If you’ve read my 30 Days of Nothing, in which I quit buying books for a month — and whined endlessly about it — you know all about my book obsession. I found this meme over at Shannon’s. If you want to play along, leave your link in my comment section below!

1. Hardback or trade paperback or mass market paperback? Either, I’m not picky.

2. Amazon or brick and mortar?Amazon all the way, baby.

3. Barnes & Noble or Borders? Barnes and Noble.

4. Bookmark or dogear? Dog-ear. I know, y’all have already told me how awful that habit is.

5. Alphabetize by author or alphabetize by title or random? Umm…a heap next to my end of the couch?

6. Keep, throw away, or sell? Keep, and sometimes give some away…books are my love language.

7. Keep dustjacket or toss it? Keep it till it gets a rip, them throw it away to my relief and my hubby’s chagrin.

8. Read with dustjacket or remove it? Remove it and set it aside carefully because my hubby doesn’t like it when they get dinged. A dust jacket is such a burden of responsibility.

9. Short story or novel? NON-FICTION, baby! I read few novels these days. I am a self-help/informational kinda gal.

10. Collection (short stories by same author) or anthology (short stories by different authors)? Anthology. The few I’ve read lately have all been adoption stories.

11. Harry Potter or Lemony Snicket? Neither.

12. Stop reading when tired or at chapter breaks? I usually stop when somebody is bleeding or needs to go potty or is in danger of perishing from lack of snacks….or lately, when I hit 2 miles on the treadmill.

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

14. Buy or Borrow? Buy, buy, buy. I should own stock in Amazon. Occasionally I borrow from the library.

15. New or used? Used, if I can.

16. Buying choice: book reviews, recommendation or browse? Often I’ll hear about a book from a friend, but then I always read the reviews on Amazon too. They are usually extremely helpful.

17. Tidy ending or cliffhanger? Tidy ending. And I HATE sad endings.

18. Morning reading, afternoon reading or nighttime reading? Afternoon naptime, which is also my exercise time.

19. Stand-alone or series? Stand-alone, usually.

20. Favorite series? In the last few years, I haven’t read much fiction, but I enjoyed Abram’s Daughters by Beverly Lewis. Years ago it was the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon (warning: steamy, but Jamie is the best romance hero ever written)

21. Favorite children’s book? The Sea Chest by Toni Buzzeo. Lovely.

22. Favorite book of which nobody else has heard? Twelve Part Harmony, the story of a family who had 4 kids and adopted 8 more. Also, The Family Nobody Wanted.

23. Favorite books read last year? There is No Me Without You (buy it and you’ll understand my passion for the children of Ethiopia)

24. Favorite books of all time? ALong with the Bible, Little House on the Praire and the Narnia series.

25. Least favorite book you finished last year? I can’t think of one

26. What are you reading right now? Jane Eyre– I’m hoping I’ll like it more than I liked it 20 years ago.

27. What are you reading next? A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier, by Ishmael Beah


  1. I played along this morning!! 😀

    I’ve never heard of The Sea Chest . . . I’ll have to check it out. I love children’s books.

  2. I will do this on my blog this morning since I love books too!

  3. Back in the time when I was a Regular both at the library and on the treadmill, I would prop up a borrowed Large Print book. Bifocal glasses need such extra help. It made reading much easier while keeping my feet at pace speed.

    I’m not interested in the Harry Potter books either. I had assigned reading of the first one for a kiddie lit class at the community college. The Instructor’s notes on my review said I was the first person who ever had written so well about my perspective. I earned a B+ on that paper.

    The dustjacket is a must. Your husband has the right idea.

  4. I liked Jane Eyre when I read it a couple of years ago (for the first time, actually).

    I LOVE this part, books are my love language.

  5. Mary — you DO know about PaperbackSwap right???? Where you can trade your old books for other peoples books right? For media mail postage at that!!

    Heather (who has a whole “bigger than a milk crate” box of books to read in her bedroom….)

    OHH!! ANd you can trade KIDS BOOKS too!!

  6. You’re totally right about Jamie. He is the BEST romantic hero I’ve ever read.
    Fun meme!

  7. Hi! I’m sorry I haven’t visited in a while. I’m going to “borrow” this meme!!

  8. I read “The Family Nobody Wanted” years and years ago…it was such a wonderful book!! You’ve made me want to read it again…(off to see if carries it)…

  9. I just finished re-reading Jane Eyre. I read it about 15 years ago. It was SO much better the second time around. Before, it seemed like drudgery, but this time, I thoroughly enjoyed it!

  10. I’m a bookworm myself and would love to use this meme

  11. I got my sister hooked on the Outlander series when it first came out. I started it (I think I read the first three or four) but she lost me with all th plot twists. I still love the first book, though.


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