Either-Or Meme

January 24, 2007

A meme? Why not!

(Thanks to Classical Bookworm, who picked it up from A Work in Progress)

Hardback or trade paperback or mass market paperback?
I love a trade paperback, especially the blue-green Penguin paperbacks (which, sadly, are on the way out — a relic of times past). If it’s used and in good condition, I love a good hardback.

Amazon or brick and mortar?
Both/and. Used bookstores for browsing, Amazon if it’s a matter of urgency.

Barnes & Noble or Borders?

Bookmark or dogear?
Horrors, indeed. Please don’t dogear.

Alphabetize by author or alphabetize by title or random?
By author, within genres

Keep, throw away, or sell?
Keep keep keep

Keep dustjacket or toss it?
Keep for storage (unless it’s ugly)

Read with dustjacket or remove it?

Always remove. I don’t see how people can read with those things on

Short story or novel?
Novel, emphatically

Collection (short stories by same author) or anthology (short stories by different authors)?

Collection, if it has to be something other than a novel

Harry Potter or Lemony Snicket?
Harry Potter (preferably in the wee hours after having bought the new book at midnight). Haven’t read the Snicket, but I’m sure they’re lovely.

Stop reading when tired or at chapter breaks?
I’d rather stop reading at chapter breaks, and I do my utmost to get there. Making it a point not to read in bed helps tremendously

“It was a dark and stormy night” or “Once upon a time”?
The former. Heaths preferable.

Buy or Borrow?
Buy. I can’t borrow books — it never feels right.

New or used?

I like used better.

Buying choice: book reviews, recommendation or browse?
A mix, with reviews being the most influential.

Tidy ending or cliffhanger?
Tidy, please. Especially if a deeply tense compromise has been achieved.

Morning reading, afternoon reading or nighttime reading?
I like reading in the morning best, especially if it’s a difficult text. The afternoon is great for light novels.

Standalone or series?

Standalone. Unless it’s fantasy, which it almost never is.

Favorite series?
The Contract with God Trilogy, Will Eisner

Favorite book of which nobody else has heard?
Saving the hard ones for last, eh? How about The Book of Leviathan by Peter Blegvad.

Favorite books read last year?
Life & Times of Michael K, The Contract with God Trilogy, Pale Fire, Christopher Marlowe: Five Plays, Fun Home, The Odyssey

Favorite books of all time?
Middlemarch, To the Lighthouse, Ulysses

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  1. Ah yes, heaths are always good!

  2. You don’t alphabetize, you chronologize, still by genre.

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