Happy Thursday my lovely peeps🐣!
There’s no review today as I have one for tomorrow’s blog tour stop. Instead, here’s a book tag that I’ve been meaning to do since *checks calendar* LAST YEAR. I had been scrolling around and looking for book tag ideas and found this one on Zezee’s “A Long List of Book Tags“, thought it was a fun tag, and like my TBR books, simply never got back to actually doing it.
I’m not sure who started/created this tag, but a big shout-out, and thanks, to you because I had a lot of fun with this post!
1. How Many Books Is Too Many Books In a Series?
If it’s anything contemporary, I don’t mind if it’s endless. Sandford’s Prey series has 31 books, 32 later this year and I wouldn’t mind if there were 32 more books coming out afterwards. For most other genres, I like to keep the book count under 7 or 8 books.
2. How Do You Feel About Cliffhangers?
I absolutely adore cliffhanger chapters, especially if there’s multiple POVs in the book and one character’s danger won’t be addressed until maybe even several chapters later! However, I’m not as much of a fan of book ending cliffhangers, mainly because I know I won’t have access to the next book for a while. The good thing though is that they make me want to continue reading the series!
3. Hardback or Paperback?
A while ago, I may have told you that I prefer Hardbacks, but recently I’ve been more of a paperback fan. Especially now that I have a few book sleeves? My paperbacks won’t get damaged as often when I travel with them. Aesthetics and bookshelves wise, of course I still love my hardbacks ♥️
4. Favorite Book?
I’ve waited 12 books for Virgil Flowers to start working together on a case with his boss, