It’s time for another fun book tag. This time we’re doing 20 bookish related questions. Thank you Holly @ Nut Free Nerd for tagging me in this one, there were some tricky ones!
1. HOW MANY BOOKS IS TOO MANY BOOKS IN A SERIES?
If I was going to speak generally, I’d probably say three or four is my ideal. It’s long enough to fall in love with the characters and go on a journey with them, but not long enough to massively drag. However, it very much depends on the series itself. Some stories are meant to be told in only a few books, then there are others that have enough of an engaging plot to go for a lot longer. If the plot has started to feel more like filler or has become repetitive, then it’s too long. Then again, engaging plot or not, my brain does do a very loud internal moan at the idea of 14 books in the Wheel of Time series (how does one have enough plot for that???).
2. HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT CLIFFHANGERS?
I’m in two minds about cliffhangers. When they’re at the end of a book and you haven’t got the next one to read for about another year, they’re an emotional gut punch. It’s agonizing. SO MANY QUESTIONS AND NO ANSWERS. At the same time, from a storytelling perspective, I have to admire them. They completely shake up the plot and end a story somewhere very dramatic. If there’s one way to make sure a reader will continue with your series, it’s to end your book on an ‘Oh-Shit’ moment.
3. HARDBACK OR PAPERBACK?
Most of the time I’m a paperback girl – hardbacks are epic expensive in Australia. I’m sorry but I can’t afford to spend $35 on just one, thin book. Plus, nobody wants to deal with the awkwardness of trying to hold an enormous hardback in bed. However, I do have to say that hardbacks look a lot nicer on a shelf and they hold up against damage in my handbag a lot better than my poor paperbacks.
4. FAVOURITE BOOK?
Firstly, how dare you. And second, how dare you! I don’t have a favourite book, it’s just impossible to choose. THEY’RE ALLLLLLLL MY BABIES. One of my absolute favourites though, as you guys know, is The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger. The writing is so lovely, the characters are really well developed (to the point where you feel like you’ve known them their whole lives), and the end always hits me like a ton of bricks, thereby reminding me that I do, in fact, have a heart.
5. LEAST FAVORITE BOOK?
This is also really, really hard but I think I’ll go with The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger. I had to read it back in year eleven for English and my gosh, I hated it. I’ve never come across a more annoying protagonist in my life. The whining, the angst…ahhhhhh…, and all over really stupid things. I honestly do not give a flying…well, you know, where the damn ducks go in winter, Holden Caulfield. How it’s become a classic, I’ll never know.
6. LOVE TRIANGLES, YES OR NO?
I recently wrote a post about this, you can find it here if you’re interested. Basically, I actually wouldn’t mind love triangles as a plot device if they were written properly, but they never seem to be – they’re imbalanced, drag on too long, take over the story, etc.
7. THE MOST RECENT BOOK YOU JUST COULDN’T FINISH?
The last book I DNF-ed was Dividing Eden by Joelle Charbonneau. It just lacked, for a better word, soul. I couldn’t connect with the characters, the plot was un-engaging and the world building wasn’t really doing much at all for me. I made it half way before I finally cut my losses.
8. A BOOK YOU’RE CURRENTLY READING?
The Last Olympian (Percy Jackson and the Olympians #5) – I’ve slowly made my way through the series and now I’m almost there! So close to the finish line. They read very young for most of the series (it’s improved a bit in this book) but it’s always been a bit of fun.
9. LAST BOOK YOU RECOMMENDED TO SOMEONE?
Gosh, I’m always recommending things to people. Pretty much the minute I finish a book I’m recommending it to people.
10. OLDEST BOOK YOU’VE READ? *PUBLICATION DATE*
I tend to gravitate towards more modern books but according to Goodreads, the oldest book I’ve read is Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen, published in 1813.
11. NEWEST BOOK YOU’VE READ? *PUBLICATION DATE*
I’ve read quite a few new releases lately. Probably the newest would be…Furyborn by Clare Legrand which only came out a few weeks ago.
12. FAVORITE AUTHOR?
I have a whole bunch and I love them all dearly so I refuse to pick just one. Here are a couple of my favourites: Jay Kristoff, Richelle Mead, V.E. Schwab, J. K. Rowling, Sophie Kinsella, and more!
