Tense Teacher called out all us "fellow English teacher and book lover types" to participate in a meme. Never one to ignore a direct command (hey! I heard that snicker...), here is my take on the book-centered survey:
Science Fiction, Fantasy, or Horror?
Wait, why isn't "Romance" listed as an option here? Of the three listed, I'll choose Horror. I like Steven King quite a bit.
Hardback or Trade Paperback or Mass Market Paperback?
Mass Market all the way. I hate hardbacks and avoid them whenever possible.
Amazon or Brick and Mortar?
Brick and mortar for the most part. I'm a big fan of spending a good couple hours wandering through Borders, reading bits and pieces of various things before deciding if and what to purchase. Barnes and Noble is okay, too, but of the two I prefer Borders. Used bookstores are great fun for finding little hidden gems in dark corners.
Barnes and Noble or Borders?
Pretty sure I answered this above, but Borders.
Hitchhiker or Discworld?
Huh? I assume "Hitchhiker" refers to The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, which I've never read. The other I've never even heard of.
Bookmark or Dog-ear?
Bookmarks usually, though occasionally I just remember page numbers.
Asimov's Science Fiction or Fantasy & Science Fiction
Again I say: Huh?
Alphabetize by author, Alphabetize by title, or random?
Depends on the shelf. My romance novels are grouped by author and ordered correctly within a given series, but beyond that they're random. My school textbooks and things are random, usually generally ordered by size. My literature bookshelf is alphabetical by author.
Keep, Throw Away or Sell?
Almost always keep, though occasionally I give to Goodwill.
Keep dust-jacket or toss it?
I keep them even though they piss me off like you wouldn't believe. Part of the reason I hate hardcovers.
Read with dustjacket or remove it?
I usually read with it off. Like I said, dustjackets piss me off.
Short story or novel?
I love both equally. I refuse to choose.
Harry Potter or Lemony Snicket?
I've never read any of either series, so I have no preference.
Stop reading when tired or at chapter breaks?
The next chapter break after I get tired.
“It was a dark and stormy night” or “Once upon a time?”
They're both ridiculously trite.
Buy or Borrow?
I like to own books, so buy. "Borrowing" for me just means stealing.
Buying choice: Book Reviews, Recommendation or Browse?
Browse. I trust no one's opinion but my own.
Lewis or Tolkien?
Never read anything by either.
Collection (short stories by the same author) or Anthology (short stories by different authors)?
Collection. I like the cohesion of a consistent style.
Tidy ending or Cliffhanger?
Tidy endings. I agree with Tense Teacher - cliffhangers just piss me off.
Morning reading, Afternoon reading or Nighttime reading?
At night, relaxing in bed.
Standalone or Series?
Stand-alones are fine, but I love a good series. Almost all my favorite romance novels are parts of a series.
New or used?
I prefer new, but as long as it's still in good condition I don't mind too much.
Favorite book of which nobody else has heard?
Of which nobody else has heard? I'm not sure that's possible. My most recent discovery is The Gift of Nothing, which I bought J. for his birthday a few weeks ago.
Top 5 favorite genre books of all time? Romance: Bewitching by Jill Barnett. Science Fiction: Prey by Michael Crichton. Horror: Cujo by Stephen King. Poetry: 100 Poems by e.e. cummings. Children's: Oh, the Places You'll Go! by Dr. Seuss. Yeah, I kind of fudged the "genre books" definition. So what?
Favorite genre series?
The Mallory series by Johanna Lindsey (Romance). That family is just so cool.
Blogs. Student essays. Course readers. Oh, you meant books? Yeah, right.
And thus ends the meme. Interested in playing? No tagging from me, just an open invitation to steal. :)
April showers bring May flowers, so every post this month will end with a little bit of beauty from the world outside. I know little to nothing about flowers, so don't bother asking me what kind they are. You're pretty much guaranteed to get something like, "The pretty kind!"