Hardback or Paperback?
Paperback for reading. My old wrists can't take those hardback books anymore. But I have this strange habit of getting a Hardback copy of a book that I really, really, like.
Highlight or Underline?
I still can't bring myself to write in textbooks... so if anything, underlining with pencil ... darn High School conditioning me! But I do like to underline (with pencil) cool phrases or passages when I am reading for fun. Especially if I want to other's to pick up on it when I lend it out. I picked this up from Lindsay Gottwald because she is awesome.
Lewis or Tolkien?
I haven't read any Lewis DONT HURT ME, so I'll have to say Tolkien. He is insane. Only insane people write their own languages.. (sorry Daniel, it's true!)
E.B. White or A.A. Milne?
It's been so long since I've read either. I don't think I could choose. And now I've got the Winnie the Pooh song in my head. Oh, bother.
T.S. Eliot or e.e. cummings?
arg. Edna St. Vincent Millay. :-D
Stephen King or Dean Koontz?
I'm pretty sure I haven't read either.
Barnes & Noble or Borders?
BORDERS! For the discount rack and the Chai.
Waldenbooks or B. Dalton?
Never been to a B. Dalton... Waldenbooks sucks if you are looking for something specific. But if you are just looking or want to get something random, that's your place. I've gotten some good stuff outta their clearence things as well.
Fantasy or Science Fiction?
They are basically the same nowadays. Never liked either one 'til recently. (read: 'til I came to RIT)
Horror or Suspense?
Books? Neither. I would have nightmares. Although, like a good mystery... so I guess that counts as a little bit of both.
Bookmark or Dogear?
AH DON"T FOLD THE CORNERS OR I WILL KILL YOU! Bookmark if I can find one, otherwise I'll use a tissue or a napkin (UNUSED!) or something. Actually, I'm more likely to use a tissue as a bookmark because they are thinner and will not mess up the binding.
Hemingway or Faulkner?
Fitzgerald or Steinbeck?
Dude! How could you pick? I read the Grapes of Wrath for fun when I was 14 and I devoured The Great Gatsby summer before senior year (I have to admit, that was for an assignment).
John Irving or John Updike?
Who? I think I've heard of Updike, but can't think of any of his works right now.
Homer or Plato?
Homer. *Yea* the Illiad!
Geoffrey Chaucer or Edmund Spenser?
*does the Chaucer dance* I think it helps that my Writing and Lit I&II instructor was doing is doctoral thesis on Chaucer and could speak middle-english (or whatever it's called).
Pen or Pencil?
There are so many factors.... lately, I'm more likely to have a pen laying around... like for doing my check book, writing a note, or making a list... all places where it is important that the marks are perminant. Definitely pencils for doing math and such, though.
Looseleaf or Notebook?
Alphabetize: By Author or By Title?
Author's last name. Duh. I went through a phase in Middle School/High School when I thought about Dewey Decimalizing my book collection.
Dustjacket: On or Off?
Off while reading so the jacket doesn't get messed up. Looks nicer on the shelf then. And I hate it when people use the dustjacket flap as a bookmark. Then it gets all bent and stuff.
Novella or Epic?
They both have their good qualities.
John Grisham or Scott Turow?
Never heard of Turrow. I've only read one Grisham... forget what it was called, but I enjoyed it.
J.K. Rowling or Lemony Snicket?
oh, man, do you even HAVE to ask?!?!?! I picked up a Snicket in Borders once and just couldn't even get into the writing style. I thought it was yucky. Rowling all the way! Writing that can be appreciated by all ages! *YEA*
Fiction or Non-fiction?
For fun? Fiction. If I'm reading non-fiction for fun it must be a topic that I'm REALLY REALLY REALLY interested in.
Historical Biography or Historical Romance?
E.L. Doctorow. :-P
A Few Pages per Sitting or Finish at Least a Chapter?
At least a chapter. I can't get into it as easily if I read little bits at a time. I'd actually prefer to sit down and read a whole book at once. :-P Usually when I'm reading a book that's all I can think about and I can barely put it down. I've gotten rather good at reading whilst walking, eating, showering, cleaning, sleeping, etc. :-P
Short Story or Creative Non-fiction Essay?
Er. *shrug* They both sound like fun to read.
"It was a dark and stormy night" or "Once upon a time"?
Both are too cliche. How about "Once upon a dark and storm night"?
Buy or Borrow?
It depends. Borrow and then if I really like it, I usually pick myself up a copy. If I know I'm going to want a copy for myself (HP books, Chabon stuff) then I'll buy it right off the bat. I like bargin book shopping, too, it's fun. :-)
Book Reviews or Word of Mouth?
Word of Mouth. Much more reliable.