I’m attending a funeral today, for a dear friend who has been suffering the last two years from ALS. She died in complete confidence that she would be going home to God, so this is not sad for her, but of course it is for the rest of us.
#2 daughter has come down for the event, so that is a good thing.
Let me offer you a meme that is going around the book blogs. They don’t tag one another over there, but just put the meme out and ask everyone to do it, and I found the answers interesting as I read around, so I am sticking my oar in.
Science Fiction, Fantasy or Horror? Fantasy
Hardback or Trade Paperback or Mass Market Paperback? Usually mass if I’m buying, but I don’t mind the occasional trade paper. Hardcover is only for reference books — like knitting books or cookbooks, things like that. Well, and stuff I can’t wait for. This is a financial rather than an aesthetic preference.
Heinlein or Asimov? Asimov.
Amazon or Brick and Mortar? Both. Brick and mortar first, but if I can’t get it elsewhere, I’ll buy it at Amazon when I’m ordering my Yorkshire Tea.
Barnes & Noble or Borders? I’ve never seen a Borders. I rarely go to B&N, but at least I have been there.
Hitchhiker or Discworld? I like both very much, but there are more Discworld books available, so that is automatically better.
Bookmark or Dogear? I used to dogear, but Booksfree has broken me of that habit.
Magazine: Asimov’s Science Fiction or Fantasy & Science Fiction? Neither, though I’ve read both in the past.
Alphabetize by author Alphabetize by title or random? Pretty random, I fear. In fact, though a lot of people argued forcefully for alphabetizing in the book blogs, I have to confess that I suspect them of having too much time on their hands. “Go do some volunteer work!” I want to say to them. Of course, it can take me a long time to find a particular book
Keep, Throw Away or Sell? Keep, return, or give away. I would never throw away a book, nor would I bother to sell them. I know how little used books go for.
Year’s Best Science Fiction series (edited by Gardner Dozois) or Years Best SF series (edited by David G. Hartwell)? Well, this is another SF question I’m not qualified to answer.
Keep dustjacket or toss it? Throw it away immediately. Except for kids books. I give those to a school librarian for the bulletin board.
Read with dustjacket or remove it? Remove it. Aren’t these two questions in the wrong order?
Short story or novel? Novel.
Harry Potter or Lemony Snicket? Harry, though I confess I bought one of the Lemony Snicket books for the sake of the cover..
Stop reading when tired or at chapter breaks? Chapter breaks, unless it’s a really long chapter and I’m really tired.
“It was a dark and stormy night” or “Once upon a time”? “Once upon a time.” Hard choice, though.
Buy or Borrow? Either. I have a good system with Booksfree and Frugal Reader, but any source is okay with me. With favorite authors and reference books, I will of course buy them so I can reread and refer to them.
Buying choice: Book Reviews, Recommendation or Browse? All of the above. Recommendations are the most fun, of course. In real life, and especially at work, I probably use reviews more than anything else.
Lewis or Tolkien? Lewis
Collection (short stories by the same author) or Anthology (short stories by different authors)? I don’t like short stories enough to read them unless they are by a favorite author, so collection for sure.
Hugo or Nebula? Golden Age SF or New Wave SF? Hard SF or Space Opera? My reading of science fiction is too random and rare for me to have opinions on these things.
Tidy ending or Cliffhanger? Tidy ending. With cliffhangers, I suspect them of using it as a marketing device for the next book and it makes me cross.
Morning reading, Afternoon reading or Nighttime reading? Anytime is good. I always read at night. Other times if I have the opportunity.
Standalone or Series? Either. I’m not fussy.
Urban fantasy or high fantasy? I don’t even understand this question.
New or used? Don’t care. I won’t read a smoky book, and I find highlighting irritating, but otherwise I’m openminded on this subject.
Favorite book of which nobody else has heard? There are so many contenders for this… In fact, this meme ends with a whole string of “favorite books” questions, and I really can’t answer those. You know, I read about 100 books a year, plus the ones I read for work, and I am 48 years old, and have been reading since I was three. How can I be expected to have only one or two or five favorite books? Don’t other people have this problem?