From Helen’s blog:
- Hardback or trade paperback or mass market paperback?
- Amazon or brick and mortar?
- Barnes & Noble or Borders?
- Bookmark or dogear?
- Alphabetize by author or alphabetize by title or random?
- Keep, throw away, or sell?
- Keep dustjacket or toss it?
- Read with dustjacket or remove it?
- Short story or novel?
- Collection (short stories by same author) or anthology (short stories by different authors)?
- Harry Potter or Lemony Snicket?
- Stop reading when tired or at chapter breaks?
- “It was a dark and stormy night” or “Once upon a time”?
- Buy or Borrow?
- New or used?
- Buying choice: book reviews, recommendation or browse?
- Tidy ending or cliffhanger?
- Morning reading, afternoon reading or night time reading?
- Standalone or series?
- Favorite series?
- Favorite book of which nobody else has heard?
- Favorite books read last year?
- Favorite books of all time?
Trade. They have the substance of a hardback without the weight.
Either. Amazon for used books, since we have NO good used bookstores around here (sad that I live within 25 miles of NYC and say that because I never get into the city!) and sometimes I just can’t wait for Bookmooch. Brick and mortar when I either don’t want to pay for shipping or just want to browse. Plus it’s a place to take the kids when it’s icky weather out.
Either, depending on what’s nearby. B&N seems to have the nifty cafe’s more often.
I hate to dogear but sometimes resort to it. Mostly it’s free bookmarks from the library, or subscription cards ripped out of magazines.
Neither, I try to keep books in groups by topic. All the crafty books together, all the parenting, fiction, etc. on their own shelves. This works because the vast majority of my books are still stored in the basement!
I have thrown away books but only in the rare cases of complete and utter destruction, e.g. massive water damage or children ripping them to pieces. We used to sell lots of books in Sacramento because we had a used book shop that gave quite good rates, but now I use Bookmooch or donate to thrift stores. Nowadays I only buy books that I’m sure I will keep, otherwise it’s the library for me.
Mostly toss, especially the kids’ books. However I would normally want to keep them.
Remove, for the most part. Sometimes the flap makes an acceptable bookmark though.
Novels…right now I read for escapism, and I don’t want to escape to a different place every half an hour!
If I had to choose I suppose it would be collection. The only short story books I have right now are Charles de Lint‘s Newford stories and Wendell Berry’s Port William stories, which almost read as novels because they involve consistent groups of characters.
Harry Potter. I enjoyed the first Lemony Snicket book but never went back to read more.
When hubby turns out the light and glares at me.
Reading for myself, the dark and stormy. For the kids, once upon a time.
Mostly borrow, with a sprinking of buying and mooching.
Mostly used, except for my latest business expense.
The only reviews I read (now that I seem to have no time for the Sunday NY Times) are on blogs, same for recommendations. Browsing only works if I have actual time at a bookstore without two children dragging me to the picture book section!
Definitely tidy ending, though cliffhangers are acceptable in books for which the sequel is waiting on my bookshelf.
Night time, after the kids are in bed.
Either, though lately I’ve been wanting to delve deeper into book worlds that I like, hence the many Pride and Prejudice spinoffs on my shelf.
Harry Potter, Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula Le Guin, Mars Trilogy by Kim Stanley Robinson
Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell by Susannah Clarke
Widdershins by Charles de Lint
Fidelity: Five Stories by Wendell Berry
Pretty much anything I’ve mentioned here already, or here. There are others, like the Lord of the Rings books, which I’m sure I will read over and over throughout my life, but which don’t come to mind right now as particularly shiny and enticing.