Hello. Have I already ran out of ideas for blog posts? Well… maybe. But maybe I just find book tags really fun. Obviously, since I’ve started blogging over a week ago, I haven’t been tagged in this one – but it’s not like it’s gonna stop me.
This tag was created by Amy. Let’s get into the questions!
1. How many books are too many for a series?
Honest answer, because we like to keep it real here. And by we, I mean me… I think only in rare instances a series works after 4 books. Now, you might disagree, but hear me out. If we are really lucky, we get a book a year. But most of the time, we have to wait a tad bit longer. Sometimes it’s 2 years, sometimes even longer, *cough* Scott Lynch *cough* (no shade here, I just really need book 4 in the Gentlemen Bastards series). And the longer it takes for the book to come out, the more likely my tiny pea brain is to not retain any info and have to reread it. The more books in the series, the more rereading. I find it hard to get my tbr down to a reasonable amount, not to mention adding so many rereads to it.
2. How do you feel about cliffhangers?
No. I only ever tolerate them when the next book in the series is already out. I know theoretically, they’re meant to pump you for the next book and make sure you actually pick it up, but… does it actually work? It just leaves me frustrated.
3. Hardcover or paperback?
Paperback win for many reasons. The convenience of reading, storing AND transporting being the main ones. Also, the price point. But the hardback designs are just so much better and from time to time I buy the hardback just because it is really darn pretty. Like this edition of Gallant!
4. Favourite book?
Many bookworms probably hate this question because they find it impossible to pick one, but I actually have a one, definite answer to this question. My favourite book is, and has been without fail, for the past 16 years The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger. It’s a book that had the most impact on me and one I reread to this day. I’m not an angsty teen anymore (more of an angsty adult), but I still both hate and relate to Holden. It’s a real gem, although I know it gets very polarising reviews.
5. Least favourite book?
Now… this question is harder to answer. The two answers I have are books that are insanely popular and from a genre I love and yet I rated them 1 star – Dune by Frank Herbert and Ready Player One by Ernest Cline. God, I couldn’t stand either of these, no matter how hard I tried.
6. Love triangles, yes or no?
A big no from me. I don’t like much romance in anything I read, although some books do merit from it and make it work, but love triangles are just unnecessary drama, imo. I see why people enjoy them, but they are not for me at all.
7. The most recent book you couldn’t finish?
The Gunslinger by Stephen King. It’s a teeny tiny book, I think it’s just over 200 pages long… and I took 3 months to read 50 pages and finally decide to put it down. The conundrum is… many people have warned me how bad it was and how much better the series got from book 2 onwards. I really want to pick up the series, but I just know that I won’t be able to if I skip book 1… even if I read a detailed synopsis.
8. A book you’re currently reading?
I’m in the middle of The Cabin at the end of the World by Paul Tremblay on audio, Furyborn by Claire Legrand physically and All the Pretty Things by Emily Arsenault on ebook. I am sadly not loving any of them, but I might still change my mind, so no panic there.
9. Last book you recommended to someone?
The Paris Apartment by Lucy Foley to a customer because I still can’t get over how good it was!
10. Oldest book you’ve read by publication date?
Let’s fire up good ole Goodreads, shall we? According to all the info I’ve accumulated on there… it was The Illiad. I will admit, I was pretty sceptical about how accurate it will be, but it’s actually spot on. Unless you count The Old Testament…
11. Newest book you’ve read by publication date?
That would be, once again, The Paris Apartment by Lucy Foley.
12. Favourite author?
If I put too much thought into this then I’m unable to make a decision, because… do I count the author of my favourite book as a favourite author? Or is a favourite author one I’ve read and loved everything from? So, I think, I’ll just make a snappy decision made on nothing but a gut feeling… my favourite authors, in no particular order, are Brandon Sanderson, V.E. Schwab and Celeste Ng.
13. Buying books or borrowing books?
Both! The more, the merrier! Give me new books, used books, books from the library, subscriptions… I think I buy and borrow an equal amount of books, although maybe by now I borrow more, because of the sheer amount of audiobooks I get from my library. Ya girl is broke, okay? I think libraries are fantastic things, but that’s a story for a different post. So, yes, both!
14. A book you disliked that everybody seems to love?
Any book by Sarah J. Maas (I’ve tried the first Throne of Glass and 2 of the Court books). Sorry, not sorry, I just CANNOT understand why ye all rave about them.
15. Bookmarks or dog ears?
Bookmarks if I have any handy. Or pens, or receipts, weird scraps of paper, the cable of my charger, a corner of a pillow. Or leaving a book upside down, open on the page I finished. Or just simply remembering the page (because sometimes I just read to page 100 or 150 so I don’t forget where I stopped). And sometimes dog ears, but not so often. What can I say… I like a bit of chaos.
16. A book you can always reread?
I don’t have one that works for every mood and I can always pick up. I don’t tend to reread much. The only one I do regularly is The Catcher in the Rye, but I need to feel a particular way to pick it up.
17. Can you read while listening to music?
Nope. I’d like to be able to, but my brain just focuses on the music instead, even if it’s just a background melody. And god forbid if there’s actual lyrics, cause I’ll just sing along instead and completely forget about the book.
18. One POV or multiple?
It really depends on the story but usually I prefer multiple ones. I feel like it’s a better way of laying out a story and introducing more info and/or world building. That being said, though, sometimes there’s just TOO MANY.
19. Do you read a book in one sitting or over multiple days?
Almost always over multiple days. I’m an average reader when it comes to speed, so it takes me a good few hours (I mean like 8) to get through a 300ish page book. I rarely have that much time to spend on reading continuously, so I tend to take a few days. If I’m really enjoying a book I can do it in one sitting, though, especially if it’s an audiobook.
20. Who do you tag?
Anyone who thinks this tag is interesting and wants to take part!
Well… this was a long one. Thanks for reading.
Not to jinx it but probably talk tomorrow! (I’ve been on a roll)