Today I am taking part in another book tag – this is one my sister Jess did over on her blog, Bookends and Endings, and although she did not tag anyone, I thought it looked like a lot of fun! The point of this tag is that there are lots of questions, but the answers are short and to the point, which I think will be quite refreshing (especially as I think I tend to waffle on a bit sometimes, accidentally). So on with the tag!
- E-book or physical book?
One hundred percent physical books – I do have a kindle, which I use from time to time, but I far prefer having a physical book to hold when I’m reading.
- Paperback or hardback?
I think paperbacks, as they are generally cheaper and more portable, but I do have a few hardbacks that I absolutely adore!
- Online or in-store book shopping?
In store book shopping is literally my favourite thing! I could spend hours in a bookstore, browsing for books, and I force my friends to come book shopping with me every time we are anywhere near a shop!
- Trilogies or series?
I think in general, I prefer trilogies, as I think that is just about long enough to develop a really amazing plot without dragging out the story too much. However, my favourite series is The Mortal Instruments, and I could read book after book from Cassandra Clare!
- Heroes or villains?
Probably heroes, as I can’t really think of a villain I particularly love off the top of my head.
- A book you want everyone to read?
I have been recommending The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood to everybody recently – if you haven’t read this, I really think you should, as it’s such an important and stunningly written story.
- Recommend an underrated book?
I can’t think of any YA off the top of my head, that I think is underrated. I did, however, absolutely love A Room With A View by E. M. Forster, and I would love to hear everyone else’s thoughts on it – it seems to be a classic that nobody really talks about!
- The last book you finished?
The Lover’s Dictionary by David Levithan.
- The last book you bought?
Shirley by Charlotte Bronte.
- Weirdest thing you’ve used as a bookmark?
I’m not sure, but I think I once used a calculator as a bookmark (I’m assuming I was supposed to be doing maths homework at the time)!
- Used books: yes or no?
Yes, but only if the spine is in good condition (I only have two books on my shelves with bent spines, and honestly, if I didn’t love both books, I probably would have gotten rid of them)
- Top three favourite genres?
YA (yes, I know it’s not technically a genre, but still), romance and fantasy.
- Borrow or buy?
I do prefer to buy books, but I probably borrow them more – if I bought every book I read, I would be permanently broke, so buying books is more of a treat thing for me.
- Characters or plot?
Can I say both? It has to be both – if a book is lacking a good plot or good characters, it’ll ruin it for me!
- Long or short books?
Neither, I think – of course, there are both long and short books that I’ve really loved before; however, in general I find short books hard to get emotionally invested in, and long books can sometimes drag on slightly.
- Long or short chapters?
It honestly doesn’t matter to me – I know this is probably a bit weird, but I’ve never really used chapters as a way to mark my place. I usually just stop mid-chapter anyway, so it doesn’t make a difference if the chapter is long or short!
- Name the first three books you think of . . .
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern, The Power by Naomi Alderman, and Brave New World by Aldous Huxley.
- Books that made you laugh or cry?
A book that made me laugh is the hilarious Freshers by Tom Ellen and Lucy Ivison; I honestly can’t think of a book that made me cry. I’m practically incapable at crying because of stories.
- Our world or fictional worlds?
Ooh, I absolutely love a well-developed fictional world (a huge number of my favourite books are High Fantasy novels)!
- Audiobooks: yes or no?
I suppose no? I have nothing against audiobooks, and do want to try one at some point, but I haven’t listened to one in about ten years. I did listened to them a fair amount as a child.
- Do you ever judge a book by its cover?
Well, yes – doesn’t everyone? Obviously I try not to, but I can’t help but be put off of a book if it has a truly awful cover. That said, I won’t buy a book just for the cover – I have to be really intrigued by the plot, and then a pretty cover is just a bonus!
- Book to movie or book to TV adaptations?
Book to movie, definitely. If a book is adapted to a TV show, it just gives too much opportunity to mess around with the plot, which can ruin it for me. However, I do think TV shows have more time to develop the characters, and so that can be a positive.
- A movie or TV-show you preferred to its book?
I preferred the film of The Maze Runner to the book – it was actually the film that inspired me to read the trilogy, but the first film remained by very part of it all!
- Series or standalones?
I think a series, as it normally allows a book to have more depth, but I have also read some really amazing standalones (an example being Heartless by Marissa Meyer).
- Liv from Liv’s Wonderful Escape
- Lia from Lost in a Story
- Kelly from Kelly’s Rambles
- Steph from A Little But A Lot
- Amy from Golden Books Girl