--Hardback or paperback?
Paperback, but I'll buy hardcover if it's half-price or less and I can't get the paperback.
--Highlight or underline?
I don't write in books.
--Lewis or Tolkien?
It used to be both, but now it's just Tolkien.
--E.B. White or A.A. Milne?
I've got a mild interest in White, but have disliked Milne since I was a kid. I finally figured out that the characters were too stupid for my tastes. I also have limited patience for Pratchet's pictsies and nomes.
--T.S. Eliot or e.e. cummings?
Moderate interest in some cummings, haven't seen any Eliot I liked.
--Stephen King or Dean Koontz?
King, as a read-once author. May take another look at Koontz's science fiction someday--I used to like it.
--Barnes & Noble or Borders?
Whichever is handy.
--Waldenbooks or B. Dalton?
Mercifully, I rarely need to used either of them--they don't seem to have much.
--Fantasy or science fiction?
Both, about equally.
--Horror or suspense?
--Bookmark or dogear?
Either I remember where I was, or I leave the book open facedown--more usually, it's the former.
-Hemingway or Faulkner?
--Fitzgerald or Steinbeck?
--Homer or Plato?
--Geoffrey Chaucer or Edmund Spenser?
--Pen or pencil?
Pen. Pencil fades. When I was a kid, I preferred pencil because ballpoints (all that was available to me then) took more pressure than I liked applying. Not sure whether ball points have improved or my hands are stronger or both.
--Looseleaf or notepad?
Neither. I mostly don't keep notes.
A lot of my books aren't filed.
--Dustjacket: on or off?
--Novella or epic?
Given equal appeal, I prefer to sink into the epic. No strong preference, but it's harder to find good novellas these days.
--John Grisham or Scott Turow?
--J.K. Rowling or Lemony Snicket?
Rowling. I get bored with Snicket.
--John Irving or John Updike?
-Fiction or non-fiction?
Fiction mostly, but definitely some non-fiction.
--Historical biography or historical romance?
Not much of either.
--A few pages per sitting or finish at least a chapter?
At least a chapter, usually.
--Short story or creative non-fiction essay?
Both. I also like creative fictional essays.
--"It was a dark and stormy night" or "Once upon a time"?
Not sure what the question signifies. I don't mind if a story has no connection to our time-line.
--Buy or borrow?
--Book reviews or word of mouth?
And I finally figured out why I have to keep going back to the faq for lj-cut and lj user....one is hyphenated and the other isn't, and for no particular reason. Now that I realize that there's something to remember rather than a blur of vagueness on the subject, I've probably got a handle on it. All I need now is for "preview" to start displaying lj-cuts.