Hello everybody, and welcome to today’s fun post – the 20 Questions Book Tag! It has been a little while since I did a post of this type, and I thought it would be a fun way to wind down for Christmas, but also give you a way of learning a little bit about me.
I saw this post over on Books and Hooks, which was my inspiration for today’s post. Shall we jump into the 20 questions?
1: How many books is too many for a series?
It depends really. If it is a wider series that is broken down into lots of smaller ones, this is a lot easier to read. If you’re sticking with just one main series, I would probably say around 10 to 12. Otherwise, I think you could end up getting bored.
2: How do you feel about cliffhangers?
Absolutely fine if you can just jump into the next book because it’s already published, but if not then they’re just a tease! But I mean, they work…
3: Hardcover or paperback?
Hardcovers are nice editions, but they are cumbersome to read. On the flip-side, paperbacks are a lot easier to read, but are far more likely to get damaged. There is no clear-cut winner for me in this.
4: Favorite book?
Asking me to choose one favourite book is like asking your parents to choose who their favourite child is. I’m a huge fan of the A Song of Ice and Fire series… but I can’t whittle it down further than that. Sorry, not sorry.
5: Least favorite book?
I read a lot of books, so I have come across a few I haven’t gelled with in my time.
Earlier this year, I read around about a third of Red Sister by Mark Lawrence before I then DNF’d it. I think this one hurt all the more because I loved and enjoyed another series by Mark Lawrence in the past – The broken Empire. Red Sister was full of promise, but it just didn’t work for me at all. I gave it a good try before I threw in the towel!
6: Love triangles, yes or no?
Generally speaking, no. However, I did recently read Daughter of the Moon Goddess by Sue Lynn Tan which contains a love triangle, and I didn’t hate it.
7: The most recent book you couldn’t finish?
Malice by John Gwynne – another disappointment really. This was sold to me as a mash-up between Game of Thrones and possibly the Name of the Wind series – at least, two series I have read and really enjoyed. I only got three chapters into Malice before I decided I was done. I didn’t get on with it at all.
8: A book you’re currently reading?
My current read is Ship of Magic by Robin Hobb. This is the first book in the Liveship Traders series, and the fourth book of the overall Realm of the Elderlings series.
9: Last book you recommended to someone?
One of my friends is interested in reading Babel by R. F. Kuang and was asking me about it on Saturday. Obviously, I’ve recommended it to her!
10: Oldest book you’ve read by publication date?
I had a look back on my Goodreads account to try and determine which is the oldest book, and I’ve come to the conclusion that this is a difficult question to answer. In a lot of cases, I have read more recent editions of books compared to their original publication date.
The oldest book on my ‘read list’ is Terry Pratchett’s 1985 edition of The Colour of Magic – the first book in his Discworld series.
11: Newest book you’ve read by publication date?
This question is a lot easier to answer as it is a book that I read as part of a publication blog tour. The most recently published read book on my list is Warrior and Protector by Peter Gibbons.
12: Favorite author?
Without a doubt, George R.R. Martin. I’ll make a mental note to never use this as a security question ever again – it’s not exactly a secret he’s my favourite!
13: Buying books or borrowing books?
I tend to buy more than borrow, but it’s dependent on the type of book and the author more than anything. If I’m going to try anything new, I’m more likely to borrow to try it out before investing money. However, as I tend to read a lot of the same authors, this doesn’t happen very often.
14: A book you dislike that everyone seems to love?
I can’t say I dislike this particular series based on reading it, because I’ve never tried it. I really just don’t understand the fascination with Twilight. It was the book series to read when I was going through school, and I just never understood the appeal.
15: Bookmarks or dogears?
Anybody who deliberately dogears a book belongs in hell.
16: A book you can always re-read?
The first that obviously springs to mind is A Song of Ice and Fire. To date, I’ve read all the published books twice, read the first one a third time, and listened to the audio for it as well. I’m partway through the audio for A Clash of Kings too.
No doubt when the next book(s) make it out into the world I’ll be re-reading again!
However, I’ve re-read a number of other books I’ve loved over the years. One of the most recent is the Harry Potter series. You can always get more out of a re-read!
17: Can you read while listening to music?
It mostly depends on the type of music. If I’m listening to something fairly neutral like classic or a soundtrack, then yes. Otherwise, not really. It’s a distraction.
Equally, if I’m out and about and there is music on in the background, it’s generally quiet enough not to bother me.
18: One POV or multiple?
I prefer books written in third person, so multiple definitely. I don’t object to books written in first person – though third is a distinct preference for me.
19: Do you read a book in one sitting or over multiple days?
I generally read books over a span of days.
If I ever read a book short enough to read in one sitting, then great! However, I mostly pick up 500+ page fantasy novels. I would love to have the motivation and time to be able to sit and read those in one sitting, but it isn’t going to happen!
20: Who do you tag?
I’m going to tag mistybookspace as she is a regular reader of my blog and I’d love to hear her take on the 20 Questions Book Tag!