Wednesday 9 September 2009

Bookish Questions

Hardback, trade paperback or mass market paperback?
Love them all. I judge a book by it's cover, so whatever cover I like best I'll buy! If it's a series that I adore, I need the hardback!

Waterstones, Borders or Amazon?
I love all three. There is a Waterstone's in my town of East Kilbride so I usually go there. If I can't find something I'll go to Amazon (a lot of US released books don't make it to the UK). When I am in Glasgow for the day I always stop by Border's and read and pick up some books there.

Bookmark or dog-ear?
Bookmark, ALWAYS. I don't care if it's a band-aid or a piece of toilet paper. I always use a bookmark.

Amazon or bricks-and-mortar?
Love the actual store. The atmosphere is what I'm looking for. I can spend hours there.

Alphabetize by author, or alphabetize by title, or random?
Random, by size. Tallest to shortest. Unless they are part of a series, then they have to be neighbors.

Keep, throw away, or sell?
Keep! Always. If I feel like doing some spring cleaning, I donate to the library what I don't want to keep on my shelf any longer.

Keep dust jacket or toss it?
Keep! Why would you want to throw away the dust jacket? It is the cover. When I read it though, I take the dust jacket off and set it aside so I don't ruin it.

Short story or novel?
Novels, definitely. I’m never against a good short story, I enjoy many...but I really like series where I can enjoy a long adventure with the characters.

Buy or borrow?

Both. I love to buy, and I love the library. I give myself a set budget per month of only £20 (3 books) to buy books. Anything else I want to read, I get at the library or I save for next month's £20!

Buying choice: book reviews, recommendations, or browse?

All three. I love to see what other's are reading. My sister has a knack for picking THE BEST books. Anything she likes, I know I need to read. I love reviews that don't give spoilers away. I love browsing. I will go into the book store, and just let the books call to me! Browsing is my favorite. I find the best books that way.

Tidy ending or cliffhanger?
Both. I love tidy endings. It's nice to have a resolve. But, in The Hunger Games Trilogy there is some cliffhangers! I hate having to wait for the next book. But it's part of the enjoyment. Dissecting the book, and form your own theories and wait to see what happens!

Morning reading, afternoon reading, or nighttime reading?
Nighttime. I love to read before bed. I have trouble sleeping also, and so it's company for the long nights.

Stand-alone or series?
Series all the way! I love stories that can continue! I love stand alone books as well. Just because it's a series, doesn't mean I'll like it. Shannon Hale has a great way of tidy endings in stand alone books.

Favorite series?
The Hunger Games, Harry Potter, Twilight, Fablehaven

Favourite children’s book?
Fairy Dust and the Quest for the Egg and Fairy Haven and the Quest for the Wand both by Gail Carson Levine.

Favourite YA book?
The Hunger Games and Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins

Favourite book of which nobody else has heard of?
The Fablehaven Series by Brandon Mull, I am so surprised that no one I know has heard of it! IT IS SOOO GOOD!!!!!

Favourite books of all time?
Ella Enchated by Gail Carson Levine, The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale, The Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins, The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak, Fablehaven by Brandon Mull, ANYTHING by Sophie Kinsella!

Favourite book to recommend to an 11-year-old?
Wings by Aprilynne Pike

What are you reading right now?
The Beach House by Jane Green

What are you reading next?
The Flood Child by Emily Diamond


  1. Cool. :)

    Wings is my fav to recommend to tweens too :)

  2. Man, I gotta get on this Hunger Games bandwagon. Everyone I know who's read it LOVES it!

    No excuses, I think it might have to be my next read.

    :) I love little Q&As like these.

  3. Okay, I wish I were as disciplined as you. Sticking to a book budget *and* always using a bookmark? Wow!

  4. I've heard of Fablehaven! I have an online Australian buddy who recommended it to me. I read the first one but I didn't enjoy as much as other series - like The Companions Quartet by Julia Golding. I think that's aimed at the same age group. Maybe give that a try too?

  5. Wings sounds intriguing. I'll have to pretend to buy it for some mythical neice of mine. You've piqued my interest now.

    I have an award for you at my blog

  6. Fabulous questionnaire! I must do this one soon. And Fablehaven was HUGE at the Provo library. Go figure. :-) For our SRP prizes, we were able to give away TWO signed copies of #4 in the series. It was awesome!!

  7. I really love your answers to this :) - I have The Book Thief on my TBR. It's been there forever but I can't wait to read it.


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