Hardback or trade paperback or mass market paperback?
I usually prefer paperback -- trade vs. mass market doesn't matter, but hardbacks are usually too big/heavy for reading in bed.
Amazon or brick and mortar?
Both! But, I spend much more on books at Amazon, because it's easier to search and order what I want. I do enjoy browsing brick & mortar stores though!
Barnes & Noble or Borders?
Either/Both. Both offer education discounts for homeschoolers, so it's a toss-up. Both are located close enough to shop at easily, so it just depends where I am when the mood strikes to visit a bookstore.
Bookmark or dogear?
I NEVER dogear pages in a book. I use bookmarks sometimes, but usually I remember the page I left off on.
Alphabetize by author or alphabetize by title or random?
Neither. I keep "like" books together - so all my parenting books are together, spiritual books together, novels together, etc.
Keep, throw away, or sell?
I keep quite a few books, and sell some every few months to 1/2 Price Books. I never throw away a book!
Keep dustjacket or toss it?
Read with dustjacket or remove it?
Since I toss them, I read books without ;)
Short story or novel?
I have no real preference - both have their appeal.
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Collection (short stories by same author) or anthology (short stories by different authors)?
Same answer as above.
Harry Potter or Lemony Snicket?
I've read 5 of the Harry Potter books and none of the Lemony Snicket books. Harry Potter didn't hold my interest -- was interesting the first few books, but I got bored.
Stop reading when tired or at chapter breaks?
"It was a dark and stormy night" or "Once upon a time"?
"Once upon a time"
Buy or Borrow?
Both. If a book is available through our library, I borrow it -- especially novels / fiction / biographies. For reference type books, I'll still borrow first, and then decide if I want to buy it. For kid's books - we buy bunches.
New or used?
New, usually. I'm very picky about used books - mainly because of the smell of some of them. I sniff library books, too, before bringing them home -- if the previous borrower was a smoker or heavy perfume wearer, it stays on the shelf!
Buying choice: book reviews, recommendation or browse?
All of the above.
Tidy ending or cliffhanger?
Cliffhangers are okay, but I prefer books with a satisfying ending.
Morning reading, afternoon reading or nighttime reading?
Whenever I have a spare moment.
Standalone or series?
Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum series or Jan Karon's Mitford Series
Favorite book of which nobody else has heard?
Letters of a Woman Homesteader by Elinore Pruitt Stewart
Favorite books read last year?
My top three from 2006:
Women in the Material World by Faith D'Alusio and Peter Menzel
The Worst Hard Time: The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dustbowl by Timothy Egan
Last Days of Dogtown by Anita Diamante
The Once and Future King by TH White
** I read quite a bit, and enjoy it. Last year, I was keeping track of all books read in a journal - but dropped it this fall. Doing this meme reminds me that I should probably start it up again! It's nice to be able to go back and look at what I've read.