I’d rather be reading

I don’t mind doing a meme every so often, but it really has to interest me. I saw this series of book questions over at Everyday Goddess, and decided to give it a go.

1. Hardback, trade paperback or mass market paperback? Mass market paperbacks, though sometimes hardbacks if it’s a book in a series that I’m anxious to read.

2. Barnes & Noble or Borders? Barnes & Noble, usually.

3. Bookmark or dog-ear? Bookmark, definitely. I don’t like to damage books.

4. Amazon or brick and mortar? Both.

5. Alphabetize by author or alphabetize by title or random? Grouped by author, at least some of the time, but not ordered.

6. Keep, throw away, or sell? For a long time I kept all books, but now I only keep some and sell the rest to Half Price Books.

7. Keep dust jacket or toss it? Keep it.

8. Read with dust jacket or remove it? If a book has a dust jacket, I use that instead of a bookmark.

9. Short story or novel? Mostly novels though I occasionally buy collections of short stories. Also, I sometimes buy individual short story eBooks.

10. Harry Potter or Lemony Snicket? Neither, though I read part of the first Harry Potter book to my kids when they were younger.

11. Stop reading when tired or at chapter breaks? When tired.

12. “It was a dark and stormy night” or “Once upon a time”? Both.

13. Buy or borrow? Both, though usually I buy. Though in recent years I really only buy eBooks, but I receive physbooks (yes, I just made that up) as gifts.

14. New or used? New.

15. Buying choice: book reviews, recommendations, or browse? All three, though recommendations is the least common.

16. Tidy ending or cliffhanger? I prefer a tidy ending, though it can be implied. A cliffhanger is acceptable if a sequel is all but guaranteed.

17. Morning reading, afternoon reading, or nighttime reading? Idle time reading of eBooks. Physbooks I mostly read in the bathroom or on trips.

18. Stand-alone or series? Either. Perhaps a slight preference for series.

19. Favorite series? That’s a tough one. Probably Issac Asimov’s Foundation series. Or maybe Piers Anthony’s Incarnations of Immortality. Or Julian May’s Pliocene Exile and Galactic Milieu series (together).

20. Favorite children’s book? Well, the first one I remember — and I can still recite parts of it, “eek awk, squeak squak” is Timothy Tinker. Actually, that’s the first one I remember reading. The first one I remember at all is the one I used to hide away so it wouldn’t be read to me: The Monster at the End of this Book.

21. Favorite YA book? I’m honestly not sure whether the books I read as a young adult (that really means teenager in book-speak, right?) were specifically young adult books. But surely all of those Xanth books I read were, so I’ll say one of those. Centaur Aisle, probably.

22. Favorite book of which nobody else has heard? Hmm, that’s a tough one. I’m not sure I really read much that’s obscure. I’m going to go with an eBook, though it looks like this is available as a physbook as well: The Sex Gates, which is the first in a series. The series isn’t bad, but the first book is better.

23. Favorite books read last year? I don’t keep track well enough to know what I read last year. Dead Until Dark was probably one I read last year, so I’ll say that was my favorite. Yes, I was late to the party.

24. Favorite books of all time? Excluding the three series listed above, that would be Macroscope. And maybe Debt of Honor.

25. What are you reading right now? Physbook: The Traveler, eBook: Aethereal’s Pride

26. What are you reading next? I actually just started both of these books recently. My next physbook is probably going to be Enchantment and my next eBook, perhaps City at the End of Time. I may also download an audio book or two for next week’s drive to SantaFe.

27. Favorite book to recommend to an eleven-year-old? That’s tough for me. I’ve been trying to get my 11-year-old to read A Spell for Chameleon, the first Xanth book, but she keeps reading other books instead. It may be a bit too mature for her.

28. Favorite book to reread? I haven’t reread anything in years; there’s just so much new to read all the time. But I would like to reread all three series I mentioned above. And I’ve reread the book I listed as my favorite a number of times in the past.

29. Do you ever smell books? Of course. Well, maybe not the eBooks.

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

Wow, I made it through all that. I wasn’t sure I would. Did you?


  1. #1 by whall on April 21, 2009 - 10:04 am

    Wow indeed. You even had a lot of links, too!


    • #2 by Ren on April 22, 2009 - 3:21 pm

      whall – I considered doing an Amazon Affiliate thing for the links, but in addition to the fact that I wouldn’t expect to actually reap any benefit from that, I realized that it’s just not the kind of thing I want on my blog. I linked to Wikipedia whenever possible.


  2. #3 by lizriz on April 21, 2009 - 12:02 pm

    “I don’t mind doing a meme every so often, but it really has to interest me.” Exactly.

    *Love* the Foundation series!


    • #4 by Ren on April 22, 2009 - 3:23 pm

      lizriz – Yeah, books rock! 🙂


  3. #5 by Faiqa on April 22, 2009 - 11:44 am

    We have very similar reading styles, but not tastes. 🙂 I reread the same books, at least, four or five times. Creature of habit, I guess. I like knowing what’s going to happen.

    I gave you an award on my blog today, btw.


    • #6 by Ren on April 22, 2009 - 3:27 pm

      Faiqa – I wander outside of my reading comfort zone occasionally, and usually with good result. But I always trend back toward Sci-Fi and Fantasy. I’m a sucker for time travel.

      An award? Ah, yes, I see it there in my feed reader. Sweet! Something to blog about tomorrow. 🙂


  4. #7 by Kate on April 22, 2009 - 2:02 pm

    Oh, I love this meme! I may have to *ahem* borrow it sometime.


    • #8 by Ren on April 22, 2009 - 3:30 pm

      Kate – Please do. I look forward to your responses.


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