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Sunday, January 16, 2011

Meme-in' makes me feel good

'Allo, dear readers. I have spent the last few days in snowy Cleveland, OH and am pleased to report that not only is it a charming city, but my dear manfriend has been accepted into its podiatry school. More on that when the time comes.

For now, a meme! Because it is Sunday and I am eating dougnuts!

What do you read? Mainstream, genre, Young Adult?
I read...whatever appeals to me. I read lots of genre fiction, mainly science fiction and fantasy, I read tons of YA of all kinds, I read graphic novels and comics. I love literary "classics". When I read nonfiction it is likely to be feminist prose or something anthropological.

What do you never read?
I don't much care for romance novels.

Morning reading, Afternoon reading or Nighttime reading?
Afternoon reading is the best. I also like reading before bed.

Bed, Bath or Bus?

Hardback or Trade Paperback or Mass Market Paperback or eBook?

Definitely not e-book! I prefer trade paperbacks, but I have lots of mass market because they're less expensive. Some hardbacks are nice, but they do take up a lot of space.

Bookmark or dog-ear?

Bookmark these days. Used to be I could just remember where I was in the book, but my memory is going in my old age. Dog-earing makes me sad.

Alphabetize by author, title, or random?

Depends on what bookshelf. The nonfiction is organized by topic and then author last name; the sci-fi and fantasy shelf, kids books, and classics are alphabetical by last name,

Keep, Throw Away, or Sell?

I used to keep EVERYTHING EVER. I've been paring things down. If I buy something and don't Love It, I donate it or give it away. I usually don't buy things I haven't read, which keeps the library under control. The only books I resell are textbooks.

Short story or novel?

Novels. I prefer to WRITE short stories, but I rarely read them. Funky.

Stop reading when tired or at chapter breaks?

I try to do chapter breaks, but that doesn't always happen, depending on time constraints or dozing off while reading.

Buy or Borrow?

I would rather buy. Acquisition of a book usually goes like this: read something at the library or something borrowed, and then if I like it enough I'll buy it. I do buy books by certain authors--Tamora Pierce, Neil Gaiman--because I am generally quite sure that I'll like them. I don't like borrowing because I don't like lending; if people don't give me my books back, I am sad.

Buying choice: Book Reviews, Recommendation, or Browse?

Oops, I guess I answered that one above! How about, reading choice: I don't really read book reviews. I take recommendations from friends and blogs I read online, and I am a big fan of browsing, in libraries and bookstores.

Tidy ending or cliffhanger?

Cliffhangers are ok in serials, but I prefer things to be reasonably wrapped up in a one-off.

Standalone or Series?

I like both! Many genre books are serial, so I have a lot of series at home. But I also have plenty of standalone novels. My favorite books can be found in both.

Favourite book of which nobody else has heard?

The Snow Walker by Farley Mowat.

Top 3 favourite books read within the last few years?

The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
Guardian of the Dead by Karen Healey
The Body Sacred by Dianne Sylvan

Top 5 favourite books of all time?

Admittedly this list grows all the time. But there are a few constants: The Once and Future King, 1984, The Blind Assassin, most of Pierce's entire canon, and American Gods.

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