Okay, so I found this over on Paper Fury’s blog… quite some time ago. She tagged anyone who hadn’t done it yet, so I bookmarked it to come back to, and promptly forgot until now.
I’m not having the best week, so it seems like a good time to do something fun!
20 Questions Book Tag
- How Many Books Are Too Many For A Series?
Well, that sort of depends on the series, I guess.
If it’s amazing and you love it and it always leaves you wanting more, then there are never enough, are there?
But equally, sometimes you get to book four and it’s just book two or three again with new characters thrown in, or worse, it’s just filler and nothing happens at all. Then there is definitely such a thing as too many.
I do enjoy Duologies and Trilogies because you know what you’re getting and its not extortionate to pick up the whole set at once if you want to.
But then some of my favourite series are up to book 14 or so and still going and I’m still buying and reading sooo…
2. How Do You Feel About Cliffhangers?
Generally my feelings about cliffhangers are something along the lines of: ARGHFTVJSNOAPF MVIJOSHGJVKO MJSOHGISDL JVK HOW *COULD* YOU?! AFBUISHUOVINH IAUVFHYCK!!!!
So long as the main story-arc of that particular book has had some sort of satisfying ending, I am all for a WHAT?! right at the end to get me running for the next book.
3. Hardcover or Paperback?
I am a sucker for a pretty hardback, especially if they have a special hidden cover underneath the dust jacket as well.
But I will take either over an ebook, any day.
4. Favourite Book?
Why do people think that is a legitimate question to ask? What genre? Adult, YA or Children’s Fiction?
I don’t know! There are too many to choose from!
Three that are permanently in my Top 10 are The Daughter Of Smoke & Bone by Laini Taylor, I, Houdini by Lynne Reid-Banks, and Illuminae by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman.
No I won’t choose just one.
5. Least Favourite Book?
I threw Generation X by Douglas Coupland across the room in disgust on page 25 and only picked it back up to return it to my friend who lent it to me. That’s gotta be quite high on my nope list.
6. Love Triangles, Yes or No?
Eh, so long as it’s not the super-tired and obvious trope version, they can be fun and open up avenues for twists and excitement. But sometimes they can be very yawn inducing.
7. The Most Recent Book You Couldn’t Finish?
The Rebel Fairy by Deborah Wright. I hated every single character and the style wasn’t my favourite, and I just couldn’t face the whole 499 pages so I put it down and moved on.
8. A Book You Are Currently Reading?
I have sort of put all my books down this last week or so – just haven’t really been in the mood. But technically I have read the first two chapters of Burn by Patrick Ness and it is by my bed waiting patiently for me to pick it back up.
9. Last Book You Recommended To Someone?
The Definition Of Us by Sarah Harris (see yesterday’s post for a review!) – I recommended it to the person who technically bought it for me!!
10. Oldest Book You’ve Read By Publication Date?
Uhhhh… excuse me whilst I go look up some publication dates…
Probably Frankenstein by Mary Shelley (written in 1818) but I have also read these three Penguin Little Black Classics which contain works from:
Saga of Gunnlaug Serpent-Tongue: ‘written down in Iceland around 1270-1300’
Circles Of Hell: ‘written between 1308 & 1321’
Wailing Ghosts: Well, dunno when it was written but the author lived from 1640-1715, so somewhere in that period!
11. Newest Book You’ve Read By Publication Date?
Er, Welcome To Your Period by Yumi Styles & Dr Melissa Kang and illustrated by Jenny Latham, which was published on 3rd September 2020, but I got an early copy from Little Tiger Press for Tori to review over on Instagram. (Excellent book for everyone facing periods in their future, highly recommended.)
12. Favourite Author?
Ugh, this is a bit like the favourite book question. I gave you three answers for that, so here are three for this one: Laini Taylor, Holly Bourne, Neal Shusterman.
13. Buying Books or Borrowing Books?
Why not both? I buy books, I borrow them from friends, and I use the local library. This way I can get my paws on ALL the books. Eventually.
14. A Book You Dislike That Everyone Else Seems To Love?
The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Claire. I mean, I didn’t hate them, but I was sort of done after book two. I read the third, and abandoned the fourth half way through out of boredom.
15. Bookmarks or Dog-Ears?
Why exactly is this a question???? Bookmarks.
16. A Book You Can Always Re-Read?
Fox In Socks by Dr Seuss or Hairy Maclary by Lynley Dodd are probably two of my most re-read books. Both as a child, to my children, and quite frequently drunkenly as an adult to/with other adults. (No really, they are hilarious to try and read when you’ve had a few.)
17. Can You Read Whilst Listening To Music?
Yes, although I wouldn’t say I’m listening to the music very much. I tend to just shut the world out when I read so I don’t even notice if the music is still going or not.
18. One POV or Multiple?
I love both! It depends on the story being told as to which works best.
19. Do You Read A Book In One Sitting or Over Multiple Days?
That really depends on the book! I love it when I read straight through and nothing tears me away until I’m finished, but also I read some pretty long books and fitting them into one sitting would be insane.
20. Who Do You Tag To Join In?
I tag Ivy to join in with this one, but it would also be fun if you guys answered a couple of the questions just for fun, even if you don’t blog.