Hardback, trade paperback or mass market paperback?
I don't generally buy hardbacks, because I don't have a lot of room left on any of my ten bookshelves. However, any book of an author that I'm collecting (Diana Gabaldon, Laurell K. Hamilton, such on and so forth) I will generally buy in hardback. I absolutely DESPISE when a series goes hardback while I'm in the middle of reading them (*coughKimHarrison'sHollows**
haSherrilynKenyon'sDarkHunterchoo*). Mostly, though, I buy used paperbacks from yard sales, used book stores, and random peddlar malls. Unless it is a book that I'm missing from a series, I won't pay more than $1.00 for a non-used bookstore used book. If it is a romance of any kind, I won't pay more than $.50.Barnes & Noble or Borders?
Well, I prefer Joseph-Beth. However, now that Borders/Waldenbooks has the Borders Rewards, I generally go there instead. If I'm being completely honest, though, I mostly order my books off of Amazon.com
now. And, if I order a book, I always order at least $25 worth to get the free shipping. *shrugs* I'm a book whore. Sorry.Bookmark or dog-ear?
Dog-earring is EVIL
. However, I don't buy bookmarks. I lose them, immediately. I do use random bits of paper torn/found as markers, because I can literally keep a random centimeter of paper longer than an honest-to-gods bookmark.Amazon or brick and mortar?
I love bookstores. I love the smell, the atmosphere, the browsing, and the adventure. However, I rarely go anymore. Amazon is just easier.Alphabetize by author or alphabetize by title or random?
I alphabetize by author. Then, I put the books in the proper series reading order... except my hardbacks and my school texts. Hardbacks are in order favorite author, then series order. Texts are randomly everywhere, with a small nod to topic.Keep, throw away, or sell?
Throw away? THROW AWAY?! WTF?
I keep books that I like. If I didn't like them, I will attempt to sell them to a used book store for credit. If they are not acceptable to a used bookstore, I donate them to a place like Goodwill or Friends of the Book Cellar.Keep dust jacket or toss it?
Okay, I'm with Wendil. "*puzzled* There are people in the world who throw the dust jackets away? Idiots." Read with dust jacket or remove it?
I take the dust jacket off, place it in the book's spot on the shelf where it is safe, read the book, put the dust jacket back on, and put the book back in its spot.Short story or novel?
Novel.Harry Potter or Lemony Snicket?
I've never read either. However, once the final book is released, I plan to begin the Harry Potter series.Stop reading when tired or at chapter breaks?
That really depends. If the book is really good and I don't want to stop despite being tired, I'll bribe myself. "One more chapter, then you have to go to bed.""It was a dark and stormy night" or "Once upon a time"?
Generally, I read books that are more dark and stormy than happily ever after. I do like books set in the past, though, over contemporary.Buy or borrow?
Buy... I'm addicted.New or used?
98% of my books are used books. The new books are predominately those of authors that I absolutely couldn't wait until a used one popped up or books that I receive as gifts.Buying choice: book reviews, recommendations, or browse?
I do a lot of watching book lists for titles that look interesting. Then, I will read synopses on them.Tidy ending or cliffhanger?
Some people take cliffhangers to a new level of piss-me-off. For example, Rachel Caine has five books in a row in a series where the character goes from frying pan to fire to center of volcanic eruption to fiery inferno to hell. That gets annoying. I'll still buy the next book in the series if the last one doesn't end with imminent death and destruction. Promise.
However, the goody-goody endings where the hero rescues the heroine and the heroine gets married to the hero right before she gets pregnant to have two beautiful twin girls... the piss me off too.
I like the middle ground.Morning reading, afternoon reading, or nighttime reading?
All of the above.Stand-alone or series?
Most of the time, I go for series. I don't know why. I guess I just fall for characters and want to know what happens after the end. However, I have nothing against standalones.Favorite series?
Laurell K. Hamilton's Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter
seriesFavorite children's book?Wombat StewFavorite YA book?The Changeling Sea
McKillip (oops)Favorite book of which nobody else has heard?
Erm. I don't know. Everyone on my friends' list has heard of the books that I love from me, even if they never heard of them before me. Moonshine
by Rob Thurman might be one that fewer people have read.Favorite books read last year?
I'm not sure what books I read what year. I know that I essentially worked my way through Rachel Caine's entire series. Really enjoyed them. Jennifer Armentrout's debut novel was impressive. Rob Thurman's Night Life
was a definite last year read, because I got it for Christmas and had read it the day after I opened it. lol.Favorite books of all time?Neverwhere
by Neil GaimanNightlife
by Rob Thurman
Any book by Laurell K. Hamilton
Any book by Kim Harrison
Any book by Sherrilyn Kenyon
Any book by Diana GabaldonWhat are you reading right now?
Right now, I'm resisting the urge to read to try to get other stuff finished.What are you reading next?
Probably, considering the crap that I'm trying to complete, something fluffy like Katie MacAlister's The Trouble with HarryFavorite book to recommend to an eleven-year-old?
I would either recommend Tamora Pierce's Song of the Lioness quartet or Mercedes Lackey's Heralds of Valdemar series.Favorite book to reread?Outlander
by Diana Gabaldon or Elizabeth's Wolf
by Lora LeighDo you ever smell books?
ESPECIALLY used books!Do you ever read Primary source documents?
I just finished a research project last semester that required ALL sources to be primary sources fished from the archives. I read Night
by Elie Wiesel one night for the hell of it. Otherwise, no.