20 Questions Book Tag

Is it really only Tuesday? It is so hard to get back into the swing of things after a fun weekend for me (I saw A Quiet Place and went to a punk festival, how was your weekend?!).

Thanks so much Angelica over at @thebookcovergirls for this tag! If you all haven’t checked out her blog you definitely should. 

1. How many books are too many books in a book series? 

I think more than 5 or 6 gets to be a little much for most series that I read. I don’t mind when they go on and still have a story to tell, but one of my biggest pet peeves in media is a story being dragged out beyond its prime. (I am looking at you, Pretty Little Liars on ABC.) 

It seems that really long series that are not dragged out are an exception, not the rule. A fantastic example is the Emperor’s Edge series by Lindsay Buroker. That series had 8 core books in it and a few companion stories, and it ended with me still engaged and wishing for more. 

2. How do you feel about cliffhangers? 

That really depends on whether or not the next book is out yet! 🙂  I much prefer to be able to binge through a series, and cliffhangers when I have to wait ages bum me out. The main reason that I haven’t read Game of Thrones is to avoid the wait.

3. Hardback or paperback? 

I prefer hardback because it looks better on the shelves, but paperback is a bit easier to read in my favorite position: curled up on my sofa or in bed.

4. Favorite book?

How am I supposed to pick just one?! Looking at my recently started favorites shelf, I suppose I would have to say Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut.

5. Least favorite book? 

Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck. Sure I have read some books since the eleventh grade that I did not enjoy, but that one just stuck with me. I think about it now like 18 years later and my blood boils. It is boring, drawn out, and terrible. It starts with pages describing dust. No. I made it as far as the turtle chapter and for the only time in my high school career switched to Cliffs Notes.

6. Love triangles, yes or no? 

I don’t really have an opinion either way.  I have seen love triangles done well and poorly, and I think that winds up being more of an overall plot/writing style thing than the trope itself.

7. The most recent book you just couldn’t finish? 

The Right Thing to Do at the Time by Dov Zeller. The subject matter and overall story was everything that I wanted in a book (a Fiddler on the Roof and Pride and Prejudice mashup with a trans male character?! I am here for that!) but unfortunately I could not get over the style of writing.

8. A book you’re currently reading? 

Last night I began my eARC of Song of Blood & Stone by L. Penelope. I read two pages before realizing I needed to not start it right before bed… instantly engaging!

9. Last book you recommended to someone?

Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi. Seriously, if you haven’t read it yet – do it now.

10. Oldest book you’ve read? (Publication date) 

Likely the Mahabharata or the Ramayana… maybe the Illiad. Tough to say.

11. Newest book you’ve read? (Publication date) 

I suppose Tin Man by Sarah Winman, which is to be published May 15, 2018. Actually published would have to be Rainbirds by Clarissa Goenawan.

12. Favorite author? 

Kurt Vonnegut, hands down. I talked about this a bit in this recent post.

13. Buying books or borrowing books? 

Buying, hands down!

14. A book you dislike that everyone else seems to love?

The Right Thing to Do at the Time by Dov Zeller.

15. Bookmarks or dog-ears? 


16. A book you can always reread? 

Anything by Kurt Vonnegut; I have read Sirens of Titan a bunch of times.

17. Can you read while hearing music? 

Unless it is quiet classical music, no.

18. One POV or multiple POV’s? (POV’s = Point of views) 

I don’t have a preference either way, but I have been bothered by multiple POV books lately because of the way some authors choose to not indicate the POV, or add new ones halfway through. I don’t like being confused or having to spend time figuring out who this person is.

It can be done really well, and in those cases I love seeing the story from other sides. But when it is jarring and confusing to follow, or doesn’t really add to the overall narrative… not so much.

19. Do you read a book in one sitting or over multiple days? 

Both depending on time and level of engagement with the story. I am sadly an Adult with a fulltime job, so during the week I usually only have about 2 hours before I wind down for bed. If a book is super good, I will fall asleep with it in my hands.


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

I honestly cannot think of anything I have already read, but I do have a couple on my TBR right now. Such as Bride of the Sea

My Tags: Mel @ meltotheany, Amy @ A Court of Crowns and Quills, Reading Through Life, and anyone else that is interested—consider yourself tagged! If you do this tag be sure to link back to this post so I can see your answers!


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