I don't like the term "meme." Besides being overused, it also seems a bit too high-falutin' for what are equivalent to pre-internet "get to know ya" party games.
So from now on I'm going to call them "muh-leems" (a cross between "memes" and "puh-leez!"). That's not to say they aren't fun to do, just that I hate the term itself. This particular one comes from The Mind Wobbles.
Hardcover or paperback, and why? Hardcover, because I like to think I'm rewarding the author (and publisher) for putting out the books that I like. Plus they look nice on a shelf and they last longer. But when I actually carry around a book, I'm thankful for softcovers.
If I were to own a book shop I would call it: Mountain o' Books!!! (With the exclamation points)
My favorite quote from a book (mention the title) is: I'm paraphrasing because I don't have it in front of me, but I've always liked this one from Robert Coover's "Night at the Movies": "In such a maze of probable improbability, there is alway's the hero's faith, as real as it is burlesque: there must always be a secret door."
If I was going to a deserted island and could only bring one book, except from the SAS survival guide, it would be: Thomas Pynchon's "Gravity's Rainbow," plus companion, plus illustrations.
I would love someone to invent a bookish gadget that: Props the book up and holds it open while I'm eating breakfast. But I wouldn't need that on the desert island, I guess.
The smell of an old book reminds me of - The Mennonite Relief Sale in New Hamburg, where the used books were stored in crumbly cardboard boxes in people's barns. They didn't smell like hay or manure, but they DID smell like dust and old furniture and bookworms.
If I could be the lead character in a book (mention the title), it would be: Any protagonist in a Tama Janowitz novel. Scratch that, I already feel like I AM a protagonist in a Tama Janowitz novel.
The most over-rated book of all times is: The Bible. They should just re-publish the relevant parts.
I hate it when a book: falls apart while I'm reading it.