Or, two memes in one! Thanks to Kristen at The Mom Trap for her Real Moms meme, and to Magpie Musing for the books Q&A.
My big dream is to finish this book. Or to read in general. I love to read, I identify myself as a reader, I was a double major in English and French literature, for God's sake. And yet it is a huge struggle for me to read one novel a month for book club, even when it's not a monster like this one (The Count of Monte Cristo, weighing in at 1400+ pages). Then there are the dozens of magazines I want/need to read for work, and the Sunday New York Times that thuds onto my porch every week (I should've taken a picture of that stack--some of it dates back to January).
But I refuse to believe I am not a reader. Someday, maybe when I'm stuck waiting around in my car for the kids, I will read at my usual rate again. Either that or I'll have to move back to New York and start commuting by bus again.
Hardback or trade paperback or mass market paperback? Trade paper, for portability without total flimsiness.
Amazon or brick and mortar? Usually brick and mortar because I wait until the last second.
Barnes & Noble or Borders? No Borders 'round here so B&N it is.
Bookmark or dog ear? Bookmark if it's the library's. Dogears in a book-club book (if I own it) where I want to be able to refer back to several passages.
Alphabetize by author or alphabetize by title or random? By author. Random would just Not Do.
Keep, throw away, or sell? Give away, usually. Sometimes via Bookins.
Keep dust jacket or toss it? Keep. And I am so with Magpie on the uselessness of jackets for kids' books. Why?!
Read with dust jacket or remove it? Remove.
Short story or novel? Novel.
Harry Potter or Lemony Snicket? Harry. But that's partly for professional reasons. I look forward to reading the Lemony Snickets with my kids when they're bigger.
Stop reading when tired or at chapter breaks? At chapter breaks or, more usually, when interrupted.
Buy or borrow? Depends. I like to own the book club books at least until I know how I feel about them--then I might pass them on to someone else.
New or used? Used if I can get through Bookins. Haven't found a good used bookstore here yet.
Buying choice: book reviews, recommendation or browse? Usually reviews (or other press coverage) and recommendations.
Tidy ending or cliffhanger? Tidy please.
Morning reading, afternoon reading or nighttime reading? Nighttime is the only possibility. Usually while I am brushing and flossing.
Stand-alone or series? Stand-alone.
Favorite children's book? That's very hard to say. But our whole household loves 10 Minutes till Bedtime, by Peggy Rathmann.
Favorite book of which nobody else has heard? Have you heard of that Rathmann book? Or how about another children's book, the totally surreal DeZert Isle by Claude Ponti?
Favorite books read last year? The Time-Traveller's Wife.
So far this year? I finally read Elie Wiesel's Night.
Favorite books of all time? A Prayer for Owen Meany. The Poisonwood Bible. The Little House series (as in ...on the Prairie). My Antonia. A Tale of Two Cities. The Age of Innocence. The Hours. Interpreter of Maladies. Charlotte's Web.
Least favorite book you finished last year? I didn't think Kite Runner was as fabulous as everyone else did. I thought the plot turned on a huge coincidence, which is a really lazy device.
What are you reading right now? The Count of Monte Cristo. Only 1100 pages to go.
What are you reading next? Whatever the book club pick for April is. (Also, it will be my turn to suggest a book club book soon--recommendations welcome!)