I spotted these interesting meme questions over at Sarah Says Read who found it on SF Signal. I love fun memes like this but I thought how appropriate this one was as I have just signed up for Once Upon a Time VII challenge. I have slightly tweaked this meme to suit me and an UK audience.
Science-Fiction, Fantasy or Horror?
Fantasy! Although I am certainly not adverse to a bit of Science-Fiction and Horror too.
Hardback or Paperback?
On the whole I prefer paperbacks just for the pure easy of carrying them about as they usually smaller and lighter. I do have some hardback copies of cherished favourites that I want to re-read again and again.
Heinlein or Asimov?
I’ve actually read neither, but my father has recommended reading Heinlein.
Amazon or Brick and Mortar?
For physical books I don’t think you can beat a physical brick and mortar shop but now I have a kindle too I use Amazon for that.
Hitchhiker or Discworld?
How can you make me choose?! I love both! Narrowly Discworld is possibly my favourite, I stress narrowly though.
Bookmark or Dog-ear?
Bookmark. Folded pages even just folded corners annoys me yet I am a self-confessed spine-breaker…no one can be perfect I guess.
Magazine: Asimov’s Science Fiction or Fantasy & Science Fiction?
Neither. I’ve heard of them but I don’t read any magazines.
Keep, Throw Away or Sell?
I keep the books I think I would like to re-read. The rest I pass on to friends and family, or donate to charity.
Year’s Best Science Fiction series (edited by Gardner Dozois) or Years Best SF series (edited by David G. Hartwell)?
Erm…I don’t know what these are…
Short story or novel?
I’m open to reading both but I prefer novels.
Harry Potter or Lemony Snicket?
This is an easier one as I’ve never read Lemony Snicket so Harry Potter it will have to be.
Stop reading when tired or at chapter breaks?
I really try to get to a chapter break but if I fall asleep mid chapter I don’t have much choice in the matter!
“It was a dark and stormy night” or “Once upon a time”?
“It was a dark and stormy night”
Buy or Borrow?
Buy but sometimes borrow.
Buying choice: Book Reviews, Recommendation or Browse?
I tend to go mostly by recommendations and browsing.
Lewis or Tolkien?
Again how can you make me choose?! Again I love them both but for different reasons which mean I don’t think I can pick between them.
Hard SF or Space Opera?
Neither. I read a bit of Science-Fiction but not enough to know about these.
Collection (short stories by the same author) or Anthology (short stories by different authors)?
I read both but prefer collections.
Hugo or Nebula?
Neither. Are these awards? I don’t tend to take much notice of awards.
Golden Age SF or New Wave SF?
Neither. Again I don’t know enough about Science-Fiction to know about these.
Tidy ending or Cliff-hanger?
Tidy ending. I can only put up with a cliff-hanger if it’s in the middle of a series and have the next instalment ready to read!
Morning reading, Afternoon reading or Nighttime reading?
I’m happy to read most times of the day but I think the best time to read is in the afternoon. There is nothing better than a lazy afternoon spent snuggled up with a book and a cup of tea.
Standalone or Series?
I read a mixture of both.
Urban fantasy or high fantasy?
New or used?
Top 5 favourite genre books read last year?
(re-read) The Hobbit by J R R Tolkien (Children’s Fantasy)
- The Last Hero by Terry Pratchett (Fantasy)
- The Moon Coin by Richard Due (Children’s Fantasy)
- Sacrifice by Tara Maya (Fantasy)
- Unseen Academicals by Terry Pratchett (Fantasy)
Top 5 favourite genre books of all time?
The Hobbit by J R R Tolkien (Children’s Fantasy)
- Frankenstein by Mary Shelley (Horror)
- The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe by C S Lewis (Children’s Fantasy)
- The Day of the Triffids by John Wyndham (Science-Fiction)
- Dandelion Wine by Ray Bradbury (Fantasy)
Top 5 favourite genre series?
The Lord of the Rings by J R R Tolkien (Fantasy)
- The Chronicles of Narnia by C S Lewis (Children’s Fantasy)
- Discworld by Terry Pratchett (Fantasy)
- The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams (Science Fiction)
- The Dark Tower by Stephen King (Fantasy/Horror)
What about you; Science-Fiction, Fantasy, or Horror?
If you’ve had a go at these meme questions too please let me know and leave a link to your post in the comments below.