Hardback or trade paperback or mass market paperback?
I have to admit, I really don't care. As long as it's a good book, I'll read it. AND if I bought it, I'll keep it. If I've borrowed it and become completely hooked...then I'll buy it (preferrably on sale).
Online purchase or brick and mortar?
Brick and mortar. I want to see it, feel it, smell it... (you get the picture). I like having it right there. NOW.. I have purchased books through a book club...but then I have the option of returning it easily.
Barnes & Noble or Borders?
No clue. My hubbie buys most often through Amazon (I think).
Bookmark or dog-ear?
If I have a bookmark, I use it. If I don't well then... I do whatever I have to do to preserve my spot!
Mark or not mark?
Never. Sorry, was raised you don't write in books. Well, hold on, I do mark up text books. And if it's a book I've purchased for learning purposes, I'll use pencil on it. And then I have my "fun" bible which I can write in to my hearts content. All other bibles.. NO WAY!
Alphabetize by author or alphabetize by title or random?
Depends on who's library they are in. My hubbie's library is LCC'd with tags and everything! :) Guess who did that? My library is mostly alphabetical, but some subject gathered. Depends on the genre...fiction or non.
Keep, throw away, or sell?
Keep, keep, keep...until I have too many and then sell, sell, sell. I rarely give away UNLESS I know that God is saying "give this to thus and such". Then even if I like it tons, I still give it away.
Keep dustjacket or toss it?
Keep unless it becomes tattered.
Read with dustjacket or remove it?
With, makes a handy bookmark. :)
Short story or novel?
Anything! Well.. okay.. I have learned to be cautious with short-story sci-fi/fantasy. But mostly whatever works for me. :)
Collection (short stories by same author) or anthology (short stories by different authors)?
Whatever works just fine.
Lord of the Rings or Narnia
Have no opinion on that. Like them both.
Stop reading when tired or at chapter breaks?
When tired, unless chapter break is like 2 more pages. Otherwise I just stop and pick up from where I left.
“It was a dark and stormy night” or “Once upon a time”?
"Once upon a time."
Buy or Borrow?
Borrow most fiction from library as it's cheaper to do so. Purchase stuff I want to learn from, cause then I skim read first, and then do a more "thinking" read.
New or used?
Kim said: "I love cracking open a new, hard-bound book, but lately I have learned that I can have more books if I buy them used. More is better." All I can say is DITTO!
Buying choice: book reviews, recommendation or browse?
Depends on the genre. Non-fiction, mostly reviews of people I respect. Fiction...if it grabs my fancy and doesn't "feel odd" to the touch, then it's mine! :)
Tidy ending or cliffhanger?
Not sure. Tidy endings make things easy, but cliffhangers leave you wanting more... I like both. Depends though...I hate wanting more and then having to wait more than 2 years to get "the more".
Morning reading, afternoon reading or night time reading?
Any time, any where...except while driving a car! That's a no-no.
Standalone or series?
Good question... Steven Lawhead... still just love his Empryion Series. That was a cliff hanger I just could hardly wait for. Not well known, many aren't enthused, but I really liked it.
Favorite book of which nobody else has heard?
Probably don't have one like that. Most stuff that I've read lots of others have read.
Favorite books read last year?
I enjoyed "the excellent wife" by Whats'er name - martha ????
I re-read the Anne McAffrey series for the umpteenth time.
I re-read Steven Lawhead's Empryion series again for the umpteenth time.
Kim said "The Bible. It really is a book of all time!" Can I say Ditto again? :)
Favorite book of all time?