I was in the mood for a book tag, so I'm stealing the Twenty Questions Book Tag from AJ at Read All the Things! She saw in on Books, Vertigo, and Tea, and so on and so on. I found the name a little off, because 20 questions is a guessing game. This is not a guessing game. Just Q&A. So I'm pedantically renaming it.
1. How many books are too many books in a book series?
Get used to hearing this but--it depends. There are four books and a set of short stories in the Unwind series. There are, obviously, seven books in both The Chronicle of Narnia and in Harry Potter. My favorite mystery authors, Elizabeth George and Reginald Hill, both have series that are well over ten, and in the case of the one still alive, presumably more to come. I would not want one book less in most of these (The Last Battle is boring and The Horse and His Boy is racist, so yeah, I could lose those two.) That being said, three is a very good number as a general rule. Or even two. A nice duology lets you really dive into a world and see characters develop without having to track too much information over time.
2. How do you feel about cliffhangers?
Cliffhangers are the most logical justification for ebooks--you can just buy the next one. Or if we're talking chapter ending cliffhangers, they're the best reason to just stay up reading until the whole book is done. Or for checking out an entire series at once. In other words, I think cliffhangers do a great job at, you know, building suspense and excitement for the next part, but I only appreciate that if I get to go straight on to the next part. If I'm reading a series as it's being published then ARRRRRGH. Thunderhead, for example. I NEED TO KNOW WHAT HAPPENED. And frankly, my memory isn't good enough to keep that enthusiasm if I have to wait a long time. If I can't access the next book immediately, than I vastly prefer a book that wraps up some of the issues while still leaving bigger picture questions to develop over time.
3. Hardback or paperback?
Don't care. Hardbacks look nice and stay in shape longer. Paperbacks are lighter and easier to transport. But I'm mostly just interested in the contents, not the packaging.
4. Favorite book?
Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha! Who asks book bloggers to pick a favorite book? I can't even pick a favorite genre! I have a "favorites" shelf on Goodreads that has 149 books on it, and I haven't updated it in a long time. There's also a page on my blog with some favorites, but again, it's more of a representative sampling that anything.
5. Least favorite book?
Now, this is a smaller list. I'm going with Ethan Frome.
6. Love triangles, yes or no?
See, I'm the person who hates watching sporting events because I feel bad for the team that loses. Why would I want to see characters compete for love? It's just a contrived way to build drama. I don't mind a character that is interested in more than one person, but to be in love with two at once? Yeah, no.
Just tried to talk my sister into picking up Dread Nation last night. Or you! You go read it!
10. Oldest book you’ve read? (Publication date)
The Taming of the Shrew, published 1593. For actual novels, Sense and Sensibility, published October 30, 1811. I'm sure I've attempted some older works (Beowulf, Prose Edda, Robinson Crusoe) long ago, but either didn't get through it, or only did so for a class.
11. Newest book you’ve read? (Publication date)
Tradition, by Brendan Kiely. Published May 3, 2018.
12. Favorite author?
See #4. A few favorites off the top of my head: Dickens, Le Guin, Shusterman, Schwab, Albertalli, de la Pena, Bardugo, Reynolds, Hardy, Magoon, Morrison, Kingsolver, Lamott, Pratchett, Gaiman, McKinley...
13. Buying books or borrowing books?
Were I in a position to maintain a large library, I'd do so. Since I'm not, I adore my local public library and cheerfully borrow from them in large quantities. Actually, I'm pretty sure they'd have to open a larger branch if I didn't shelve so many books for them at any given time.
14. A book you dislike that everyone else seems to love?
The Help. It really highlights all the reasons why #ownvoices are so important.
This question makes me wonder if the originator of this tag was a native English speaker, which I say not to be snarky, but because yes, I can read while hearing music, but not while actively listening to it. If I put music on while I read, after a few minutes I am completely oblivious to it, so it's kind of a waste.
18. One POV or multiple POV’s? (POV’s = Point of views)
I would certainly never demand that all book be written with multiple POVs, but I adore a well written multiple POV book. Witness, The Sidekicks, and Lily & Dunkin are some examples of multiple POV books I've loved.
19. Do you read a book in one sitting or over multiple days?
See #15. Of course, it's not always possible, but it's the ideal. I rarely take longer than 3 days to get through a book, unless it's George R. R. Martin long, or unless I haven't really gotten into it yet.