January 20, 2011

Book Talk - Bookish Meme

So I was tagged on Facebook by Kyle@The Creative Geek, and decided to put it up here, because, well, just because

What do you read? Mainstream, genre, Young Adult?
I mostly read Romance and YA, in within that, pretty much anything - paranormal, historical, contemporary, etc.

What do you never read?
I'm not big on horror, and I also try to avoid Vamp books - though I do read them from time to time. Also not big on fairies.

Morning reading, Afternoon reading or Nighttime reading?
I'm definitely morning or night, though I'll read whenever I can sneak in the time. I got used to reading that way when I was in school and sometimes had to wait a lot between classes, or whenever we were dismissed earlier.

Bed, Bath or Bus?
Bus then Bed. I've always loved reading in the bus because it's the only time when I don't feel I should be doing something else. Other than that, I always read in my comfy bed. :)

Hardback or Trade Paperback or Mass Market Paperback or eBook?
I usually prefer Paperbacks - Mass Market or Trade makes little difference - just because they are usually cheaper. Hardback if it's something I can't wait to have. eBooks when I want something so bad that I can't wait till it ships here, I give in and buy the ebook and go for instant gratification.

Bookmark or Dogear?
I use a bookmark when I read, of course, but I also dogear my favorite passages, so I can go back to them whenever I want.

Alphabetize by author, title, or random?
Well, I go mostly by size because my bookshelf is a bit cramped so I tend to stack books over other books, but I do try to keep series in order and all books by the same author in the near proximity of each other. I also sort of keep my favorite books in the most accessible spot.

Keep, Throw Away, or Sell?
I keep most of my books. When I don't like some, I usually give them away to friends that I think might like them.

Short story or novel?
I like both, so it has more to do with what I'm in the mood for. Usually I go for novels though.

Stop reading when tired or at chapter breaks?
I try to break on chapters but if I have to get of the bus or I'm so sleepy I'm incoherent, then I'll stop whenever. It also depends on the book.

Buy or Borrow?
Buy, few borrows. But mostly buy, we don't have good libraries here, so options are limited.

Buying choice: Book Reviews, Recommendation, or Browse?
A bit of everything, I really do research a book before I buy it because I simply can't afford pay for shipping and then dislike the book, it's just so much waste for me. So I try to get a real feel of the chances that I will like a book. Covers are known to sway me, though, and so do friends. If they believe on a book, even if it's not my genre of choice, I'll give it a shot.

Tidy ending or cliffhanger?
More than anything else, I want the book to feel finished, like I got somewhere. I'm okay with a cliffhanger mid-series, but I usually read series once they are published in their entirety because I'm just not a very patient person. And I do prefer most ends to be tied, but I'm okay with open endings as long as I got enough resolution.

Standalone or Series?
I like them both, but I do tend to read series, I like recurring characters and the sense of community and friendship you sometimes get our of series. But, like I said, I'm impatient, so I often wait out a series to be done before I pick it up.

Favourite book of which nobody else has heard?
Tough one. Probably the Bard Academy Books - Wuthering High, The Scarlet Letterman, Moby Clique - by Cara Lockwood. They are such amazing books, and so underrated!

Top 3 favourite books read within the last few years?
The Piper's Son by Melina Marchetta
His Secondhand Wife by Cheryl St. John
Paranormalcy by Kiersten White
Into the Wild Nerd Yonder by Julie Halpern

Top 5 favourite books of all time?
Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta
Daughter of the Forest by Juliet Marillier
Dreaming of You by Lisa Kleypas
The Earth, My Butt, And Other Big Round Things by Carolyn Mackler
The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling


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