Monday, March 12, 2007

me and books I LOVE books. Last week one of my students came in carrying a box of textbooks her class had ordered for another course. The simple fact that there were books inside the box that I had not seen or touched made my heart go pitter patter. :) Seriously. I kid you not. I am like a kid in a candystore when I enter a bookstore or library. Anywho, without further adieu, here are my answers to the book meme I first saw on Hiraeth and Lux Venit that has been going around recently. Hardback or trade paperback or mass market paperback? Doesn't matter as long as it is a book. Actually, the only thing that matters is the cost--cheaper is better. But, I have to admit, I prefer looking at hardback books on my shelves--they are just prettier. Online purchase or brick and mortar? Online. I love bookstores, but will end up purchasing online. Barnes & Noble or Borders? Neither. We don't have them here. Bookmark or dog-ear? I have this great little magnectic bookmark that clings to my pages and never falls out. I would never, no never, dog-ear a book!! Mark or not mark? I do highlight and underline in books. But I am careful with the ink quality of the pens used to do so because I don't want bleeding, smearing, or fading to occur as the book ages. And, I would NEVER buy a book marked up by someone else. Alphabetize by author or alphabetize by title or random? None of the above. Like the First Lady, I use Library of Congress numbers to order my books. At one time, I even made little tags for the spines. And would love to do so again for all the newer purchases I kept. Keep, throw away, or sell? I either keep a book or give it away. I don't particuarly enjoy reading novels or biographies again, so after reading them once, I pass them on for others to enjoy. Most nonfiction I keep so I can reference it or read it again. Keep dustjacket or toss it? Toss. I love the pretty spines of hard back books. Read with dustjacket or remove it? With. Gotta keep that spine clean. And, the inside flaps can be used as bookmarks. Short story or novel? Novel. Collection (short stories by same author) or anthology (short stories by different authors)? Either. Lord of the Rings or Narnia? Hmm . . . I've only read The Hobbit. But, I do own The Lord of the Rings series, just couldn't get past the first few chapters of the first book. Stop reading when tired or at chapter breaks? Chapter breaks . . . unless I fall asleep reading. “It was a dark and stormy night” or “Once upon a time”? Either. :D Buy or Borrow? Fiction and biographies--borrow. NonFiction--Buy. New or used? Does not matter as long as the book is not marked up or dog-eared. Buying choice: book reviews, recommendation or browse?...

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