Thursday, July 23, 2009
Which do you prefer? (Quick answers–we’ll do more detail at some later date)
Reading something frivolous? Or something serious? - Usually it depends on my mood. I read more serious books and then break them up with something frivolous
Paperbacks? Or hardcovers? - Paperbacks. They are easier to carry around and to hold when reading lying down.
Fiction? Or Nonfiction? - Ficiton, I don't read much non-fiction to be honest.
Poetry? Or Prose? - Usually prose but I do read poetry from time to time.
Biographies? Or Autobiographies? - To be honest I don't read either.... I think I have read one autobiology and maybe one or two biographies in my life!
History? Or Historical Fiction? - Historical fiction usually although it is good to get the real facts sometims. I just prefer fiction to non-fiction is all.
Series? Or Stand-alones? - I love series books. You can really get into a set of characters and it's great following them on their adventures. Stand alones help my bank balance more though.
Classics? Or best-sellers? - Classics as I don't tend to read best sellers.
Lurid, fruity prose? Or straight-forward, basic prose? Hmm this is more difficult. A bit of both? I don't like too wordy, but I do like a good bit of prose.
Plots? Or Stream-of-Consciousness? - Usually plots but I do enjoy stream-of-consciousness like Virginia Wolfe and Ali Smith.
Long books? Or Short? - Again it depends on my mood and my attention span. The writing and subject of the book are much more important than the length. It's not the size that matters, it's what you do with it ;)
Illustrated? Or Non-illustrated? - I love graphic novels and manga as well as books with illustrations. It makes me feel like more effort has been taken somehow and I am being given something extra. I am always especilaly excited when the author has done the illustrations themselves like James A Owen.
Borrowed? Or Owned? - Owned. I like the feel of books and being surrounded by them. I am trying to curb my buying habbits as always and as usually failing miserably.
New? Or Used? - New ideally, but there is something about an old book that makes you wonder about its history. Who has read it before you and what they thought of it.