OK, since my last post went over like the proverbial lead balloon let me beat this dead horse (and attempt to work in a few more clichÃ©s) by answering my own questions. Below are my answers to the survey questions posed yesterday.
1) What is your favorite type of bookstore?
A. A large chain that is well lit, stuffed full of books, and has a cafÃ©.
I must admit I am a fan of places like Barnes and Noble and Waldenbooks. They are bright, cheery, and have both new books and a bargain pile. Plus a little coffee never hurt. I even go so far as to sign up for those discount cards.
2) What would excite you more?
A. A brand new book by your favorite author.
There is just something exciting about finding out one of your favorite authors has a new book out, rushing out to buy it, and reading it immediately. I do this with all William F. Buckley books (see here).
3) What’s your favorite format?
I don’t have much experience with short stories or poetry. It isn’t that I don’t like them but rather that I am unfamiliar with them for the most part. I have always loved novels both contemporary and classic. Although, some short novels or novellas straddle the line I suppose.
4) Favorite format, part II.
A. Contemporary fiction.
B. Classic novels.
C. Genre (mystery, espionage, etc.)
I am not sure I could pick one here. I read widely across genres and times. I am seeking to broaden my knowledge of classic English language novels but I also read contemporary fiction and mysteries, thrillers, etc. In fact, I have failed to really become a expert in any one area because of my inability to focus.
5) Favorite format, part III (none of the above) Fiction or non?
C. A mix of both.
I read a steady mix of both. I love to read about history, politics, culture, and religion but I find I need to mix in a healthy dose of fiction or I get burned out. Non-fiction can often require a lot of concentration and sometimes has a weaker narrative pull. Fiction relaxes me and helps me rejuvenate after the heavy non-fiction reading.
6) Does the design and condition of the book matter?
A. Yes, I love a well designed book and keep mine in mint condition.
I will admit I am a little over the edge on this one. I love well designed and well packaged books. I am particularly drawn to a series or special editions. I have chunks of books from the Everyman’s Library, the Oxford World Classics, the Penguin Lives, the Modern Library Chronicles, and the Barnes and Noble Collectors Library series to name a few.
7) On average how many books do you read a month?
B. I am dedicated. I read 4 or 5.
Well, currently I have read 30 books in six months so that comes out to five a month. Whether that pace will continue through the football season is to be determined.
8) Do you prefer to own or borrow?
A. There is a particular joy in owning a book. I have a large library.
As you can probably tell from some of the answers above, I like to buy books. It has gotten worse as I have risen in income level. I really should use the library more but I do so love the feel of a new book in my hands! I also enjoy the thought of having so many books at my finger tips. If I need to looks something up, it is right there. If I want to dive into a book, I just take it off the shelf. It is convenient but it is also expensive.
9) Where do you get (the majority) your book news?
This one is a bit of a mix as well. I do read a lot of magazine reviews and I do read blogs for insights and tips. But I also get a lot of information from my non-fiction orientated book clubs. I take book news wherever I can find it, but the majority of it comes online.
10) Are books a professional obsession?
C. Kinda, I write the occasional review but have a regular job outside of books.
I will go with C here. I have a day job and have only published one formal review in a magazine, but I do get free books from publishers and I do hope to publish some more reviews in the future. So call it a hobby with the potential to pay on occasion.
So there you have it, my answers to these burning questions. I hope you found them interesting or at least enlightening.