Hardback or trade paperback or mass market paperback?
I like hardcover, but most of what I own is in paperback. (what's the difference between the two kinds?)
Barnes & Noble or Borders?
Neither. I hate bookstores that cram coffee shops inside. I hate the smell of coffee and pastries wafting over my books.
Bookmark or dog-ear?
I have a huge collection of bookmarks, but I always end up dog-earing without even thinking.
Alphabetize by author, alphabetize by title, or random?
Oh, let's see...first I have them arranged by categories that only make sense to me - vintage hardcovers, horse stories, animal stories, Native American stories, general YA novels, classics, poetry - and then by author. Nonfiction is arranged by subject, and then size. Tallest on the left. It's a weird classification, I know.
Keep, throw away, or sell?
I keep almost everything I've deliberately purchased, but a lot of gift books or novels I had to buy for class I sell off at the first opportunity to Half Price. The only books I've thrown away are outdated editions of textbooks I couldn't sell back to the school store. Also, there was an incident with a poetry collection I had to buy for Creative Writing that was full of vulgarity. I fed that one to the fireplace at semester's end. It was immensely satisfying.
Keep dust jacket or toss it? Keep
Read books with their dust jackets on or off? On.
Short story or novel? Novel
Collection (by same author) or anthology (by different authors)? Collection
Harry Potter or Lemony Snicket? Harry Potter
‘It was a dark and stormy night’ or ‘Once upon a time’?
Once upon a time. I love my fairy tales. :)
Stop reading when tired or at chapter breaks? When tired
Buy or borrow?
I don't know who can afford to *buy* all their books; this is what libraries are for. Plus, most books aren't worth reading more than once, so if I do buy I only get them from garage sales or Half Price Books (preferably on clearance at HPB). Harry Potter is the exception to the rule.
New or used?
Used, definitely. I already mentioned the cost factor. In addition to that, I just like the look of old books. I don't want a glossy paperback edition of a classic novel with critical essays in the back; I want my grandparents' copy. And I *love* books with inscriptions in the front cover.
Buying choice: book reviews, recommendations, or browse?
Browse, always. Book reviewers are idiots, and none of my friends have proper taste in books. They never read about horses or mental health disorders.
Tidy ending or cliffhanger? Tidy ending. I hate cliffhangers. There's no point.
Read in the morning, afternoon, or evening? Any time of day is good for reading!
Stand-alone or series? I prefer stand-alones, but a short series can be good too.
I collected Thoroughbred and Animorphs, but for solid storytelling I'm going to have to go with The Boxcar Children and Babysitters Club.
Favorite children's book?
*peers over bookshelf, where best examples stil remain* It's a tie between The Mud Pony and The Whale's Song. Oh, and Goodnight Moon, OF COURSE.
Favorite books which deserve more praise and more attention?
The world seems to have forgotten about Five Little Peppers and How They Grew (*sigh*), and also, more people need to know about Beautiful Joe (the slightly less tragic, Canadian, and canine version of Black Beauty).
Favorite books read last year?
A Time For Dancing - Davida Wills Hurwin
Candy Striper - Jane Hyndman
Laddie - Gene Stratton Porter
With a High Heart - Adele de Leeuw
Witch Child - Celia Rees
Favorite books of all time
God...okay, I'm gonna yank five at random from the pile of good ones.
1) Black Beauty - Anna Sewell
2) Harry Potter series - J.K. Rowling
3) Mustang, Spirit of the West - Marguerite Henry
4) Scarlet Letter - Nathaniel Hawthorne
5) Lad: A Dog - Albert Payson Terhune
What are you reading right now?
The Inheritance - Louisa May Alcott
What are you reading next?
Girl, 15, Charming But Insane - Sue Limb
What is your favorite book to re-read?
In addition to HP and Black Beauty, the book I have reread the most times is...wait for it...the X-Files novel "Ruins." Unlike every other TV show tie-in novel I've read, which turns out to be a rather more bland version of the show, this one is absolutely captivating. Ties in Mexican drug lords with the Mayan civilization, creepy giant lizards, and an ancient alien spacecraft.
Do you ever smell books?
Um, no. And that was a terribly anti-climatic ending to this survey. For shame!