Booking Through Thursday: Preferences

July 23, 2009

Which do you prefer?

  • Reading something frivolous? Or something serious?  mostly frivolous.  There’s enough serious in real life.
  • Paperbacks? Or hardcovers?  Paperbacks.  Carpal tunnel makes hardcovers difficult to hold with one hand.  However, when I decide to keep a book for my personal “library,” I prefer hard cover.
  • Fiction? Or Nonfiction?  Fiction for the most part.
  • Poetry? Or Prose?   Prose.
  • Biographies? Or Autobiographies?   Since most of the people I find interesting lived hundreds of years ago, I would have to say biographies.
  • History? Or Historical Fiction?    Tie.  I love both.
  • Series? Or Stand-alones?   Stand alones.  Every series reaches a point where it just isn’t as good as it once was.
  • Classics? Or best-sellers?   Neither.  I find that in most cases I don’t like the books that “everyone” likes.
  • Lurid, fruity prose? Or straight-forward, basic prose?  Basic.  I don’t like an overuse of adjectives.
  • Plots? Or Stream-of-Consciousness?   Plot.
  • Long books? Or Short?  Long if it’s a good book, short if it isn’t.  🙂
  • Illustrated? Or Non-illustrated?  No preference.
  • Borrowed? Or Owned?   Owned.
  • New? Or Used?  New.  There’s something about being the first person to crack open a book… the way it smells and feels are just different when it’s new.

See more readers’ preferences at the Booking Through Thursday blog.


  1. Great answers! The name of my blog is “Well-Mannered Frivolity” – can you guess what my answer to number 1 was? It was hard to choose between some of the answers this week though…

  2. I find it difficult to capture my reading behavior in multiple choices!

    I prefer a plot-driven novel that slowly unfolds in fruity and lush prose, with multiple layers and allusion that indulge my mind long after I turn the last page like the lingering aftertaste of a good glass of wine.

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