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Only I would procrasinate about doing things I would ENJOY. I think I'm dreading the re-layouting, to be honest. ;)

Stolen from composim. What's your bookstore? Amazon or The Works. I would shop at Waterstone's but am a cheapskate.

Hardback or paperback? I actually prefer paperbacks because they tend to fit on the bookcase better, though hardbacks make you look sophisticated. :)

Bookmark or dogear? BOOKMARK! IF YOU DOGEAR MY BOOKS I WILL KEEEEEEL YOU!

Keep, throw away or sell? I think I've given away about three books in my entire life. *clings*

Read with dust jacket or remove it? I usually leave it on, but only because if I take it off it'll get sat on or something.

Short story or novel? I prefer novels, really, though I enjoy short stories as well.

Stop reading when tired or at chapter breaks? Chapter breaks, even if tired.

Buy or borrow? I'm not even a member of my local library, so...

Buying choice: book reviews, recommendation or browse? Mostly browsing, sometimes recommendation, often because I've seen the film adaptation and want to see how much they ruined it. ;)

Tidy ending or cliffhanger? Depends on the situation. Cliffhangers in series are okay but would be pointless in a standalone. I like open endings, too. More room for thought.

Morning reading, afternoon reading or nighttime reading? Before sleep, or on the train. I read the Metro in the morning but my bus journey is usually too short to warrant taking a book with me, and I would be annoyed at having my chapter cut short.

Standalone or series? Both.

New or used? Both, especially where a book is out of print.

Last five books you read:
1. Burning Bright, Tracy Chevalier.
2. The Book Thief, Markus Zusak.
3. The Shakespeare Secret, J. L. Carrell.
4. The Virgin Blue, Tracy Chevalier.
5. Child C, Christopher Spry (autobiography)

I'm not too sure on the last two.

Next five books you want to read:
1. Little Women, Louisa May Alcott - about to start this tonight, as I've never read it.
2. The Last Unicorn, Peter S. Beagle.
3. White Teeth, Zadie Smith.
4. First Love, Last Rites, Ian McEwan.
5. Whatever is then next on the bookcase... I'm supposed to be working through it alphabetically - hence why I'm reading Alcott now rather than Beagle as I intended. ;)

The first novel you remember reading: Bloody hell, now you're asking. Probably something by Roald Dahl, either The Twits or Matilda. I'm sure I must have read something else before that, though.

A book that changed your life: Kind of awful that I don't have one... :(

A book that made you cry (really cry, not just a shed tear) The Book Thief definitely came close. Also I think Phantom (Susan Kay) and Beauty Susan Wilson) also came close.

A book that made you brood for days: There was a bit in Shakespeare Secret which kept coming back to haunt me... failing that, I suppose Phantom, because I was deep in obsession by then.

A book that made you laugh: The Cat Who Came in from the Cold, by Derick Longden. :D It was a while ago, though.

A book you have signed by the author: Not terribly many. The Psychic Adventures of Derek Acorah, signed by the man himself; Things My Girlfriend and I Have Argued About, Mil Millington (present from Lloyd), the copy of Making the Cat Laugh by Lynne Truss that I got from the charity shop, and Infinity Welcomes Careful Drivers, signed by Doug Naylor, Chris Barrie and Norman Lovett. :D

A book where you have drowned in the language: Anything by Thomas Hardy, and also Antonia Byatt, though I should persevere with her more.

A book you have lost: Close Up on Sunset Boulevard by Sam Staggs! I haven't even read it yet and it's vanished into the ether of the attic! *sulks*

A book given to you by your father: He used to work in a library, so I had a few on 'permanent loan' as a kid, all gone now though.

A book given to you by your mother: The Last Unicorn, plus the three I borrowed just before Christmas (Virgin Blue, Book Thief and Shakespeare Secret) - and countless others, no doubt.

A book given to you by a friend: Smoke and Mirrors, Neil Gaiman - from Lloyd, many moons ago.

Five books you would recommend:
Hmmm, trying to find ones which are not fandom-related. Aside from anything I've already mentioned here or elsewhere in my LJ:-

1. The Howen, Roger Stevens - this is a children's book, but the imagery is so powerful. I'm still waiting for a film. It's amazing.
2. The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, John Boyne - and then see the film. DO IT.
3. Union Street, Pat Barker - a harrowing read, but one which is compulsory.
4. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Mark Haddon - because it's amazing.
5. First Love, Last Rites, Ian McEwan - a collection of short stories. Entrancing and horrific.

This reminds me, Paul keeps hassling me to read Watchmen because he won't see the film on his own. Suppose I ought to attempt that today, too.

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