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2000: Where Have You Gone, Jimmy Dean?
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2002:  Big Brother is Listening
2003:  Good Friday
2004:  Debunking the Myth
2005:  Like Sands through the Hourglass

2006: 
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2007:
All's Fair in Love and Cards
2008:  The "Good" People
2009:  A Weird Meme
2010: 
Save Me a Seat
2011:  Old Friends
2012: The Un-Traveled Life
2013:
Boy Scouts of America
2014: It's a Boy!!!


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SUNDAY STEALING

19 April 2015

Book Preference Meme  (now this one is perfect for me!)
Stolen from: The now-defunct Tense Teacher

Science Fiction, Fantasy or Horror?
I'm not a big fan of any of those three, but if I had to choose among them, I'd say Science Fiction, since I've read a lot of it over the years.

Hardback or Trade paperback or Mass market paperback?
Actually, Kindle.  Or hardback, but I'm not above reading paperback if the print size is large enough that I don't have to struggle with it.

Amazon or Brick and Mortar?
Well, I know this is bad of me, but Amazon.  It's entirely too easy to hit that "buy now with 1-click" button!

Barnes & Noble or Borders?
This is a dated questionnaire.  Borders is defunct.  Before they shut down, I used to browse there often because it was the only big book store in town.  I have to drive a long way to the nearest Barnes & Noble, but as a sucker for book stores, if I find one, I'll go in.

Bookmark or Dog-ear?
Definitely book mark.

Asimov’s Science Fiction or Fantasy & Science Fiction?
Well neither.

Alphabetize by author, Alphabetize by title, or Random?
My whole life is "random."

Keep, Throw away or Sell?
None.  If I don't keep them, I donate to Logos, because they help raise money for charity.

Keep dust-jacket or Toss it?
Keep, definitely

Read with dust-jacket or Remove it?
If the book I'm reading has a dust jacket, I will keep it on.

Short story or Novel?
I've never been one who liked short stories much, so my preference is for a novel.

Stop reading when tired or at Chapter breaks?
I try to go to a chapter break, but sometimes you just have to quit when you can't keep your eyes opened.

“It was a dark and stormy night” or “Once upon a time?”
Definitely a dark and stormy night!

Buy or Borrow?
Buy.  I wonder how much I have spent on books over the past 60 years (I didn't buy books for the first 10 or so years of my life).

Buying choice: Book Reviews, Recommendation or Browse?
All three, actually.

Collection (short stories by the same author) or Anthology (short stories by different authors)?
Hmmm...No preference.  I rarely read short stories so it doesn't matter whether they are by the same author or by different authors.

Tidy ending or Cliffhanger?
I would prefer a tidy ending, especially when the book is part of a series and it may be years before the next book is finished (Yes, David Gerrold, I mean you!)

Morning reading, Afternoon reading or Nighttime reading?
Yes.

Stand alone or Series?
Kind of both.  I have gotten into Diana Gabladon's "Outlander" series, David Gerrold's "Chtorr" series, and I don't know if you would call Harlan Coben's Myron Bolitar books or Michael Connelly's Harry Bosch books a "series" or not, but I have read most of them too [each with nice tidy endings! :)]

Favorite book of which nobody else has heard?
Oh so many favorites!  I would be hard pressed to pick just one, but examples may include Rob Rummel-Hudson's "Schuyler's Monster,"and Murr Brewster's "Trowsering Your Weasel." But there are SO many more!

Favorite genre series?
Diana Gabaldon's "Outlander" (and when will book 8 be published????)

Currently Reading?
Several.  "Stolen Innocence" by Elissa Wall (about a girl who found the courage to leave her Fundamental LDS community), "How to Live Well with Chronic Pain and Illness," by Toni Bernhard (the preview I am currently reading so I can review it), "Kisses from Katie" (the story of a young girl and how she is transforming the lives of children in Uganda--if I ever get it back [it disappeared when I was last working at the book store]). "Last Man Standing" by David Baldacci (my current crime novel) and "Our Magnificent Bastard Tongue" by John McWhorter (the untold history of English). 

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