I saw this book tag on @Genie in a Novel‘s page and decided to take part. I don’t know whose tag this originally is so if you know could you please tell me in the comments section so I can give them credit and link back to the original tag.
So here we go!
1. How many books are too many in a series?
More than 1!!! I am not really a fan of series and much prefer reading a standalone book. To me there’s something so beautiful about a story that is perfectly encapsulated in one book. I find that I am more deeply moved by books that are standalones rather than series.
2. How do you feel about cliffhanger endings?
Don’t particularly love them if the next book has not yet been released!!! But if the ending is more of an open style then I am perfectly okay with that.
3. Hardback or paperback?
Paperback. Even though hardbacks are prettier to look at it has to be paperback. My wrists and hands get sore from holding up books that are too heavy!
4. Favourite book?
The Catcher in the Rye by JD Salinger. I know this book is like marmite in that some people (like me) adore it and some people loathe it!! There doesn’t seem to be a middle ground with Holden Caulfield but to me he is perfectly imperfect.
5. Least Favourite book?
Angela’s Ashes by Frank McCourt. I loathed this book and only read it because it was so talked about at the time of its release. To me this book maudlin, over-sentimentalised, disingenuous, miserable, clichéd hack. It sent me into a book slump that lasted a number of years, or more accurately a phase of book avoidance, such was my abject experience reading it.
6. Love triangles : yes or no?
Yes. When a love triangle is done well it can really be a beautiful piece of writing full of pain and torment, love and betrayal. But frequently love triangles are used as melodramatic plot devices that are put in place just to slow the inevitable happily ever after that the two main characters will have and that’s just lazy writing.
7. The most recent book you couldn’t finish?
Charming as Puck by Pippa Grant. I don’t normally read NA or Hockey Romances as this book is but it was a book group read so I tried. Chapter 1 was appalling. Wanted to DNF by about the third page but persisted and then could only make it to the middle of chapter 3. Utterly puerile and just not my thing at all.
8. A book you’re currently reading?
American Royals by Katherine McGee. It is frothy, frivolous fun and I am enjoying it so far.
9. Last book you recommended?
Lie With Me by Philippe Besson. I recommended it to a friend on Goodreads because it is a truly wonderful LGBTQ+ book and she likes to read diversely. It is a beautiful story of first love and how it changes your life and explores the impact of homophobia and the divisions of social classes.
10. Oldest book you’ve read?
Homer’s The Iliad. And what a brilliant book it is too. Although personally I prefer The Odyssey.
11. Newest book you’ve read?
My Dark Vanessa by Kate Elizabeth Russell. A truly thought provoking and important read about the narratives that we give to victims of sexual abuse. It is not released until January 2020 but I urge every reader out there to pick it up upon publishing.
12. Favourite author?
Jane Austen. I utterly adore her books. They are my happy place.
13. Buying books or borrowing?
Both??? I am a frequent user of my local library system but I also like to buy the books by my favourite authors as and when funds allow.
14. A book that you disliked that everyone seems to love?
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. It bored me. In fact it sent me to sleep on a number occasions. I found both the plot and character descriptions to be lacking and yeah… I just do not understand the hype around this book.
15. Bookmarks or dog ears?
Bookmarks. I have a rather sizeable collection of bookmarks so I always have one to hand. And if all else fails I would use a shopping receipt or any scrap of paper I could get my hands on. I am a big believer in writing in books but I just cannot dog ear them!!!
16. A book that you always reread?
Pride and Prejudice. I will never get tired of it.
17. Can you read while listening to music?
Yes and no! It depends on the book and the music! I have a playlist for reading on my iPod and it contains only instrumental pieces of music from Bach to Maxence Cyrin, Message to Bears to scores from my favourite films particularly the soundtracks to Schindler’s List, Twilight, City of Angels, Titanic and One Day.
18. One POV or multiple POVs?
I prefer a singular PoV. I feel I can get a deeper connection with a single character rather than a book that jumps around from character to character.
19. Do you read a book in one sitting or over multiple days?
Multiple sittings that don’t necessarily take multiple days but I rarely would read in one sitting. I get too tired and need to take breaks no matter how much I may be enjoying the book.
20. Who do you tag?
I am going to tag my friend Sam @A Book Haven. I also want to give her a big shout out because she is the person who has been constantly supporting me as I have started out on my book blogging journey. She’s a fabulous friend and a really great book blogger who not only blogs about her reads but also her writing and is definitely worth a follow.
If anyone who reads this feels like taking part in this tag then consider yourself tagged too and make sure to let me know in the comments below if you do decide to take part.
And that’s the Twenty Questions Book Tag done and dusted! What do you guys think of my answers? Any opinions that we share or that we don’t? Let me know in the comments below.