Thursday, June 30, 2005

Detective qualities

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?
  2. What's your favorite kind of mystery?
  3. Do you like plenty of blood and guts, or do you prefer the details to be left to the reader's imagination?
  4. Do you prefer mystery stories based in the author's time or in previous centuries?
  5. Do you prefer mysteries based in your own country, or in distant lands?
  6. Do you like to figure out the solution, or do you allow yourself to be carried away with the story?

If you want, highlight the stuff in the box, then copy it to your blog.

Wednesday, June 22, 2005


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?
  2. Do you collect all the books in the series before starting?
  3. What if the series is brand new, and the only book that's been published so far is Book 1?
  4. As subsequent books in the series are published, do you go back and re-read the preceding books?

Thursday, June 16, 2005

How many?

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?
  2. What's the best book or series of books you've read so far this year?
  3. What's the worst book you read this year? Did you finish it?

Thursday, June 09, 2005


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?
  2. Why?
  3. Do you read books in the other format anyway?

Thursday, June 02, 2005

Buy, borrow, trade

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?
  2. Do you prefer new or used books?
  3. If you buy them, do you keep them?
  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?