08 March 2009
Book meme (from Christopher Hall and Byzantine Dixie)
1. To mark your page you: use a bookmark, bend the page corner, leave the book open face down?
I've done all of them--usually I mark my place with a piece of paper.
2. Do you lend your books?
And never see many of them again... :-(
3. You find an interesting passage: you write in your book or NO WRITING IN BOOKS!
Usually I'll highlight margins. I put a star by a good passage. A few books have a few 5-star passages. Sometimes I write brief notes. I find it interesting to read annotations I wrote 10-20 years ago.
4. Dust jackets - leave it on or take it off.
When possible, I cover dust jackets with Contac paper. It keeps the books nicer longer.
5. Hard cover, paperback, skip it and get the audio book?
Hardcover is preferred; I enjoy audio too.
6. Do you shelve your books by subject, author, or size and color of the book spines?
Dewey decimal, thank you very much! (My mom was a librarian.)
7. Buy it or borrow it from the library later?
I do both; the local library will have a wing someday with my name on it.
8. Do you put your name on your books - scribble your name in the cover, fancy bookplate, or stamp?
I write my name on the first sheet.
9. Most of the books you own are rare and out of print books or recent publications?
Most are more recent, though I have some old gems. (I have Herman Sasse's copy of the Reformed Confessions.) :-)
10. Page edges - deckled or straight?
11. How many books do you read at one time?
Oh, dear. More than I should.
12. Be honest, ever tear a page from a book?
I don't remember doing that. But I have torn articles from periodicals.
13. (An added question) What subject matters do you have the most books in?
Philosophy, especially ancient.
Theology, especially dogmatics
History, especially Byzantine & American Civil War/War between the states
14. (Another added question) What do you have none of?
And while I'm at it, I have a few books to sell: most especially a Philadelphia edition of Luther's Works, a volume or two of Sasse and some other things like that from a former life.