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.
5. Least favorite book?
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.
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.”
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?
Well, 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!