Paperback, mostly, although I do have some series that I bought in hardcover. If I start buying a series in hardcover, I'll keep buying it in hardcover. Also, if I get impatient waiting for the paperback release. >.>
Amazon or brick and mortar?
Unless I need something that I just canNOT find at the actual store, I prefer the feel of shopping rather than just surfing through menus online. It seems like it should be almost sacrilegious not to be able to commune with the books and browse.
Barnes & Noble or Borders?
B&N, always. Both because we don't have a Borders close around here and because B&N has lots of memories attached to it.
Bookmark or dog-ear?
Always bookmark. I have these nifty magnetic ones with horsies on them. ^_^ Dog-earing hurts me, unless it's a textbook.
Favourite place to read?
Um... someplace with enough light to see the book? Seriously, I am not picky. I like reading in bed, and reading in front of the tv, and reading during dinner (wherever that may be), and... well, you get the picture.
Alphabetize by author or alphabetize by title or random?
All of the above. My hardcovers and paperbacks are separated, then grouped by genre and author/series (like, all my Star Wars books are together), then placed chronologically within that series.
Keep, throw away, or sell?
Keep! Always! Unless I know someone who would reallyreally enjoy the book, then I might give them away
Keep dust jacket or toss it?
I keep them, but not always on the book. Sometimes they get kinda misplaced. My Harry Potter books went to visit my sister, but she didn't want to deal with the dust jackets (that's one of the series I buy in hardcover) and... eh, they're somewhere?
Read with dust jacket or remove it?
Depends on the book. I like using dust jackets as bookmarks, but sometimes they must go away.
Short story or novel?
Novels. Mostly because the genres I like tend to have very few short stories outside of generic anthologies that are kinda hit-and-miss for quality. I have been known to pick up an anthology here and there, though, if the common topic seems interesting enough.
Harry Potter or Lemony Snicket?
Both? I've read all the HP books, and only skimmed the first LS one, so I'm not really qualified to say. LS has the better writing style, and I think it talks down to its readers less, but really. Can't we all just get along?
Stop reading when tired or at chapter breaks?
Chapter breaks unless I get interrupted. Otherwise I feel oddly incomplete, and trying to find where you left off without a break is hard.
"It was a dark and stormy night" or "Once upon a time"?
Dark and stormy night, because of this bad writing contest. Go. Read the submissions. Guarranteed helpless giggles or your money back. ;D
Buy or borrow?
Buy. How will I read it again if I don't own it? Some of my greatest regrets have been forgetting the name of a book I loved.
New or used?
Either. I'm not picky. There's something satisfying about being the very first person to read a particular page of a particular book, but there's something equally happy-making about the feel of well-thumbed pages and a broken spine that opens sooooo easily. Two of my very favorite books have lost their covers because I got them used and they've been read so much. So yeah, either.
Buying choice: book reviews, recommendations, or browse?
Browsing almost exclusively. I have odd tastes, so if someone recommends something to me, and I trust their judgment, then sure. I'll try it. But I prefer finding my own books in a store, just browsing. My criteria usually run something like- "oooh, that's a shiiiiiny cover. Hm, not a bad blurb on the back. Lesse.. alright, this random page in the middle is readable, let's buy it."
Tidy ending or cliffhanger?
I like endings. Actual endings, not trailing off once they happen to find all their plot points resolved and they've hit the page minimum, so get it to the editor! No.
Morning reading, afternoon reading, or nighttime reading?
I have to pick a time? Do I have some form of artificial light so that my reading is not dependent on the sun? If yes, then see above, re: Favorite place to read.
Stand-alone or series?
Both. I tend to get drawn to authors through series, but I like either type. Although, I guess I'm counting 'series' as anything in the same universe, so, for instance, all of Mercedes Lackey's Valdamar series, even though some of those books could be considered stand-alones. Like Take a Thief. Great book, that. It was what got me to read the rest of them. Versus, for instance, Shade's Children by Garth Nix. Also a book I'd recommend, but a definitive stand-alone since nothing else has ever been written in that universe. So both.
