I saw this floating around some of my book circles, and while I wasn’t directly tagged, there were a few kind souls who tagged “whoever wants to do this” for all of us unpopular folks, so bless your kind souls and all-inclusive tags. Before you get the bottom, my tag is the same. If you feel like talking about books and want something to go off of, consider yourself tagged. (These are some great questions, too.)
1. How many books is too many books in a book series?
This really depends on the series. There are a few that I would read no matter how many were published, and I don’t necessarily consider them outliers, but the world needs to be set up right for it to happen. In a lot of cases it’s hard to push five books without starting to look like the author is reaching hard to find new things to write about, so I think that would have to be my safe answer.
2. How do you feel about cliffhangers?
It depends how easily I can access the rest of the material. But if I’m forced to suffer a cliffhanger with no resolution in sight, or ever, I hope the author steps on a lego.
3. Hardcopy or paperback?
Aesthetically, hard cover almost always. Logistically, paperback. They’re so much easier for me to hold.
So of course my answer is hard cover. I’ll deal with the discomfort if it means the aesthetic is better. It’s true for my wardrobe and true for just about everything else.
4. Favourite book
Oh, you can’t do this to me. This is an impossible question. I’ll give a few different favorites, each for different reasons, how’s that?
- Mistborn: The Final Empire, by Brandon Sanderson. This was the paragon of a classic, quality, epic fantasy. The world, the characters, the lore, the story, the creativity, I liked every single thing about this book, and it was a return to the stories I’d always loved so much as a kid. It was all-around solid.
- Where The Red Fern Grows, by Wilson Rawls. This book destroyed my heart and I’m pretty sure caused some irreparable damage. I don’t think any other book will surpass just how emotional this one made me, and this includes series I grew up with and consider favorites, like Harry Potter. I will never touch this book again in my life because I don’t think I could handle it, but it speaks to just how connected I was to this book. I’m near tears just writing about it. It was also the only book ever to make my dad cry.
- Mossflower, by Brian Jacques. This was the book that got me started on the Redwall series, and when I mentioned series that could go on forever and I’d read every one, Redwall is one of them. This was my childhood before Harry Potter, and I remember so well reading the descriptions of great battles, wonderful feasts, and a huge cast of brave and amazing characters. I got sucked into this series so quickly, and while I can point to multiple books in this series I love, I’ll always first think of the story of Mossflower and Tsarmina.
5. Least favourite book
This is the easiest question here. Heart of Darkness, by Joseph Conrad. I had to read it three times over the course of my school years, and as I got older and began to appreciate classics more, I thought I’d finally understand why everyone loved this book so much.
But no, it’s terrible.
6. Love Triangles, yes or no?
I’m generally not a fan, if only because they usually come attached to one of my least favorite tropes, Characters Who Never Communicate At All Ever And Opt Instead To Create Unnecessary Angst. Free of this, I suppose they can be all right, but I don’t look for them.
7. The most recent book you just couldn’t finish
I don’t leave books unfinished, so I can’t really answer. But the one I came closest to not finishing was Room, by Emma Donoghue. It wasn’t because the book was bad, though I’m finding I have difficulty with books written from a very young child’s perspective. But that combined with the very triggering subject matter was almost enough to make me put it down quickly.
8. Book you’re currently reading
Seafire, by Natalie C. Parker, and Soft on Soft, by Em Ali, though I have about a dozen on my wait list at the library. I haven’t technically started Soft on Soft yet, but it’s open on my Kindle for after I finish Seafire, which I am really, really enjoying. I’m so glad I picked this up.
9. Last book you recommended to someone
The Cheerleaders, by Kara Thomas. There was never a dull moment, it got really deep very quickly, and the ending just blew me away. I recommended this to anyone who wanted a good YA mystery-esque book, but it was such a good example of solid plotting. There were so many different things going on, but everything clicked into place at the end. Combine that with the stunning last-minute reveal, and it was definitely worth sharing.
I’ve also highly recommended A Girl Behind Dark Glasses, by Jessica Taylor-Bearman, which I read earlier this year.
10. Oldest book you’ve read?
I don’t have any idea. Maybe The Iliad?
11. Newest book you’ve read?
Since I haven’t technically finished the other ones yet, this probably has to go to Learning Curves, by Ceillie Simkiss. It was the first I pre-ordered in a while because the premise captured me instantly, and it was worth the read.
12. Favorite Author
You’re doing it again, asking questions like that. This is really tough. I’d probably have to say Brian Jacques, Tolkein, Brandon Sanderson, and maybe Rowling if she could stop doing stuff on Twitter.
13. Buying books?
Of course. As much as I love the library and go there very often, I need books of my own!
14. A book you dislike that everyone else seems to love
American Gods. I don’t leave books unfinished, but this book put that to the test, and this time it was actually because I was just not enjoying the book at all. I’ve been told to look at Anansi Boys instead, but… we’ll see.
15. Bookmarks or dog earring?
Bookmarks, always. Don’t. Bend. My. Books.
16. A book you can always reread.
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone comes to mind. Nostalgia is some of it, but it’s that perfect introduction to a wonderful world that isn’t yet too dark and serious. It’s those first few steps of a wonderful adventure to come and I’ll always find comfort in it.
17. Can you read while listening to music?
18. One POV or multiple POVs?
I usually say one, but I’ve seen some creative uses of multiple POVs (usually third person, which I love even more) that I’ve really enjoyed.
19. Do you read a book in one sitting or over multiple days?
When I come across a book that’s so good I can read it in one sitting, I love doing that.
20. One book you read because of the cover
The School for Good and Evil, by Soman Chainani. It really was a gorgeous cover. I have regrets, though, because it’s probably one of the books I’ve enjoyed the least in… well, ever.