It’s time for another tag and firstly I’m sorry that this is so late. I’m trying to go through them all in order and hopefully catch up this month. Fingers crossed that I can do it. Anyway I really enjoyed answering these 20 questions so thank you so much to Emma @ AFCTL for tagging me in this. Please check out her new page here and follow her on WordPress as well as checking out her answers over on her old page. She’s a truly lovely person and posts some absolutely amazing content.
How many books is too many in a series?
I honestly don’t feel that there is a set number of books that could be considered ‘too many’ in a series. It all depends on the author and series in question; the amount of ideas they have and how well they can carry them off without getting too repetitive. Some series I feel as if I could follow forever, others not so much. So basically it changes from series to series.
How do you feel about cliffhangers?
Is it possible to simultaneously love and hate something? I think that they’re a fantastic way to finish a book… but they drive me crazy if I have to wait for the next one. The anticipation and need to know factor definitely leave me desperate to continue the series though.
Hardback or paperback?
Both? I love hardbacks because they’re beautiful (aren’t all books?) and there’s something so special about holding one. Some have hidden covers, which I only learnt about through Bookstagram, and they can last really well. But they’re too expensive to buy all of the books that I want in that form plus, in some ways, paperbacks are easier. Mainly because A) they’re easier to carry and B) if I fall asleep reading a particularly big one I don’t have to worry about concussing myself with the cover :L So I guess overall I’d have to pick paperbacks if forced to choose due to the cost but I do adore hardbacks.
Is it even possible to pick just one favourite book? There are so many series that I love including Wicked Lovely, The Hunger Games, Vampire Academy, Twilight (because even if it is unpopular I can’t fall out of love with that series unless my feelings have changed when I finally get around to re-reading it), The Folk Of The Air, Throne Of Glass (which I still need to finish!) and probably about a dozen others. There are also books that I’m hoping to pick up soon that I hope will make the cut too as they seriously have the potential to be amazing!
If I absolutely had to pick just one book I think it would probably have to be Harry Potter And The Prisoner Of Azkaban though, closely followed by Harry Potter And The Half Blood Prince. I’ve loved that series for so long and have so many fond memories of it. But as stated above picking just one book is incredibly hard. Once I’ve caught up a little bit with some of the books I’m most desperate to read on my TBR I’m planning to add a favourites page to my blog somewhere.
Least favourite book?
What immediately comes to mind is The Lovely Bones so I guess I’m going to go with that. Maybe it’s my fault for watching the film (which I thoroughly enjoyed) before picking up the book but I just couldn’t get into it. The story felt a bit wish-washy to me (and downright bizarre in one place) without the suspense that the movie had. Plus I found some of the central family quite unlikable in the book /:
Love triangle . . . Yes or no?
Yes (: Okay at times they can be a bit predictable or cliche but on the whole I quite enjoy love triangles. Sometimes the drama of a main character being torn between two individuals is addictive. And, occasionally, I myself feel torn over who to root for.
The most recent book you couldn’t finish?
I really hate saying this, as it’s one of my most anticipated books of the year, but at the moment the last book that I didn’t finish was Enchantée. That doesn’t mean that it’s a bad book though or that I was bored or anything like that. I kept falling in and out of slumps, couldn’t get into it at the time, and came to the conclusion to pick it up again once I was focusing better on my reading. So hopefully I’ll get a chance to pick it up again – and love it as much as I want to – by the end of the year or early next year at the latest.
A book you’re currently reading?
The last book you recommended someone?
Rewind I guess? I can’t remember what I last recommended to someone in person but a review, if positive, is basically a recommendation. I also recently told Sophie about Haven’t They Grown as I loved the sound of the blurb but does that count as a recommendation when I haven’t read it yet?
Oldest book (pub. Date) that you’ve read?
Technically I’d guess the answer to this question would be one of the Shakespeare books that I had to read for school. Any of those were all read in class, as a group, however and I can’t remember if I read the whole stories or just sections of them. So I don’t really feel as if that counts. Instead I’m going to say Great Expectations. It’s another book that I had to study but this one I know that I read in it’s entirety by myself at home. And I found it okay overall I’d guess? I was quite enjoying it at first but eventually, as I can only read one book at a time, I got frustrated and wanted to move on to my own books. I’d still give this another try in the future though I think.
Newest book you’ve read (pub. Date)?
Again how on earth do you pick just one author to be your favourite? At the moment I think I’d probably say Richelle Mead as I’ve loved several of her series and have the rest on my TBR to hopefully pick up soon. Other authors have the potential to be favourites of mine too but I’ve read less series by them so far.
Buying books or borrowing them?
Buying them. I love buying books too much tbh. I don’t just buy new copies however, some books I get secondhand and I’ve found some absolutely fantastic copies whilst doing so. That being said I do want to start borrowing more books from the library too. I can’t buy everything on my TBR and I believe libraries are fantastic resources.
A book you dislike but everyone else likes?
Part of me feels like I should have saved The Lovely Bones for this question but oh well. I actually have another answer for this anyway and it’s… Coraline. My one experience with Neil Gaiman so far and I did not like it /: That being said I do have other books of his on my TBR and feel that possibly part of the issue was seeing the movie first again?
Bookmarks or dog ears?
Bookmarks every single time. How on earth could I dog ear a gorgeous book? Plus I love pretty bookmarks; I really should get some more.
A book you can reread over and over?
The Harry Potter series 100%. There are probably quite a few books that I could constantly re-read but this is the series that immediately sprang to mind, as well as the one that I’ve re-read the most. I could quite happily go pick it up again right now tbh.
Can you read while listening to music?
Sadly definitely not. I used to be able to read whatever my surroundings were like – such as being on holiday in a small caravan with the TV blazing in the next room – now though I seem to notice every little sound and it’s so frustrating. I think I may try to start listening to music, quietly, in the background whilst reading to see if it helps. Maybe…
Multiple pov’s or one pov?
I like both but I feel like it’s cheating to try and use that as my answer. If forced to pick I guess I’d go with multiple POVs. They can show you events that you wouldn’t otherwise see, give you more emotional depth as you get inside of more character’s heads and hearts and also add an element of uncertainty when different character’s accounts don’t add up.
Do you read a book in one sitting or over multiple days on average?
On average it’s definitely over multiple days. I have no idea how some people can read a book in one sitting. Maybe I’m just too distracted, maybe things are too hectic around me or… IDK but anyway multiple days, how many depending on the book in question.
Who do you want to tag?
As always please, please don’t feel any pressure to do these tags; it’s entirely up to you.