Monday, August 24, 2009

Genevieve guest blogs while Emma's away

Hey everyone!

So our favorite blogger Emma is out of town. She is has gone camping and is with out internet so she asked a couple of us to fill in and I was the one who wasn't busy. You guys got stuck with me! I'm Genevieve from Genevieve's Blog, Something Bookish.

I met Emma online almost a year ago and we've had a lot of really good conversations. There was one point where we knew each others schedules and would chat for hours online at the FiveAwesomeYAFans ning after school. Emma is a good friend, I can talk about almost anything with her. And trust me, she knows her YA books!

I wasn't quite sure what to blog about so when Steph Su from Steph Su Reads posted a long blog with tons of memes that she had seen around the blogosphere.

Hardback, trade paperback or mass market paperback?
I love hardback books because they are so pretty. I love that the spine doesn't break so easily. However, paperback books have some really positive things about them like: they tend to be smaller, lighter in weight, and are cheaper. I'll choose hardback over paperback any day but I tend to buy more paperbacks.

Barnes & Noble or Borders?
I go to Borders more because we have two in town. Plus the coupons make it worth while. But I also have a membership at Barnes & Noble because they give 10% for members and free shipping to your house. Plus sometimes Barnes & Noble will put books out early, even up to 3 weeks!

Bookmark or dog-ear?
I hate hate hate it when people dog-ear my books. I stopped dog-earing them back when I was in the 3rd grade. I don't really use traditional bookmarks but I like to use post-its. They'll stick to the page you want with out harming the book.

Amazon or brick-and-mortar?
I like to buy books in the store. Online is far too tempting for me. It is so easy to click to 'add to chart' button and then 'proceed to checkout' before you realize that you just bought 10 more books than you wanted. Plus, you don't always know what the condition will be like when you buy used books.

Alphabetize by author, or alphabetize by title, or random?
I would love to alphabetize by author but I usually don't. My signed books are all alphabetized by author but everything else is just random.

Keep, throw away, or sell?
Keep! I'm such a pack rat when it comes to books. I have issues with parting with them. But if I don't want them anymore I'll either give them away on my blog or put them on Bookmooch so I can get new books.

Keep dust jacket or toss it?
Keep it. The jacket looks so pretty on the shelf and it keeps the book warm. : )

Read with dust jacket or remove it?
I usually remove it. I don't like the jacket's corner's to get bent up while I'm toting a book around.

Short story or novel?
Novel. I love good stories to be long so we can see as much as possible of the characters. I can't think of many short stories that I've absolutely loved.

Harry Potter or Lemony Snicket?
I love love love Harry Potter! I have all of the books in English, Italian, and French. (Of course, I don't know any French but that is totally not the point.) I can read Harry Potter over and over again. I've tried reading the 1st book of The Series of Unfortunate Events but I wasn't interested in finishing.

Stop reading when tired or at chapter breaks?
It really depends on what's going on at the time. If it's the middle of the day, then I probably wont get tired. Overall, I'll say that I stop reading at chapter breaks or if someone makes me stop (like parents making me do dishes or teachers coming into class so I have to pay attention).

“It was a dark and stormy night” or “Once upon a time”?
"Once upon a time"! I am a sucker for a good fairy tale. I don't like scary stories.

Buy or borrow?
I wish I could say 'borrow' but I tend to buy my books. I love owning a book and being able to reread it whenever I want. I need to go to the library more and stop buying books. This summer, I forbade myself to buy hardback books because they cost so much more than paperbacks. It has been so hard not buying hardbacks! But so far I've fulfilled my promise to myself.

Buying choice: book reviews, recommendations, or browse?
Recommendations. I have a bunch of friends that are book reviewers so I take their reviews to heart as recommendations. Rarely ever will I buy a book on a review from someone I don't know very well. But I do love browsing and finding books that I've never heard anyone talk about.

Tidy ending or cliffhanger?
Tidy endings. I like it when things are all wrapped up perfectly. I only like cliffhangers when it's part of a series.

Morning reading, afternoon reading, or nighttime reading?
Nighttime! I am a night person. I've taken so many classes at night over the years. It's no surprise that I like reading at night.

Stand-alone or series?
I love series but I don't like the price of buying multiple books. But still... I have to say series!

Favorite series?
Harry Potter! Again, I love those books.

Favorite children’s book?
Harry Potter... I know, I know. I'm not very original and I didn't read the books until I was 14 years old-- After I was a child. But they are really good books.

Favorite YA book?
A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle is my all time favorite book. I read it for the first time when I was in fourth grade, probably about nine years old. I love Madeleine L'Engle's books and I never get tired of reading them. I've probably read A Wrinkle in Time more than thirty times, and I will read it at least another thirty! Here are some other books that I really like:
Looking For Alaska by John Green
The Dust of 100 Dogs by A. S. King
Bones of Faerie by Janni Lee Simner
Graceling by Kristin Cashore
Wake by Lisa McMann
Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson
The Gemma Doyle Trilogy by Libba Bray
Say The Word by Jeannine Garsee

Favorite book of which nobody else has heard?
I can't think of any book that I really really like that nobody has heard of. But Both Sides of Time by Caroline B. Cooney was a great book, it came out in 1995.

Favorite books read last year?
That would have to be Looking For Alaska by John Green. That book was amazing. There have been very few books in my life that consider life changing and I think that Alaska was one of them.

Favorite books of all time?
My top favorite books are actually not all YA. Here are my top favorite books:
A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle
Pride and Prejudice
Lord of the Flies
The Great Gatsby
Harry Potter
To Kill a Mockingbird
Anne of Green Gables
Romeo and Juliet
Looking For Alaska

What are you reading right now?
I just finished Pop Princess by Rachel Cohn. I'm about to start Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld, I can't wait to read it. I loved the Uglies Trilogy.

What are you reading next?
Haha, I think that I've answered this question... Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld.

Favorite book to recommend to an 11-year-old?
A Wrinkle In Time, it's my favorite book so I can't help but recomend it to anyone 9 and up.

Favorite book to re-read?
A Wrinkle In Time. I've read that book Soooooo many times. : )

Do you ever smell books?
Doesn't everybody???

Do you ever read primary source documents like letters or diaries?
Not really. I'll read books that are written in diary form, like the Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot, but I haven't read anything that was an actual diary. Well, Anne Frank's Diary but I read that in 6th grade.

Well, you guys, it was awesome writing a guest post! I hope that one day Emma will hop on over to my blog and give me the honor of interviewing her.

Until next time Emma needs some one to fill in,