20 Questions Book Tag

I have not done a tag since.. well I cannot remember haha. So when I was tagged by Lilly @LairOfBooks to do this 20 questions tag, I thought it was the perfect opportunity to do something a little different and fun. If you do not follow Lilly, you should be! Her blog and reviews are stunning ❤

I am not sure who the original creator of the tag is. If it is you, please drop me a line so I can credit you.

The 20 Questions


1. How many books are too many books in a book series? 

Anything over 3. Plain and simple, I like trilogies. There was a time when I enjoyed longer series, but too many times have I been burnt out on the wait. And well, it is possible to have too much of a good thing. I find that a nice, well-balanced trilogy usually succeeds in giving me exactly what I want of favorite characters and fictional settings.

2. How do you feel about cliffhangers? 

No.. just no! Segues are one thing. Leave an opening, but do not torment your fans. True cliffhangers are a painful gimmick used to ensure future sales. While I do get it, I do not like it. Especially when wait times seem to be growing.

3. Hardback or paperback? 

I prefer hardback editions of books I wish to add to my collection. If I am not planning on doing so, then honestly ebooks are easier for me to read these days.

4. Favorite book?

That is like asking which child is my favorite haha. But it is definitely The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien or Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland/Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll. Like my children, I love them both equally for their own reasons.

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5. Least favorite book? 

I am not sure I have one. I do have a few books I failed to connect with that others loved such as Room, Dark Matter or A Shadow Bright and Burning. But I hold no grudges 😉

6. Love triangles, yes or no? 

NO! That is a big negative Jolly Rancher. I do not like them. They either frustrate me or stress me out (I am looking at you Peeta and Gale).

7. The most recent book you just couldn’t finish? 

The Tethered Mage by Melissa Caruso. I really tried to power through this one as it was an ARC, but we just did not get along. I originally accepted a copy not realizing that it was more of a YA fantasy that was heavily centered on politics. Had I known, maybe I could have picked it up at a better time. But in the end, pacing and simplicity wore me down.

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8. A book you’re currently reading? 

I am reading two books at the moment: Nyxia by Scott Reintgen and a review copy of The Forgotten Beasts of Eld by Patricia A. McKillip. I am really absorbed in Nyxia, so I will probably end up restarting The Forgotten Beasts of Eld after I complete it because my attention span seems to be limited at this time.

9. Last book you recommended to someone?

Hmmm.. I believe it was Nemesis by Brendan Reichs. I think it is one of the better YA Sci-fi books I have encountered. I am excited to start the sequel soon. If you want to read my full thoughts, you can find them here.

10. Oldest book you’ve read? (Publication date) 

I believe it is Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet published in 1597. To this day, it remains one of the few tragic romances that I actually love.

11. Newest book you’ve read? (Publication date)

Ah, this would be my advanced copy of The Isle of Blood and Stone by Makiia Lucier, and I cannot wait to share my review!

12. Favorite author?

I am not sure I have one specific favorite, but I know Tolkien is at the top of the list for creating some of my absolutely favorite characters and worlds. I would also be inclined to include Stephen King, Anne Rice, and GRRM. They never disappoint.

13. Buying books or borrowing books? 

This is a tie. I love to own my favorites, but I also make a point of regularly borrowing from the local library to help support them. I do not, however, like to borrow from friends (nor do I like to lend). There are very few people I trust with my books. 😉 I have had the misfortune of books being returned with dog-eared pages, ripped covers or even missing!



14. A book you dislike that everyone else seems to love?

Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor. Okay, so I did not hate this book, but I certainly failed to acquire that instalove some many others speak of. I admit that the ending has convinced me to tackle the sequel, but the leisurely pace and a plot that seemed to focus more on setting the stage than actual events made for an uphill read. Here is my probably less than popular buddy read experience.

15. Bookmarks or dog-ears? 

Well, I think I answered this with my response to question 13 😛 Just say no to dog-ears people!

16. A book you can always reread? 

Again, have to hand this one to Tolkien and The Hobbit. I read about Bilbo annually and never lose the excitement or interest that I felt the first time. It had my heart with…

“In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit.” 
~J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit

17. Can you read while hearing music? 

Yes, as long as there are no vocals. I can often be found listening to classical music or instrumental scores while reading. Songs with lyrics are too distracting.

