Book meme!

Jun. 19th, 2017 09:25 pm
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Because, even though I'm not reading proper books like I used to, I can't resist talking about books!
Stolen from septembers_coda

Hardback or paperback:
e-Book! Though actually I have a combination of all forms. So for instance I have Lord of the Rings in paperback (two copies) and the delux hardback edition with paper so fine the whole book including all the maps and appendices is only around an inch thick. I usually buy whatever is on offer, so if there's a hardback version going cheap, I'll buy it.
Borrow or buy:
Buy. I've always wanted my own copy, though when I was a kid I used to go to the library every weekend with my tickets and my parents' and get out twelve books at a time.
Fantasy or Sci-Fi:
Both. My main criteria is that there must be a good story based around people - so sciency sci fi or fantasy that is all about the world building or the technical aspect of magic don't appeal.
Love-Triangle or love at first sight:
Yep. And also love that grows, either out of misunderstanding and dislike or simply out of getting to know someone.
Wall shelves or bookcases:
We have both. A lot of both, but mostly bookcases because building shelves requires some DIY skills which we don't have.
Bad plot with good characters or good plot with bad characters:
Neither. I need a good story (which would entail a plot, I think) but I also need people I care about. If a book is lacking on either front it's going to fall down for me.
Harry Potter or Percy Jackson:
Are those the only choices we have? Huh. What about Diana Wynne Jones, Alan Garner, Garth Nix?
Booklr or Bookstagram:
No idea what these are.
Contemporaries or Fantasy:
What are contemporaries? Because you can have contemporary fantasy, can't you? But if we're talking about, say, would I chose chick lit over the dragons of Pern, then it would be Pern every time.
English books or books in your native language:
Heh heh both
Buy in a bookshop or buy online:
Charity shops and e-books go hand in hand I still prefer a physical book to an e-book but I love the portability of the iPad & kindle.
Amazon or Book Depository:
Both but charity shops come ahead of both.
Buy because of the cover or because of the description:
Both.
Alphabetical shelves or color coordinated:
Why would I colour coordinate? How impractical and cosmetic. I'd never find what I was looking for! I have all my fiction in author alphabetical order, non fiction is sorted by both size and subject, so, for instance most of my art books are together.
Different sized books or matching sizes:
Not bothered really, though having some even sizes is handy for fitting in books on their sides when bookshelves start getting full...Different sizes can also cause problems with bookshelves where the height of the shelves varies.
Wait to marathon a series or read as they’re released:
I've done both - George RR Martin, I'm looking at you, you ridiculous tortoise.
Movie or TV adaptations:
What about them? Usually I don't like either, because it's very hard for a tv show or a film to live up to a book. I tend to have very strong ideas of what a character might look or sound like and then it takes me ages to settle into whatever the actor gives me. Plus of course, plot elements get left out or sometimes changed and that disturbs me too LOL
Reading indoors or outdoors:
I don't mind. Once I start reading my surroundings are lost to me.
Coffee or Tea:
Neither.
Bookmarks or random objects to mark your page:
I never used to use bookmarks, I used to memorise the page numbers I was up to. But then they started making such fun, cool bookmarks that were also waterproof (very important when I used to do a lot of reading in the bath!) so I started using them.
Be your favourite character or be their best friend:
I don't really have one single favourite character, but I used to want to be Robin Hood. It would depend on whether I would want to self insert into their adventures or not.
Physical or e-book:
Already covered this - both for different reasons. i could never replace all my library of physcial books with e-books anyway. I've got nearly 2000 fiction books, think of the expense of replacing that lot!
Read in bed or on a chair:
Anywhere that's comfortable suits me.
Audio book or e-book:
I can't listen to books - the voice has to be just right and they have to get the dialogue just right or I switch off. Plus I can't sit and just listen to something, I'd have to be doing something else. When I'm arting, I have music on because I will tune in and out so I miss great chunks of stuff - which is a bummer if I'm listening to a story.
Series or stand-alones:
Both
Reading in the winter or reading in the summer:
What, and not read at all during Autumn or Spring? Silly question. If you are a reader, you read all the time.

I might add another question of my own:
Is there any room in your house that doesn't have at least one book in it?
My answer at the moment is yes, currently there are no books in either of our two bathrooms. Otherwise, every room has books.
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