Posted by: Mish | July 23, 2009

A Bookworm’s Preferences

btt2This week BTT asks, “Which do you prefer? (Quick answers–we’ll do more detail at some later date.)”

Reading something frivolous? Or something serious?
Both, I usually have multiple books marked and will swap between them depending on mood.

Paperbacks? Or hardcovers?
Paperbacks are lighter (especially when moving) and fit on shelves better.

Fiction? Or Nonfiction?
Mainly fiction, but some nonfiction.

Poetry? Or Prose?
Mainly prose, but some poetry.

Biographies? Or Autobiographies?
I’ve only read autobiographies.

History? Or Historical Fiction?
Usually historical fiction. History is case by case.

Series? Or Stand-alones?

Classics? Or best-sellers?
Classics, I’m not one to browse the best-seller racks.

Lurid, fruity prose? Or straight-forward, basic prose?
Well-written prose, lurid or straight-forward.

Plots? Or Stream-of-Consciousness?

Long books? Or Short?
It’s not the length that matters.

Illustrated? Or Non-illustrated?
Usually non-illustrated, unless it comes illustrated.

Borrowed? Or Owned?
I own most of the books I read, but also borrow from friends.

New? Or Used?
Used, with a few occasions of “having” to buy new (ie. from the author).

What about you, what are your preferences?



  1. I think, overall, I read more non-fiction than fiction, as I do a lot of research – but only just.

  2. I will read anything as long as it draws me in immediately! If it does not, I don’t stick with it for long. I know – sometimes it takes a while to build the plot and characters but – I have to be enjoying it right from the start.

  3. I too can read anything. Non-technical, that is!

    Booking through preferences

  4. Great answers! The name of my blog is “Well-Mannered Frivolity” – can you guess what my answer to number 1 was? It was hard to choose between some of the answers this week though…

  5. I find it difficult to capture my reading behavior in multiple choices!

    I prefer a plot-driven novel that slowly unfolds in fruity and lush prose, with multiple layers and allusion that indulge my mind long after I turn the last page like the lingering aftertaste of a good glass of wine.

  6. I never read any biographies in my life… I’m just not interested in both kind of biography

  7. Anthony: Non-fiction really depends on the topic and author’s tone. What kind of research?

    Slgreatsuccess: I’m the type to muddle through slow starts. It’s rare that I don’t finish a book.

    Gautami: Almost anything and everything depending on mood.

    Susan: Nice blog title. Yes, it was hence my “both” and “either” responses.

    Matthew: How poetic. It really is. Due to her use of language, you might be interested in reading something by Catherynne M. Valente. I read Palimpsest in February and am already looking forward to reading it again and some of Cat’s other works.

    Novroz: What few bios/memoirs I’ve read I did for the content and substance, facts can be looked up anywhere. I found Meat Loaf’s humorous To Hell and Back fascinating because he delved into the music industry’s politics and Rocky Horror Picture Show. In a sense, it was music and theatre history.

  8. After reading your answer I realized I have never read a biography either. So may be I don’t like them.

  9. I think reading about people’s lives is a case by case basis. I recently spoke with someone who finds Elizabeth Taylor interesting enough to read about, whereas I’ll pass on her childhood and several marriages. But I’ve Benjamin Franklin’s autobiography floating around to read at some point, partially because of him and the time and partially because it’s been banned.

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