I saw this over at Falconer’s Library (who always has such fun book memes, as well as honest insights into being a reader and educator) and couldn’t resist. Play along!
Buy new or buy used?
I generally prefer used, because I’m cheap. I’ve spent so many years with so little money, that it’s an ingrained habit to only pay $1-$12 for a book, rather than the $15-$30 a new bookstore demands. I will buy new, if it’s a gift for someone else, but for me- I’d rather go to the local used bookstore or library sale and get something previously loved but in decent shape. And then, of course, after I read a book I gift it to a friend or family member that I think will love it.
Eat while you read or read while you eat?
NOOOOOOOOOOOOO…..that’s how books get seriously damaged! I will drink (tea, usually) while reading, but I won’t eat while handling a book or ebook.
Re-read old favorites or pre-order upcoming possibilities?
This one is tricky. I don’t re-read very often. Maybe once every 3-5 years. No matter how much I love a book, my fundamental drive is to explore more, and to get through the giant TBR pile. But pre-orders are tricky for me (one, because they’re pricey and new- see above, and two, because I forget that I’ve pre-ordered them and then I’m confused when a book arrives out of nowhere).
Read every single word or skim at times?
Read every single word. If I find myself skimming a book, it’s either because I’m tired and need to stop and go to sleep, or because the book has lost my interest and might be a DNF. I need the words- the devil is in the details, as they say.
Happy endings or tragic?
Bittersweet. I’m a sucker for tragic endings but I want there to be some hope or joy in the mix. If it’s pure tragedy I’ll end up a mopemonster for days afterward. If you forced me to choose, I’m much more at peace with a realistically tragic ending than an unrealistically happy ending. I guess my sense of schadenfreude is strong.
Audiobooks or ebooks?
As much as I adore my Kindle Fire, I listen to audiobooks every weekday (when I’m driving to work) and most weekends (when I’m working on Printcess orders). So I suppose audiobooks.
Multiple books at once, or one at a time?
Multiple at once! Specifically, two at once. I’ve done three, but it requires a bit more effort keep them all straight. Usually, I’m listening to one audiobook (see above) and reading another book, as my pre-bedtime relaxation.
Mostly one genre, or a little bit of everything?
A little bit of everything. Variety is the spice of life! In years past, I’ve found myself reading almost entirely historical fiction, or fantasy, but for the past half-decade it’s been a wider variety of genres and sub-genres. And yes, my End of Year Bookish Survey results always seem to say I read more YA than anything else, but to me the sub-genres of YA are genres (e.g., if I read an adult SciFi book and a YA SciFi book, in my head I’ve read two SciFi books).
Lifelong obsession or later (re)discovery?
Lifelong obsession. My parents read to me as a kid, my oldest brother decoded Shakespeare for me when I was in middle school, and I used to inhale Babysitter’s Club and other series. I took a bit of a break during college (English majors, either Lit or Writing, have to read a lot. A LOT. It can burn you out).
Classics–yea or nay?
Yea! I have to be in a mood for slow buildup and low character action (compared to modern fiction), but there are some near and dear to my heart.
Read aloud to others or be read to?
Be read aloud to. I loved when my college roommate Melissa read Zelzney’s Amber series aloud to me our freshman year, and I love listening to a good audiobook.
Absolute silence or background noise/music?
Absolutely silence. I have a condition that makes it impossible for me to pick out one voice among many (my inner ear bones are over-calcified), which means anytime I’m in a situation with background noise I’m straining and stressed out. That does not lead to relaxed reading. One of the reasons I’m turning our guest room into my reading and makeup room is so I can read in silence (not with the background noise of ESO as Fedora games).
Cover on or naked?
I read more paperback than hardcover, by far, so this one doesn’t really apply. Anyway, I like covers (especially when they have different textures).
Dog-ear or bookmark?
Bookmark. I don’t know anyone who supports dog-earing pages, to be honest. We all know it wears the pages out and makes them hard to read. Plus, there are a ton of cute and fun bookmarks out there (and you can make your own).
Movie covers or originals?
Uh, originals. Movie covers generally suck the life out of it (“oh look, pretty 20-somethings. I guess this book is about…..uh….pretty 20-somethings”).