Friday, July 6, 2007

Burning Down the House

Yes, day 2, Summer Cold, house bound.     It's getting scary...

I.   Hate.   Summer.   Colds.

Here is a new Book Meme, so I don't kill someone in my house!

(waving at Paul!)

Hardback, trade paperback or mass market paperback?
I couldn't care less if it was written on toilet paper.  I will read it! 

Barnes & Noble or Borders?
Borders.  I have a specific, smaller Borders, that I love.  It has no cafe, but that keeps out the rabble.  Just serious book people go there... all the employees know me and the kids.  :-)

Bookmark or dog-ear?
 Bookmark or memorize the page #!  DOG EAR????  ARE YOU KIDDING ME???  <<<shaking head and muttering...>>>
Ahem... Dog ears damage pages.  Often permanently.  Very bad.

Amazon or brick and mortar?
Usually brick and mortar, but I do Amazon occasionally.

Alphabetize by author or alphabetize by title or random?
Grouped by author, alphabetically, in order of publication.  Sorted by genre.

Keep, throw away, or sell?
Keep and give away.

Keep dust jacket or toss it?
Keep, do people actually throw them out?

Read with dust jacket or remove it?
I read with it.  I remove it for Hammer.  He can be rough on them.

Short story or novel?
Novel.  I am not really a short story or essay person.  I get that here online.
 
Harry Potter or Lemony Snicket?
Harry rocks.  I have never read any Lemony or saw the movie.  It seems too sad to me.
Stop reading when tired or at chapter breaks?
Usually I stop when the book is done, but if I am ridiculously tired, or just started the book, then at a chapter break.

"It was a dark and stormy night" or "Once upon a time"?
Dark and stormy, that ends with a 'Once upon a time' ending. :-D

Buy or borrow?
Buy.

New or used?
New, but I will buy used every now and then on Amazon.

Buying choice: book reviews, recommendations, or browse?
All of the above! 

Tidy ending or cliffhanger?
Either, but if there is a sort of cliffhanger, another book had better be coming! 

Morning reading, afternoon reading, or night reading?
Yes, all of the above.

Stand-alone or series?
Both. I enjoy series, but I like to start at the beginning, and sometimes you can't...  I remember with Michael Connelly, I read one of his Harry Bosch, Detective series books - loved it, then went back the next day and bought all of the books from the beginning of the series!  I read them all straight through, and repeated the one I read first.  I have been reading him ever since, too.

Favorite series?
For fun, the Stephanie Plum by Janet Evanovich.  For a good detective story, I love Harry Bosch by Michael Connelly, as I mentioned above.  Also, Alex Cross, is a great detective, but with the psychological edge, by James Patterson.  Harry Potter for magic and heroism, by JK Rowling.  Harry Dresden for more humor, magic and detective story in the round, by Jim Butcher.   For forensic stories, I like Kay Scarpetta by Patricia Cornwell, and Temperance Brennan by Kathy Reichs.
 
Scarily enough, I could list more series that I read and follow, without fail.

Favorite children's book?
The top three are 'Pat the Bunny', 'Goodnight Moon', and 'Green Eggs and Ham'.
 
Favorite YA book?
Judy Blume and Anthony Horowitz.  Fabulous. 

Favorite book of which nobody else has heard?


Favorite books read last year?
Too many to list all, but a favorite that most haven't read would be 'The Devil in the White City' by Erik Larson.
 
Jeff Shaara's WWII book, 'The Rising Tide', which is the first in a series of 3 on WWII was excellent.
 
Another great book this year was Steve Berry's 'The Alexandria Link'.
 
Favorite books of all time?
Wow, that is hard.  Probably, the Shaara books of the Civil War.  Phenomenal.   Nelson DeMille's 'Nightfall', would also be up there (another series that I love).  'Marley and Me' by John Grogan, was a great pet story and memoir.

What are you reading right now?
I just finished 'Pilate's Wife' by Antoinette May, very good.  I am almost finished with 'Hannibal Rising' by Thomas Harris, and I read 'All Together Dead' by Charlaine Harris (newest of the Sookie Stackhouse series) in the middle of them! 

What are you reading next?
I want to get the newest James Rollins, it just came out called 'The Judas Strain'.  It is his third in the Sigma Force series.  I told you, I read a whole bunch of series!!!

Favorite book to recommend to an eleven-year-old?
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, they will be hooked on reading for life.  And, also for a girl, 'Are You there God, It's Me Margaret' by Judy Blume.

Favorite book to reread?
See above!  LOL

Do you ever smell books?
All the time!  I love the smell of books!!!!

Do you ever read Primary source documents?
Oh yes, especially when reading a historical fiction.  I find it very helpful.
 
Alright, I have kept my hands successfully off of my hubby's throat for a full hour and half while fiddling around with this meme and entry!  And, I almost don't want to choke him anymore... and the kids are going to bed.  Wooohooo!
 
be well,
Dawn

22 comments:

deshelestraci said...

I love the book meme.  I thought I read a lot.  Shoot I'm an amature!
Love the blood sucking kitteh!
Traci

topazscorpio27 said...

Had to do this one! -Dawn-

tenyearnap said...

