I found this menu of questions about books at Harriet's place...
What was the last book you bought?
New - Home by Marilynne Robinson. In a charity shop - The Edwardians by Vita Sackville-West.
Name a book you have read more than once
Not all that many, since I'm always conscious of the books I haven't yet read and want to. But anyway, these: Emma, Great Expectations, Wuthering Heights, The Catcher in the Rye, and More Than Human (by Theodore Sturgeon).
Has a book ever fundamentally changed the way you see life? If yes, what was it?
How do you choose a book? e.g., by cover design and summary, recommendations or reviews
By acting on recommendations from people whose literary tastes I share and by following my nose from one good read to another.
Do you prefer fiction or non-fiction?
I wouldn't always have said so, but lately I prefer fiction.
What's more important in a novel - beautiful writing or a gripping plot?
That's not a choice I care to make; in any case it leaves out something at least as important as either, namely, perceptiveness about human character and motive.
Most loved/memorable character
Loved: Elizabeth Bennett, Emma Woodhouse, Jane Eyre, Jeeves.
Memorable: Mrs Norris, Edward and Jane Murdstone, Uriah Heep, Undine Spragg.
Which book or books can be found on your nightstand at the moment?
The Rector's Daughter by F.M. Mayor.
What was the last book you've read, and when was it?
The Believers by Zoe Heller. I read it a few days ago.
Have you ever given up on a book half way in?
Twice: with John Fowles's The Magus and The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins.