I’ve never done one of these before, so bear with me! I got the idea to do this tag from Bionic Book Worm‘s lovely blog.
1 – E-book or physical book?
I guess I’m a hybrid reader in that I read physical books and on my Kindle. I do read all my ARCs on my Kindle, so it gets a lot of mileage, but I much prefer physical books.
2 – Paperback or hardcover?
Paperback. Unless it’s a really beautiful edition or something I’m desperate to get my hands on, I like paperbacks. They feel much less formal, if that makes sense. I can chuck them in my purse or read in the tub and not worry about messing them up.
3 – Online or in store book shopping?
In store all the way! I love to browse and don’t often go into a bookshop with specific titles in mind. I like to wander up and down the aisles for hours (no joke, hours. Poor Scottish Boyfriend) and you just don’t get that experience with an online retailer. Until websites figure out a way to replicate this, I’ll stick to my shops.
4 – Trilogies or series?
This is a tough one. As a crazed fantasy reader, there’s nothing better than a sprawling, 10-book series that is complete. Also, there’s also nothing worse than a sprawling, 10-book series that isn’t finished yet. I love Brandon Sanderson’s The Stormlight Archives and am really struggling with the fact that only the first two books are out. I want to read it all now! However, there is nothing more satisfying than a well-rounded series. Joe Abercrombie and Robin Hobb are total pros at this. The story lasts exactly as long as it needs to and doesn’t get overly complicated (ahem — George R. R. Martin and Robert Jordan).
5 – Heroes or villains?
Villains! Heroes are boring! Give me a complex, deliciously evil villain any day. I do like grey-area characters the best though.
6 – A book you want everyone to read
Where’d You Go, Bernadette is absolutely incredible. So, so funny.
7 – Recommend an underrated book
I am pretty sure it’s not underrated in the land of crime fiction, but I rarely see crime fic mentioned here. The Black House by Peter May is a stunning book. So good, so creepy, so twisty and turney. He builds up this very real world in such a way that really captures the starkness of the Scottish landscape. Seriously one of the best books I’ve read in awhile.
8 – The last book you finished
I finished Heartless by Marissa Meyer last night. Honestly, I wasn’t impressed. A review is forthcoming!
9 – The last book you bought
I picked up Caraval by Stephanie Garber and The Sin Eater’s Daughter by Melissa Salisbury. Both of these grabbed my attention because of all the Instagram and blogging attention they’re getting. They’ve both got beautiful covers!
10 – Weirdest thing you’ve used as a bookmark
Probably a 20 franc note long after the introduction of the Euro. I wasn’t going to be spending it anytime soon.
11 – Used books, yes or no?
Totally! I love used books because you get the sense that they were well-loved before someone decided to give them up for whatever reason. I’ve fallen out of the habit of buying used books because NYC had so few used bookshops. Now that I’m in the UK, I’ve got to start looking for those shops.
12 – Top 3 favourite genres?
Probably fantasy, then science fiction, and nonfiction history.
13 – Borrow or buy?
Buy! And then aggressively lend.
14 – Characters or plot?
Characters. I’m always so interested in why people do what they do! I also love explorations of human behaviour, which is why science fiction is such a big favorite for me.
15 – Long or short books?
Long, so long as it has been well edited and written. Sometimes books can drag on when trimming was really needed.
16 – Long or short chapters?
Either really. A short chapter — a page or less — can be a really effective storytelling tool.
17 – Name the first three books you think of.
The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh
Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
Binti: Home by Nnedi Okorafor
18 – Books that made you laugh or cry.
When I was a student in Edinburgh, I picked up A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness. I thought it would be a fun, creepy book. Nope. About 15 pages in I figured out what was going on and just sobbed for the rest of the book. I think I read it in only a couple of hours. Yeeeesh. What a good book, but don’t read it if you’re sad.
19 – Our world or fictional worlds?
Fictional worlds or worlds that are like our own, but slightly different.
20 – Audiobooks: yes or no?
Sure! I find that I get the most out of nonfiction audio books. I haven’t quite adjusted to the idea of audiobooks but I’d really like to give them more of a shot.
21 – Do you ever judge a book by it’s cover?
ALWAYS. I think it’s really silly to pretend that we don’t do it to some extent. The cover is the first thing we see and therefore one of the main reasons most of us will stop to take a look.
22 – A movie or TV show you preferred to the book?
The Shining. I love them both, but do prefer the movie. It’s an absolute masterpiece and I refuse to ever watch it again.
23 – Series or standalone?
It really depends, but I do love a strong standalone. I feel authors lean more toward series these days, which makes total sense, but it’s nice to have a book that is its own story and wraps up nicely.
That’s all! Have you done this tag? Have you done tags that you really liked? Give me a shout below!