Hardback or Paperback?
Hardback. They tend to last longer. Or at least, the covers do. 13 year olds tend to be tough on books, so I buy sturdier ones to lend to them. At some point, I just decided that I liked hardcover books better than paperback ones. My wife doesn’t agree. She’s definitely a paperback fan as she likes to bend the covers back. It drives me crazy.
Harry Potter or Lord of the Rings?
Harry Potter every day of the week. I go back to Harry Potter whenever I’m sad and I feel like I’ve come home. It’s one of the few storybook worlds that I would actually love to be a part of.
Stephen King or RL Stine?
Neither, really. I read some R.L. Stine when I was a child and thought it was slightly creepy, but creepy isn’t really my thing. Five or six years ago I read It in the bath, and that just didn’t go well.
Sci-fi or Fantasy?
Both. After reading Shadowshaper and The Mystery of Grace, I’ve realized that I dig urban fantasy, so I’m going back to Charles de Lint and others. If you know of other authors who write urban fantasy, leave me some suggestions in the comments.
Reading indoors or outdoors?
Out of doors. I have a hammock in the backyard that I love to read in. Unfortunately, I live in the desert, so it doesn’t get much use. So darn hot.
Twilight or 50 Shades of Grey?
Confession: I’ve listened to Twilight more than once. I did an entire White Spaces video in defense of Twilight. My final verdict on Twilight is that it’s a good story with poor execution and an overuse of adverbs. I’m not into erotic fiction, so 50 Shades of Grey was never on my radar.
Shopping online or local?
I prefer local, but we don’t have an indie bookshop in my town. Where I shop for books depends on availability. If Barnes and Noble had it, then I’ll get it from them. If not, Amazon. Actually, the first place I always check is the library. I don’t buy near as many books as I used to.
The Great Gatsby or The Catcher in the Rye?
Gatsby, hands down. It’s one of those novels I read in high school but didn’t get, and the. Reread my annotated copy from high school and could see how much better I am at literary analysis now. Made me feel pretty good.
I read Catcher as an adult because I felt like I should. I just found Holden to be so incredibly annoying. I think my feelings about this text would have been different if I read it as a teenager.
Fiction or Non-fiction?
Fiction. I’ve always used reading as an escape, especially when I was younger and depressed all the time. While I’m not depressed anymore, I still prefer the fantastic to true stories.
Bookmarks or Dog-earing?
Bookmarks. It drives me crazy when people dog ear my pages. My wife and I make bookmarks for my students every semester just so they don’t do this to my books.
Dr. Seuss or Roald Dahl?
Roald Dahl. Matilda has been my favorite book for as long as I can remember. I do, however, own three copies of Oh, The Places You’ll Go, one of which is a pop up book.
E-book or Audiobook?
Both. Actually, I’m the kind of reader who will read the same book in a bunch of different formats at the same time. Audio when I’m in my commute to work or making dinner, physical in front of my students so they see the cover and have the opportunity to engage with me around what I’m reading, and electronic for bedtime (and so I don’t have to take the physical copy back and forth to work).
What are your book tastes?