Sunday, April 15, 2007

Questions For Book-Lovers!

I tried a search for 'book reviews' in Google and came across Book Mama and this meme was in her blog. It looks interesting so I thought I'd try it out myself too!

Hardback or trade paperback or mass market paperback?

Mass market paperback. Cheaper!

Amazon or brick and mortar?

Definitely brick and mortar. Where's the fun in buying books if you don't get the chance to walk along those bookshelves loaded with hundreds of books??? Buying books in a bookstore is part of the fun in reading.

Barnes & Noble or Borders?

There's no Barnes & Noble in Malaysia, so I'll go for Borders. I'll always choose Borders anyway. I love Borders.

Bookmark or dogear?

Bookmark! Dogear? You want me to ruin the pages of my books??? No way! My books still look like new even if I've read it a hundred times.

Alphabetize by author or alphabetize by title or random?

Nah, I don't arrange them in any particular order. I just stack them randomly on my bookshelf.

Keep, throw away, or sell?

I obviously keep the ones that I like. I will never throw any books away. I'd sell the ones that I don't like.

Keep dustjacket or toss it?

Keep it.

Read with dustjacket or remove it?

I'll remove it. Easier to hold the book.

Short story or novel?

Novel. I get to enjoy the story for a longer period of time. Short stories are too short. I only read short stories when I'm in the mood for it.

Collection (short stories by same author) or anthology (short stories by different authors)?

Um, both are fine by me.

Harry Potter or Lemony Snicket?

I've only read Harry Potter so far, so I'll choose Harry Potter. For now.

Stop reading when tired or at chapter breaks?

Stop reading when tired, of course! Nowadays, I sleep later at night because I'm always reading.

“It was a dark and stormy night” or “Once upon a time”?

Once upon a time. I never get sick of fairy tales.

Buy or borrow?

Buy. When I've money to spend.

New or used?

New. I'm quite suspicious of used books. Who knows what the owner did to the book? Anything is possible, like spit, blood, or nose shit. But, I doubt new books are free from those either.

Buying choice: book reviews, recommendation or browse?

All of the three.

Tidy ending or cliffhanger?

Tidy ending so that I'll know what happens in the end. I don't like to be left wondering after finishing a book.

Morning reading, afternoon reading or nighttime reading?

Definitely night-time reading when it's completely silent and peaceful. I get to enjoy the story better this way.

Standalone or series?

If I really like the book, then it's series. For example, I'm so hooked on Libba Bray's books and I'm utterly thrilled that there's a third book coming out in September 2007.

Favorite series?

Libba Bray's books are kind of like series, aren't they? I like the St. Clare's series by Enid Blyton, too.

Favorite book of which nobody else has heard?

I think it could be The True Story of Lilli Stubeck by James Aldridge. It's an Australian book.

Favorite books read last year?

How do I remember? Well, I'll name a few, though.

- Looking For Alibrandi by Melina Marchetta.
- The True Story of Lilli Stubeck by James Aldridge

I did not read much last year, anyway, as I was busy preparing for exams.

Favorite books of all time?

- The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon
- Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
- The True Story of Lilli Stubeck by James Aldridge
- Looking for Alibrandi by Melina Marchetta
- A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray
- Rebel Angels by Libba Bray


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