I have to CHOOSE?! *whines* Dark is Rising is my first and favorite, probably, but the Pridain Chronicles always makes me cry, and the X-Wing Series (the ones by Stackpole, who is OMGYAY, not the ones by Allston. Allston is okay, but meh. Rogues > Wraiths. Sorry.) is so much yay, especially since Corran Horn is the best Expanded Universe character since.. well... ever. And you wanna make me CHOOSE?!
Favorite children's book?
Oh dear, another choosing one. Um... are we talking tiny kid's picture book or something a bit older? Cause anything by Dr. Seuss = win, specially Oh, The Places You'll Go. For older kids, I'll go wiiiiiiiith... hm. Wanted: Mud Blossom. I doubt anyone has ever heard of it, but it was part of a series about a family (kinda like the Boxcar Children. Those were popular at the time, too) and Mud was their dog, and... well, things happen and there are hijinks and a hamster returning to the wild. Greatly fun book which is a great kid's book and one of the first books I remember owning. Sadly, it went missing when we moved, so I don't know if I still have it. D:
Favorite YA book?
You're expecting me to say DiR, aren't you? AREN"T YOU?! Well, you'd be right. The Dark is Rising Sequence is just such a great set of books, YA or no, that I'm not sure I've ever read anything that could top it. The Enchanted Forest Chronicles are pretty high up there, too, cause talking cats, y'see. And melting wizards.
Favorite book of which nobody else has heard?
*sighs* How am I supposed to know what people have read? Um... hmmmm... Well, The Enchanted Forest Chronicles, as mentioned above, don't seem to get nearly enough love. Black Horses for the King is also not well known, I don't think.
Favorite books read last year?
That was all the way last year. I don't remember that far back. Um... I don't even remember what I read last year. ;_;
Favorite books of all time?
DiR, maybe? Probably? RARGH, I DON"T KNOW!! DX
All these last few questions should be stricken from the record, anyway. I just don't have favorites! I love books as I read them, then I go on to read and love more books, and sometimes I go back and remember how much I loved those first books, and... well, I don't have set favorites.
Least favorite book you finished last year?
This one, ironically, is actually kind of easy. I don't read many books that I don't like, so when I do, they stick out. Eldest, the second of the Eragon series, otherwise known as The Inheritance Trilogy. The first book was... trite but readable. It was very obviously written by a kid, and it fell prey to a lot of fantasy pitfalls, but it was an enjoyable throw-away read. The fantasy equivalent of a romance novel, just something you read and don't expect to remember in a year. Eldest, though... ugh. It had all the problems of the first book without the charm. It was dry and used and I spent most of the time going 'oh, that's from ___ book. Oh, this's from ___ movie.' So yeah. That was definitely my least favorite.
What are you reading right now?
Right now? Stuff for classes, mostly. Currently, it's Leukippe and Klitophon, a Greek romance. It's fluffy but bearable.
What are you reading next?
Well, once I get time again, I would like to move on to the second volume of Journey to the West. I finished the first volume (first 25 of 100 chapters) over spring break, so I should like to keep going before I forget what happened. -_-;;;
Favorite book to recommend to an eleven-year-old?
DiR. Or really, anything I read at that age. Enchanted Forest Chronicles, Chronicles of Redwall, Voyage of the Dolphin (gooooood book and not at all what it sounds like). Basically, I would recommend that they just READ. Anything. Everything. Just read.
Favorite book to reread?
DiR. Are we sensing a pattern? Although, I love rereading all my books. This is why I buy not borrow. I do tend to just reread my favorite bits, though.
Do you ever smell books?
Not really. I prefer to read them.
Do you ever read Primary source documents?
Yes, but mostly for classes. Being a Classics major, primary sources are kind of essential. Otherwise, I'm not a big fan of historical readings.
And just to make sure all you people who are lazy and don't want to read my meme go see it- Go here. It's a writing contest with a twist.