I saw this on many other blogs and couldn’t resist doing it myself. Specially, given the mental state one is in during exams, my brains will permit me nothing more than these tid-bits for the time being. Book Reviews shall have to wait.
Hardback or trade paperback or mass market paperback?
Trade paperback. Hardback only for really special books.
Amazon or brick and mortar?
Amazon. Great features!
Barnes & Noble or Borders?
Bookmark or dogear?
Alphabetize by author or alphabetize by title or random?
Random. Sometimes by category.
Keep, throw away, or sell?
Keep. Never Sell. May give away as gifts, though.
Keep dust-jacket or toss it?
Read with dust-jacket or remove it?
Remove the dust-jacket while I read it, although sometimes it ends up getting smudged that way.
Short story or novel?
Novels. Am just beginning with short stories.
Collection (short stories by same author) or anthology (short stories by different authors)?
Haven’t read many but I would prefer an anthology. Though would prefer collection of favourite authors individually. For example, Raymond Carver is best read as a collection and not as an anthology.
Harry Potter or Lemony Snicket?
Harry Potter. Never read Lemony Snicket.
Stop reading when tired or at chapter breaks?
Generally, chapter breaks. But if none are approaching and am ready to doze off…well then, I don’t have a choice, do I?
“It was a dark and stormy night” or “Once upon a time”?
Once upon a time. I love classics and once upon a time remains the most ancient first-line of stories – including grandma tales.
Buy or borrow?
Prefer to buy. If I read something I borrow and like it, I will buy it anyways, despite having read it already.
New or used?
If it’s not too costly, new. Have nothing against old though. But generally prefer rare books from the used stalls.
Buying choice: book reviews, recommendation or browse?
All three, but my first choice is browsing followed by recommendations and book reviews.
Tidy ending or cliffhanger?
Tidy endings. A book not ended well is a book not well written. In case of books, well begun is half done does not hold true, I guess. Have always held it against Erich Segal for ending his books abruptly.
Morning reading, afternoon reading or nighttime reading?
Generally, nighttime. That’s by default due to work hours. If given a choice, anytime but morning is good for me.
Standalone or series?
Favorite book of which nobody else has heard?
India: From Midnight to the Millenium by Shashi Tharoor. Even people who might have heard about it may not have read it. I read this book long back in school, having no idea about who Shashi Tharoor was. I still consider it the best non-fiction on India.
Favorite books read last year?
Arthur and George by Julian Barnes
Plato Papers by Peter Ackroyd
The Great Divorce by C.S.Lewis
Myth of Sisyphus by Albert Camus
Bhagvad Gita and
Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy
Favorite books of all time?
The Myth of Sisyphus by Albert Camus
The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand
Man and Superman by Bernard Shaw
To Kill a Mocking Bird by Harper Lee