Posted by: Rob | April 8, 2009

Book Meme

Tagged by Marsha via Facebook who got this from annie who got this from Savvy Wit & Verse who took it from The Boston Bibliophile and The Bookkitten:

1. Hardback, trade paperback or mass market paperback?
I prefer hardcover or trade paperback for books I want to keep. Mass market paperback for the rest.

2. Barnes & Noble or Borders?
Meh. Bookstores are bookstores. They never have what I want in stock and the on-sale hardcovers tempt me like Costco. I prefer the library for browsing. Generally, I buy off the web.

3. Bookmark or dog-ear?
Bookmark. Always. I’m kind of anal about it. I have textbooks from university that were barely cracked or read and never highlighted.

4. Amazon or brick and mortar?
See # 2 above.

5. Alphabetize by author or alphabetize by title or random?
Oh, genre, author, date of publication. Too anal? I think not.

6. Keep, throw away, or sell?
Been known to do all of the above

7. Keep dust jacket or toss it?
Keep. Always remove and keep when lending books.

8. Read with dust jacket or remove it?
Mostly with; use it for bookmarking.

9. Short story or novel?
Either. Short stories are good for bathroom sojourns, though.

10. Harry Potter or Lemony Snicket?

11. Stop reading when tired or at chapter breaks?
Chapter breaks make good stopping points, but if I’m tired it doesn’t matter. When it’s time for lights out, it’s time for lights out.

12. “It was a dark and stormy night” or “Once upon a time”?
Trick question? Yes, they’re both cliches. I read westerns, historical novels, sci-fi, horror and a bit of fantasy. Oh, and non-fiction. A lot of non-fiction.

13. Buy or borrow?
Both. Generally borrow if it’s available, but will buy if it’s hard to find.

14. New or used?
Doesn’t matter. I’ve found some great books in used book stores. Two of my favourites are a little shop in old Gibson’s, BC and a little shop in a strip mall in Lake Jackson, TX.

15. Buying choice: book reviews, recommendations, or browse?
I will typically hear about a book in a column or blog. Sometimes find good ones by browsing.

16. Tidy ending or cliffhanger?
Hmmm. Stephen King gave the reader a choice in book VII of the Dark Tower series. Stop (cliffhanger) or go on (tidy ending). In that particular case, I should have stopped.

In general, either is fine, depending on the story.

17. Morning reading, afternoon reading, or nighttime reading?
Evening or night during the week. Morning on the weekends. Or whatever time it is that I’m on a plane.

18. Stand-alone or series?
Doesn’t matter.

19. Favorite series?
Stephen King’s “The Dark Tower”

20. Favorite children’s book?
Incident at Hawk’s Hill, Luke Baldwin’s Vow, Black Beauty, Tom Sawyer, The Adventures of Huck Finn

21. Favorite YA book?
A Canticle for Liebowitz, Fahrenheit 451, Something Wicked This Way Comes

22. Favorite book of which nobody else has heard?
Footfall by Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle

23. Favorite books read last year?
Um, I can’t remember. Maybe Field Notes from a Catastrophe: Man, Nature, and Climate Change by Elizabeth Kolbert.

24. Favorite books of all time?
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (all four of the original set) by Douglas Adams

25. What are you reading right now?
Just finished I, Quantrill by Max McCoy; I’m still reading In Defense of Food : An Eater’s Manifesto by Michael Pollan

26. What are you reading next?
I’ll probably tackle Afraid by Jack Kilborn, now that annie has finished reading (and reviewing) it.

27. Favorite book to recommend to an eleven-year-old?
Do 11 year olds still read? I don’t know what I’d recommend. That’s too long ago.

28. Favorite book to reread?
Usually short story collections. Stephen King’s come to mind, as well as Larry Niven.

29. Do you ever smell books?

30. Do you ever read Primary source documents?
What’s a Primary source document?


  1. First!
    And am so doing this 🙂

    • Second! Wha….?!? Nooooooooooo. 8)

      Not a bad meme for book readers, eh?

      Thanks for being “first”!

    • 8)

  2. You smell books?!

    • Nothing like the smell of a freshly minted book 🙂

    • Umm. Yeah? Problem?

  3. Incident at Hawk’s Hill–one of my favs…
    See Annie–there is ALWAYS something new you can learn about those men…

  4. I smell books too. Oy! 🙂

    • Welcome marie. A fellow book smeller.

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