Why do you read? Enjoyment, escape, ideas, improving something in yourself, nothing better to do?
Basically all of the above
Do the non-content things matter to you? Cover, title, blurbs, summary, outside information, formatting, author's outside affiliations/statements (ex, the author is a homophobe or a rabid [insert political group] or likes trashing other people.. do you care)?
I don't judge a book by it's cover/title. If the summary isn't good, then I'm not going to waste my time. I look at the summary for what the book is about as well as a sample of the writing style. If I don't like it, I won't read it.
I don't think the authors opinions will influence the writing quality. I might only read one or two books from an author who I'd probably physically attack in real life
Do you judge books as a whole, or can one very great aspect (ex, characterization, style, plot, ending, idea) outweigh s[...] in all the other areas?
As a whole. Good writing style wont make me read a book with a horrid plot.
Do you like/hate certain kinds of characters, personalities, plots, adventures, writing styles, or settings? (Elaborate, please? @_@)
Not really. I can't really describe the writing styles I hate...
How quickly within a book do you make a decision? Can you dislike a novel that you have never read, but have seen synopses/reviews of?
A couple chapters in. Though, with really good books I loved, like The Outsiders or Interview with The Vampire, I can decide a few pages in.
I can't dislike a book I never read. Which is why I read Twilight and Warriors.
Is there anything in a review/synopsis that automatically makes you want to try/never want to try a novel?
Not that I can think of...
Do you have a favorite fiction genre? If so, why is it your favorite? Do you read widely outside it?
Fantasy and uh... do Vampires and Werewolves have their own genre?
Do you recommend any book you love to anyone, or do you try to recommend books you think the other person is more suited to?
Me and my friend Megan have similar tastes in books