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The Book Meme

Posted on: February 9, 2007

Ah, yet another meme. Many are silly, but this one lets me talk about books. And more importantly, books I like! So, tagged by Archie, here I go:

Hardback or paperback? I’ve never had much of a thing for hardbacks, I’ve more of a passion for tradepaper. Although, I do have a weakness for a really beautiful hardbound book — like the Folio books, when I can afford them (definitely not often!).

Amazon or brick and mortar? While Amazon is a great resource, I’d much prefer to buy a book in a real bookstore.

Barnes & Noble or Borders? Being Canadian, the question is what? Chapters/Coles or some locally-owned bookstore. In Vancouver, I’d say Duthies, every time.

Bookmark or dog-ear? I bookmark most books with random slips of paper. Now that I think about it, I haven’t dogeared in ages. Very last resort. My husband always lays them flat, open. Drives me crazy.

Alphabetize by author, alphabetize by title or random? Lightly categorized for the non-fiction, grouped by author, but no effort at alphabetical order.

Keep, throw away, or sell? If I must part with a book, I give it away or sell it. I have to be careful, because I have found myself re-buying the books I’ve sold — no, I mean the exact same copies! “Oh, I used to have this book!” And I did.

Keep dust jacket or toss it? Don’t buy too many hardcovers, but of course keep it.

Read with dust jacket or remove it? The flaps make good impromptu bookmarks (NO, I don’t rip them off!)

Short story or novel? Novels, mostly. But, as I’ve noted at this blog, I do like short stories, when done well.

Collection (by same author) or anthology (by different authors)? Oh, both. For different reasons of course — one to learn of new writers, the other to get more deeply into one author.

Harry Potter or Lemony Snicket? Neither, really. I’ve not read Lemony Snicket books (but the movie was amusing), and I’ve read the HP books just to be up on pop culture. Fun, but not meaningful in any way.

Stop reading when tired or at chapter breaks? At chapter breaks if convenient, but usually it’s not important (or I can’t keep my eyes open any longer).

‘It was a dark and stormy night’ or ‘Once upon a time’? Silly question. Why limit the openers?

Buy or Borrow? Buy…mostly. Depends on the book. Nowadays, if it’s fiction, I’ll get it from the library. But non-fiction I like to own, for future reference.
New or used? Used, as much as possible.

Buying choice: book reviews, recommendation or browse? Oh, tough one. Sometimes by book review, mostly by recommendation…but my best surprises have been through a good browse. I would never have realized I loved reading about architecture and urban planning if not for a good 2ndhand browse. Nor would I have discovered a passion for cultural histories.

Tidy ending or cliffhanger? Define cliffhanger. A la Anne Rice in The Witching Hour — spare me. 800 pages and you leave me with a cliffhanger?!? No resolution at all? Get stuffed. Never read any more of her books after that. But give me the original movie The Matrix, with its partial resolution and grand, wonderful ending premise? Perfection. (Do not waste my time defending the 2 add-ons. Money-making garbage.) I like a slice o’ life kind of story, without all of the little threads tidied up.

Morning reading, afternoon reading or nighttime reading? I’ll just quote Archie: “yes”

Standalone or series? Either, but save me from the series that never ends, with little resolution in any given book in the series. I gave up reading the Robert Jordan books when I realized I was reading 800 pages for nothing to happen.

Favourite series? Anything by Lois McMaster Bujold. Robertson Davies‘ trilogies. Need I mention LOTR? Leslie Charteris’ Saint books. (Archie, let’s talk Saint. I’ve got a huge collection….)

Who wants a tag? Az has already done it. How about David?

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