Thursday, September 3, 2009

Bookish Meme!

I'm stealing this meme from Khy at

Hardback, trade paperback or mass market paperback?

Hardback's look the best on my bookshelf, but I only by Hardcover's for books written by my favorite authors. So, I own mostly trade paperbacks.

Barnes & Noble or Borders?

Barnes and Noble. They have one at both of the malls in Portland, so I always go there. But, my favorite book store is Powells.

Bookmark or dog-ear?

I get mad at people who dog-ear books. My sister does it, and it annoys the hell out of me.

Amazon or brick-and-mortar?

I definitely like seeing the books in person. I like holding them, and feeling the cover (that sounds so weird). I have bought a lot of out of print books off of amazon, though.

Alphabetize by author, or alphabetize by title, or random?

Right now, all my books are alphabetized by Author. However, I'm really not digging the way it looks. What do you guys think?

Keep, throw away, or sell?

KEEP. I keep all my books, or give them away to friends or family.

Keep dust jacket or toss it?

The dust jackets are the most awesome part! I'd NEVER throw one away.

Read with dust jacket or remove it?

I usually read with it on. If I take the book to school, I take it off, so it doesn't get bent in my backpack.

Short story or novel?

Both. On one hand, I love short stories, and how author's try to express more with less. It's really interesting. But on the other hand, I love novels, and how so much foreshadowing and build-up there can be.

Harry Potter or Lemony Snicket?

Harry Potter. I never really got into A Series of Unfortunate Events.

Stop reading when tired or at chapter breaks?

I've done both. It's better, in my opinion, to stop at chapters.

“It was a dark and stormy night” or “Once upon a time”?

Why not, "Once upon a time, it was a dark and stormy night." ?

Buy or borrow?

Buy. I LOVE owning books. It's an addiction.

Buying choice: book reviews, recommendations, or browse?

All three. Thanks to book blogs and friends, I've learned about a lot of books I would have never even heard of. I do like to browse and look at new books at the library and bookstore as well.

Tidy ending or cliffhanger?

Cliffhangers are good if there is a sequal. I like closure when finishing a book.

Morning reading, afternoon reading, or nighttime reading?

Nightime reading during the school year, and Afternoon reading during the summer. It just fits my schedual better.

Stand-alone or series?

Stand alone books. I can become bored with a series after a while.

Favorite series?

Harry Potter. Always has been, and probably always will be.

Favorite children’s book?

I used to be obsessed with The Boxcar Children books. I read a lot of them, and saw the play twice in the same week! The Theif Lord is one of my all time favorites too.

Favorite YA book?

Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson. If you have not read this book, READ IT NOW. But, truthfully, my favorite YA book changes depending on the day.

Favorite book of which nobody else has heard?

Love, Rose by Cecila Ahern. This book is amazing and so funny. I recommend it to anyone who will listen.

Favorite books read last year?

My favorite books read in '08 were Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher, Paper Towns by John Green, and Night by Elie Wiesel.

Favorite books of all time?

Love, Rosie by Cecila Ahern, Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson, The Theif Lord by Cornelia Funke, The Year of Secret Assignments by Jaclyn Moriarty, Sweethearts by Sara Zarr, The Realm of Possibility by David Levithan, Paper Towns by John Green, Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher, Night by Elie Wiesel, and The Chosen by Chaim Potok.

What are you reading right now?

The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck. It is so long.

What are you reading next?

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald. It was my summer reading that I put off until now.

Favorite book to recommend to an 11-year-old?

11 is a great year to start the Harry Potter books. Also, the (underated) Fire-Us trilogy by Jennifer Armstrong.

Favorite book to re-read?

The Year of Secret Assignments and Love, Rosie. I've read those both countless times.

Do you ever smell books?

I'd tell you, but then I'd have to kill you.

Do you ever read primary source documents like letters or diaries?

I've read letters and diaries for school, but not on my own time.


That's all! I hope to see a lot of you do this meme, so I can see your answers!


  1. This is a cool meme.I enjoy reading everyone's answers. :D And I agree 100% about having to own books. It is an addiction.

  2. haha I agree! I just HAVE to own books. lol what would my life be like without reading? It'd be sad... very sad. haha
    anyway, great blog!
    I am now following.

  3. Oh and by the way... Do you mind if I borrow this meme? I'll give credit of course :]