Four sentences you've never said
I'm really hungry for liver and canned peas.
5:30 AM is my favorite time of day.
Snoop Dog is a musical genius.
Cleaning toilets fulfills me.
Any number of song title to describe how you've felt this week
'What Am I to You' by Norah Jones
'If I Had a Hammer' by Peter, Paul, and Mary
'Gaudeamus Igitur' by Silver Stars
'Soak up the Sun' by Sheryl Crow
'Got Me Under Pressure' by ZZ Top
'Seen It All Before' by Amos Lee
'Let's Go Crazy' by Prince
Four things you'd be doing on a perfect day
Riding a motorcycle into the mountains so I can take a hike
Enjoying cooking and eating a good meal and having good conversation and fun with people I love
Making love for hours and basking in the afterglow
Five creative names for a new rock band
Lime and the Shattered Ulnas (sooo stealing this from Logo)
Jackhammer to the Skull
Underwired (the acoustic band of buxom babes)
Congratulations! You get to go back in time and prevent 3 songs from being written, thus sparing humankind from ever having to hear them. Which 3 get the axe.
'My Heart Will Go On' by Celine Dion (and while we are at it I am preventing the movie 'Titanic' from being filmed too)
'Muskrat Love' by the Captain and Tenille (between his hat and this song, I so do not want to ever know anything about their love life)
'We Built This City on Rock and Roll' by Jefferson Airplane/Starship/Airplane (whatever the heck they were calling themselves at that point)
Now we move on to one from Myutopia.
Hardback or trade paperback or mass market paperback?
Whatever is available
Amazon or brick and mortar?
Brick & mortar, I like the library and to support local business. I'll use Amazon if it's an out of print title or can't find it other ways. That being said, I refuse to patronize the local mom & pop operation on Main Street because they have always been miserable when I've gone in and when the local fire dept. (of which my husband is a part) kept the fire in his building from spreading beyond their walls, (keeping in mind this is a minor miracle in attached buildings with no firewalls and that arsonists have torched 6 other buildings in the business district and the next town over lost an entire block due to the incompetence of their fire dept.) all the owners could do was bitch about the water damage to their inventory. STFU, you're alive and you still have a building and a business, people risked their own safety to preserve that for you.
Barnes & Noble or Borders?
We don't have either one locally.
Bookmark or dog ear?
If you ever suggest dog earing again I may have to hurt you. That's no way to treat a book.
Alphabetize by author or alphabetize by title or random?
Well, I've got enough books that I have them separated by genre. Within each genre they are alphabetized by author, then by title. Librarian wannabe and all...
Keep, throw away, or sell?
Usually keep, though we recently went through about half the collection and donated about 50 books to the local library for their annual used book sale. I only throw away if the book is damaged beyond reasonable use.
Case in point, I threw away a beautiful gilt-edged Bible given to my daughter when she was a baby. Hold the hellfire! I can explain! We only had one closet in the old house (a walk-in by our bedroom). We had a tiny room at the bottom of the stairs. It had a toilet and shelves up the wall over the toilet. I kept cleaning supplies and boardgames in there and had put the baby Bible up there in a hurry one day because the kids were kind of crumpling pages. I went in to get cleaning supplies one day and knocked the Bible into the open toilet which someone had used but neglected to flush.
Keep dust jacket or toss it?
Read with dust jacket or remove it?
Short story or novel?
I tend to enjoy nonfiction more than fiction but when I read fiction either one is fine.
Collection (short stories by same author) or anthology (short stories by different authors)?
No real preference.
Harry Potter or Lemony Snicket?
Stop reading when tired or at chapter breaks?
Chapter breaks, keeps me mentally organized.
“It was a dark and stormy night” or “Once upon a time”?
Hhhmm...it's more about what follows those introductions really.
Buy or Borrow?
New or used?
Either. New books hold such promise but old ones have such history. I love the used book sale at the library....last couple of days is a dollar for an entire bag. Woohoo!
Buying choice: book reviews, recommendation or browse?
I read a lot by recommendation of friends and I love to just browse and see what strikes my fancy. Book reviews...meh...not so much. I don't know the reviewer and they don't know me, it's too impersonal.
Tidy ending or cliffhanger?
Neither. If it's fiction, I just want an honest ending. It's got to be faithful to the characters and setting, whether that means happy or sad, tidy or dangling. It just has to be convincing and not read like the author intended sequel after sequel just for the sake of profit or to get a movie deal.
Morning reading, afternoon reading or nighttime reading?
Afternoon or evening
Stand-alone or series?
I can't think of too many series that really held me for the duration.
Hhmm...'Anne of Green Gables' probably and partly because it was just so much fun to read to the girls when they were little.
Favorite children's books?
I've got such a soft spot for kiddie lit this is hard to narrow down. I'm a big Dr. Seuss fan, I LOVE Shel Silverstein and have given his books to more kids than I can remember. Kevin Henkes is another marvelous author of picture books.
Favorite book of which nobody else has heard?
Hhhmm... Thirty Days Hath April' by Bill Bley perhaps?
Favorite books read last year?
'Kite Runner' by Khaled Hossein was amazing.
Favorite books of all time?
It's all in the profile.
Least favorite book you finished last year?
'Whose Panties Are These?' which was a set of essays about women travelling. Some were very good, most were kind of ho hum, some were just dreadful.
What are you reading right now?
'Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance' by Robert Pirsig
What are you reading next?
I have a great big stack of 'to reads.' I will choose based on my mood at the end of Pirsig's book.
Some of the choices include...
'A Sunday at the Pool in Kigali' by Gil Courtemanche
'In the Name of Honor' by Mukhtar Mai
'The Mother Tongue' by Bill Bryson
'The Year of Magical Thinking' by Joan Didion
'Left to Tell' by Immaculee Ilibagiza
Anything I should add to the pile?