20 Questions

I saw this tag on The Orangutan Librarian’s Blog and decided to do it for myself! Here are my answers to 20 bookish questions!

How many books are too many books in a series?

This really depends on the series and if the storyline is something that the author could keep going. For example, I’d never say no to another Harry Potter book (I mean, could anyone?!), I’ve read 16 of the 17 Women’s Murder Club books, and I’m DYING for the Winds of Winter to get released; however there are other series where I couldn’t imagine them going beyond their third book.

How do you feel about cliffhangers?

Ugh. Cliffhangers – this is a love hate relationship. They’re SO good when they’re done right but I’m going to be honest, I love them just a little more when I have the next book lined up and ready to go.

Hardcover or Paperback?

Hardcover. They just hold up better and have a longer lifespan. Books are meant to be shared and passed down and you just don’t get the same longevity out of a paperback. I do buy paperback because of the cost but if I can get a good deal on a hardcover I’ll always choose it over paperback.

Favorite Book?

My all-time favorite book is the Perks of Being a Wallflower, though I haven’t read it years – it’s a book that stays with you. My favorite books this year have been Circe by Madeline Miller and How to Walk Away by Katherine Center.

Least Favorite Book?

My least favorite book is Dark Places by Gillian Flynn – I had such high expectations for it because I loved her book Sharp Objects but this one just didn’t deliver for me.

Love triangles – yes or no?

Eh – I can do without it unless it really adds to the storyline.

The most recent book you just couldn’t finish?

Salt Houses – I was so excited to read this, the synopsis and reviews made it feel like such a strong and beautiful story but when I finally started it, I couldn’t make it past the second chapter. It may have just been my headspace but the writing just felt too heavy. I’d like to revisit it one day and give it another chance.

A book you’re currently reading

I’m currently reading When Life Gives You Lululemons and I’m OBSESSED!

Last book you recommended to someone

The last book I recommended to someone was The Oracle Year

The oldest book you read – publication date

I’ve read the complete works of William Shakespeare but since these weren’t written with the intention of being a book, I believe the oldest book I’ve read is Little Women – published in 1869

The newest book you read – publication date

The newest book I’ve read is #FashionVictim – set to release in September 2018.

Favorite Author

If I had to pick a favorite author I think I’d have to go with JK Rowling. Her ability to create an entirely new world and pull you into it is unparalleled. A close second would be George R.R. Martin for the same reason – the multidimensional world he’s created, the way he’s connected storylines, its absolute genius. The ONLY reason I put him second to JK Rowling is because GOT isn’t as universally appealing as Harry Potter. They are both such unbelievably talented writers.

Buying books or borrowing books

I prefer buying books. I feel that when you finish a really good book it becomes a piece of you and I just wouldn’t want to give it back. (I also prefer not to loan my books out because I rarely get them back).

A book you disliked that everyone else seemed to like

I think this question has to swing back to my answer for my least favorite book – Dark Places by Gillian Flynn.

Bookmarks or dog ears?

Bookmarks! I like to keep those pages as pristine as possible.

A book you can always read.

Harry Potter – without a doubt.

Can you read while hearing music?

It depends on if the music has lyrics and the volume. Music with lyrics makes it hard for me to concentrate because my mind automatically wants to sing along, if its volume is really low though it doesn’t bother me as much. Music without lyrics, like classical, doesn’t bother me at all and I actually find it helps me to concentrate better.

One point of view or multiple points of view.

Both! I love the dimensions that multiple points of view brings to a story but I wouldn’t want to read every book like that. It’s safe to say I appreciate them both equally.

Do you read a book in one sitting or over multiple days?

This depends on the book and how much free time I have. If I’m really into a book I can sit down on a Sunday and fly through the whole thing in one sitting. If I don’t have a lot of time, if it’s a heavier read, or if I’m just not that into it, it may take me a few days to get through it.

A book you read because of the cover

The Trust – and I ended up really liking it so I’m glad I picked it up!