My First Meme

I’ve so enjoyed reading other bloggers’ memes. Now, I get to do my own!

Hardback or trade paperback or mass market paperback?
Usually trade paperback, but now that I read all these blogs, I’m always seeing new books I want. I’ve indulged in a few more hardbacks of late.
Amazon or brick and mortar?
Amazon. I love the discounts and the thrill of a box on the doorstep!
Barnes & Noble or Borders?
Barnes & Noble. We don’t have a Borders where I live. T and I go to Barnes & Noble several times a week. We’re big fans. (Although I do enjoy Borders, too, when I have the chance).
Bookmark or dogear?
Bookmark! (And occasionally, nothing. “I gotta remember I’m on page 53, ‘kay?'”)
Alphabetize by author or alphabetize by title or random?
My shelves are all random. They look pretty that way.
Keep, throw away, or sell?
Just this week I did a big purge and sold about 35 books to used bookstores. Gotta make room for the news!
Keep dustjacket or toss it?
Read with dustjacket or remove it?
Usually read with it, but sometimes remove. I actually prefer reading hardbacks from the library–they do wonderful things with the dustjacket.
Short story or novel?
Novel. I love digging in. I should try more shorts, though.
Short story collection (short stories by the same author) or anthology (short stories by a different author?
Collection, I s’pose. I most recently read a Carol Shields collection, but that was over a year ago.
Harry Potter or Lemony Snicket?
Definitely Harry Potter. I read the first Lemony Snicket. I enjoyed it but didn’t love it. I have stood outside a bookstore at midnight for Harry, though.
Stop reading when tired or at chapter breaks?
I try really hard for chapter breaks. Or those mini breaks, where there is a gap in the text. Or when T wakes up.
“It was a dark and stormy night” or “Once upon a time”?
Buy or Borrow?
Both. I love buying, but I love library books, too (especially brand new ones that no one else has read!)
New or used?
New, all the way. I know we book lovers are supposed to love used books, too, but I don’t. I don’t mind library books at all, but used books are not my bag. I’m not even really a fan of used bookstores. If I’m going to own a book, I want it fresh and shiny.
Buying choice: book reviews, recommendation or browse?
Sometimes I read the San Diego paper’s Sunday book reviews and want every book they review. I also read Bookmarks magazine for ideas. But, these days, I get most of my recommendations from blogs.
Tidy ending or cliffhanger?
Tidy ending.
Morning reading, afternoon reading or nighttime reading?
Before T, I used to LOVE reading in the backyard on weekend afternoons (oh how wonderful . . . ahh . . .) Now, I fit in reading whenever I can (T’s naptime or 10 minutes before bedtime, usually)
Standalone or series?
Favorite series?
Harry Potter, His Dark Materials, Sally Lockhart, Airborn/Skybreaker, The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants
Favorite books read last year?
See this post.
Favorite books of all time?
I think I’ll get that one its own post someday soon.



  1. eisha said

    Hey, great meme, Kate. I’m totally with you on the H.P. vs. L.S. question, and I also sometimes try to remember what page I was on rather than dogear a precious page.

  2. iliana said

    It was fun reading your answers. I love the thrill of a box from Amazon too 🙂

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  4. I think that I’ll lift this for sometime when I need something to blog about. I haven’t seen it. Great questions, and answers.

  5. cloudscome said

    This is such a fun meme! Isn’t it amazing how you can get to know people on the Internet just from how they answer this type of question? I like how you are keeping a list of books read in 2007 too.

  6. […] this meme, by way of Vardibidian, by way of  someone named Katherine Thomsen, whose blog I’ve never […]

  7. there are many used books sale in our area and i frequently visit them to buy some :

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