Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Book Poll

It's Thanksgiving and the start of the holiday season and what's this? A book post? Well, believe it or not, I'd rather read than eat. It's actually a toss up between reading and cooking, but since much of my cooking involves reading cookbooks, those remain tied, ahead of eating. Oh, collecting books is way up there too! So with a bit of extra time on my hands this weekend (after Thaksgiving day), it goes without saying part of that time will involve books.

I've been curious about the book habits of my fellow bloggers. So here are a few questions I thought would be fun to ask. Feel free to answer them in the comments below, or on your own blog.

  1. Where do you most often buy your books? Online? Secondhand stores? Big name bookstores? I'll admit, I probably buy more books at the big name bookstores. There's just something about a book in your hand which screams "take me home" - a cry I have a hard time resisting.
  2. If you buy online, which do you prefer - B&N or Amazon.com? Ebay? Christianbook.com? or elsewhere? If I do buy online, I usually prefer Amazon.com. I've gotten some good deals off eBay though.
  3. Do you put your name in your books? If so, are you a bookplate or stamp person? I usually do put my name in my books. And I've been looking for a cool bookplate or book stamp. I used to have one but lost it somewhere along the way.
  4. How do you feel about loaning books to others? I know a lot of first time moms have a hard time leaving their kids with sitters. Perhaps that's how I am with books. I used to be terrible in college, but that's because you'd loan them to people who'd end up using them to level the table in their dorm room with them. I like to loan them to people who give them back sometime that year. (Yes K you are still on my approved loan list and oops, I think I may have had one of Chad's Clive Cussler book a bit too long!)
  5. Do you highlight or mark your books as you read? Oh, yes. Been doing that since college. In fact, that might be when the whole book-buying thing kicked in for me.
  6. How often do you visit your local library? Usually every 3-4 weeks. More if I'm broke!
  7. Do you collect any certain kind of book? Old history, literature and poetry books.
  8. What do you do when you're done with a book and no longer want it? I took stuff to a half-price bookstore once and got about $5 for a huge pile of really nice books. That devastated me. That was the only time I did that. Now I prefer to unload them on someone else if I can. As a last resort, I'll donate them to Goodwill.
  9. Do you keep a list of or catalog the books you own? This is a great idea but something I'll probably never get around to in my lifetime. There's this site, librarything.com, that is a neat online feature but if I ever find time to do that, I'll be sipping something on the beach!
  10. Any other weird book habits you'd like to share?
Okay, so let's hear it from you other book lovers!


twiga92 said...

I'd rather read than eat too!! LOL! Books are my passion. I've posted on my blog about these questions. Thanks for sharing!

Katrina said...

Loved this poll. I'll be doing this one, too (in addition to the Holiday Meme) soon. As for reading and eating, I'd rather read while I eat. :)

Stacy at Exceedingly Mundane said...

OOH! Book meme, love it! Great questions and I will do this one at my blog in a few days, after the turkey extravaganza!

I'd rather read than eat most days too, and I "read" cookbooks like they are fiction books, hehehe :)

Have a great day and a happy Thanksgiving!


I will be posting about these questions shortly. :-)

Blessed Beyond Measure said...

If the book is fiction I may copy down some favorite quotes in the journal Im currently using. If its non-fiction I pretty much destroy it, highlight, underline, etc. I buy from Amazon a lot, halfpriced bookstore, Barnes and Noble, wherever they sell them! Guess I'll buy them at our bookstore now too. I put address labels in the front of my book soon as I bring it home. Sometimes I keep a list of what I've read for the year, sometimes not. I go to the library at least once a week - and bring home loads of them. I truly almost always have an overdue book in my car. Obsessed I am. Once the books are overdue I call them "rented books", not checked out.

gail said...

Love this one....will do it after our feast is over!

Susanne said...

This was cool. I think I'll do it today (Friday). These are great questions and I so would have been devestated with $5 for a bunch of my precious books too!

gail said...

I did mine on my blog Diane. I enjoyed reading yours! Thanks for sharing and passing it along.

Barb said...

You are so creative, Dianne. I'm going to do this poll. Probably tomorrow. Today is insane but I really like this and I love learning these things about fellow avid readers. What a great idea. I'll bet this one travels around so fast it catches on fire!

Jennifer said...

Oooh--so fun. I'll have to read the others when I have a chance. I'm going to try to post mine right now.

Stacy at Exceedingly Mundane said...

OK, I had to get past the Thanksgiving holiday, but my answers are up now! Thanks again, Dianne, for a great book meme!!! :)

Grammie's Gleanings said...

That was fun!!! Reading is one of my favorite things to do.

Melissa said...

thanks for sharing! I blogged this as well - perfect for a book reviews page!

Kathleen Marie said...

I understand completely about loaning about books in college. I rarely if ever saw them again.

Reading = Breathing.

My post is up :)