Bookish Questions

I saw these questions months ago on a couple of my favorite blogs and decided I had to jump in too.

Hardback or trade paperback or mass market paperback?

Trade Paperback > Trade Hardback > Mass Market Paperback.

Amazon or brick and mortar?

Brick & Mortar when possible, Amazon more often than not with living in a small, rural town.

Locally owned bookshop or big name chain store?

Locally owned bookshop when possible.

Bookmark or dog-ear?

Bookmark. Dog-ear only if absolutely necessary.

Alphabetize by author or alphabetize by title or random?

By author.

Keep, throw away, or sell?

Keep. If I must, I prefer to donate books that I no longer have room for to the local library.

Keep dust jacket or toss it?

If I can, keep, if it gets torn or squashed, I discard it.

Read with dust jacket or remove it?

Read with it.

Short story or novel?


Collection (short stories by same author) or anthology (short stories by different authors)?

Collection. I like the consistency in tone, style and voice.

Stop reading when tired or at chapter breaks?

I stop when I’m tired, but try to make it to the end of a chapter if I can.

“It was a dark and stormy night” or “Once upon a time”?

Once upon a time. I love a good fairy tale and happily ever after.

Buy or borrow?


New or used?


Buying choice: book reviews, recommendation or browse?

When buying books, I tend to have read reviews of them, or had them recommended to me, but some of my favorites have been found by just browsing through the stacks. All sources have their value.

Tidy ending or cliffhanger?

I find it easier to leave a book world behind and enter a new one when there is a tidy ending.

Morning, afternoon or nighttime reading?

All of the above. But I love reading after dinner and before bed. Or on a sunny afternoon in the backyard. Or on a snowy winter morning. Basically, I just enjoy reading.

Single volume or series?

Both. Not every book should become a series, but it is fun to revisit the same characters again when there is a strong enough pull.

Favorite series?
Harry Potter of course! Growing up I also really loved The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants series and The Mitford Years.

Favorite book of which nobody else has heard?
I’ve read some great books with 2018 publication dates. Campaign Widows by Aimee Agresti came out May 22. Rush by Lisa Patton came out August 21. From the Corner of the Oval by Beck Dorey-Stein came out May 8. I adored I’d Rather Be Reading by Anne Bogel that came out on September 8.

Favorite books read last year?

There were so many books I read and loved in 2017! I think my favorites were probably Daring to Hope by Katie Davis Majors, Birds in the Air by Frances O’Roark Dowell, The Lucky Few by Heather Avis, and For the Love by Jen Hatmaker.

Favorite books of all time?My two favorite books that I read for a class and have stuck with me are To Kill a Mockingbird and A River Runs Through It. Both were read my junior year of high school and both profoundly impacted how I see the world, plus led to some of my favorite literary quotes.

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