Another day, another book tag! Since books are such a great subject to talk about – and I can’t read a book a day for a new review – book tags are the best solution. This way, I can still write about books while I get some more time to finish my next one. So, this time around, it’s time for the big 20 Questions Book Tag! It’s in the name: here are twenty fun bookish questions and my answers to them!
1. How many books is too many books in a series?
I’ve read a lot of big series (The Wheel of Time series, the Sword of Truth series, most Dragonlance books) and I feel that I’ve reached a point in my reading life that yes, there is a thing like too many books in a series. More than ten is a big no-no from me from the start. I won’t pick up that series at all. More than five really depends on the series. Harry Potter, duh. And I’ve also started in the Bone Season series, which will also have seven books in total. But for me personally, a standalone, duology or trilogy are the best.
2. How do you feel about cliffhangers?
I hate them. But honestly, I totally understand them at the same time. It’s a pain when a book ends in a very huge cliffhanger and you have to wait for a year or more to find out how things proceed. For instance, bookwise, I am still unsure if Jon Snow survives. Having seen the Game of Thrones series and looking into my heart, I know Jon Snow is alive, but I still have to wait for Winds of Winter to know 100% for sure. Also a master of cliffhangers: Rick Riordan. Luckily, he writes a book each year. But I like it better to read a series that’s already finished, so the cliffhangers don’t hurt as much.
3. Hard copy or paperback?
Paperback, because these books are so much cheaper and that way I can spend more money on books. Also, they are easier to read since they aren’t as heavy. But yes, hardbacks are prettier. I totally agree. So I do own my fair share of hardbacks.
4. Favourite book?
I couldn’t possibly choose. But if somebody asks for a recommendation, I will always answer with Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman. It’s one of my all-time favorites. It takes place in my favorite city, London. And more importantly, it introduced me to my favorite author: Neil Gaiman. Neverwhere is a book for lovers of all genres and I’ve never heard anybody not liking it. Other favorites are Harry Potter, Eleanor & Park, The Crows duology, All the Bright Places and pretty much anything by Mr. Gaiman. And obviously, I am forgetting so many books right now I will skip to the next question.
5. Least favourite book?
I don’t finish books I don’t like. But I do dislike a lot of books. One of those is Twilight. It always pains my heart when somebody I respect claims this to be one of their all time favorite books. There is so much wrong with it… To each their own I guess. But please reconsider your answer if you want to answer question 4 with Twilight. Please. Read some better books.
6. Love triangles, yes or no?
Yes, if it fits into the story. No, if it’s just lazy writing.
7. The most recent book you just couldn’t finish?
I almost never DNF a book. But, if a book takes to long for me to read, I will put it aside for some time to pick it up again later. The most recent one of those is A Study in Charlotte. I’ve started it, liked it, but could never really get into the story. So for now, it’s sitting on my shelve waiting for me to pick it up again some day soon.
8. A book you’re currently reading?
I love how this question says ‘a’ book and not ‘the’ book since I’m always reading multiple books at once. I feel you, book tag. I just finished The Man Who Didn’t Call today on my e-reader, so I have to pick a new book from my digital shelves as soon as I finish this piece. I’m thinking about the latest Stephen King, The Outsider.
9. Last book you recommended to someone?
Surprise surprise, that was Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman.
10. Oldest book you’ve read?
I honestly don’t know, but probably Romeo & Juliet by William Shakespeare. Let me quickly check Wikipedia, brb. [*insert catchy waiting tune*] Ah yes, it actually is Romeo and Juliet. I’ve read more by Wills, but they all have a (probable) later writing date. I can’t think of anything older I’ve read at the moment.
11. The newest book you’ve read?
12. Favourite author?
Neil Gaiman, obviously. Other auto-buy authors for me are Leigh Bardugo, Rainbow Rowell and Rick Riordan.
13. Buying books or borrowing books?
Buying books. I have a serious book buying problem. I hardly ever borrow books. For one, hardly anyone I know has the books I want to read and secondly, it puts too much pressure on me for reading a book ‘on time’. Besides, I love buying books and owning them.
14. A book you dislike that everyone seems to like?
Take a look at question 5 here. I can’t honestly understand why there are people who love Twilight so very, very much. Again, please reconsider your choices. Another answer to this question is The Mortal Instruments but for those books I can understand why people love them. These just weren’t the books for me. That happens.
15. Bookmarks or dogears?
DON’T HURT THE BOOKS MAN. Bookmarks all the way. But I can honestly use anything flat (movie ticket, receipt, etc) as a bookmark. I don’t collect them and I don’t really get why so many people have a huuuuge bookmark collection. Can anybody tell me what’s the appeal?
16. A book you can always re-read
The Harry Potter series.
17. Can you read whilst hearing music?
I can, but if I have the choice, I prefer to read in silence.
18. One POV or multiple POV’s?
It honestly depends on the story. Some books are much better told from just one perspective. While other books thrive by having multiple POV characters. I mean, Harry Potter only has one POV and that’s all it needs. And Six of Crows/Crooked Kingdom has multiple POV’s and I can’t imagine those books any other way. So I love both kinds of books.
19. Do you read a book in one sitting or over multiple days?
I work full-time, have a toddler at home and a social life. So no, I never can finish a book in one sitting. It always takes me multiple days and sometimes even weeks. Does it really matter? NO. I don’t get why people are always, always bragging when they can read a book in one day/are a very fast reader. Let everybody have their own pace, please. Everybody is different. Love to all readers of all kinds!
20. One book you read because of the cover
Err… Nothing comes to minds right away. The books I’ve read this year are all books I wanted to read anyway, no matter how the cover looked. That said, I would have picked up Language of Thorns just for the cover and the drawings inside, if I hadn’t already decided on reading it. I mean, just look at how gorgeous it is:
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