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Stacie Fortenberry [userpic]

Hardback or trade paperback or mass-market paperback? I prefer paperbacks in general. I don't have a preference between mass-market or trade-sized though.
Amazon or brick and mortar? Amazon is nice and all, but give me a store I can browse in any day!
Barnes & Noble or Borders? Barnes & Noble
Bookmark or dog-ear? Bookmark... I only dog-ear magazines and catalogs... and only when there is something I want to refer back to or purchase
Alphabetize by author or alphabetize by title or random? our bookshelves are pretty random... our series books are kept together (in publication order) but that's pretty much it
Keep, throw away, or sell? either keep or trade at PBS (after letting my sister and our mom read them if I think they might like them)
Keep dust jacket or toss it? I keep 'em
Read with dust jacket or remove it? I remove them unless they're glued on or something stupid like that.
Short story or novel? a good mix of both, though I'm more prone to pick up a novel than anything
Harry Potter or Lemony Snicket? Both!! I've been pondering picking up the LS books for DD to read when she gets a bit older (she's still young enough that she wants pictures in her books) and I've already been saving the HP books (for me!)
Stop reading when tired or at chapter breaks? It depends on the book and on how tired I am, really... I try to stop at chapter breaks whenever possible but if my eyes are really drooping I'll just find a stopping spot (paragraph break) within whichever chapter I'm in. Also, some books have such ridiculously long chapters that it's nearly impossible for me to read all of one in one sitting.
"It was a dark and stormy night" or "Once upon a time"? "Once upon a time", I suppose. I've only read one story that started the other way and it was one that C wrote for school last year.
Buy or Borrow? Both! I would be very unhappy if I couldn't visit the library whenever I wanted to, despite the small overflowing TBR shelf in my room. I also try to get to B&N or the local used book store whenever we have enough spare cash for me to indulge myself... not to mention my PBS addiction.
New or used? Again, both! A book is a book, yanno? If I know I'm going to want to keep a book I'll wait for the paperback version to come out and then buy it new, but otherwise I really don't care where it comes from.
Buying choice: book reviews, recommendation or browse? It depends on where I'm buying from. If I'm at a bookstore I'll just browse and if I happen to see a title that a friend was recommending I'll pick it up and look through it. When I'm looking around PBS I'll either search because of a rec in the forums or I'll surf through friend's shelves and look at the member reviews before placing an order.
Tidy ending or cliffhanger? I'm all about the tidy endings, though a series book just wouldn't be right without a tiny cliffhanger in there, yanno?
Morning reading, afternoon reading or nighttime reading? With me, it's more like whenever I have a spare few minutes reading.
Standalone or series? Yet again, both. I love my series books but I also enjoy finding a good standalone author (or someone like Christopher Moore whose books are a good mixture of both IMO)
Favorite book of which nobody else has heard? The Seeing Summer ... it's a book that I read in grade school that I absolutely adored.
Favorite book(s) read last year? The Stolen Child by Keith Donahue, The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini and In Her Shoes by Jennifer Weiner
Favorite books of all time? The Outsiders and The Chronicles of Narnia
Currently Reading? I'm working on re-reading the Harry Potter books... just finished book 2.

Current Mood: curiouscurious
Stacie Fortenberry [userpic]

I just started reading Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Picoult. I got through the first chapter (March 6, 2007) and was apparently so into it that I missed that I'd started reading chapter two (Seventeen years earlier). Talk about being confused!! Suddenly a boy that had just been in high school was a newborn and the first woman we met (a judge) was back to being a defense attorney.

My poor brain almost imploded.

Current Mood: amusedamused
Helmut [userpic]

Now, don't get me wrong; I love love LOVE paperbackswap.com and want everyone that enjoys reading to join, but, oh my goodness! I just wrapped my 9 book orders that are going out tomorrow and it took some serious time and effort. I wrapped 4 before dinner and just wrapped the other 5 and I can't believe how long it took! Granted, I'm a little fanatical about my wrapping (must first wrap in plastic and tape is my bestest friend in the whole world), but it was still a little surprising. They look fantastic and indestructible now, though, so I'm happy. I almost took a pic because I was so proud of how they looked, but then I realized that would be taking it a little too far. Oh well. It was fun in a way and I can't wait to get my credits! I really don't see how some of the Top 25 swappers do it, though! Seriously, one member has completed 89 swaps in the past 7 days. I think that would kill me. :)

Current Location: home
Current Mood: exhaustedexhausted
Current Music: The Daily Show
penguin_racher [userpic]

You think your life is/was dysfunctional? Try reading fire fire .

