My Book of the Month picks for May!
I’m borrowing this idea from Rachel, who is one of the only people I follow online who’s a bigger bookworm than me; feel free to join in if you want!
HARDBACK OR TRADE PAPERBACK OR MASS MARKET PAPERBACK?
I love hardback best of all! My second choice is trade paperback. However, just having moved apartments, I can say that hardcovers are heavy and books are a pain to move and I probably should start using the library more.
AMAZON OR BRICK AND MORTAR?
I think I’m about 50/50 on shopping at each. There’s something so nice about placing an order for a few books on Amazon, but there’s also something special about walking out of the store with books in your hand.
LOCALLY OWNED BOOKSHOP OR BIG NAME CHAIN STORE?
Local! There’s a number of independent brick and mortar bookstores here in the LA area that I adore – Book Soup and Skylight Books are two. Though I will say a few weeks ago I bought two books at Barnes and Noble.
BOOKMARK OR DOG-EAR?
I don’t tend to do either! I lean toward bookmarks though.
ALPHABETIZE BY AUTHOR OR ALPHABETIZE BY TITLE OR RANDOM?
Totally random! My bookshelf organization makes some sort of sense in my head, but there’s no real organization to speak of.
KEEP, THROW AWAY, OR SELL?
I keep most books unless I really didn’t like them and will never read them again. I just donated a few such books to Goodwill during my move. I’ll also give books away to friends.
KEEP DUST JACKET OR TOSS IT?
Keep. I hardly ever take them off.
READ WITH DUST JACKET OR REMOVE IT?
Always leave it on!
SHORT STORY OR NOVEL?
Novel. Short stories are great but I rarely read them.
COLLECTION (SHORT STORIES BY SAME AUTHOR) OR ANTHOLOGY (SHORT STORIES BY DIFFERENT AUTHORS)?
I used to be really into anthologies! These days I don’t tend to read either.
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?
I wish my answer was borrow (and so does my wallet) but I tend to buy more often than not. I figure there are far worse things I could spend money on.
NEW OR USED?
Usually new, though I love and adore a great used bookstore.
BUYING CHOICE: BOOK REVIEWS, RECOMMENDATION OR BROWSE?
Browse, or buy it cause I saw it on Instagram and I loved the cover.
TIDY ENDING OR CLIFFHANGER?
Ooh, it depends! I like both, if they’re done well.
MORNING, AFTERNOON OR NIGHTTIME READING?
All of the above.
SINGLE VOLUME OR SERIES?
Single, though there are a few series I’ve really loved.
Is it cliche to say Harry Potter? I don’t care. Harry Potter.
FAVORITE BOOK OF WHICH NOBODY ELSE HAS HEARD?
I can’t think of one cause I get most of my recommendations from online, but Castle of Water is a book I definitely don’t hear about enough.
FAVORITE BOOKS READ LAST YEAR?
I wrote about them here! It’s weird to read that list back cause I’m not sure I would’ve put all of them on there now, but I still highly recommend them all.
FAVORITE BOOKS OF ALL TIME?
Oh god, I don’t have a list for this one. You can find my Goodreads here. Favorites from browsing that list: Dark Matter, Small Great Things, The Mothers, Station Eleven, My Sister’s Keeper.