Hello everybody! Today I decided that I’ll be doing a book tag. I wasn’t tagged in thistag, but I saw both Twin Reads and Twin Tales doing the tag so I decided, why not? It looks like a fun tag, so let’s get right on into it!
E-books or physical books?
Physical books. I don’t know why, but I just can’t read e-books. A while ago I had a Kindle and had received it from my wonderful parents and I don’t think I completed a single book on it… And also, all the books I’ve read as e-books, I seemed to have forgotten 90% of what the book was about. I really don’t know why, but yeah. Plus, I think we can all agree on how wonderful it is to have a physical book in your hands. It just ups the experience even more.
Paperback or hardback?
Now this one is more difficult. See, hardbacks are so beautiful and they have wonderful dust jackets that protect the book from the dangers of the outside world, as well as wonderful additions such as indents on the actual book, but they’re heavier, more expensive, and aren’t as easy to bring with you to places. Paperbacks, however, they’re bendable (not like I bend the books, but it happens), they’re cheaper, and if I truly had to choose it would probably be paperbacks. And I can’t read with the dust jackets on, so it’s more effort to read hardbacks sometimes.
Online or in-store book shopping?
In-store, no question. I want to see the book in person before I buy it! You don’t just decide you want a car without having test-drove in it. Okay, bad example, but you get my point, right? Plus, you get the book right away when you go to a store rather than ordering it from Amazon, BookOutlet, etc. But…. online book shopping does tend to have lower-prices books than stores. I’m still sticking with in-store.
Trilogies or series?
This one is hard as well. I immediately associate trilogies with The Hunger Games and Divergent, and those aren’t exactly my favorite books of all time, whereas when I think of series I think of Harry Potter and The Mortal Instruments. This is so difficult because sometimes trilogies are enough books, but sometimes they aren’t. And sometimes series drag on for too long when they should’ve just been a trilogy. I’d have to go with series for this one, though, because if I’m really invested in the characters and the story, I’m gonna want as many books as possible.
Heroes or Villains?
Let’s be honest here, villains are way more interesting than heroes. I especially love the snarky and sarcastic ones who are able to hold so much power over the hero because they are able to identify the hero’s flaws. I’m sorry, but I’m a sucker for a good villain.
A book you want everyone to read?
I always say this, but I’ll say it again and that is The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. All I can say is READ IT if you haven’t. I also really love A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith. It’s been a few years since I read either book so I’m not sure if I’d love them as much now as I did then, but I just remember loving these books so much.
Recommend an underrated book?
I always mention this one as well, but I’ll do it again, and that is A Step From Heaven by An Na. This book is due a re-read because it’s also been a few years since I read it, but it’s a fairly short book so it definitely won’t take me long to re-read it. The book is about this young Korean girl who immigrates to America with her family and the book chronicles her growing up in a home where her father is an alcoholic and she is just trying to fit in to her school as a Korean girl and I just remember loving this book so much.
The last book you finished?
The last book I finished was A Madness So Discreet by Mindy McGinnis. I gave this book 3 stars, I believe, and I haven’t written a review on it yet, but when I do it’ll be a mini-review, non-spoiler, of course.
Weirdest thing you have used as a bookmark?
So I have a decent supply of bookmarks so I usually don’t use anything strange, but if for some reason I don’t have one on me at the moment and I just need to set the book to the side for a second (I never face it opened downwards, that ruins the spine beyond repair, don’t do it!) then I usually just grab the nearest object that is somewhat flat. The weirdest thing I’ve used in an instance such as that would probably be a coaster or a TV remote.
Used books: yes or no?
This is another difficult question to answer! Gosh, I know this is supposed to be a rapid fire book tag, but I’m really dissecting these questions and weighing my choices and possible answers, I hope y’all don’t mind. The thing is, used books are special because there had been a previous owner and there is history with that book. I always think “What kind of person was the individual who read this book before me? What did they do their day-to-day life? What did they snack on while reading this book? Where did they read this book?” I don’t know if anybody else does this, but I find it quit fun. Plus, used books are so cheap! But also, it’s so nice to have a new book in your hand, especially when you can just smell the newness of it. This is so difficult! I love having a mix of both on my shelves. I’d have to say new just because I like reading books that are new to the world and knowing that I was the first person out of god-knows how many people in the future, to read this particular copy, if that makes any sense.
