Friday, January 26, 2007

To Meme or not to.......

OK....I've heard the term but I've never really thought too much about them. But I found this one, and thought it would be fun....AND appropriate, so I'm "borrowing" it!! Thanks so much to the Literary Feline herself for the Book Meme! I's stealing shamelessly, though I added a couple of my own!

Science Fiction, Fantasy or Horror?
Hmmm....since I was young, I've been a huge Stephen King fan. I would have to say horror, although lately fantasy and sci-fi are really picking up for me!

Hardback or Trade Paperback or Mass Market Paperback?
To be honest, I actually prefer Trade Paperback to anything. That is to read. (If I'm going to buy a "Keeper", I prefer harback). The TPB's are so much easier to read and carry around. After that would be hardback, and mass markets would be last.

Jane Austen of the Bronte Sisters?
OK...this is tough. I've only read one Jane Austen. So right now, I'll go with the Bronte's. This may change in the coming years.

Amazon or Brick and Mortar?
I definitely prefer actually going to a real bookstore than buying online. I know the convience is there. But there is nothing like the smell of all those new books!! Can you say OBSESSION??

Barnes & Noble or Borders?
Wow. I really like both! I prefer Barnes & Noble mostly for the Starbucks and how friendly everyone is. I do prefer the way Borders is laid out, and I LOVE their 2 for 3 tables!

Hitchhiker or Discworld?
Haven't read either, so I guess I can't comment!

Bookmark or Dogear?
Bookmark definitely!! I HATE to damage the pages of a book!!

Alphabetize by author Alphabetize by title or random?
Who actually alphabetizes by title??? That sounds really dumb to me!! Must be by author.

Keep, Throw Away or Sell?
I do a bit of both Keeping and selling. I have an extensive collection and I just can't keep all the books I read. So I do tend to sell a lot of the paperbacks. I can't imagine actually throwing away a book!

Read with dustjacket or remove it?
I take the dustjacket off.....hate to let it get ripped!

Short story or novel?
I don't read a lot of short stories. I prefer novels because you get so much more character development.

Harry Potter or Lemony Snicket?
Why Harry Potter, of course!!

Stop reading when tired or at chapter breaks?
I really prefer to break at chapters, but with 3 kids that's not always the case!!

"It was a dark and stormy night" or "Once upon a time"?
The Goth Girl in me totally prefers the "It was dark and stormy night"!!

Buy or Borrow?
I do both! I probably buy more than I should though!

Buying choice: Book Reviews, Recommendation or Browse?
All of the above!! These book blogs have been great for getting good, solid recommendations. I actually prefer those to any paid critic! And I will pick up a book at the store if it catches my fancy!

Lewis or Tolkien?
Lord of the Rings, baby!! Tolkien, for sure!

Collection (short stories by the same author) or Anthology (short stories by different authors)?
As I said, I don't generlly care for short stories, but if I was going to read them, I think I'd like the diversity of the Anthology.

Tidy ending or Cliffhanger?
Tidy Endings. I like to have Closure!

Morning reading, Afternoon reading or Nighttime reading?
I almost exclusively read at night during the week. With kids and work there is really no other time. On the weekends, I squeeze in reading when I can.

Standalone or Series?
Both. I've found some really good series lately.

Classic or Modern?
Again....both! I think I read a lot more classics than some people. And they are classics for a reason. But sometimes, I really like to read more modern books.

New or used?
Although I read both, I prefer new.

Favorite book of which nobody else has heard?
Tough question. Especially here because I'm sure with all the Bookies out there, someone will have heard of it, depending on the genre. I guess I will have to go with A Sunday at the Pool in Kigali. EXCELLENT book.

Top 5 favorite books read last year?
Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See
One Thousand White Women: The Journal of May Dodd by Jim Fergus
A Sunday at the Pool in Kigali by Gil Courtemanche
The Alchemist by Paulo Coehlo
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safron Foer

Top 5 favorite books of all time that are not listed above?
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
The Stand by Stephen King
The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

5 favorite series?
Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling
Stephanie Plum by Janet Evanovich
Anita Blake Vampire Hunter by Laurell K. Hamilton
The Dark Tower by Stephen King
Shopaholics by Sophie Kinsella


kookiejar said...

Since you are an Anita Blake fan like me, here's a burning question...Jean-Claude or Richard?

I'm a Richard girl myself.

Literary Feline said...

I am enjoying reading your answers, Stephanie!

The alphabetizing by Title . . . I don't know. Maybe if an author published more than one book in a year and I don't know the exact order? That's not something I would do normally myself.

I'll have to check out some of your favorites. :-) I have Jonathan Safran Foer's Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close. Maybe I should crack that one open this year.

Kookiejar - I was a Richard girl in the beginning of the series, but not so much anymore. I think I prefer the not so popular Micah of all her men. (Rafael is my favorite male though--I hope she never sleeps with him--they make better friends).

Anonymous said...

That was fun. I may steal that for my blog sometime soon;-)

Stephanie said...

Steal away!! That's what I did! Literary Feline...thanks again! It was fun to do! Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close was really something. Strange format and strange book. But it will suck you in!!