I’ve seen this on a couple blogs and decided to give it a shot.

Hardback, trade paperback or mass market paperback? I’ll read any of the above. I do prefer trade paperbacks, though. They’re light enough to carry around, but easier to hold than mass market ones.

Barnes & Noble or Borders? Borders, simply because that’s what we have in town. Actually it’s a Waldenbooks, but they’re owned by Borders.

Bookmark or dog-ear? I used to be a dog-earer. I’m trying to mend my ways, although sometimes I do lapse, I’m ashamed to say.

Amazon or brick-and-mortar? Amazon just has a better selection. I do still love to browse in brick-and-mortar stores. I like to be able to hold the book before I buy it. I realize that sounds incredibly stupid.

Alphabetize by author, or alphabetize by title, or random? Random. I need more bookshelves before I can reach any state of organization.

Keep, throw away, or sell? Keep the ones I love, swap the others. Some I do giveaway if I think someone will enjoy them. I have sold books at garage sales before, too, and donated them. I don’t think I’ve ever thrown a book away.

Keep dust jacket or toss it? Keep it. They’re usually much prettier.

Read with dust jacket or remove it? I actually leave it on for fear of losing it.

Short story or novel? Novel. I do enjoy short stories, I just don’t read them often.

harry1 Harry Potter or Lemony Snicket? Harry Potter, definitely. I haven’t read the last one yet, even though I have it sitting on my shelf. I guess I just don’t really want it to end. I’ve never read any of the Lemony Snicket series and probably won’t.

Stop reading when tired or at chapter breaks? Either or neither. I prefer chapter breaks. Most often, though, I have to stop reading when I need to do something else, like Amber’s art class is over and it’s time go home or David comes to bed and I need to turn out the light. Usually that doesn’t line up with the end of the chapter. If I don’t have anything else to do and can just read, I will read ’til the end of the book. It doesn’t happen very often, though.

“It was a dark and stormy night” or “Once upon a time”? “It was a dark and stormy night” when anything can happen. Mysteries, suspense, horror, gothic novels, sign me up.

Buy or borrow? Borrow for the most part, although lately my mailbox has been pretty full of copies I’ve won and books for review. I also like the swap sites.

Buying choice: book reviews, recommendations, or browse? All of the above. I’ve gotten some great recommendations over the years, sometimes things just catch my eye while I’m browsing, and it’s due to book reviews that my TBR list is never-ending. 

Tidy ending or cliffhanger? Tidy ending, unless it’s a series.

Morning reading, afternoon reading, or nighttime reading? Any time and all the time, if I could.

Stand-alone or series? Both.

Favorite series? I’ve sot so many, it’s hard to only list a few. Jim Butcher’s Dresden Files. Jayne Anne Krentz/Amanda Quick’s Arcane Society novels. Patricia Briggs’ Mercy series. I have a list of 33 series that I’m currently reading or have read the first of and want to continue.

Favorite children’s book? This is a tough one. I’ve gone back and read a few of the classic children’s books and been disappointed. I do love the Narnia series by C. S. Lewis.

pip1 Favorite book of which nobody else has heard? It’s not really unheard of, but I love Pipsqueak by Brian M. Wiprud. It’s just such a funny, quirky mystery. I’ve been a fan of his ever since I read it.

Favorite books read last year? Iron Kissed by Patricia Briggs, Boy’s Life by Robert McCammon, The Skull Mantra by Eliott Pattison, Ballad of the Whiskey Robber by Julian Rubinstein, Trash Sex Magic by Jennifer Stevenson, and I’ll stop there, even though I could go on and on.

Favorite books of all time? The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas, most things by Agatha Christie and the Sherlock Holmes stories.

one-deadly1 What are you reading right now? One Deadly Sin by Annie Solomon

What are you reading next? The Reader by Bernhard Schlink

Favorite book to recommend to an 11-year-old? Oh, I have no idea. How about A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L’Engle?

Favorite book to re-read? I don’t reread books, unless they are books I read as a child and want to reread with Amber.

Do you ever smell books? Not unless they smell funky. I do love the smell of used bookstores, though.

Do you ever read primary source documents like letters or diaries? No.

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