1. Science Fiction, Fantasy or Horror? I cannot say I’m into any of these genres. I especially hate when sci-fi and fantasy are woven together like Terry Brooks’ books.
2. Hardback or Trade Paperback or Mass Market Paperback? I like ‘em all. I’m in a hardback phase right now. I have to get all my favorite books in hardback. If a book is just fluff and read for leisure, then paperback is my preference.
3. Amazon or Brick and Mortar? I visit Amazon.com at least once daily.
4. Barnes & Noble or Borders? None of them in my part of the world. Kampala has a GREAT bookstore, Aristoc. You can find me there on any given Saturday.
5. Hitchhiker or Discworld? Never read either. Don’t be disappointed.
6. Bookmark or Dogear? Dogears belong on dogs, not on books. If you want to end a friendship, bend a page in a book you borrow from me.
7. Magazine: Asimov’s Science Fiction or Fantasy & Science Fiction? I will probably never read any of these publications.
8. Alphabetize by author, Alphabetize by title, or random? I really do this. I’ve separated all of my fiction and non-fiction books, and they are alphabetized by author and then by title.
9. Keep, Throw Away or Sell? I keep most of the books I read. However, a good book must be shared. I lend out and give away.
10. Keep dust-jacket or toss it? Toss out a dust jacket? Never.
11. Read with dustjacket or remove it? If I’m taking a book to read at the beach, the dustjacket will be removed. Otherwise, it usually stays on.
12. Short story or novel? Novels. I find it hard to get into short stories. An exception is David Sedaris. I love his books.
13. Harry Potter or Lemony Snicket? I love Harry Potter. I’ve read at least four of the Lemony Snicket books, and I plan to finish the series, but they are not as interesting to me. I had a very difficult time getting through A Bad Beginning. I did not like the writer’s style.
14. Stop reading when tired or at chapter breaks? I usually try to make it to the end of a chapter, but that is not always possible. Sometimes sleep wins.
15. "It was a dark and stormy night" or "Once upon a time?" Once upon a time… At this point a fairy tale is just what I need.
16. Buy or Borrow? The library I have access to is very limited, exclusively children’s books. If I want something more mature, I must by it.
17. Buying choice: Book Reviews, Recommendation or Browse? I usually go on recommendations. However, I pick up quite a few just from browsing at the bookstore or online. I read book reviews and always read about I book that I tell myself I must buy, but I never do.
18. Lewis or Tolkien? Is there any comparison? Tolkein’s books are superior. However, neither author writes in a genre that I prefer, so I’ve not read much of either of them. I read all of the Chronicles of Narnia. (I’ve taught The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.) I’ve also read The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings trilogy a couple of times. I tried to read the Chronicles of Narnia again, but Lewis’s writing style frustrates me. I just cannot force myself to read his books.
19. Collection (short stories by the same author) or Anthology (short stories by different authors)? Collection. I mentioned Sedaris earlier.
20. Tidy ending or Cliffhanger? I like things to get wrapped up neatly; however, a good Cliffhanger can keep a conversation going until the next installment.
21. Morning reading, Afternoon reading or Nighttime reading? I’m more of a nighttime reader. Of course, I read at other times of the day if I’m able or the mood hits me, but I usually take a book down to the local coffee shop and relax in the evenings (especially when the power is off in my neighborhood.)
22. Standalone or Series? Is the series good? If the series tends to drag on, I’ll get bored and stop.
23. New or used? I like new books. Hate bent spines.
24. Favorite book of which nobody else has heard? The Looking Glass Wars by Frank Beddor. I discovered it at Aristoc last year. I really loved it.
25. Top 5 favorite genre books of all time? I’m not sure what is meant by genre book, so I’ll list my top 5 books of all time.
• Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Askaban by J.K. Rowling
• The Autobiography of Malcolm X as told by Alexy Haley
• To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
• Chasing Vermeer by Blue Balliett
• A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle
26. Favorite genre series? I cannot think of a series that I would say is my favorite. I mentioned before that I love Harry Potter. It is one of the few series that I’ve read all the books (so far).
27. Currently Reading? Artemis Fowl and the Arctic Incident by Eoin Colfer.