This month’s tag comes from chicnerdreads, whose beautiful blog I stumbled across. Quick fire questions, come at me.
1. eBook or physical book?
When it comes to the physical act of reading I go through phases of preferring one or other. At the moment I’m leaning towards eBook, but will always choose physical books to purchase for my shelves.
2. Paperback or hardback?
In terms of reading, a paperback is much easier, but I prefer the look of hardbacks, especially when they are on the shelf.
3. Online or in-store book shopping?
I adore both. I appreciate the convenience and cost-saving online shopping provides, but I also love going into a book store and scouring the shelves looking for new books and authors, as the environment is just fabulous.
4. Trilogies or series?
I tend to lean towards trilogies, as series that are any longer are usually daunting to me.
5. Heroes or villains?
Heroes. Who would choose villains? Good has to triumph (most of the time), otherwise what is the point?
6. A book you want everyone to read
The one book I recommend above all others is Noughts and Crosses by Malorie Blackman. It’s fabulous. Why people refuse to listen to me is beyond my understanding. You’re all missing out.
7. Recommend an underrated author
I don’t think Francesca Haig has received enough credit for her interesting debut, The Fire Sermon. It’s pitched as The Hunger Games meets Cormac McCarthy’s The Road, and is full of intrigue. I’ve yet to read the sequel, The Map of Bones, but it’s on my TBR list.
8. The last book you finished
Cherry by Lindsey Rosin, which was addictive, but by no means perfect.
9. Weirdest thing you’ve used as a bookmark
Probably bits of shredded tissue. Sometimes that’s the only option.
10. Used books: yes or no?
No. No. No. No thank you. I really hate the thought of reading a book that a stranger has read. It’s just gross.
11. Top three favourite genres
Crime/thriller, YA, fantasy. I generally have a pretty eclectic taste when it comes to books – I’ll read almost anything except for historical fiction and horror – but these are my go to genres.
12. Borrow or buy?
Buy, always buy. I used to borrow from the library avidly when I was a child and reading numerous books a week. Now I buy what I want, when I want and it’s glorious.
13. Character or plot?
This is like asking a parent to choose their favourite child (assuming they have more than one). I think if you don’t like the protagonist, you are less likely to enjoy the plot, so I’m going to have to choose character.
14. Long or short books?
Generally short. I get intimidated by books that are more than 400-odd pages. Although, my favourite book of 2016 to date was 888 pages, I Am Pilgrim by Terry Hayes, so I suppose it’s not a case of the length of the book, but the quality of the characters, plot and writing.
15. Name the first three books you think of
– The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
– To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee
– All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven
I wish I could deduce my thought process for these seemingly unconnected books. Alas, I cannot.
16. Books that make you laugh or cry?
It’s incredibly rare that I laugh out loud whilst reading a book, so I’m going to opt for cry as I love all the feels. One of my favourite quotes (from George by Alex Gino) relates perfectly to this: “My point is, it takes a special person to cry over a book. It shows compassion as well as imagination.”
17. Our world or fictional worlds?
Fictional worlds. I love escapism, in whatever form.
18. Audiobooks: yes or no?
Absolutely yes! I always have at least one audiobook on the go. It’s practical when you’re travelling and allows you to multitask.
19. Do you ever judge a book by its cover?
Appalling though it is, I confess, yes I do. I tend to avoid books with photographs, especially of people, on the cover. *hangs head in shame*
20. Book to movie or book to TV adaptations?
This is difficult because I love them both. I think some series (The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins for example) translate beautifully onto the big screen, whilst others provide an excellent starting point for kick-ass TV shows (I’m looking at you The 100 by Kass Morgan). Since most books get optioned for films, I’m going to choose movie.
21. A movie or TV show you preferred to its book
The Fault In Our Stars by John Green. I just felt it was flat as a novel, with uninteresting characters, but the movie really brought it to life.
22. Series or standalones?
I love both, but I adore the flexibility standalones provide, and the fact they neatly tie up all the loose ends.
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