Booking Through Thursday: PreferencesJuly 23, 2009 at 11:16 am | Posted in Book Blather | 3 Comments
Here is my response to this week’s Booking Through Thursday:
Which do you prefer? (Quick answers – we’ll do more detail at some later date)
- Reading something frivolous? Or something serious?
Serious. I switched to chick lit when I was in college, but then I was trying to learn Latin and Attic Greek at the same time, and I feared my brain would explode. Now that I’m back to normal, when I try to read or watch frivolous movies, I automatically start thinking about Darfur.
- Paperbacks? Or hardcovers?
Hardcovers, preferably well broken in with the library’s signature plastic cover. My dad prefers paperbacks, the same mass market size I loathe, and he can’t stand trade paperback size.
- Fiction? Or Nonfiction?
Nonfiction! Nonfiction all the way.
- Poetry? Or Prose?
I’m going to say prose, though I love poetry.
- Biographies? Or Autobiographies?
Both. Though I’ll read just about anyone’s memoir (is there a clear demarcation between the two?) but I’ll tend only to read biographies when I am seeking out information on the subject.
- History? Or Historical Fiction?
I hope I don’t have to tell my readers this. History. The real thing, baby. I’m talking archaeological diagrams, fiber composition studies, grave find catalogues, the works.
- Series? Or Stand-alones?
Stand-alones. I have read several series, but I have trouble keeping focused enough to get through the whole thing. It took me 15 years to finish LOTR, three years to get through A Series of Unfortunate Events… I’m still working on Georgia Nicholson and the Outlander books, though I love them.
- Classics? Or best-sellers?
A bit of both. I tend to shun best-sellers unless they are getting a certain type of critical attention. Pure snobbery in action, but what can I say? Most mass-market fiction just doesn’t do it for me.
- Lurid, fruity prose? Or straight-forward, basic prose?
Straight-forward and basic, unless I’m reading literary fiction. Left to my own devices, I read mostly nonfiction, and mostly because for me it’s easier to get through.
- Plots? Or Stream-of-Consciousness?
Stream of consciousness. I’ve always loved it. When I read something plot-based I keep looking for the hole. We watched The Knowing last Friday with my mom, and we were chasing the plot around for days, realizing new problems.
- Long books? Or Short?
Long books. Unfortunately this year I’m stuck with mostly short, because I’m trying to hit 500. 234 to go!
- Illustrated? Or Non-illustrated?
Both. If it’s a memoir I want to see baby pictures, at the minimum. I must have at least one author photo. If I’m reading history, I also like to see photos of relevant people, buildings, artifacts… On the other hand, fiction with illustrations will make anyone looking over one’s shoulder think it’s a children’s book. Which in my case, it often is.
- Borrowed? Or Owned?
Borrowed. Where in the sam hill would I put all the books I read if I had to keep them in the house?
- New? Or Used?
Used. Actually I get really paranoid about cracking the spine on new books. I also break out in hives when I think about spending that kind of money. If I’d bought everything I read this year new, I would have spent $3800 already, and that doesn’t include Mt. TBR.