The Mile-Long Meme

As borrowed from Bloggerdybooks! 🙂

Hardback or trade paperback or mass market paperback?
Hrm … well, I like trade paperbacks for some books but mass market for ones l take with me on the train and to the park. Hardback for special ones, preciouss ones.

Amazon or brick and mortar?
Both! I love whiling away the hours at work (shhh) riffling through book-ful webpages and I’ve found some beautiful out-of-print stuff at EBay. Of course, having said that, nothing can take away going into a bookshop and sniffing the paper, touching the covers, slowly opening the book and running my little, hungry eyes over the words.

Barnes & Noble or Borders?
Neither! Indigo’s the monster bookshop here in Canada and I do love Indigo stores. I also love the used book stores on Yonge and Queen streets. Full of treasure!

Bookmark or dogear?
The truth? I dogear (sounds a little naughty – I like it!) from time to time but mostly bookmark.

Alphabetize by author or alphebetize by title or random?
Um, well all my Tolkien and Tolkien or Middle-earth-related stuff is together. I guess I put them together by theme or subject. Uh … mostly.

Keep, throw away, or sell?
Keep, keep, keep!

Keep dustjacket or toss it?
Keep the dustjacket! Away with thee, foul dust!

Read with dustjacket or remove it?
It depends. Sometimes I like the paper, especially if it’s a matte or waxy paper, and I keep it on. … Yeah, that’s how I roll.

Short story or novel?
When it’s fiction, novel. Some short stories are brilliant, but mostly novels when I’m reading fiction stuff.

Collection (short stories by same author) or anthology (short stories by different authors)?
Anthologies are beauteous.

Harry Potter or Lemony Snicket?
Not a fair question, preciouss. Potter is a character, Snicket is an author! Ach! Ssss! Potter or nothing!! (The Baudelaire story started to wane in the last few books and the ending wasn’t really satisfying.)

Stop reading when tired or at chapter breaks?
I usually stop when I’ve fallen asleep.

“It was a dark and stormy night” or “Once upon a time”?
“It was a dark and stormy night.” “Once upon a time” always makes me feel like I know the ending – “happily ever after.”

Buy or Borrow?
Buy. I’ll never finish my Fortress of Books if I just borrow them.

New or used?
I love new books but used books have more character. I have lots of both.

Buying choice: book reviews, recommendation or browse?
I browse. I have bought a couple books on recommendation.

Tidy ending or cliffhanger?
Love cliffhangers. Life has very few tidy endings.

Morning reading, afternoon reading or nighttime reading?
All of the above, and please sir, may I have some more?

Standalone or series?
Again it depends. There are some really good series in fiction stuff. But a lot of what I read isn’t fiction and those are standalones.

Favorite series?
Scott Bakker’s Prince of Nothing and Steve Erikson’s Tales from the Malazan Book of the Fallen. I also like Ashok Banker’s series on the Ramayana. And the Artemis Fowl books.

Favorite book of which nobody else has heard?
Sadhana by Rabindranath Tagore and The Riddle Master collection (trilogy?) by Patricia McKillip.

Favorite books read last year?
Oh! Oh! Memories of Ice by Steven Erikson. The Book of War (the books of von Clausewitz and Sun Tzu). Shatterpoint by Matthew Stover. The Thousandfold Thought by Scott Bakker. The Field by Lynn McTaggart. And The Faery Reel (an anthology). Oh, and Anansi Boys by Neil Gaiman.

Favorite books of all time?
The Silmarillion by JRR Tolkien.
The Autobiography of Malcolm X by Malcolm X and Alex Haley.
Interbeing by Thich Nhat Hanh.
The Book of Dreams by OR Melling.
Tigana by Guy Gavriel Kay.
I dunno, millions of books pop into mind. Not fair! Ach, sss, what’s it got in its pocketses??

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3 thoughts on “The Mile-Long Meme

  1. ~lara says:

    Yep, I’m posting comments in my own blog. I’m kinda like that guy who gets in the elevator and faces everyone instead of turning around and facing the door. Yeh, that guy. I’m just like him. We’re rebels, man.

    Anyway, I just wanted to thank you sulz for stopping by. I think your blog is great! And I hope it’s ok that I borrowed this. I got excited and did it right away instead of, um, waiting for you to tell me it was ok. Sorry about that. Hope it’s ok, though.

  2. sulz says:

    of course it’s alright. i steal memes without even asking for permission! 😛

  3. Frodo-lass says:

    People post comments in their own blog all the time lara. Sorry to rain on your rebel-day parade ;). But seriously, what IS up with that elevator guy?

    I’m so lame that when I would get the term novel for English class, I would go and un-dogear all the dogearred pages.

    The dustjacket is too fiddley for me so I have to remove it. My books don’t so much as collect dust as have their pages turn yellow haha.

    I read the Finovar Tapestry by Kay and loved it. I really want to read more of his work but my book list keeps growing and unfortunately he keeps getting pushed back! Why do I only have two eyeballs?? My favourite of the Faerie books is The Hunter’s Moon.

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