Old Hardback for classics like Austen, and for some that I actually care about, trade or mass market if I like the cover.
Barnes & Noble or Borders?
McNally Robinson - I've been to both those other stores and was rather unimpressed with such a comparison. I was at McNally just today, and I just walked around, enjoying the aura and smell and feeling of the space with so many books around me.
Bookmark or dog-ear?
Leave the book open face down on a table, so neither. I hate bookmarks and loathe people who dog-ear anything more valuable than a magazine or cheap nasty novel.
Amazon or brick and mortar?
Bookstore or library if possible and I'm in a browsing mood, also eBay, but not Amazon.
Alphabetize by author or alphabetize by title or random?
Set up favourites by shelf and part of shelf of best accesibility and vice versa for low priority books, without regard to the alphabet.
Keep, throw away, or sell?
Keep the best, sell the rest - or BookCrossing the others.
Keep dust jacket or toss it?
Toss it usually, it just gets wrecked anyway.
Read with dust jacket or remove it?
Depends how fast I'm devouring the book, I usually leave it on until I get frustrated with it.
Short story or novel?
Short stories should be eccentric and interesting, novels should be one of my favourite genres.
Harry Potter or Lemony Snicket?
I hate Potter - I started reading one and thought it was lame. I love Lemony Snicket.
Stop reading when tired or at chapter breaks?
Stop reading? Are you serious? I read all the way through unless there's a natural disaster or a calling parent (I return ASAP to the book after whatever they wanted is past) or school the next day, in which case I might stop when I'd be getting 5 or less hours of sleep. I read pretty fast and can often get through a good sized novel in 3-5 hours, so if I start by 9:30 I can usually finish and still get some sleep.
"It was a dark and stormy night" or "Once upon a time"?
Both, but hopefully not with those exact lines. They aren't that different a genre really. Sherlock Holmes and myths to be exact.
Buy or borrow? New or Used?
Depends how much I care about the books, the library is painfully slow. Sometimes I borrow from friends who bought. Often it's a library or sit-at-McNally deal for me. Both new and used. Preference for used if I'm in the browsing mood.
Buying choice: book reviews, recommendations, or browse?
Recommendations. Book reviews are unhelpful. Browsing also an occasional thing.
Tidy ending or cliffhanger?
Endings always suck because they're endings. Cliffhangers are mean unless I have the sequel nearby, which is why I try to only read old series.
Morning reading, afternoon reading, or nighttime reading?
Nighttime, or afternoon in summer in a park =D
Stand-alone or series?
I prefer stand-alones, but have no malice against series as long as I don't start reading them until at least half the proposed books are out.
Narnia, Alanna, The Borrowers, Unfortunate Events, Left Behind, The Thief, Artemis Fowl, etc.
Favorite children's book?
Oddly, it remains Fox in Socks by Dr. Seuss. It just doesn't get any simpler and funnier. But if we're talking actual novels... The Silver Chair from Narnia.
Favorite YA book?
Rebel Angels, the sequel to A Great and Terrible Beauty. I bought it today. It is of course only my current fav.
Favorite book of which nobody else has heard?
Man, that's easy. The Cripples Club and every other title by WIlliam Bell. He's brilliant.
Favorite books read last year?
Thief series. Lady Wednesday from Keys to the Kingdom. People of Sparks. I liked it better than Ember, me with my middle book syndrome. The End. Eternity Code. And many, many, many more. I lost track.
Favorite books of all time?
William Bell's Forbidden City, 1984 and Animal Farm, there's so many I'm not even going to go there.
Least favorite book you finished last year?
No idea. I drop them out of memory so fast... I think the only one that comes to mind (and Ricki will be so wounded) is Inkheart.
What are you reading right now?
Oy. Rebel Angels because I never finished it at McNally, various random books strewn about my room, Shakespeare's Twelth Night in prep for Shakespeare on the SK, Wilberforce's treatise On Modern Christianity, The Sacred Romance and Journey of Desire, book-on-tape CD Narnia, Flash 8 for Dummies, QuarkXpress Program Guide... And I'm planning on taking a trip to the library. Full speed ahead!
What are you reading next?
One of the above? Next next, as in, in about 5 minutes when I get offline, comes Rebel Angels. The rest is mood dependent.
Favorite book to recommend to an eleven-year-old?
If I ever actually spoke to 11-year-olds? Maybe Artemis Fowl? *shrug*
Favorite book to reread?
Always William Bell. I've reread all his stuff. Also, Alanna series, Borrowers, Tolkien, Lewis.
Do you ever smell books?
Yes, especially in used bookstores and libraries, I like that smell better than new books.
Do you ever read primary source documents? Sometimes.