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Thursday, June 30, 2005

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BTT: Detective Qualitites

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Most people I know enjoy some sort of mystery stories. My mother-in-law loved police and courtroom procedurals. My mother likes detective fiction. There are also murder mysteries, general mysteries, and hard-boiled detective stories, with protagonists such as Sherlock Holmes, Sam Spade, Amelia Peabody, Kinsey Millhone, Mamur Zapt, and Perry Mason to name a few.

  1. Do you enjoy reading mysteries?  Yes. A good mystery is a wonderful Mystery.
  2. What’s your favorite kind of mystery? Fantasy, Supernatural, Murder
  3. Do you like plenty of blood and guts, or do you prefer the details to be left to the reader’s imagination? A bit of both but more blood and guts.
  4. Do you prefer mystery stories based in the author’s time or in previous centuries? Either can be fun.
  5. Do you prefer mysteries based in your own country, or in distant lands? Distant lands. I like it away from home.
  6. Do you like to figure out the solution, or do you allow yourself to be carried away with the story? Get myself carried away.
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Wednesday, June 22, 2005

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BTT: Series

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Probably most books stand on their own. But a lot of them are part of a series. J.R.R. Tolkein’s Lord of the Rings trilogy comes immediately to mind, as well as Stephen R. Donaldson’s Gap series, Elizabeth Peters Amelia Peabody series, and lots more.

  1. Do you read books that are part of a series? Yes very much.
  2. Do you collect all the books in the series before starting? Sometimes, if they are already in full set.
  3. What if the series is brand new, and the only book that’s been published so far is Book 1? I just borrow it first just to check it out.
  4. As subsequent books in the series are published, do you go back and re-read the preceding books? Yes! sometimes, I just go back just to get back into the expecting mood.
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Monday, June 20, 2005

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BTT: Children’s Books

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With J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince making its sensational debut last weekend I started thinking about children’s books. There have been a lot of wonderful ones over the years, The Cat in the Hat, Where the Wild Things Are, Bambi, the Mother Westwind stories, the Chronicles of Narnia, the Chronicles of Prydain, Nancy Drew, and on and on.

  1. As an adult, do you own children’s books? Yes, at first, I felt embarrassed about it, then I remembered, adults wrote them and the books are really good.
  2. If you do, do you still read them even when there are no children around? Yes.
  3. What were your favorites as a child? Now? The Magic Faraway Tree books, Enid Blyton, etc
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Thursday, June 16, 2005

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BTT: How Many

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Some people are like my uncle, and they read four or five books a week, every week. Some are like my father, and read four or five books in a year.

  1. How many books do you read in a week? Month? Year? One in a week. 4 in the month. Minimal 65 books for a year.
  2. What’s the best book or series of books you’ve read so far this year? 3. It’s hard to find books that I really love.
  3. What’s the worst book you read this year? Did you finish it? None so far.
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Thursday, June 9, 2005

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BTT: Format

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Some people, like my mother, only read paperback books. Others prefer hard cover books. Some read hard cover books because they come out first, but prefer paperbacks otherwise. And you?

  1. Do you prefer to read hard cover or paperback books? Paperbacks. But if have no choice, I get the hard covers.
  2. Why? Lighter, thinner, easier to bring here and there in my bag
  3. Do you read books in the other format anyway? Nope *edited on Feb 18, 2011* yes! E-books!!
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Tuesday, June 7, 2005

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BTT: Coffee Table Books

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My own personal definition of a coffee table book is a book that is large, over-sized, has lots of pictures, is about a specific theme (e.g., Georgia O’Keeffe’s 100 Flowers, steeple chasing, Disney Animation, the Golden Gate Bridge, etc.) and generally speaking not something that most people would sit down and read in an afternoon. Coffee table books are often displayed singly or in piles for the benefit of guests to peruse, to stimulate conversation, because they look good, or whatever.

  1. Do you have any coffee table books? Yes
  2. Do you have one or two, or would you say you have a collection of them? one or two.
  3. Do you keep them on your coffee table? If not, where? on the coffee table
  4. What are they about? just recent magazines to read.
  5. Have you read them? All of them? None? Why? Yes. something to read during boredom.
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Thursday, June 2, 2005

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BTT: Buy, Borrow, Trade

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Some people like to be surrounded by books, and keep everything they’ve ever read. Others don’t like the clutter, and keep them long enough to read them. Most people seem to be somewhere in the middle…

  1. Do you buy the books you read, or do you borrow them from the library or from friends or from somewhere else? I do them all! Buy and borrow from friends and library!
  2. Do you prefer new or used books? Either are fine. As long as they are readable.
  3. If you buy them, do you keep them? Yes!
  4. If you don’t keep them, how long do you hold on to them before letting them go? What do you do with them? A while.. a very very very very long while.
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