This month's Literary Junkies read the book The Paris Wife. I just finished it this morning and it sucked me in right away. Even though it is a fictional account of the marriage of Ernest Hemingway and Hadley Richardson, it doesn't feel that way. Paula McLain does a wonderful job bringing their marriage to life and showing Paris in the roaring 20s. It's not the typical chick-lit book and even though I already knew the ending, it was still so sad to read.
And instead of a few questions this month, we have a list of either/or questions. I LOVE these kind of questions...
Amazon or brick and mortar? Amazon. My closest brick and mortar is almost an hour away.
Locally owned bookshop or big name chain store? I prefer locally owned bookstores but the last local one closed up a few years ago.
Bookmark or dog-ear? Bookmark. We can't be friends if you dog-ear my book.
Alphabetize by author or alphabetize by title or random? Alphabetize for sure. And sorted by height. I'm kinda crazy that way.
Keep, throw away, or sell? Keep. I usually give a book away to someone that would appreciate it though when I'm for sure finished.
Keep dust jacket or toss it? Keep. Some of them are so pretty.
Read with dust jacket or remove it? I do remove it when I'm reading though. I don't want to rip it.
Short story or novel? Depends on my mood but mostly novels.
Collection (short stories by same author) or anthology (short stories by different authors)? Anthology. I like the diversity and story changes.
Stop reading when tired or at chapter breaks? Chapter breaks! I have to get to the end.
“It was a dark and stormy night” or “Once upon a time”? "Once upon a time". I'd flounce a book if it started with "It was a dark and stormy night."
Buy or borrow? Both. The library is my best friend.
New or used? I prefer new but some used books are in excellent condition as well.
Buying choice: book reviews, recommendation or browse? All three. Some books I buy automatically but if it's a new author I check it out before I commit.
Tidy ending or cliffhanger? Tidy ending! Unless it's a series then it's sorta okay. I hate waiting for the next book though so tidy is better.
Morning, afternoon or nighttime reading? Whenever I can fit it in. Usually nighttime though after the kids are in bed.
Single volume or series? Series. I love getting to know characters and seeing them again.
Favorite series? In Death Series by J.D. Robb. I love Eve and Roarke.
Favorite book of which nobody else has heard? I love A Political Affair by Mary Whitney. It's a great romance set in big time Washington politics.
What would your answers be?