Daily Archives: April 5, 2009

Book Meme

I haven’t done one of these for a while. I saw it on The Bluestocking Society and thought I’d give it a go.

Hardback or trade paperback or mass market paperback?

For the most part, paperback. Its easier to carry around (and I always have a book in my purse. 2 if I’m almost done with the current read.) Plus, paperbacks are less daunting that hardcovers.

Bookmark or dog-ear?

Bookmarks all the way! Although I never use traditional bookmarks. I collect bookmarks, and I’ve found some really cool ones in library books that people drop off. When it comes to books though, I use scraps of paper, library recipets or whatever is around.

Alphabetize by author or alphabetize by title or random?

Alphabetize by author, then alphabetize by title under the author heading. Its the librarian in me. Sometimes I’m tempted to buy a label maker and label my bookshelf, but then I’d have to sort by category…

Keep, throw away or sell?

Give away, hardly ever sell.

Keep dust jacket or toss it?

Take off when reading, replace when done with the book.

Last book you bought?

Bought? I bought a couple of old books from a used Bookstore…The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin and Raising Demons by Shirely Jackson.

Last book someone bought for you?

I don’t buy books for friends (they’re too picky, and I just don’t like buying books, I live at the library afterall). But I did pick up an ARC of Emily Strange: The Lost Days for my best friend.

What are some of the books on your to-buy list?

Again, I don’t buy books, but here is my wonderful To Read List.

Collection (short stories, same author) or anthology (short stories, different author)?

Anthologies. I like variety. And I also have about 4 anthologies from my English major days. Although I am quite fond of my of my complete works of Shakespeare collection.

Harry Potter or Lemony Snicket?

This is tricky. I’d say Lemony Snicket. Here’s a fun thing you can do if you have all the books. Look up every single word that Sunny utters in all the books. They all have a meaning! I love that in children’s books!

Morning reading, afternoon reading, or nighttime reading?

Mornings. I’ve started this habit of waking up at 7am with the boyfriend, and lazing on the couch with my cup of coffee and a book, reading for 2 hours before I have to go into work. (The perks of never having to work before 10am on a weekday…) Its the best when its a sunny morning and I have the sunlight shining through the window.

The books you need to go with other books on your shelves?

My books are so haphazardly thrown together. I have 40% of my collection at the apartment, the rest is still at my mom’s house because they bookshelf they live on wouldn’t fit in the apartment. =p Any book would fit nicely with my collection. Ideally, I’d love to own everything Neil Gaiman and all books by Armenian authors.

Do you read anywhere and anytime you can or do you have a set reading time and/or place?

I prefer to read in the mornings on my couch, but I always carry a book or two with me to read when I have to stand in line or if I ever happen to get stuck in an elevator. (I carry snack foods in my purse for this very same reason).

Do you have seasonal reading habits?

Not really. Although with baseball season starting, I can read more cuz the boyfriend will be busy with his fantasy baseball leagues.

Do you read one book at a time or do you have two or more books going at once?

Usually I read 1 book at a time. Right now I have 3 books I’m currently reading, 2 books I want to be reading, and 2 other books I should be reading. Sometimes I wish I had 5 heads.

What are your pet peeves about the way people treat books?

I don’t like it when people toss books around, or step on books. But otherwise, I don’t really care. The story is what matters, not really the format its presented.

Name one book you surprised yourself by liking.

PS I Love You by Cecila Ahern. I thought it was going to be really cheesy, but it was a wonderfully told story, and the only book that I liked as much as the movie version.

How often do you read a book and not review it on your blog? What are your reasons for not blogging about a book?

I tend to review all the books I read. I never talk about the books that I don’t finish, although I wonder if I should. What fun is this blog if I only talk about books I loved right?

So, you tell me, what are you some of your reading habits, quirks? =)