13. BUYING BOOKS OR BORROWING BOOKS?
I’m a buyer. I rarely ever borrow books these days. I feel bad about it, but I love having my own copies of books because I re-read them but also ’cause I love growing my bookshelves.
14. A BOOK YOU DISLIKE THAT EVERYONE ELSE SEEMS TO LOVE?
I was really looking forward to reading Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco because I’d heard so many good things about it, plus the plot and heroine sounded awesome. Unfortunately I ended up being really disappointed. The plot felt rushed, the MC did quite a few stupidly annoying things, and the ending was both predictable and a little silly. The hype train strikes again.
15. BOOKMARKS OR DOG-EARS?
*shocked face* Dog ears? Are you kidding me? There should be a special place in the afterlife (if there is one) for people who dogear. Plus, I adore collecting awesome bookmarks. They’re so pretty!
16. A BOOK YOU CAN ALWAYS REREAD?
I love doing re-reads of my favourite books. I don’t make the time to do so much these days and I really should. Some of my re-reads of choice are Harry Potter (obviously), Vampire Academy, The Hunger Games, and The Song of the Lioness books.
17. CAN YOU READ WHILE HEARING MUSIC?
Once upon a time, yes, but nowadays not so much. My brain always seems to get distracted by the music and starts singing along to the lyrics. There are exceptions though when I go on long car trips but it does take me a while to properly zone out, and even then I can lose my groove in a instant.
18. ONE POV OR MULTIPLE POV’S?
I like single POV books (when the MC isn’t frustrating AF) but I also don’t mind the occasional multiple POV book, however only where all the POVs are interesting. The last thing you want is to have to suffer through some sucky character’s POV or a boring storyline when there’s a better one going on. Essentially, I don’t really have a preference on this one as long as they’re done well.
19. DO YOU READ A BOOK IN ONE SITTING OR OVER MULTIPLE DAYS?
This again depends on the book. If it’s something I’m absolutely loving or a super fun, short book I’ll read it very quickly. Otherwise, it’ll take a bit longer. For example, I read The Selection by Kiera Cass in less than day, like it was crack cocaine, but I also managed something as big as Outlander in only a short period of time too.
20. A BOOK YOU’VE READ BECAUSE OF THE COVER?
I’m usually reasonably good about cover buys although occasionally I crack. Normally I use Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor for this question in tags but for something different I’m going with two YA contemporaries – Geekerella by Ashley Poston and When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon. I recently started dipping my toes in YA contemporaries and these were two of the first I tried. Geekerella was really fun and enjoyable but I was disappointed with WDMR, especially after all the hype.
I don’t usually tag people but sometimes change is good. If you don’t feel like doing it or have already done it, no worries. I promise I won’t be offended and/or crawl under a rock somewhere to quietly die of shame.
Rendz @ Reading with Rendz
Beth @ Reading Every Night
Michaela @ Journey into Books
Kristen @ Kristen Kraves Reviews
7 thoughts on “The 20 Questions Book Tag”
Great post, Ash. I really loved reading your answers. I totally agree with you on Geekerella! The cover is adorbs. How are you liking Percy Jackson #5?
Great answers for this tag, and thanks so much for tagging me as well. Geekerella was a book I picked up because of the cover, it just looked so fun and bubbly I knew I needed to read it, and I was a little disappointed with When Dimple Met Rishi considering all the hype so you’re not alone there. 🙂
I have to say, and I mentioned this on your post about it too, I’m not a massive fan of love triangles but I have read books where they’ve been done right so I get where you’re coming from. It just seems more often than not they’re done wrong you know?
Great post, and again thanks for the tag! 😀 ❤
Geekerella was a really fun read and restored my faith in contemporary YA after WDMR. It was like an adorable, geeky chick flick. 😍 In other words, perfect for me.
Yeah, don’t worry, I get why people don’t like love triangles. Most of the time I don’t like them either because they’re handled really annoyingly and feel like an epic waste of time.
Looking forward to seeing your answers Beth!
It’s a great quick read as well, for an afternoon when you have nothing else on.
I don’t like love triangles but I can enjoy them if they’re done right. The problem is they’re never done right.
Thanks Ashley. 🙂
So glad you enjoyed this tag! ❤ The Time Traveler's Wife has been on my TBR list for AGES so it's good to know that it's a favorite of yours.