A couple of weeks ago my friend Autumn from Autumn All Along shared her answers to 22 bookworm questions and I thought it would be fun to jump on the bandwagon. I read a lot. In fact, before starting Honey & Pine Co I ran a book blog specifically so I could share book reviews and other bookworm thoughts. Since posts like this are always a fun way to get to know someone I decided “What the hell? Let’s do it!” 

Bookworm Questions

HARDBACK, TRADE PAPERBACK OR MASS MARKET PAPERBACK?
Hardback! If I have the choice, I always go with hardcover books because I feel like they display better than other books. They are the most expensive option though but since I read mostly eBooks these days I don’t mind making the investment when I find a book I feel like I have to own.

AMAZON OR BRICK AND MORTAR?
Since I read mostly eBooks I usually shop on Amazon but if I’m buying a hardcover book I’ll go a brick and mortar store to pick it up. 

LOCALLY OWNED BOOKSHOP OR BIG NAME CHAIN STORE?
Locally owned, for sure! Taylor Books in downtown Charleston is fabulous and they have a coffee shop inside which often features local musicians or artists. It’s one of the best places in town for a bookworm like myself.

BOOKMARK OR DOG-EAR?
Dog-ear. Is that bad??? I’m kidding, I know most people think it’s bad but I do it anyway.

ALPHABETIZE BY AUTHOR OR ALPHABETIZE BY TITLE OR RANDOM?
Random. I like displaying the books in a way that looks nice on the shelf so I don’t care about alphabetization or genre. I just want the bookshelf to look pretty.

KEEP, THROW AWAY, OR SELL?
I’ve only thrown away one book in my entire life and it deserved it. Most of the time I’d say never, ever, ever throw away a book. I always either keep them or donate them. Again, since most of my books are digital I keep them all but when I do have physical books I keep the ones I’m likely to re-read and donate the others.

KEEP DUST JACKET OR TOSS IT?
Who tosses them??? Are there people that do that? Devils. I take the dust jacket off while I’m reading so it doesn’t get damaged but I definitely keep it.

READ WITH DUST JACKET OR REMOVE IT?
See above.

Bookworm questions

SHORT STORY OR NOVEL?
Novels. I like commitment. 

COLLECTION (SHORT STORIES BY THE SAME AUTHOR) OR ANTHOLOGY (SHORT STORIES BY DIFFERENT AUTHORS)?
I don’t really enjoy short stories but I’d probably choose the same author so I’d be more likely to enjoy the entire thing.

STOP READING WHEN TIRED OR AT CHAPTER BREAKS?
I’ll stop whenever I’m tired of reading as long as it’s at the end of the paragraph. I don’t care much about chapter breaks when it comes to when I’m finished reading. Some books have long chapters and if I’m tired, I’m tired.

“IT WAS A DARK AND STORMY NIGHT” OR “ONCE UPON A TIME”?
Oooh, give me all the dark and stormy nights!

BUY OR BORROW?
I almost never borrow books because I’m paranoid about accidentally damaging it or losing it. I almost always buy.

NEW OR USED?
Since I read mostly eBooks I buy new. I am fairly certain that used eBooks are a thing. I’ll be used hardcover books if they are in good condition.

BUYING CHOICE: BOOK REVIEWS, RECOMMENDATION OR BROWSE?
I have a few book blogs I love run by bookworm friends I know I can trust. I buy a lot of books based on their recommendations. Otherwise, I’ll browse and hop on GoodReads to scan reviews before actually buying it.

TIDY ENDING OR CLIFFHANGER?
I hate cliffhangers but I really hate books that wrap things up with a tidy little bow when the ending feels forced. I’m actually pretty particular about book endings and I don’t mind tragic endings at all. I just need it to feel like it fits the rest of the book.

MORNING, AFTERNOON OR NIGHTTIME READING?
Nighttime reading. I never seem to find the time to read before 10 pm but once I start reading I’ll read until 2 am or 3 am so I guess maybe that qualifies me for morning reading too?

SINGLE VOLUME OR SERIES?
I definitely seek out singles. I know I said I’m all about commitment but a series is usually too much commitment and I hate the waiting between releases (ahem…looking at you George R.R. Martin).

FAVORITE SERIES?
Hands down it’s The Schellendorf Series by Lyn Alexander although a close second is the White Indian series by Donald Clayton Porter. It’s something like 32 books and they are all amazing. 

FAVORITE BOOK OF WHICH NOBODY ELSE HAS HEARD?
The Officer’s Code by Lyn Alexander. It’s book 1 of The Schellendorf Series I mentioned above.

FAVORITE BOOKS READ LAST YEAR?
The Baker’s Secret by Stephanie Kiernan is definitely at the top of my list. I picked it up as a 2017 summer read and loved every word of it.

FAVORITE BOOKS OF ALL TIME?
Is this question even fair??? That question just feels wrong and I don’t like to play favorites. Instead, you can check out the 400+ books I have rated on Goodreads. 🙂 

Talk books with @honeyandpineco via 22 bookworm questions. Get book recommendations, talk about dog-earing, and debate the importance of book jackets.

What are some of your bookworm habits and preferences?