20 Questions Book Tag – In Which I Share Some Unpopular Opinions (Oh Wait, I Only Have Like Two Unpopular Opinions)
20 Questions Book Tag
Today I’m doing the 20 Questions Book Tag. I was tagged for this by Swetlana @ The Caffeinated Bookworm Life, only like, a month ago. So you know, I got on this fairly quickly for once.
(okay yes, it’s really unimpressive that a month is ‘fairly quickly’ isn’t it?)
Anyways, it looks like a fun tag, so thanks for tagging me Swetlana!
And, um… sorry I sort of disappeared there for a little bit. Again. I… um… sort of forgot about blogging… And um… I was just being lazy… oops.
Oh and also! Please please please please please send in questions for my Blogiversary Q&A here.
1. How many books are too many books in a book series?
Ummm… Depends how much I like the series. I feel like three books is a nice number, but if it’s a series I really like? How about ten?
Like, the fact is, I’m a quick reader, so I don’t get scared off by large series. If I don’t like it, I don’t have to finish, and if I do yay, more books for me!
So I actually don’t think there can be too many books in a series. Although some of the children series I was obsessed with when I was little could be a bit shorter, and they wouldn’t be missing anything…
*Side-eyes at Animal Ark (94 books), The Babysitters Club (131 books), The Boxcar Children (149 books), and the Rainbow Magic Fairy books (215 books!)*
2. How do you feel about cliffhangers?
Mixed feelings. Like, on the one hand, they’re torturous and I hate them. But on the other hand… Sometimes cliffhangers are the only reason I’ll finish a series, even if I really like it. I’ll just forget about it, or maybe I’ll like the first book, but I’ll never pick up the second book due to the fact that I didn’t love the first one, and I have nothing motivating me too pick up the next one, because no cliffhanger. But what if I like the second book better?
(*cough cough* Cinder. I would NEVER have remembered to pick up the second book if it weren’t for that cliffhanger, but I now consider that one of my favourite series)
3. Hardback or paperback?
Paperbacks all the way. I love the aesthetic of hardcovers, but unless the book is A). Huge, or B). One of those annoying tiny little mass market paperbacks (?)*, I much prefer the feeling of a paperback in my hands. They’re lighter, and easier to read, and less painful to drop on yourself,** and also SO much less likely to jab you when you’re carrying them in a bag.
Plus they’re cheaper. Which is always nice too.
4. Favorite book?
This question is in no way possible. I can maybe list half a dozen favourites series. NOT a single book. So here you go: (in no particular order)
- Harry Potter. Nostalgia mostly, but I mean, it’s also a pretty amazing series.
- Six of Crows. SO GOOD!!! Why did I wait so long to read this?!
- A Darker Shade of Magic. Literally how is this series so perfect?!
- Simon Vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda. SO GOOD!!! And look, this one isn’t even a series! (I mean, it sort of is, but… I’m only listing the one.)
- The Illuminae Files. These are just so fantastic and unique and dark and AHHHHHH!!!
Look! I managed to restrain myself to listening only five! That’s one less than I said. Now I need to move on from this question before five turns into a hundred.
*That’s what they’re called, right?
**This is a very valid reason, okay?
5. Least favorite book?
I don’t really have one. Partially because I can find some good in almost everything I read, and partially because I try to block them out if they’re too bad. So here, instead I’ll tell you the three books I have, in my memory, actually gotten rid of. (I’m waayyy too attached to my books…)
- Boyface and the Uncertain Ponies by James Campbell – This one was just this super weird middle grade books about like, ponies turning into zebras, or some such thing. It was super short, and I just found I had no attachment to it whatsoever. I didn’t hate it, I just didn’t care.
- Mrs Mike by Benedict Freedman & Nancy Freedman – My parents made me read this one, and I was SO bored, and it was like the most unoriginal trope-y historical fiction ever, and I think everyone I cared about ended up dead.
- The Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O’Dell – There was one character. I was bored. There was almost no plot, and I like character interactions. SO BORING.
6. Love triangles, yes or no?
No. No. Nonononononononononononoo. I mean, I HAVE read some books I’ve loved that had love triangles, but the love triangles themselves? HATE.
7. The most recent book you just couldn’t finish?
I DNF’d both The Perks of Being a Wallflower and The Golden Compass recently. I really wanted to like them, as they’re both so popular, but I’d been reading both of them for literally six+ months. It was just too much, and I physically COULD NOT force myself to read them any longer.