Top three favorite genres?
Fantasy, Historical Fiction, and Contemporary. I mainly read fantasy, though.
Borrow or buy?
Buy, duh! I’ve borrowed a few books over the years, but that’s just because my friend just happened to own the book I’ve been wanting to read, or they recommended me the book. I love owning books, though, it just fills me with a sense of pride when I see the books on my shelves looking happy and comfortable in their little abode. Okay, that was weird, but hopefully you get the gist.
Characters or plot?
Hmm… this is a difficult one as well because both are such important aspects of a book. I’d have to say characters because when I love characters in a book, it truly doesn’t matter if the plot sucks because I just love the characters. Whereas, if a book has wonderful plot, but terribly developed characters, I can’t connect with the book and ultimately, it won’t receive a very high rating from me because the characters in a novel are the most important thing to me.
Long or short book?
Ergh! Another difficult question. I like both, to be honest, but I’d have to say long. I don’t know what classifies as long (let’s just say 500+ pages) and what classifies as short (let’s say -300 pages) but if I am really enjoying a book, I get really sad when it ends quickly. Even if it ties up nicely at the end, a longer book doesn’t usually leave me as unsatisfied because I had so much content to read. Does that make sense? I feel like I’m just rambling here.
Long or short chapters?
This one is quite easy. I like short chapters more than long chapters (and by long I mean 20+ pages) because I don’t like stopping in the middle of a chapter and oftentimes I am interrupted by something and I end up having to stop in the middle of the chapter to go do that thing. Plus, if I don’t have all that much time to read, it feels good to be able to read a short chapter instead of stressing over whether or not you’ll have enough time to read the 20+ page chapter.
Name the first three books you think of…
Percy Jackson and The Lightning Thief, Crooked Kingdom, and Reign of Shadows. I only own and have read the first one, but the entire book community is raving about the other two so it’s the first thing to come to mind.
Books that make you laugh or cry?
Laugh. I mean, I read books to enjoy them, not to bawl my eyes out. Also, I’m pretty much soulless and don’t cry during books, so there’s that.
Our world or fictional worlds?
*Laughs* Fictional worlds. Our world is frankly just slowly descending downwards in a spiral storm headed straight towards hell. But I’m an optimist (can’t you tell?) so I do choose to think about the good things in the world (books, flowers, dogs, coffee…) despite the bad (politicians, racism, global warming, my generation of idiots…), but I choose to read fantasy so often over realistic books because reading is my escape from the real world, so why would I want to read about my own world if I could be reading about training dragons and riding water horses?
Audiobooks: yes or no?
Nah. Not my thing. I’m sorry, I’ve tried but I just can’t do it.
Do you ever judge a book by its cover?
Let’s be honest, we all judge books by their covers. Nobody wants an ugly book on their shelf, alright? We are all guilty of discriminating ugly books by not buying them or giving them a second glance at the bookstore because we don’t find them all that attractive.
Book to movie or book to TV adaptation?
This is so difficult because I haven’t seen all that many TV adaptations, but I have seen loads of movie adaptations. With TV shows, you’re given more time to work with, which means that the books we know and love will have more of the little details that us book readers crave in adaptations. But, TV shows often don’t have the same big budget as movies, which can make the show less fun and cool. Movies, however, they have big budget productions and actors and all that wonderful stuff, plus you’re given the chance to see it on the big screen with popcorn in hand. So I’ll have to say movies because of that.
Series or Standalone?
Series. I don’t read all that many standalone books (I am a fantasy nerd after all) and it’s very rare for a fantasy novel to be a standalone, so I do prefer series over standalones.
This time I will actually tag people! So I tag…
As always, don’t feel inclined to do this, you don’t have to if you don’t feel like it. And if you decide that you would like to do this tag, even if I didn’t tag you, please feel free to do so! Just link back to this post and I’ll check it out!
So this was a fun tag to do! I don’t know why, but I’m very sassy and sarcastic this morning. I also feel like typing long paragraphs for every answer (if you couldn’t tell) so sorry if it’s a bit longer and if I bored you (or just made absolutely no sense at all). I hope you liked this post! I enjoyed writing it.