Rapid Fire Book Tag

I was tagged by Naz to do this long as hell, Rapid Fire book tag, so you can blame him for whatever you read here. Or me. Or both. Mostly me, though. 

eBooks or physical books?

I’m a little torn here, because I do probably 60% of my reading in eBook form, with another 30% in audiobook. I re-read in physical books, and I get library books in physical form, but that’s it. think if I had to pick one, it would have to be physical books, though, because I can’t force people to read books that they can’t access.

Paperback or hardback?

I like owning hardbacks, because they last longer when you’re loaning them out to people who aren’t always careful with your books, but I love reading from paperbacks. I love the way you can absolutely tell how many times a book has been read by the creases in the cover and spine. I’ve had a few of my paperbacks since elementary school, and you can see at a glance exactly how “well loved” those books are.

Online or in-store book shopping?

I do absolutely all of my book shopping online, because I live in the middle of nowhere, and it’s an hour’s drive to the nearest bookstore, and that would cost more than shipping through B&N where I have a membership.

Trilogies or series?

Series’. Always series’. I always want more information about the worlds I’ve immersed myself in, and the characters I’ve met throughout the books.

Heroes or villains?

Both? Both is good. I love a well-crafted villain, but I also love a hero who has to get their shit in order. It’s fabulous. And you can’t have one without the other, so both.

A book you want everyone to read?

Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Cordova. I will never get tired of recommending this book to people. Ever. (Read the review here!)

Recommend an underrated book.

Heart’s Blood by Juliet Marillier

Used books, yes or no?

Yes, absolutely! They’re the only reason I could afford books when I was younger. If I had anywhere to buy used books here, I’d buy them all the time.

Top three favorite genres?

Fantasy, Science Fiction and Memoirs are my favorite genres. These are the genres I wind up reading all the time. I love to escape into different worlds, with different voices, which is why I love to read these genres. Memoirs also help me learn more about the way people think.

Weirdest thing you used as a bookmark?

A knitting needle, with a scarf on it. I don’t have a picture, but Boy was judging me pretty hard for it – with good reason! I’d been working on the scarf and trying to read at the same time. It wasn’t working very well!

Borrow or buy?

Borrow until you know you love it, then buy it. That’s my purchase philosophy – both because I’m a little bit broke, and because I have very little space for books (or anything else for that matter) in my apartment. I only buy the ones I will definitely want to reread or loan out to friends and family.

Characters or plot?

You can’t have one do well without the other, but characters are absolutely more important to me when I’m reading a book. The plot can be fun as hell, but if the characters are one dimensional, I won’t find myself caring about it at all.

Long or short book?

Depends on the book. I usually prefer more, but I do enjoy a short book on occasion. Sometimes short and to the point is exactly what a book needs.

Long or short chapters?

I honestly don’t ever think about chapter length? Maybe that’s weird, but it never occurred to me.

Name the first three books you think of.

Of Fire & Stars by Audrey Coulthurst

Lucky Boy by Shanthi Sekaran

Before We Visit the Goddess by Chitra Banerjee Divakuruni

Books that make you laugh or cry?

I can’t think of a book I enjoyed that hasn’t made me laugh or cry. I’m very expressive with my emotions, and that includes when it comes to books and movies.

Our world of fictional worlds?

Fictional, almost always. Like I said earlier, escapism is one of my favorite parts of reading, and the real world has too many real world implications a lot of the time.

Do you ever judge a book by its cover?

Yup. I was an art major once upon a time, and a sucky cover has made me not pick something off the shelf, unless I know it’s good. I also check the synopsis, though. I’m not a complete monster.

Audiobooks: yes or no?

It really depends on the book, but in 2016 I started listening to audiobooks and I’ve loved a lot of them. I’ve particularly enjoyed listening to memoirs on audiobook, because they’re usually read by the author. It makes them feel much more intimate and friendly.

Book to movie or book to TV adaptation?

Generally, I prefer a book to TV adaptation, because it gives the writers more space to flesh out the story, and gives us a chance to see more of our favorite places & characters!

A movie or TV adaptation you preferred to the book?

I actually don’t like Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice that much. Shameful, I know. But the BBC version with Jennifer Ehle and Colin Firth knocks my socks off every single time I watch it. It’s just stunning.

Series or standalone?

Usually a series, because I love the extra information and character development. I’m a sucker like that.

I’m not going to tag anyone, but this was really fun to do! Take a stab at it and link me to it!

4 thoughts on “Rapid Fire Book Tag

  1. I love reading everyone’s answers to this – I’m so nosy, I love learning about people’s book habits! I didn’t realise that you listened to so many audiobooks. I’ve never been able to get on with them, because I always zone out at some point and realise I’ve missed lots of stuff. I imagine listening to a memoir read by the author would be really cool, though!

    And LOL I’ve done the exact same thing with my knitting needles.

    1. Knitting needles make such good bookmarks! I’ve found that listening while I’m doing things with my hands – dishes, knitting, driving, etc, that I don’t zone out, but I get that they aren’t everyone’s thing!

  2. Love your answers! Also, I love that you recommended Labyrinth Lost, I NEED to read that book as soon as I can. I keep hearing wonderful things about it 🙂 And it’s so hard for me to choose between series and standalones. I love both so much, but when I love a world, I’m glad to be able to explore it longer in a series 🙂

    1. You absolutely need to read Labyrinth Lost! It’s amazing! And we’re getting two more books! 🙂 I’m definitely a series person generally, but there are some standalones that I love.

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