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Saturday, 5 September 2009

Bookish Meme

Hosted by Book Chick City but inspired by a another blogger.

A fun way to find out who shares the same bookish foibles as you do. Notice the word foibles? An extra bit of info for you - its my absolute favourite word!

Hardback, trade paperback or mass market paperback?
Personally, I love buying hardbacks. I love the way the title is embossed on a dust-jacket. But I have a lot of mass-market paperbacks too.

Waterstones, Borders or Amazon?
I buy loads of books from Amazon. I prefer Waterstones to Borders. I feel like I can take my time in Waterstones. I could spend all day there.

Bookmark or dog-ear?
I will always use a bookmark if its a hardback or a signed edition. But if its a paperback, I occasionally fold corners down.

Amazon or bricks-and-mortar?
If I know what I'm looking for I'll use Amazon. But I much prefer to go to a bookstore and spend time browsing. You never know when you're going to find a gem. I love indepedent booksellers. There is a great one I came across fairly recently in Aldeborough, Suffolk. I was there on a mini break. Definitely worth a visit if you're ever up that way on holiday.  

Alphabetize by author, or alphabetize by title, or random?
I'm a Librarian but seriously I would never alphabetize at home. I have the Becky system which is more based on how much I like the book or whether it is still to be read. I save the top shelves of my book cases for the books with the best covers. I guess its pretty random. 

Keep, throw away, or sell?
Keep. I wouldn't throw a book away in a million years. I sometimes give books away if I've read them and know I won't want to read them again.

Keep dust jacket or toss it?
Keep for sure. These are what make first editions really valuable in the future.

Read with dust jacket or remove it?
Remove. I like to protect them and keep the book's value.

Short story or novel?
Novel every time. I had to read collections of short stories for my degree so I think it might be a rebellion against that. 

Harry Potter or Lemony Snicket?
Harry Potter. My sister says I'm pratically Hermione. The whole library thing. I do not have bushy hair.

Buy or borrow?
Buy. Much to my husband's frustration. We have a really tiny house. If I needed a non-fiction book, then I might use the library. I borrow audio books from the library when we go on long journeys because they are so expensive.

Buying choice: book reviews, recommendations, or browse?
All three but my preferred method is browse.

Tidy ending or cliffhanger?
I'm with Book Chick City on this one. If its a series, I want a cliff hanger. If its a stand-alone novel, then a tidy ending. There is nothing worse than a story with a thousand unanswered questions at the end.

Morning reading, afternoon reading, or nighttime reading?
During the week I read in the evening. At the weekend I might read at any time or all day long if the book is really gripping.
Stand-alone or series?
Series! I love series books!
Favourite series?
Hmmm...there are just so many. I'll list a few: The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare, The Chronicles of Ancient Darkness by Michelle Paver. Ingo by Helen Dunmore. The Wardstone Chronicles by Joseph Delaney, The Olympians by Rick Riordan. Harry Potter and Twilight obviously.
Favourite children’s book?
I don't know. Its really tricky. When I was a child, it was The Faraway Tree by Enid Blyton.
Favourite YA book?
This is really tough. The most beautifully written YA book I've ever read has to be Blood Red, Snow White by Marcus Sedgwick. Its the story of Arthur Ransome and his time as a spy in the Russian revolution.
For the plot and the whole Shadowhunter idea (because it echoes Paradise Lost) City of Bones by Cassandra Clare has to be one of my favourites.
Favourite book of which nobody else has heard of?
Song Quest (The Echorium Sequence) by Katherine Roberts. My sister's heard of it because I recommended it but its out of print now and so I doubt its that well known. But it should be, I love it.

Favourite books read last year?
The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness, Blue Flame By K.M. Grant
Favourite books of all time?
The Twelve Dancing Princesses, Pride and Prejudice, City of Bones, The Medici Seal, The City of Ember, The Alchemist by Paolo Colho, Percy Jackson.
Favourite book to recommend to an 11-year-old?
This is an easy one for me. It has to be Percy Jackson and Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan!

Favorite book to re-read?
Harry Potter. I've read them all at least five times.
Do you ever smell books?
Old ones yes. It kind of transports you back to the past. I stand there wondering who else has held the book before me.
Do you ever read primary source documents like letters or diaries?
Nope. I'm not into diary style writing. If I spent more time on my creative writing, then I might look at letters.
What are you reading right now?
This morning I finished Wolf Cry by Julia Golding.
What are you reading next?
I can't decide between Dragonfly Pool by Eva Ibbotson (which I need to read for work) or What I Saw and How I Lied by Judy Blundell (which I want to review).
Thanks for reading!


Nina said...

Fun to read your answers on the questions!
I do love your layout! :P

Froggy said...

great answers! I love the harry potter books too..we even went to midnight sales of the last 2 books because we didn't want to wait for amazon to deliver them! LOL! :)