You'll at once either be caught up into finishing the book at once or tossing it aside and never thinking of it again. I finished it in 3 hours. I highly recommend it for it's prose and wonderful way of making insanity somehow seem alright if only for as long as you hold this book in your hands.

Helmut [userpic]

Since I've been having a lot of fun in the previous post that asked this question, I wanted to ask it again. So, here it is. What are you reading now?

Since the last post on January 9th, I've finished Look Closely by Laura Caldwell, Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk, and Knit One, Kill Two by Maggie Sefton. My favorite of the 3 was Fight Club. I'd seen the movie before reading the book and I was intrigued to find that I love them both for different reasons. I thought the movie did a good job of interpreting a lot of the events in the book and I thought the ending of the book was great, even though it was different from the movie. I gave it a 4.5/5. If you're a knitter and/or love yarn stores, Knit One, Kill Two is filled with yummy descriptions that made me want to hop in the car and hit the yarn store! It did have a few spelling errors which bothered me though. Overall, it got a 4/5 because the story kept my interest well enough. Look Closely was interesting, but I knew the ending long before I should have and did find one particular surprise twist extremely annoying. I understand an author's need to throw in a surprise twist at some point, but this one just didn't sit well with me. Overall, it wasn't all bad and I gave it a 3.5/5.

Currently, I'm reading Self Made Man: One Woman's Journey into Manhood and Back by Norah Vincent. I'm about half way done with it at this point and it's been interesting. I can't wait to keep reading it! I'm not sure how I feel about her thoughts on strip clubs, but I'm not exactly an expert on strip clubs. :) But so far, I've been enjoying it and I've learned how to make a realistic beard if ever I need to give myself some 5 o'clock shadow!

Current Location: home
Current Mood: soresore
Current Music: The Real World Denver
penguin_racher [userpic]

Tad Williams - Otherland Trilogy
M. John Harrison - Viriconium
Margaret Atwood - The Handmaids Tail
Stephen R. Donaldson - The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant the Unbeliever
Douglas Preston/Michael Childs - Reliquary
Margaret Weis - Dragons of Autumn Twighlight
Robin Jarvis - The Woven Path
J.K. Rowling - Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
Robert Heinlein - A Heinlein Trio
Paula Volsky - Illusion
Marion Zimmer Bradley - The Mists of Avalon
Terry Brooks - The Voage of the Jerle Shannara - Isle Witch
R.A. Salvatore - The Dark Elf Trilogy

Cost of Books = $20 + one old school Sesame Street DVD for $3
Yeah. I didn't want to leave. Neither did my shemademe4head I want to go back tomorrow.

penguin_racher [userpic]

Our local Friends of the Library sale is today. Please to be wishing me luck.

If you have any requests, please feel free to list them here. Just keep them to a reasonable minimum.

Helmut [userpic]

Hello everyone! I just joined this community because some of you were talking about it on the paperbackswap.com community forum. I'm curious as to what everyone is hoping to see happen here. Is this going to be a mostly PBS related community? A "anything about books is cool" book community? A 1 book per month discussion community? All of the above? I really just jumped in and seeing only 6 previous entries got my curiosity going. :) So what are the plans for this group?

Current Location: home
Current Mood: curiouscurious
Current Music: The In Crowd on TV

I just finished reading Infant White Male last night. Just wondering how everyone else is doing. How much do you have left to read?

Shirley

a dreamer, first and foremost [userpic]

Alright folks, I apologize for the slacking on my end - I just started a new job and they've got me working 9-10 hours a day!

After all the dust cleared, it sounded like White Male Infant was the winner. Wicked was a close second, so we'll put that in the voting again next month. So pick up a copy to read in June!

(don't forget about paperbackswap.com... more info in our community profile!)

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