Book Survey!

I have seen this on a couple different blogs lately so I thought I would fill it out. It’s pretty fun to see what everybody prefers when buying or looking for books!

Hardback, trade paperback or mass market paperback?
Paperback. It is cheaper and easier to carry around, which I do with all my books, no matter where I plan on going.

Barnes & Noble or Borders?
Barnes and Noble. I have always liked their selection better. I don’t know why.

Bookmark or dog-ear?
Bookmark. I actually usually use post-its for my bookmarks but I hate dog-earing pages. I like my books to stay pretty!

Amazon or brick-and-mortar?
Brick-and-mortar. I just can’t get into Amazon. I love being able to look at all the books and flip through the pages before I buy them.

Alphabetize by author, or alphabetize by title, or random?
I organize by size usually. I tried alphabetizing once but all the different sizes bugged me.

Keep, throw away, or sell?
Keep, mostly. Some of my little paperback romances I will sell but hardbacks and all my YA books, I keep.

Keep dust jacket or toss it?
Keep. Why would you get rid of it? It makes the book look pretty!

Read with dust jacket or remove it?
Remove it. It always seems to slide around and just generally annoys me.

Short story or novel?
Novel. I never got into the whole short story thing even after taking English 1.

Harry Potter or Lemony Snicket?
Harry Potter, definitely. I tried reading the Lemony Snicket books but I just couldn’t get into them.

Stop reading when tired or at chapter breaks?
Both. I am OCD about not stopping in the middle of a chapter so if I am really tired I will read to the end of the chapter and then stop.

“It was a dark and stormy night” or “Once upon a time”?
Either. I have always been a more “dark and stormy” girl but lately I am getting into the “once upon a time” stories.

Buy or borrow?
Buy, always. I like having a book and not having to read it on a certain time line before I have to return it. Plus, I can always re-read!

Buying choice: book reviews, recommendations, or browse?
All. I love reading the reviews to see if it is something I will like but I also love to browse and find books that nobody ever really talks about. And then there are some recommendations from friends.

Tidy ending or cliffhanger?
I hate all the cliffhangers at the end of series books, especially the Private series. I can understand why the author does it but I really just want to know NOW!

Morning reading, afternoon reading, or nighttime reading?
Whenever I have free time!

Stand-alone or series?
Either. I like stand-alones because you don’t have to rush out to buy the next one but series are definitely good too.

Favorite series?
Harry Potter. These were the books that really got me into reading and I have to stick with them.

Favorite children’s book?
Green Eggs and Ham. This was the first book I ever read and I still have it.

Favorite YA book?
Too many to choose from. Some of my favorites are: The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen, Going Too Far by Jennifer Echols, Twilight by Stephenie Meyer, and it goes on and on!

Favorite book of which nobody else has heard?
I don’t know what everyone else has heard of so that is kind of hard to say.

Favorite books read last year?
There were too many. I can’t remember. I really liked Last Christmas by Kate Brian.

Favorite books of all time?
The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen. That is one book I will never get tired of!

What are you reading right now?
Same Difference by Siobahn Vivian.

What are you reading next?
Circle of Friends 2: Sarah by L. Diane Wolfe.

Favorite book to recommend to an 11-year-old?
I don’t know. I guess it would depend on what reading level the 11-year-old is at.

Favorite book to re-read?
I would say, once again, The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen.

Do you ever smell books?
Yes. I love that smell!

Do you ever read primary source documents like letters or diaries?
Only when forced to for a class.

So, that is what I prefer. What about you guys?

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