Saturday, June 9, 2018

Twenty Answers Book Tag

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. 
7. The most recent book you just couldn’t finish? 
We discussed this recently, right? Night comes to mind.
8. A book you’re currently reading? 
My daughter and I still need to finish The Garden of Eve and also the first Trials of Apollo book. I'm also reading Hello Universe and All Out. And some professional books.

9. Last book you recommended to someone?
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.
15. Bookmarks or dog-ears? 

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16. A book you can always reread? 

I don't re-read all that much, but I know I've read Anne of Green Gables, Oliver Twist, and The Thief multiple times. 

17. Can you read while hearing music? 

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

I'm pretty sure I picked up both Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe and Marcelo in the Real World because of their covers, although I read them for the premise and loved them for the writing. I also recently grabbed a book at the library 100% because of the title alone: Evil Librarian

If you want to do this tag too, you are most welcome to!


  1. Can so relate to many of your answers and got a chuckle from a few. Sounds like a fun quiz to take. May have to borrow it.

    1. I hope you do! Let me know so I can read your answers too!

  2. I like how much thought you put into your answers. I wish I could read a book in one sitting. I tend to get distracted and wander away. According to my spreadsheet, I read about 100 pages a day.

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

    1. It's my superpower. I always feel awkward when people compare their reading rate to mine, because I know I'm freakishly fast. I really think it developed because of being raised without a TV, back when that was the only form screens took.

  3. I can never pick a favorite. I have no idea how people do that, but I do appreciate a lot of the authors you have mentioned, and will definitely stay away from Ethan Frome. 😆

    1. I mean, I actually do like a fair amount of 19th century classics, but that one? Hell no!

  4. Love this tag. 1. I loved Tradition, and I think Kiely is an author to watch. I loved Gospel of Winter as well. 2. I also adore my public library. Even if I could afford it (which I so can't), I wouldn't even know what to do with all the books I read if I were to purchase them all!

    1. All American Boys is the only other Kiely I've read. He seems like a very thoughtful author. And I agree, owning all the books I read would be ridiculous.

  5. This is fun! Also I cannot believe your favorites shelf is so huge, it made me chuckle! I agree about trilogies or duologies, I feel like much more than that gets ridiculous. And YES I agree about cliffhangers too! I love them, makes the stakes feel higher. I do like a love triangle but ONLY if it is done well- not just for the sake of drama.

  6. I agree with you on a lot of these things. I don't care for Love Triangles, and I like multiple POVs (I like to write multiple POVs as well). I have ten books on hold at my local public library at the moment, and two that I need to turn in (I read them already).


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