-Hardback or trade paperback or mass market paperback?
Hardback! Hardback! Hardback! Of course, that can get expensive, but since I already sell out of print books for a living, I have easy access to used hardcovers, which are usually much less expensive than they would be brand-new. I also have accounts with Daedalus and several other scholarly remainder houses, so when I do buy new hardbacks it's almost always at a deep discount.
-Bookmark or dog-ear?Never seriously ask a bookseller this question without expecting to get slapped upside your colophon- bookmark it, baby!
-Alphabetize by author or alphabetize by title or random?
Although our stock of for-sale books is organized by category, then alphabetized by author, my own books are shelved by genre, category, sub-category, and within sub-categories (such as mysteries) I put all the titles by one author together, but I don't alphabetize them. That seems too structured... ( <- irony)
-Keep, throw away or sell?Yes- I keep anything I think I may want or need to read or reference ever, ever again. Books that do not fit that category are either sold or given to the local library sale.
-Keep the dust jacket or toss it?
I have never understood why anyone would toss a dust jacket. On some books it's the best part!
-Last book you bought?
Trick question- I buy books in groups when I go to bookstores or order online. My last stack was new books and consisted of-
The $64 Tomato (a true tale of backyard gardening gone bad)
An Arsonist's Guide to Writers' Homes in New England (literary-mystery)
The Destruction of the Battleship Bismarck (history- latest addition to my fairly complete collection of books about this battleship)
The Jupiter Myth (historical mystery set in ancient Rome)
The Lobster Chronicles (Linda Greenlaw, the captain of the other sword-fishing boat featured in 'The Perfect Storm' recounts her life as a lobster fisherman in Maine)
The Perfectionist: Life and Death in Haute Cuisine (A biography of Bernard Loiseau, one of 25 French chefs to hold three stars in the Michelin Red Guide, who killed himself in 2003)
The Root of Wild Madder (a newspaper correspondent travels the bazaars and workshops of oriental rug weavers in the Middle East)
-Last book someone bought for you?
The Complete Calvin and Hobbes.
-What are some of the books on your to-buy list?
Oddly, I don't have a to-buy list. I buy 'em as I see 'em.
-Harry Potter, Lemony Snicket, or the velvety embrace of Death?
-Morning reading, afternoon reading, or nighttime reading?Yes. morning reading while I exercise, afternoon reading for a break or two, and evening reading in bed.
-Do you read anywhere and anytime you can or do you have a set reading time and/or place?
Well, yes. Set times as above, but I usually carry a book with me...
-Do you have seasonal reading habits?
When we go on vacation to the seaside in June I take mysteries & history. Otherwise, no.
-Do you read one book at a time or do you have two or more books going at once?
heh heh heh... Two? What do you take me for, a piker? I have one book to read while exercising, usually two others for afternoon reading (depending on my mood), one I keep by the television for evenings, and another for bedtime.
-What are your pet peeves about the way people treat books?
All yellow-highlighters go to Hell.
-How often do you read a book and not review it on your blog? What are your reasons for not blogging about a book?
I never liked writing book reports.
I'll tag anyone who wants to play along!