Hi everyone! I promised some non-review posts earlier this week, so here we are! It’s been ages since I did a book tag, but I always enjoy them. I found this one called “20 Questions book tag” on Paperfury’s blog, (which you should totally check out, by the way) and it seemed like a fun one. I mean, 20 questions about books and reading habits? That means I get to blab A Lot. So let’s get to it!
1. HOW MANY BOOKS ARE TOO MANY FOR A SERIES?
I love big books and big series, so I would say “there’s no such thing as too many”. Some of my favourite series are Outlander (currently 8 books), A Song of Ice and Fire (5, hopefully we’ll get to 7 someday) and Harry Potter (7). I also really enjoyed the Wheel of Time series, which ended up being a staggering 14 books plus a prequel. But on the other hand, I also don’t mind duologies. It all depends on the story, I guess. For big, sprawling fantasy worlds I need more books, so we can dive in. But I also love it when the story is to the point.
2. HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT CLIFFHANGERS?
Seriously, cliffhangers are bad for my poor heart. I love getting to the final page of a book and discovering some shocking twist. The problem is that I then have to wait so long to get the next book in the series to know what happens next!
3. HARDCOVER OR PAPERBACK?
Both! I love the look and feel of hardcovers, they’re so fancy! Unfortunately, they’re also pretty expensive and while reading I always struggle with the dust jacket (read: I take it off and put it aside), so that’s where I prefer paperbacks.
4. FAVOURITE BOOK?
HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA, as if I could ever answer this with just one book! So here are some of my favourites: Nevernight, Strange the Dreamer, The Lord of the Rings, State of Sorrow, An Ember in the Ashes, Illuminae, A Curious Beginning, and so many more.
5. LEAST FAVOURITE BOOK?
This is such a hard question! I’ve gotten pretty good at picking books I might like, but in the past I’ve read quite a few books I didn’t enjoy (looking at you, mandatory reading lists!). I know I need to stay far away from grumpy white men writing about their midlife-crises and body fluids. Unfortunately, that’s the majority of Flemish literature, it seems…
6. LOVE TRIANGLES, YES OR NO?
It depends! I generally prefer a love story that’s focused on two characters instead of the constant shifting between three. All too often, these love triangles aren’t executed very well in my opinion. But if it’s done well, with some added twists to the classic triangle, I can still enjoy it.
7. THE MOST RECENT BOOK YOU COULDN’T FINISH?
Hmm… I’m not sure. I’m one of those people who can’t give up on a book. So I tend to just read on, even if I don’t like it. The problem is that it takes forever to get through a book I don’t like. But you never know that the ending might make up for the bumpy road to get there.
8. A BOOK YOU’RE CURRENTLY READING?
I’m currently reading Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik. I loved Uprooted, so I just had to read her take on Rumplestiltskin mixed with Polish folklore!
9. LAST BOOK YOU RECOMMENDED TO SOMEONE?
I don’t know many people who love to read the same books as I do, so I rarely recommend books to people. But I did tell my mom about Pillars of the Earth a while ago!
10. OLDEST BOOK YOU’VE READ BY PUBLICATION DATE?
Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen, which was published in 1811! A few years ago, I bought an ebook with all of Austen’s work, but so far I’ve only read Sense and Sensibility. Not that I didn’t like it, but it was a lot of work to read it, because of the dated language and extremely long sentences.
11. NEWEST BOOK YOU’VE READ BY PUBLICATION DATE?
Serpent & Dove by Shelby Mahurin, published in September of this year. It was one of the books I was excited about for that month. I’m still on a book buying ban, but luckily, it was the featured book of the September Fairyloot box. And I can already tell you that I absolutely loved it! So keep an eye out for my review!
12. FAVOURITE AUTHOR?
Oh lord, this is not fair! There are so many authors that I like… But Jay Kristoff, Leigh Bardugo and Deanna Raybourn are pretty high on my list!
13. BUYING BOOKS OR BORROWING BOOKS?
As a kid, I practically lived in the library. I read so many books and my parents seemed to think that buying books that you only read once is a bit of a waste of money. But having a big wall of books at home is just so beautiful and thanks to my boyfriend’s encouragement, I’ve started buying books.
14. A BOOK YOU DISLIKE THAT EVERYONE SEEMS TO LOVE?
Yeah, uhm, books by Cassandra Clare… *ducks for cover*
15. BOOKMARKS OR DOG EARS?
What is this question? Is this meant to physically hurt me? I have an ever expanding collection of bookmarks and there is no excuse to dog ear a book, ever. E-V-E-R.
16. A BOOK YOU CAN ALWAYS RE-READ?
I… almost never re-read books. Not because I don’t want to, but there are just too many other books to read in my life. So re-reading usually isn’t even an option for me. That being said, the last couple of years I re-read the first two Veronica Speedwell books (because they’re just so much fun) and A Song of Ice and Fire (to make sure I remember everything when the next book is published, and because there are so many details you won’t notice on a first read).
17. CAN YOU READ WHILE LISTENING TO MUSIC?
AW HELL NAW! I need silence to read. No talking, no music, preferably not even noise from the street. In fact, I recently got a noise-cancelling headphone and it’s a gift from heaven!
18. ONE POV OR MULTIPLE?
That depends. With one POV, you can really dig into that character’s mind. Also, I love that you only get one character’s view and you never know what the others do or think. Then again, for other stories it’s just better to get multiple POVs, especially when events take place in different locations at the same time.
19. DO YOU READ A BOOK IN ONE SITTING OR OVER MULTIPLE DAYS?
Multiple days. I read about 40-60 pages per hour, depending on my mood, the writing and the lay-out of the pages. So for an average YA book, I need about 8 hours. That would be too much to read in one setting, so it usually takes me several days.
20. WHO DO YOU TAG?
No-one in particular. But if you read these 20 questions and my answers, and you enjoyed it, consider yourself tagged.