This “Book Meme” has been making the rounds, but I stole it from The Boston Bibliophile. Feel free to steal it from me!
2. Barnes & Noble or Borders? Borders, although I will not turn up my nose at B&N if they’re what’s around. I find Borders to be a more enjoyable browsing experience most of the time.
3. Bookmark or dog-ear? Bookmark. My favorite bookmarks wrap around the book to make sure the place-holder doesn’t fall out if I drop the book. I’ll dog-ear in a pinch, though. Also, I have been known to go ballistic over books left open face-down on tables or chairs – I will seize them and insert a bookmark immediately.
4. Amazon or brick and mortar? If I know the specific title I want and am not sure how soon I’ll be in a bookstore to get it, I have no problem ordering it from Amazon. As far as browsing goes, though, it’s got to be a brick-and-mortar bookstore – I want to pick up the book, hold it, flip through the pages.
5. Alphabetize by author or alphabetize by title or random? You must be talking about “organization.” My books aren’t very familiar with that. I try to keep them separated between fiction and nonfiction on the shelves, but other than that, it’s pretty random. Finding my next read is always an adventure at my house.
6. Keep, throw away, or sell? Keep or give away, although they might be given to a thrift shop that will sell them. “Throw away?” Are you kidding?
7. Keep dust jacket or toss it? Keep it, unless it’s gotten too beat up.
8. Read with dust jacket or remove it? If I’m keeping it, it’s staying on the book, period.
9. Short story or novel? Short answer: novels.
10. Harry Potter or Lemony Snicket? Harry Potter. Not even a contest.
11. Stop reading when tired or at chapter breaks? Ideally, I’ll make it to the end of the section or chapter, but sometimes my eyes have other ideas.
12. “It was a dark and stormy night” or “Once upon a time”? It depends on my mood, really. There’s a right time for either one.
13. Buy or borrow? Buy, unless I’m borrowing from someone I know. I love that the library exists, but I hardly ever use it.
14. New or used? New, unless the used copy comes from someone I know. I find used bookstores exhausting.
15. Buying choice: book reviews, recommendations, or browse? Book reviews will bring books to my attention, but I love browsing and sometimes have my best shopping trips when I wasn’t looking for any book in particular. Not many people are comfortable making specific book recommendations for me.
16. Tidy ending or cliffhanger? It depends on what fits the story. Sometimes “tidy” endings feel contrived, and I don’t mind a bit of ambiguity – it helps keep the book in my mind longer.
17. Morning reading, afternoon reading, or nighttime reading? Any or all, but reading before sleep is ritual.
18. Stand-alone or series? I’m not a stickler either way. If I like the character, I’ll look forward to seeing him or her in multiple books.
19. Favorite series? Harry Potter
20. Favorite children’s book? Favorite book when I was a child: Little Women. Favorite book to read to children: The Cat in the Hat. Favorite book to recommend for children: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. And Harry Potter.
21. Favorite YA book? A Wrinkle in Time
22. Favorite book of which nobody else has heard? Brightness Falls, by Jay McInerney
23. Favorite books read last year?
The Year of Fog, by Michelle Richmond
No One You Know, also by Michelle Richmond
The Ruins of California, by Martha Sherrill
The Post-Birthday World, by Lionel Shriver
But Enough About Me: How a Small-Town Girl Went From Shag Carpet to the Red Carpet, by Jancee Dunn
So Many Books, So Little Time: A Year of Passionate Reading, by Sara Nelson
Girls Like Us: Carole King, Joni Mitchell, Carly Simon — and the Journey of a Generation, by Sheila Weller
24. Favorite books of all time? I almost never answer this question because it’s too hard, but I’ll give up a few this time:
East of Eden, by John Steinbeck
The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life, by Anne Lamott
Wonder Boys, by Michael Chabon
The Bean Trees, by Barbara Kingsolver
25. What are you reading right now? As of the time I drafted this post, I’m reading a review copy of The Mighty Queens of Freeville, by Amy Dickinson.
26. What are you reading next? I’m not sure, but I know that I’m up to my neck in review books right now! Only one is an ARC (Bad Mother: A Chronicle of Maternal Crimes, Minor Calamities, and Occasional Moments of Grace, by Ayelet Waldman), but a couple are newly published (Mojo Mom: Nurturing Your Self While Raising a Family, by Amy Tiemann, Ph.D., and The Amazing Adventures of Working Girl: Real-Life Career Advice You Can Actually Use by Karen Burns), and I’m not sure whether to go for timeliness or dig something older out of the stack. If I do that, I think I’ll pick Dating Jesus: A Story of Fundamentalism, Feminism, and the American Girl, by Susan Campbell. But at some point, I’ll rebel against the review pile and read a couple of books of my own; my husband keeps asking me if I’ve read Fool, by Christopher Moore, yet.
27. Favorite book to recommend to an eleven-year-old? Once again, A Wrinkle in Time
28. Favorite book to reread? I don’t do much re-reading any more – too much new stuff to read! The only books I’ve re-read in the last few years are the Harry Potter books. There was a period when I read the Tales of the City series every year or so, but it’s been a while.
29. Do you ever smell books? Only if they smell weird…
30. Do you ever read Primary source documents, like diaries or letters? Not often. I’m not sure I’ve read a diary since Anne Frank’s.
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