Once again, another book tag stolen from Kris from Boston Book Reader (thanks!) If you love books and fun bookish tags and posts, then her blog is the place to go! I’ve been really trying to up the amount of bookish themed content on my blog recently. I’m writing this in April and over the coming months, I have more book reviews scheduled than I have done in the past half a year! I’m really enjoying reading at the moment (I’m currently reading When Breath Becomes Air – if you’ve read it, please talk to me!) and blogging more about books takes me back to my roots in a way. Books are the reason I blog; without them I wouldn’t be here so I’ll always be eternally grateful to those wonderful little masterpieces.
And book themed tags are always fun to do and a great post for when you’re lacking in inspiration as well! (Which I currently am…) So here is the 20 questions book tag and I’m ready to answer some bookish questions!
How many books is too many books in a series?
Good question; I used to love really long series (The Women’s Murder Club by James Patterson, anyone? There’s 17 of those now and I think I got to 12!) but nowadays I don’t think I could read any more than say, 3. So The Hunger Games type length is perfect. However, given a choice, I wouldn’t choose a series anymore.
How do you feel about cliffhangers?
Following on from the previous question, I love a cliffhanger if there’s another book in the series. But… you know those kind of books which are stand-a-lones but the ending isn’t clear cut and kinda leaves you on a cliffhanger and allows you to ponder and ponder about what happens next? I bloody love those! (The Sisters and Last Seen Alive both by Claire Douglas are kinda like that)
Hard copy or paperback?
Paperback, definitely! Less expensive, lighter and they fit on my bookcase better!
I have too many to name! My favourite of all favourites is The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. Some other favourites include; The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson-Walker, The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky, Looking for Alaska by John Green, Wild by Cheryl Strayed and I Am the Messenger also by Markus Zusak.
Least favourite book?
Oh gosh I don’t know! I tend to not remember books I don’t like so I don’t have an answer to this one, I’m afraid!
Love triangles, yes or no?
If it fits in with the story-line and isn’t completely unnecessary then sure! I don’t personally read romance so I wouldn’t tend to read anything that would contain a love triangle.
The most recent book you just couldn’t finish?
Oh gosh, I don’t tend to not finish books, even if I’m not enjoying them that much. If I’ve already committed to say, 30% of a book and I really don’t like it I feel like I need to finish it just so that first 30% doesn’t feel like a waste! I’m struggling to think of one but I know I couldn’t finish The Girl on the Train when I tried to read it god-knows when!
A book you’re currently reading?
As mentioned in the intro, I’m currently reading When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi, which is an utterly stunning, heart-breaking and life altering read. And I’m also reading The Happy Brain by Dean Burnett, which is all about neuroscientist, Dean’s research into happiness and what makes us happy. It’s unusual for me to be reading 2 non-fiction books at once!
Last book you recommended to someone?
I finished Bird Box by Josh Malerman yesterday after reading almost all of it in one sitting so I quickly recommended that to my Mum – and everyone on Twitter!
Oldest book you’ve read?
I’ve just had to do some research for this one as I don’t read an awful lot of old, classic books but I’m going to have to copy Kris’ answer with The Great Gatsby!
The newest book you’ve read?
Ummm, probably No Sad Songs by Frank Morelli.
Gonna be totally cliché here and say John Green is probably my favourite author although he hasn’t wrote my all-time favourite book. I also love Dorothy Koomson and Claire Douglas is a new favourite of mine who I probably wouldn’t miss any books from from now on!
Buying books or borrowing books?
I prefer buying books obviously but lately I’ve been using the library loads! Support your local libraries folks!
A book you dislike that everyone seems to like?
Can I say The Girl on the Train again? I just wasn’t into it and wasn’t mad on the film either even though Emily Blunt in my favourite actress so that’s saying something!
Bookmarks or dogears?
I always use a bookmark but I don’t mind dogeared books. As long as they’re still readable. I have a few books on my shelf which have multiple pages turned over on the pages of all my favourite quotes! I am a complete quote nerd!
A book you can always re-read
The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson-Walker. I’ve read it about 5 times and I never get bored.
Can you read whilst hearing music?
Erm, it depends I think on the book and whether it’s one that requires more concentration haha! Generally though, no.
One POV or multiple POV’s?
I’m a sucker for multiple view-points in a book! As long as there’s not too many and it’s done well.
Do you read a book in one sitting or over multiple days?
It entiely depends on the book; I’m generally a pretty slow reader so it’ll take me a week on average to read a book unless it’s absolutely amazing and I can’t put it down. I read the last 3/4 of Bird Box in one sitting.
One book you read because of the cover
Agh what a disappointment to end on a question I have no answer to, sorry!