8. A book you’re currently reading?
The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black. It is sooo dark and atmospheric and I’m LOVING it!
9. Last book you recommended to someone?
Er… I’m not sure. I mean, I recommended that my book club read Six of Crows (and we are!!), but that was really just because the library has like eight copies. (and it was an excuse to push people to read Six of Crows…)
Other than that, I’ve pushed The Abyss Surrounds Us at a couple people lately, because it was SO good, and I LOVED IT, and it’s SO underrated, and AHHHHHHHHHH!!!!! Go read it. Like seriously, it’s SOOOOOO GOOOOOOOOOD!!!!!
10. Oldest book you’ve read? (Publication date)
The Outsiders, which was published in 1967.
Edit: Nope, that is NOT it. Before I was on Goodreads I read Jane Eyre, which was published all the way back in 1847. That’s a little more impressive 😀
11. Newest book you’ve read? (Publication date)
So I’m terrible at reading new releases… If we’re talking actual book, it would be Leah on the Offbeat which was published… April 24th… Actual newest release would be the short story Cast Long Shadows, which was published May 8th…
12. Favorite author?
Once again, I can’t pick. Here’s some of my favourites:
- Victoria/V.E. Scahwab
- Leigh Bardugo
- Marissa Meyer
- Tamora Pierce
- Mackenzi Lee (I’ve only read one of her books, but whatever, it was awesome!)
- Cassandra Clare
- Rachel Hartman (She’s so underrated. Go read her books.)
13. Buying books or borrowing books?
Borrowing all the way. I would like to be able to buy books, but I’m broke, sooo… I buy books very rarely, and instead rely almost entirely on the library, as well as occasionally friends. Probably 90-95% of what I read is borrowed.
14. A book you dislike that everyone else seems to love?
Half Bad by Sally Green. It was boring. I didn’t care about the MC, I didn’t care about the plot, I just didn’t care. Also it felt REALLY young… Like the content and character ages were the only reason it was YA, because it honestly read like MG. And I was just. So. Bored.
15. Bookmarks or dog-ears?
Bookmarks. Or really, since I can never find my bookmarks, receipts, or hair ties, or scraps of paper, or bits of string, or my parents paperwork (oops), or whatever else I can find. But never dog-earing. Never never never. My books are too precious to me to dog-ear.
I did dog-ear a cookbook once. I only ever used one recipe, and the book wasn’t exactly in prime condition anyways… (food smudged mostly…) I still feel a bit guilty, but it IS pretty helpful.
16. A book you can always reread?
Literally anything that I even remotely liked. I’ve always been a rereader.
More specifically though… Harry Potter, Simon Vs, anything Tamora Pierce or Leigh Bardugo or Schwab.
17. Can you read while hearing music?
I like to have something playing in the background, and most of time I have no problem with it, but sometimes I just can’t concentrate, and the music just serves to distract me even more.
Plus even when I can listen to music, it absolutely NEEDS to be music I know well. Also if the songs are particularly upbeat and catchy, I tend to forget about my book and sing along. And hahaha, even with the music that isn’t… I still end up singing along to my favourites. Still though, I can usually do it, and I like having music on.
My go-tos are usually bands I’ve known most of my life, such as The Killers, and Spirit of the West, or occasionally The Tragically Hip, or The Beatles.
18. One POV or multiple POV’s? (POV’s = Point of views)
Multiple all the way. I’m a sucker for multiple POV’s. I think I find I get to know the characters best when I’m getting their perspectives on things, as well as other people’s perspectives on them. And also I can usually connect with at least one with multiple POV’s, where as with just one, I often don’t connect.
19. Do you read a book in one sitting or over multiple days?
Depends on the book really, and on how much time I have, but usually in one sitting. I tend to devour books super fast, and do nothing else all day… It’s not the most productive system, but I get a lot of reading done…
20. Who do you tag?
Humph, mean tag (Read: Clever tag) making this one of the questions so I can’t just skip tagging people.
Okay I tag:
- Brianna @ Brianna’s Blog (She just started blogging a couple months ago, and her blog is super fun, and you should go give her some love)
- Maren @ Ponies and Potter (She too just started a couple months ago, and you should definitely go check her out too!)
- Amber @ The Literary Phoenix
- Luana @ Bookstormgirl
- Leonora @ Death By A Thousand Paper Cuts
- And you if you’re reading this and want to do this tag!
Obviously no pressure to do it, but I’d love to see your answers!
And there, look, I actually tagged people. Yay me!