I had Goodnight Moon memorized when Lex was little.
I've finished 2 of the Civil War Shaara books and need a break from the sadness. I'll get back to the last one soon. I hope.
Okay, that coffin cat is too cute. --Cin

gazker said...

I am ashamed to say my books aint in alphabetical order or by genre. They are in order by the clour of the coveres, so they tone in........... Sorry :-(
Gaz

astoriasand said...

Good grief you are a real bookworm.I used to be the same but not any more .I don't seem to find the time to read this last few yrs for some reason.Can I have 50hrs in a day Thanx LOL!! You may tempt me to start again.Haa.Take Care Have Great weekend.Kath
astoriasand http://journals.aol.co.uk/astoriasand/MYSIMPLRHYMES

lurkynat said...

good job Dawn! very amusing! Potter rocks!
your other books are interesting too
huggggggggggggggggs
nat

toonguykc said...

I am a closet dog-earer.  (shame)  I've always been one.

Russ

eml625 said...

I dog ear too : (  
This Meme was MADE for you!
hugs,
Ellen

ksgal3133 said...

I hope you start to feel better soon!
I dog ear too.....I love Barnes and Noble. Sometimes I think I might be addicted! lol
I am reading Julie Kenner...I didn't use to like science fiction/fantasy but her series about a demon hunting soccer mom is really great. Kinda reminds me of how Buffy might be if she quit being a slayer and got married. Yes I love the Buffy series on TV as well :)

Take care,
Gretchen

sunnyside46 said...

I hope you feel better and don't kill hubby.
Try Lemony Snicket, it's great sarcasm. I read a few of them.
I can't wait to read James Patterson's newest, The Quickie.
I heard of some new stuff I want to try jin this entry. I copied down some titiles. Thanks
Love
Marti

springangel235 said...

Hope you feel better soon!
What great answers on the books you love...have a great weekend...hugs,
Joyce

chat2missie said...

Hope you feel better soon.  Summer colds are the worst.
Missie

rdautumnsage said...

I hate summer colds too. Hope your feeling better soon. Thanks for the Meme you gave me a few more authors to check out. (Hugs) Indigo

dizarra said...

GREAT GRAPHIC! GREAT entry! I read Hannibal Rising, too, and Red Dragon-both from Harris-right? I like when I borrow a book from a friend, and can smell THEIR house! LOL I like the Borders near me-it has a cafe', which I love, OK-i'm spoiled!
I only read at night-usually-when very ill I did read in day time; I'm into a newish
author, for me anyway-ever hear of Anne Proulx? She wrote Brokeback Mountain and Shipping News-both made into motion pictures; I'm kind of hooked on her right now, she writes so differently than most, and her knowledge on different subjects seems emence; so sorry you have a nasty summer cold! Be well..stop over by my journal, if you have a minute. ~Diane~ http://journals.aol.com/dizarra/StorysFromtheCityTalesFromtheSea/

ktkamanski said...

I just got over one of these as well! Love this entry and your graphics! Hope your feeling better soon! Have a wonderful day!
Katie
http://journals.aol.com/ktkamanski/AlwaysBelieve/

plittle said...

Did something similar a while ago: http://journals.aol.ca/plittle/AuroraWalkingVacation/entries/2007/01/12/a-skiffy-meme/2207
-Paul

nay0114 said...

Loved this entry I like to read, but usually don't have much time. Lots of suggests for reading in this entry. Thanks.
Take care, Chrissie

gehi6 said...

I enjoyed this meme so much I almost wanted to do it.  I am always afraid of turning non readers off even more by talking too much about books.  I learned to keep quiet about books living in poor neighbors especially when a number of locals did not even speak English!  I don't know how many times I have been cussed for talking about books as I was growing up.  Utah children were encouraged to stick to church books.  Book readers tended to get other ideas and would cause trouble.  Gerry  http://journals.aol.com/gehi6/daughters-of-the-shadow-men/  

sangrialel said...

Loved this one!  I LOVE books too.  I almost always have three going at once!  Linda

hewasolddog299 said...

OK, I'll bite -- where are the original questions (without your lovely answers) located? Interesting choices, m'dear.

Get your doc to prescribe Nasonex -- works wonders on summer head colds -- makes life almost bearable (but don't give up the hot toddy before bedtime).

wil

tlgf1968 said...

loved this entry! of course, vince flynn came to mind ... have you read "consent to kill?"  it's his second to last, before "act of treason," and, i think, his best so far.  i couldn't put it down!  he has a new one coming out october 30th ... mitch rapp returns in "protect and defend"!  let me know if you read/enjoyed "consent" ... thoughts.  :)

justaname4me2 said...

Dawn,
I've just finished reading all 10 entries located front and center here in your journal. You sound like you are doing really well! (aside from the yucky summer cold)
I'm especially relieved about your husbands results.....a toe infection is better then other possibilities, so that was a good trade. Keep the coffee flowing, the smiles given and the kids late nights with Mom. It all sounds great to me! Ok, Ok, aside from the interuption during the Harry Potter movie......I feel your irritation there!
Anyway, I'm always reading, always checking up on you and I'm glad your doing well!

Rebecca Anne