Reading something frivolous? Or something serious? Serious. I’m assuming that “frivolous” means women’s fiction and such. I do like reading humorous titles, but I wouldn’t call them frivolous.
Paperbacks? Or hardcovers? Hardcovers. I know a lot of people wouldn’t understand this preference, but I see hardcovers as an investment, meaning that they look better on the shelf, have a longer lifespan, and increase in value over time if you choose them right.
Fiction? Or Nonfiction? Overall, fiction I guess. But I do like non-fiction that cover my favourite topics just as much.
Poetry? Or Prose? Prose. Poetry is not excluded from my reading list, but I find it harder to concentrate on the storyline when you read poetry. Besides, authors, unless they are pure geniuses, tend to include a lot of words just for the sake of rhyme and rhythm, which distorts the true meaning.
Biographies? Or Autobiographies? Biographies. Cos we all like to portray ourselves in better light.
History? Or Historical Fiction? Very similar to fiction or non-fiction question. So I can’t really answer. It depends on the subject.
Series? Or Stand-alones? Stand-alones. Series tend to slope downwards after a while.
Classics? Or best-sellers? Classics, but some best-sellers do become modern classics as well, so I like reading them too.
Lurid, fruity prose? Or straight-forward, basic prose? Lurid to the degree I would say. Before I buy a book, I always read the first paragraph to make sure I like the author’s style of writing. For example, I find Stephen King’s prose a little too straight-forward for my liking.
Plots? Or Stream-of-Consciousness? Plots. Unless it’s a drug-induced stream-of-consciousness; then things get interesting. lol
Long books? Or Short? Umm, depends on my mood. Mostly long I would say, but I like to read shorter ones in between to let my brain rest a bit.
Illustrated? Or Non-illustrated? Doesn’t matter. But it is always good when the author themselves does the illustrations.
Borrowed? Or Owned? Owned. Sometimes I do like to borrow a book from a library before buying it, if I’m not sure if I like it. But I do own all books that I’ve enjoyed reading so far.
New? Or Used? Both, but if I’m getting it used I like it to be a fine to near fine condition.