I don’t often do tags on my blog, but I was tagged by Shanah at Bionic Bookworm to do this tag. So here we go!
1 – How many books is too many books in a series?
This is a tough one! I love my long fantasy epics like Wheel of Time, but I also recognise that not every series should be 15 books long. I think a nice middle ground is a 3-5 books unless there really is a truly epic story to tell. I’m not afraid of a long series.
A nice solution to this is also a series of companion novels like Emma Newman’s Planetfall books! Are you sick of me talking about her yet?
2 – How do you feel about cliff hangers?
Cliffhangers don’t usually get to me! Sure I’ll look forward to reading the next one, but I don’t often have the “AHHHHHHHHH” reaction. I’m not sure what’s wrong with me. Maybe I have no soul.
3 – Hardback or Paperback?
Either really! I love a good paperback but there’s something to love about hardbacks, especially if it’s a pretty book. I always buy the hardback when I can if it’s a particularly lovely cover.
4 – Favourite book?
Literally the worst question to ask a book lover. If I had to choose, probably The Last Argument of Kings or Best Served Cold by Joe Abercrombie or A Closed and Common Orbit by Becky Chambers. If you want a classier answer, North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell is absolutely wonderful, or Lord of the Rings by Tolkien.
5 – Least favourite book?
Ooh, a tough one. I don’t often read books I hate because, well, I avoid them. I tend to be good at predicting what books just wont be for me so I don’t waste my time. But I am very outspoken about my hatred for A Court of Thorns and Roses. I hate that fucking book.
6 – Love triangles, yes or no?
Nah. I don’t think I’ve ever met a love triangle I liked.
7 – The most recent book you just couldn’t finish?
Space Opera by Catherynne M. Valente. I even wrote about why!
8 – A book you’re currently reading?
Kings of the Wyld by Nicholas Eames! I’m buddy reading this with the marvelous Bethan of Bethan May Books and am really loving it.
9 – The last book you recommended to someone?
Hmm, probably City of Stairs, which I thumped Scottish Fiance over the head with until he agreed to read it. He’s loving it, so I feel super smug.
10 – The oldest book you’ve read (publication date)?
Probably Beowulf. I love that book so much and was the only one in my class who did when I read it for school.
11 – Newest book you’ve read (publication date)
Legendary by Stephanie Garber. It comes out at the end of May, and I reviewed it here!
12 – Favourite author?
Urg. Another awful question for a book lover. I’ll go with Emma Newman, Becky Chambers, Joe Abercrombie, Brandon Sanderson, Isaac Asimov, or Leigh Bardugo.
13 – Buying books or borrowing books?
Buying, which is slightly problematic. I’m running out of shelf space! I am, however, turning more often to my local library. I’m very fortunate to have such a huge central library and a smaller branch close to home.
14 – A book you dislike that everyone else seems to love?
A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas or Heartless by Marissa Meyer spring to mind. Ugh.
15 – Bookmarks or dog ears?
Either! Fight me.
16 – A book you can always reread?
Fellowship of the Ring or Cranford! Both are very much comfort reads.
17 – Can you read while hearing music?
Absolutely not. I often read while listening to rain sounds though. It helps get me in the zone.
18 – One POV or multiple POV’s (POV = points of view)
It really doesn’t matter so long as the single POV is interesting or the multiple POV’s aren’t overwhelming. I think 3 POV characters is more than enough, however there are exceptions to this (A Song of Ice and Fire or Wheel of Time are the shining examples).
19 – Do you read a book in one sitting or over multiple days?
Depends on the book! I can get really into a book and read it in a single day/sitting. I can also pull that out into multiple days. It really depends on the story and genre. I have found that the more involved I am with various forms of book blogging, the fewer one-sitting reading sessions I’ve had.
20 – A book you’ve read because of the cover?
An Enchantment of Ravens. What a disappointment.
I also read Strange the Dreamer based on the cover, which I absolutely loved.