Hey everyone! It’s been a while since I did a normal book tag (although, I did do the Mid-Year Book Freakout Tag recently), and I came across this one that looked interesting. There’s not much else for me to say–the title and questions are pretty self explanatory!
1. How many books are too many books in a series?
I wouldn’t say I have a hard line, as if the series sounds interesting, I’ll read it regardless of its length. However, I definitely would say I prefer a duology or trilogy, or am at least more inclined to pick up the series if it’s shorter since it’s less of a commitment. That said, most of my all-time favorite series are longer than three books.
2. How do you feel about cliffhangers?
I love them! I think they really give a final WOW moment to many books, which really makes me think fondly of my time reading. It also makes me more excited to read the next installments, and the anticipation for a new read and then finally getting to pick it up is a great feeling as well.
3. Hardback or paperback?
For the look, I’d lean for hardback, but for reading and convenience, definitely paperback. I just think a paperback is much easier and more satisfying to read from, and it also definitely helps that they are significantly cheaper than hardback.
4. Favorite book?
I would have to say Kingdom of Ash by Sarah J. Maas, followed closely by Winger by Andrew Smith. Winger was my favorite book for an extremely long time, but after reading Kingdom of Ash last year, it surpassed it. The two books are extremely different from one another, with Kingdom of Ash being a mighty fantasy conclusion, while Winger is a hilarious, but ultimately heartbreaking, contemporary novel. I will say, I’ve been hesitant to reread Winger, because I read it so long ago and have a feeling it might not hold up if I were to read it again.
5. Least favorite book?
There isn’t one that really stands out, to be honest. All of my 1-star reads fall in about the same spot for me, so I decided to go with the two 1-star books I’ve read so far in 2021, Macbeth by William Shakespeare and Lord of the Flies by William Golding. Yes, both of these are classics, but I found myself struggling with them, as I do with most classics.
6. Love triangles, yes or no?
Honestly, yes. I think the reason I really like love triangles stems from my love for reality TV competition shows. I really love to get into the dynamics of people working through a competition, and love being able to root for and against contestants. It’s the same deal with love triangles, where you get to choose the person you want to end up in the relationship at the end. However, I will say I don’t love love triangles where one of the people is clearly just being used as an obstacle for the other two characters who are clearly endgame. I definitely prefer when it’s more up in the air which of the love interests is going to “win” in the end.
7. The most recent book you just couldn’t finish?
I’m usually pretty good about finishing books, mostly because I know my reading taste so well that I pick up books I know I’ll enjoy. However, one book that I could not finish was The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne. Once again, a classic I did not like. This one in particular confused the hell out of me, and I was not invested in it at all. To be far though, I wasn’t expecting to like it.
8. A book you’re currently reading?
Last year, Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys became one of my ultimate favorite reads of all-time. Of course, I’ve been really wanting to read more from her, and decided to start with her most recent publication, The Fountains of Silence. This follows the Franco dictatorship in Spain, a part of history I am not very familiar with at all. That said, so far I’m enjoying it, although I’ve been reading it for a LONG time, and have put it down once or twice to read something else. I haven’t felt as hooked or invested in the characters or storylines as I did in Salt to the Sea, but it’s definitely still a worthwhile read so far.
9. Last book you recommended to someone?
I actually had a friend borrow The Lying Woods by Ashley Elston for a trip she was going on, and she ended up loving it as much as I did. This is an incredibly underrated mystery/thriller with an incredible atmosphere and mind-blowing plot twist. Both of the books I’ve read from Ashley Elston have been spectacular and I’d recommend them to anyone, really.
10. Oldest book you’ve read?
According to Goodreads, it’s The Taming of the Shrew by William Shakespeare, which I read a while ago as assigned reading. As is the trend with Classics, I didn’t love this, but I actually would consider it one of the better Shakespeare books I’ve read; much better than his most famous works, in my opinion.
11. Newest book you’ve read?
I haven’t read any books published in 2021, which is a little surprising. I did read The Cousins by Karen M. McManus and A Sky Beyond the Storm by Sabaa Tahir as my first two reads of the year, and both were released on December 1st, 2020. Both books were by two of my favorite authors, and I ended up really liking both of them.
12. Favorite author?
Despite her controversial rhetoric, I can’t deny that J.K. Rowling is my favorite author based on my love for the Harry Potter series. That series has held up as my favorite series of all-time basically since the time I started reading, and I can’t really imagine it being displaced. If I had to choose an author that I’ve read multiple series/books from, I’d say Marie Lu, Rick Riordan, Sarah J. Maas, and Agatha Christie are all in the conversation for sure.
13. Buying books or borrowing books?
Unfortunately for my wallet, buying. I did just get a Kindle, so I’m hoping to save some money and also some room in my house. I’m also on a book-buying ban of sorts, as I have not been reading much, so I can’t justify purchasing more books. There are some new releases that I definitely would’ve purchased by now if it were a few years ago, but I’m showing some serious self-restraint. However, I will say that if I were to get my TBR really low, I’d be inclined to start borrowing books from the library. I no longer feel the need to own every book I read, but I just have so many unread books that I’m in the owning-the-books-I-read camp
14. A book you dislike that everyone else seems to love?
Now, before you all freak out, I can explain…sort of. For whatever reason, I did not like Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo when I read it. I found it extremely boring, and I remember just not being engaged in the story much at all. HOWEVER, I read the rest of the Grisha trilogy soon after, and have read the Six of Crows duology recently, and have loved everything since Shadow and Bone. I do think it might be worth rereading the book since there really seems to be no reason I disliked it so much but then enjoyed everything else in the Grishaverse.
15. Bookmarks or dog-ears?
I prefer bookmarks, especially the magnetic ones lately. However, I recently started dog-earing too, and I like it to be honest. I prefer the magnetic bookmarks for the same reason I like the dog-earing; they both protrude out of the book. As for the dog-earing, I used to be super concerned about damaging my books, and while I still have some of that concern, dog-earing really doesn’t do much of anything to the quality of the book’s appearance. This might be controversial, and me a few years ago would’ve been appalled, but oh well!
16. A book you can always reread?
Other than Harry Potter, Sick Boy by Sean Waller has been my go-to reread, although it’s been a while. It’s short, sweet, and packs a surprising punch.
17. Can you read while listening to music?
I used to not be able to really, but I have a feeling that if I wanted to now, I could. I definitely can read if there’s background music on; for example, I read when I’m on the beach and often have a speaker with music playing with my friends/family. I think I’d have a harder time if I was listening to one of my own playlists with AirPods in, but I also don’t feel the need to do both simultaneously regardless.
18. One POV or multiple POVs?
I really enjoy multiple POVs. I think it gives readers the opportunity to connect with more characters, and also allows for multiple storylines to have their moments and connect in an interesting way. Especially for thrillers and fantasy books, I find multiple POVs work really well.
19. Do you read a book in one sitting or over multiple days?
I rarely read a book in one sitting, but it does happen on occasion. Most of the time, it’s across multiple days (or longer, depending on how frequently I’m reading). The one time where I really can get through a book in a short amount of time is while on vacation.
20. Who do you tag?
I know tags are a big outdated at this point, so I’m not going to bother anyone with a tag…BUT, if you see this and want to do the tag, consider yourself officially tagged 🙂