I found this interesting response quiz on Katie’s Book Blog and I decided to give it a go. If you’re reading this blog, you indubidably should take a gander’s at Katie’s. Hers is well established and enjoyable. In the meantime, let’s play this grand game! Here’s your guide to Bailey’s preferences. I will tag a few of my fellow book bloggers to join with me! Press their names to visit their blogs.
Hardback, trade paperback or mass market paperback?
Hardback. I am quite partial to the book jackets and they feel sturdy. I don’t like how flimsy paperbacks can be.
Barnes & Noble or Borders?
This question is no longer relevant. Barnes & Noble settled this a few years ago.
Bookmark or dog-ear?
Actually, either or. I have no preference. My husband is all for bookmarks, but I enjoy my books looking read.
Amazon or brick-and-mortar?
It depends. If I already know I want to read it, then Amazon is perfectly suitable. If I’m on the fly, then brick-and-mortar.
Alphabetize by author, or alphabetize by title, or random?
I usually organize by color actually.
Keep, throw away, or sell?
Keep. I almost always keep my books even if I detested them. It’s usually the boring ones I dispose of.
Keep dust jacket or toss it?
Is this even a question? Keep, naturally!
Read with dust jacket or remove it?
I usually read with the jacket on, unless it’s a particularly slippery one that keeps sliding around.
Short story or novel?
Novel though I don’t mind short stories either.
Harry Potter or Lemony Snicket?
Harry Potter. Need I say more?
Stop reading when tired or at chapter breaks?
Both. I deplore stopping in the middle of a chapter. If I’m tired, I stop at the end of the next chapter.
“It was a dark and stormy night” or “Once upon a time”?
Dark and stormy. So much more intriguing.
Buy or borrow?
Buy. I hate having to return books.
Buying choice: book reviews, recommendations, or browse?
All of the above, with no particular preference. Book reviews and recommendations can be so subjective. Someone will love it while someone else hates it.
Tidy ending or cliffhanger?
Tidy endings. I don’t enjoy waiting to know what happens next. I get overly involved in characters I enjoy and the anticipation gives me anxiety.
Morning reading, afternoon reading, or nighttime reading?
Whenever I have free time!
Stand-alone or series?
Both are fine and have their pros and cons.
If I have to chose one, The Hunger Games.
Favorite children’s book?
I recently bought Animally for my little boy, and I love it. It’s precious.
Favorite YA book?
Well, if my favorite series is The Hunger Games, I think you can deduce the answer.
Favorite book of which nobody else has heard?
The Theater of War: What Ancient Greek Tragedies Can Teach Us Today by Bryan Doerries was a fascinating, humorous, and emotional memoir that I happened to pick up in the library. Bryan uses readings of different Greek tragedies to bring catharsis to groups of people who have undergone a traumatic event, like soldiers with PTSD or hospice patients. If you are interested in the power of literature or theater, I highly suggest giving it a read.
Favorite books read last year?
The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman, The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman (I think I’m seeing a trend), and Wild by Cheryl Strayed. In fact, you can read a comprehensive list of my 2015 books HERE.
Favorite books of all time?
Oh gosh. This question is impossible. Almost insulting. I don’t know. Maybe Harry Potter, but I truly can’t pick.
What are you reading right now?
Let me check my Goodreads. Every Heart A Doorway by by Seanan McGuire, Worlds of Ink and Shadow by Lena Coakley, and The Proving by Ken Brosky.
What are you reading next?
Fire Girl: A Tale of Witches and Wolves by Andy Mulberry. I have a deadline on that.
Favorite book to recommend to an 11-year-old?
Favorite book to re-read?
A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray
Do you ever smell books?
Yes. It might as well be opium as far as I’m concerned.
Do you ever read primary source documents like letters or diaries?
Occasionally. It depends on the subject matter.
Now enough about me. What about you? What are your preferences?