June 23, 2004

What Kind of a Book Person Am I?

Kevin at Collected Miscellany is asking, "What Kind of Book Person Are You?"

1) What is your favorite type of bookstore? A. A large chain that is well lit, stuffed full of books, and has a café. B. A dark, rather dusty, used bookstore full of mysterious and vaguely organized books. C. A local independent bookstore that has books by local authors and coffee.

A. Although, frankly, I don't care much about the café. And I don't much care whether it's a chain. Mostly it needs to be large, well lit, and stuffed full of books.

2) What would excite you more? A. A brand new book by your favorite author. B. Finding a classic you've been wanting to read. C. Receiving a free book from a friend in the mail.

A, definitely.

3) What's your favorite format? A. Novel B. Short story C. Poetry

A, which should come as no surprise to long-time readers of this blog. I'd like to appreciate poetry, but except for light verse I seem to lack the gene.

4) Favorite format, part II. A. Contemporary fiction. B. Classic novels. C. Genre (mystery, espionage, etc.)

C. Need you ask?

5) Favorite format, part III (none of the above) Fiction or non? A. Almost entirely fiction. B. Almost entirely non-fiction. C. A mix of both.

C, though heavier on the fiction.

6) Does the design and condition of the book matter? A. Yes, I love a well designed book and keep mine in mint condition. B. No, the words are what matter. C. Yes and no, I appreciate good design and treat my books with respect but I am not obsessive about it.

Somewhere between A and C. Which is to say that I am obsessive about it. Condition is more important than design, though; the point is that I want to be able to re-read it as many times as I like.

(Note from Jane: in our first years of marriage, while I was learning to put the toilet seat down, she was learning never, ever to crease the spine of a paperback book.)

7) On average how many books do you read a month? A. I am lucky to read one. B. I am dedicated. I read 4 or 5. C. I am a fiend. I read 10 or more!

C, though I don't feel especially fiendish. It was eleven last month,for what it's worth. Not counting The Cat in the Hat and such like books read to the kids at bedtime; I'd be into the seventies if I included those.

8) Do you prefer to own or borrow? A. There is a particular joy in owning a book. I have a large library. B. Why spend money when you can read it for free? I use the public library. C. Different tools for different job. I do both.

A. As I said above, I want to be able to re-read a book as many times as I like. That means that I need to be able to find it again, reliably. And that means, well....

9) Where do you get (the majority) your book news? A. Newspapers. B. Magazines. C. TV D. Blogs.

Hmmph. I don't get book news, I am book news.

But seriously, I don't get book news from any of these sources. I just go to the book store and look to see what's new. Occasionally I'll hit a favorite author's website.

10) Are books a professional obsession? A. Yes, I work in the field (writer, reviewer, publisher, teacher, etc.). B. No, I do it for fun. C. Kinda, I write the occasional review but have a regular job outside of books.

B. You mean they pay people to do this?

Posted by Will Duquette at June 23, 2004 08:54 PM