Borrowed Bookmeme, Part One

Borrowed, without asking, from SF Signal.

I thought I’d jump on the meme bandwagon and start one of my own, mainly centered on genre fiction books. Well, actually, only on science fiction, fantasy and horror.
You know how this works: Copy the questions and give your own answers…

Since this one’s rather long, I’ve decided to present it in two parts, this being (obviously) the first.

Science Fiction, Fantasy or Horror?
Science Fiction, then Fantasy, then Horror.
Hardback or Trade Paperback or Mass Market Paperback?
I like the form factor of hardcover and trade paperback. It’s much easier to hold open with one hand, so that I can read while I eat.
Heinlein or Asimov?
I honestly haven’t read much Heinlein, just The Cat Who Walks Through Walls and the short story “It’s Great To Be Back.” On the other hand, I’ve read lots of Asmov. He’s got robots, after all.
Amazon or Brick and Mortar?
Brick and Mortar. There’s no substitute for picking up a potential purchase and actually looking at it, looking through it, reading a few pages or more and then deciding that this is the book for you.
Barnes & Noble or Borders?
I don’t really see that much difference between the two. In fact I’m occasionally not sure which I’m in until the cashier asks me for my customer loyalty card. I will say that I know of at least two beautiful (or at least interesting) old buildings that have been saved by Barnes & Noble moving into them, so that’s worth a few points right there.
Hitchhiker or Discworld?
I have read a couple of Discworld novels, but I have to say Hitchhiker all the way. I guess it’s that Sci-Fi vs. Fantasy question, or maybe it’s a question of silliness vs. satire.
Bookmark or Dogear?
I used to dogear, but not any more. I also used to use the flaps of the book jacket as placeholders, but that doesn’t work very well either. So now I’m a proud bookmark user.
Magazine: Asimov’s Science Fiction or Fantasy & Science Fiction?
I used to read both at different times. But I think I preferred Asimov’s since I seem to recall that it featured a bit more of the hard SF.
Alphabetize by author, alphabetize by title, or random?
Umm… they’re not exactly random… they’re vaguely grouped by category, theme, size and series. Yes, a little bit of alphabetization would probably be a good thing. I suppose I’d do author then title, just as the book shops do.
Keep, Throw Away or Sell?
Throw away? Throw away? Oh! The very idea! Usually, if I don’t want a book anymore, I’ll first put it on Then, if there are no takers, I’ll eventually donate it (which, I’m afraid, probably amounts to the same as throwing it away.)
Year’s Best Science Fiction series (edited by Gardner Dozois) or Years Best SF series (edited by David G. Hartwell)?
I’ve got three of the former and one of the latter. I’m not that picky.
Keep dustjacket or toss it?
Keep. It makes the book more identifiable on the shelf, and the jacket notes are handy when you’ve forgotten what the book was about.
Read with dustjacket or remove it?
Remove. It’s annoying to have the book slipping and sliding around in the jacket while you’re trying to hold onto it.
Short story or novel?
As I’ve said in the past, I do enjoy a good anthology. If a story’s not to your liking, you can either skip it (perhaps even assuring yourself that you’ll come back to it later,) or you can slog through it, taking some comfort in the fact that it will at least be short. When I discover that I’m reading a bad novel, on the other hand, I usually feel compelled to grind my way on to the end, if only to try and redeem the investment that I’ve already made in the story. You never know— it could have a really great ending that makes up for the preceding 64 chapters.
Harry Potter or Lemony Snicket?
Neither. I read Harry Potter once to see what all the hoopla was over. It was like an In-N-Out burger— indeed tasty, but not something I’d wait in line for.
Stop reading when tired or at chapter breaks?
I try to stop at chapter breaks as it’s easier to pick up again afterward, but sometimes it just can’t be helped.
“It was a dark and stormy night” or “Once upon a time”?
Oh, a dark and stormy night, for sure, with a sky the color of television tuned to a dead channel. (Though I suppose nowadays that could mean a solid bright blue rather than a weirdly luminous gray.)
Buy or Borrow?
Buy, I think. I haven’t borrowed a book in a long time. The last one had to have been for a book ring, which technically is a borrow (though a complicated one.) I’ve gotten many books through trades of one sort or another— paperbackswap, book boxes, book relay, etc. Not exactly buying— more of a bartering.
Buying choice: Book Reviews, Recommendation or Browse?
Currently, it’s Recommendation, then Browse, then Book Reviews. I don’t like to read reviews because I don’t want to have any preconceived notions as to what I’ll be reading. I also don’t want to be haunted by any subtle spoilers. I’ve had mixed luck with recommendations, though the LibraryThing unsuggester seems pretty well spot-on.
Lewis or Tolkien?
Ooh, tough one. I really liked Through the Looking Glass— oh, wait, that was Lewis Carroll, not C.S. Lewis. Tolkien, then.
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7 thoughts on “Borrowed Bookmeme, Part One”

  1. That is remarkable… I would have answered every single question almost exactly the same as you did. In fact, tomorrow I will have to do this meme so you can see just exactly how alike my answers are to yours. Sheesh, no wonder I like you so much!

  2. I’ll probably steal this meme too – though I’ll wait for part II.

    I never get rid of books. But I am going to have to start. We moved to Madrid and brought 132 cubic feet of books with us (mostly mine).

  3. TitanKT: Looking forward to it!
    Richard: I’m not looking forward to eventually moving for that very reason. Carrying box after box of books up and down stairs is not my idea of fun.

  4. Long meme. I read science fiction too. I love shopping at the secondhand bookstore. It’s great to see what will come up there, anything could come in, old to new.

    Visiting for IcomWeLeave. I’m doing NaBloPoMo too. :)

  5. Laura: I’ve been thinking of designating a special closet just for book storage so that I can have a whiff of Used Book Shop smell at my convenience.

    Richard: Professional movers? That’s a great idea! Used book shop here I come!

  6. Hi,
    I stopped by for an ICLW visit, but I must admit that I have absolutely no idea of what you are talking about in your post. I can’t say anything in the least bit intelligent to you, except that you obviously have great passion for it and a place to air that. Enjoy.

    Lisa (#195 ICLW – yourgreatlife)

    P.S. Now I know what people must think of the terms I pepper my posts with from time to time, if they aren’t present in the fertility/infertility world.

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