18. One POV or multiple POV’s? (POV’s = Point of views) 

I am not sure I have a preference. I do really enjoy multiple points of view when executed well, but sometimes find it is most rewarding to experience the entire story through the eyes of a loved protagonist. I think it depends on the genre. It seems that multiples POVs work best in mysteries and thrillers.

19. Do you read a book in one sitting or over multiple days? 

Always over a period of days, most often a week. It has been a long time since I found the ability to sit and complete a book in sitting. I blame time constraints and symptoms. Life offers too many distractions.

20. A book you’ve read because of the cover?

35131743Well, I have never read a book based solely on the cover, but there have been covers that drew me in to check out the synopsis and resulted in me reading them. The most recent was Child of Nod by CW Snyder. It turned out to be an incredibly rewarding read. I love discovering great books with covers that help gain an audience. If you are interested, you can read my review here.

I tag anyone who is interested because I am incredibly lazy and this post took longer than expected!


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25 thoughts on “20 Questions Book Tag

  1. Bahhhha! of course LOVED your answers but I feel ya, this tag took me a whole day since I was doing it in sessions smh. It still hurts me to see Strange the Dreamer didn’t WOW you & I haven’t read the book yet but i think it will be the Water for Elephants between us LOL! Ok I’ll try not to get too excited but…I take your dedication to Nyxia as a good sign? 🙂

    Happy Reading <3!


  2. Ugh. I can’t stand love triangles, either. There’s a Grand Plot going on, and the heroine is spending her time trying to pick between two guys? Because it’s always a heroine as the lead point…

    I’m okay with loaning books to a certain few people now, but there was a long time where I wouldn’t loan anyone one of my books after a bad experience loaning my paperbacks of Lord of the Rings to someone, and got them back trashed….


  3. I would have said I didn’t mind longer series…until I got invested in ASOIAF. Now I’m wary of anything longer than a duology, even though authors can’t always predict how many books it will take to wrap up a story. And amen to no love triangles! I’ve read a few that were tolerable, but not a single one that actually enhanced the story. I understand the wish fulfillment aspect, I just don’t need to indulge it any more 😐


  4. I LOVED Room and Dark Matter, and I just sort of dissed Tolkien in a recent post. We are so different but I love you so much as a person and still love your blog! Ha ha. This post was so much fun, I feel like I know you a little better now. =)


  5. I enjoyed reading your answers! I prefer trilogies as well, especially if they are newer series and still ongoing; I hate having to wait so long for the next books to come out! And both cliffhangers and love triangles are a big NO for me as well. They can really destroy a story for me. And dog-ears… *shudders* Also lending books to someone… I did that once, she failed to return the book and when I saw it completely mutilated on her shelf (she didn’t even finish it), I vowed to myself to never ever lend a book again. xD


  6. I am somewhat tempted to do this tag, I was tagged a bunch last year got lazy and didn’t do a bunch of them…now I don’t get tagged, I think I lost my privileges haha. Maybe I need to just tag myself when I feel like it 🙂


  7. I was just talking about the series length thing with the Pern dragonrider books the other day. I think my outside tolerance is about six books, but I prefer four or less, and think a lot of trilogies would have been better as duologies. 😂

    I think I will be up for a The Hobbit re-read, soon. 💜

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  8. gasp.. I hope you won’t kick me out now but I constantly dog-ear my personal books 😀 You should see my copy of Corey Taylor’s book…85% of the pages are dog eared because I was lapping that stuff up and no, I don’t do sticky notes 😀 hahaha… don’t hate me! 😀

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  9. I haven’t really thought about it but when you mentioned it I sort of got a gazillion questions popping in my head… Does borrowing books at the library really “help” them? Like.. how exactly? Every time someone uses their card, there’s actually something $$$ related going on behind it all? 😮 Just a curious question after you mentioned “support your library” hahah

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    1. It is about numbers and activity 😉 Showing the need for titles, additional copies and use of them and the applications makes it easier to request the additional funds they require each year. They have to show that they are providing the community with a needed and utilized service, so those number (even ebook loans) add up greatly for them!

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