Science Fiction, Fantasy or Horror
Probably sci-fi, although I'm not known to be fussy.
Hardback or Trade Paperback or Mass Market Paperback?
I actively dislike trade paperback. lensedsqo suggests this is because the eye is used to scanning pages at a certain rate and trade paperbacks screw that all up, because they're evil. I like to think it's just because they're evil. I resent all attempts to screw me, the constant reader, out of more money for no reason.
Heinlein or Asimov?
Asimov. I'm not saying I don't like Heinlein, I do...and there are times when a good smutty sci-fi is really appreciated, but, overall, pound for pound, Asimov is funnier and wittier, and generally more engaging.
Amazon or Brick and Mortar?
Yeah, those are the choices? Bah. I'd rather shop in person than buy anything from Amazon. I'm still boycotting from like 7 years ago.
Barnes & Noble or Borders?
I was strictly a B&N girl until NaNo this year. The write-ins were held at the new Borders and I like their rewards program better than B&N, but B&N still has online presence, and Borders uses Amazon (see previous question), so it's kind of a wash.
Hitchhiker or Discworld?
Never read Discworld, so Hitchiker by default.
Bookmark or Dogear?
Bookmark. I prefer to not muss my books.
Magazine: Asimov's Science Fiction or Fantasy & Science Fiction?
Fantasy & Science Fiction
Alphabetize by author Alphabetize by title or random?
Group by genre, sort by author.
Keep, Throw Away or Sell?
Yeah, the only books I've ever thrown away were diseased and I threw them away because I was worried it would spread to other books. I know that sounds silly, but I don't take chances with bookworms or mold. My books mean well more to me than that. Mostly I keep them. I pass them along to people I think would appreciate them as well. It's been a very long time since I've sold any of my books.
Year's Best Science Fiction series (edited by Gardner Dozois) or Years Best SF series (edited by David G. Hartwell)?
I've only read the Dozois edited ones. So again, by default.
Keep dustjacket or toss it?
Keep, but if I'm carting the book around, I might remove it while I'm reading to replace when I'm done.
Read with dustjacket or remove it?
Usually it stays on, unless, see previous question, I'm transporting it and the jacket seems to be suffering by it.
Short story or novel?
Depends on the day. I like both.
Harry Potter or Lemony Snicket?
ATM: Lemony Snicket. Back when it was 3 or 4 Harry Potter books, I'd have said Harry Potter but I've really been depressed by the latest HP offerings.
Stop reading when tired or at chapter breaks?
I try for chapter breaks. Don't always make it.
"It was a dark and stormy night" or "Once upon a time"?
Wow. Tough choice. I guess "Once upon a time" but it's a very slight preference.
Buy or Borrow?
Buy. Then I don't have to feel guilty if I forget to return it.
Buying choice: Book Reviews, Recommendation or Browse?
Yes. I do all of those. Mostly Browse, I guess.
Lewis or Tolkien?
Lewis. Tolkien took much more effort to get through. Plus, Lewis always reads well, and you can get through a feel good book in a short span of time rather than having to allocate a week.
Hard SF or Space Opera?
Depends on the day, I guess. Right now, Hard SF.
Collection (short stories by the same author) or Anthology (short stories by different authors)?
I slightly prefer Anthologies because if it's one bad story, the rest are likely to be entirely different anyway, so I don't have to worry about the rest of the work sucking.
Hugo or Nebula?
Golden Age SF or New Wave SF?
Tidy ending or Cliffhanger?
Tidy ending. I like to feel like something has been accomplished.
Morning reading, Afternoon reading or Nighttime reading?
Spare time reader. Whenever there's time, I'll take it. I'm terrible about reading in the car. I get headaches if I'm reading while a passenger. I do have strict rules about reading while driving though. Only at stoplights and only if there's another car in front of me so I can watch it, rather than the light. (My mother's not reading this, right?)
Series, or a really wrapped-up standalone?
I like standalones. I hate committing to a series. I've actually put books down because they were in a series and I didn't want to get involved. Obviously, I do read series books, lots of series books (Thursday Next, Artemis Fowl, Harry Potter, Series of Unfortunate Events, Nursery Crimes, Agatha Christie's series, Lady Whistledown, I've just started this Dragonology Chronicles,...etc.), but for that reason, maybe I'm trying to cut back if I can.
Urban fantasy or high fantasy?
New or used?
I feel like I should pick something just to say, you know, I have, but the truth is, as long as it's in readable condition, I like it, new or used. I like the feel and smell of used books, but new books are fine too.
Favorite book of which nobody else has heard?
Long John Silver by Bjorn Larsson
Top X favorite genre books read last year? (Where X is 5 or less)
1. I started the Sharpe novels, so they get a place. I read a lot of them. The best was Sharpe's Tiger, I think.
2. Nursery Crimes series (or is that two?)
Top X favorite genre books of all time? (Where X is 5 or less)
How about asking something easier, such as the meaning of life? No? Well...
1. The Magician's Nephew by C.S. Lewis
2. The Stone and the Flute by Hans Bemman
X favorite genre series? (Where X is 5 or less)
1. The Chronicles of Narnia
2. Jane Marple mysteries
Top X favorite genre short stories? (Where X is 5 or less)
I know I didn't finish it. I will eventually maybe.