Paperback, hardback or Trade paperback?
Paperbacks are nice. Trade paperback once in a while when I want to throw a couple on the floor by my futon and think about when I was 22 and thought that looked all Hip and Decorative dontcha know.
Amazon or brick and mortar?
I do not have time to browse, and feel like brick-and-mortar stores are always trying to push crap on you from the sales tables, so Amazon, definitely. The more so now that I get gift certificates for them from my credit card company.
Unless I am in a mood to go buy ten cheap true crimes at the used book dump up the road, which these past few years, I'm generally not cuz I can just read the fact sections of criminal appeals at work instead.
Barnes & Noble or Borders?
Ugh, neither. ABEbooks, which is just like Alice's Restaurant cuz "you can get anything you want."
Bookmark or dog-ear?
Favourite place to read?
Used to be bed, but I'm too tired these days. I end up doing most of my reading in the bathtub lately.
Alphabetize by author or alphabetize by title or random?
I try to group them by subject matter, but due to lack of shelf space they end up a bit jumbled, which doesn't cheer me up.
Keep, throw away, or sell?
Keep. Which means they are taking over most of the rooms of my house like fungus, as well as half the basement. I need a larger house with a library.
Keep dust jacket or toss it?
I tossed these when I was little. I keep them now. However, with the eggzception of beautifully illustrated children's books, and The occasional Book that I Care About Enuf to Buy the First Hardback Ed with DJ, I find dust jackets annoying and would rather have the paperback.
Read with dust jacket or remove it?
If it's gonna slip and annoy me I take it the hell off. If it's grafted on by a library, as many of my books are used ex-lib, then it's usually OK.
Short story or novel?
I don't like most fiction, but if I'm gonna bother around with it, then usually a novel.
Harry Potter or Lemony Snicket?
Ugh. How about we substitute the Redwall series and Gorey? I've always thought Lemony Snicket was just a big fat Gorey ripoff anyway.
Stop reading when tired or at chapter breaks?
When tired. Chapter breaks don't work for me because I almost never read a book straight through in order and I may be reading it from the last page forward or some random place in the middle. I tried to teach myself to read upside down once too. Just to break the monotony.
"It was a dark and stormy night" or "Once upon a time"?
I read a boatload of Brothers Grimm when I was little, including in its original bloody murderous forms, so "Once upon a time."
Buy or borrow?
I used to love borrowing from the library and practically lived there. Then libraries got all sucky and full of toys, videos, Harlequin romances, and Internet pervertz. One day I went to Lakewood Public Library specifically looking for Jonathan Eisen's "The Age of Rock II" which I had been reading and rereading since childhood, and discovered it and lots of other books were gone. I was very sad, went home and cried, and from then on I bought all my books (many of them from libraries apparently cleaning house...how bloody sad is that?). Postscript: Years later I obtained a copy of "Age of Rock II" off of ABEbooks and discovered that what I had actually been reading all those years was another book called "The California Dream" that the library had put in the wrong binding.
New or used?
Mostly used, a few new esp if they have lovely covers.
Buying choice: book reviews, recommendations, or browse?
Reviews and recs sometimes, but mostly browse.
Tidy ending or cliffhanger?
I hate cliffhangers and consider them a premise to get you to buy more books (or see more movies). I like things to end when they end. I don't have to think about it much cuz I read non-fiction more often than not.
Morning reading, afternoon reading, or nighttime reading?
It used to be all day long. It's usually nighttime now.
Stand-alone or series?
Prefer stand-alone. Series tend to annoy me, except for some children's series. It's a pain to have to collect all the damn volumes and I don't like getting to Vol. 4 and finding out that the couple from Vol. 1 didn't marry each other after all and garbage like that.
Beatrix Potter, if that's a series. If it's not, then probably Love and Rockets. Although that annoyed me too, I'd have rather they just stayed punks. I dunno.
Favorite children's book?
I have dozens of these, can't possibly choose just one, and am getting annoyed just thinking about trying.
Favorite YA book?
Not sure what qualifies as "YA" anymore. Used to love Hinton and Zindel and Blume. Can't think of a favorite. I still like to read YA books that I find cheap at Goodwills, but they're like Harlequin Romances for me. I never grew up and I'm still 15 and stuck in 1970-something, emotionally. I probably have 30 of these piled up in my room at home.
Favorite book of which nobody else has heard?
Oh for po0ps sake this is getting so tiring. The Book I Haven't Written Down Yet. OK?
Favorite books read last year?
Did I read a book last year? When was last year anyway?
Favorite books of all time?
Anything by Beatrix Potter. My old edition of "Tasha Tudor's Fairy Tales" that I've had since I was little. "The Outsiders". "The Illustrated Rock Encyclopedia" (first edition). "The Rolling Stone History of Rock" (first edition ONLY, later ones sucked). "The Dead Girl" by Melanie Thernstrom. Pamela Des Barres's first book. I'm sure I'm leaving out a whole truckload, this is just what's popped into my mind right now.
Probably "The Dead Girl" wins, I read that over and over for about five years and it is one of the few books I'd say really changed my life and opened my eyes to another world blahblahblah phooey.
Least favorite book you finished last year?
I told you, I can't farging remember last year. Plus if I didn't like a book I didn't finish it, duh. Life's too short to read stupid assed books.
What are you reading right now?
A British novel called "Powder" about a Smiths-like band called "The Grams" trying to make it in the British/USA music industry. It's a few years old. I have to read it like 2 pages at a time, I can't stand more band shite than that in my face all at once.
And a historic true crime called "Starvation Heights" about a woman doctor who starved her rich patients and stole their money. The author isn't my fave true crime writer and I'm having a hard time getting into it.
I also left in the bathroom an old paperback of "The Stalking of Kristin", another true crime about a punk chick from DC who moved to Boston and got killed by her ex, a Bunratty's bouncer, and her daddy who happened to be a Wash Post reporter wrote a news story and a book about it and won a Pulitzer Prize. I already read this years ago when it came out (in hardback even) and I re-read a little from time to time, but the girl's family epitomizes everything I don't like about Catholics in Washington, so it makes it hard to feel sympathy even though the justice system is clearly effed up and as an ex-punkrawkgirl I am thinking "There but for the grace of God go I". The dad especially comes off like the village idiot about music, culture, violence to women, and criminal law, even though he writes for one of the world's leading newspapers. The girl, frankly, doesn't seem too bright either. Not that that made it OK for her to get killed, but just sayin'. Sto0pid pe0ple.
What are you reading next?
I dunno. I got a pile to pick from. I think I'd like to read this really old true crime I got, about this gay John Wayne Gacy type serial killer in the Midwest in the 70s. It's from before true crime was popular so it's a cheezy exploitation-type book, and it's also an early work by one of my favorite genre authors so I'm curious to see how his style evolved as well as reading about the crime itself.
Favorite book to recommend to an eleven-year-old?
If the eleven-year-old can't pick out its own books it's probably not into reading enuf for me to waste my time.
Favorite book to reread?
Mostly my old favorites from when I was in my 20s. "The Dead Girl." "Bad Blood: A Family Murder in Marin County." I can recite whole sections from both of those from having read them over and over so many times.
Do you ever smell books?
I'm aware that they tend to have an Odor, yes.
Do you ever read Primary source documents?
When I worked for a legal history professor and had to check citations at the Library of Congress, I did.
I wasn't thrilled about the stuff I found in some of the files.
Man this meme took a damn long time. My brain is actually tired now. I think I like reading more than I like thinking about reading.