interviews. So many books are published each year that I would miss a lot of good ones without these pointers.
Tidy ending or cliffhanger?
Both. Depends on the author and the story. Some stories are just not neat and shouldn't try to be. Others are very lightweight or cleaner in some way and they need a clean end. 

Morning reading, afternoon reading or nighttime reading?
Every time of day or night.

Stand-alone or series?
Both. I guess I'm coming across as a person with Catholic tastes? Is that the term for "everything"? 

Favorite series?
I tend not to like to pick favorites. One series I like a lot: Elizabeth George's Lynley & Havers series of mysteries
Favorite children’s book?
Too many. Some I love: The Cat in the Hat, The Terrible Things, Goodnight Moon, Where the Wild Things Are. That's just what comes to mind. 

Favorite book of which nobody else has heard?
One is The Paradox of Choice by Barry Schwartz

Favorite books read last year?
Too many. Take a look at my bookcrossing list. I read almost all of these last year, and reviewed them all.

Favorite books of all time?
I simply don't play favorites. I tell people A Prayer for Owen Meaney is one of my all-time faves but I dont' know how I would feel about it if I were to read it now.
Least favorite book you finished last year?
A mystery (I used the word loosely) called Phoebe's Knee

What are you reading right now?
The Omnivore's Dilemma, by Michael Pollan
What are you reading next?
I haven't decided yet. I tend to read about six books at a time. There are a few laying around that I might get serious about.


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