October 15th, 2008

Wanaka tree

Books meme

Again stolen shamelessly, this time from[info]meathiel , to whom I am very grateful.

Hardback or paperback?
Usually paperback, though there are some books I just have to buy as soon as they come out, so that makes them hardback.

Amazon or bookshop?
Both. Amazon is really good for getting things that aren't easy to find in the shops, but I love bookshops and find it very difficult to resist.

Bookmark or dog-ear?
Bookmark always

Keep, throw away or sell?
Keep. My bookshelves are overburdened and groaning but I can't really ever part with any of them.

Keep bookjacket or throw it away?
Keep it, it's part of the book.

Read with bookjacket or without?
Read with bookjacket. I know that some people have a problem with them, but I don't, so I keep them on where they belong.

Short story or novel?
Novel, short story, travelogue, biography - bring it on.

Harry Potter or Lemony Snicket?
Harry Potter. I've never read any of the Lemony Snicket books, perhaps I should.

Stop reading when you're tired or after finishing a chapter?
Usually when I'm tired.

“The night was cold and stormy” or “Once upon a time”?
"The night was cold and stormy" but sometimes “Once upon a time” is also good.

Buy or borrow?

New or used?
New, though sometimes there are books I can only get second-hand.

Deciding what you buy: bestseller list, reviews, recommendations...?
It's usually when a new book comes out by an author I read regularly. I don't tend to go by reviews because I rarely agree with the people who write them. Recommendations work well too, and it's always great to receive a book as a gift. 
Closed end or Cliffhanger?
It really doesn't matter.

Do you read in the morning, at noon or at night?
At night and in the bath, normally. It's when I have most time to read.

Odd volume or series?
I can do both quite happily.

Fave series?
I love Terry Pratchett's discworld novels, and his other stuff as well come to that.

Fave book of the ones you read last year?
I think my favourite from the past year has to be Nation by Terry Pratchett. It says a lot of the things I think.

What book are you currently reading?
'Boudica' by Vanessa Collingridge...and...'Pies and Prejudice' by Stuart Maconie. (Yes, I'm one of those people!)

Fave book of all time?
I think, if I was shoved up against a wall and asked that question, I would probably say 'The Lord of the Rings' (I read it just about every year) but there are so many more I would like to include that, perhaps, I don't really have a real favourite.

Fave authors?
JRR Tolkien, Terry Pratchett, Tim Moore, Edgar Allen Poe, Tony Hawks, Stephen Fry, Spike Milligan, Joe Bennett.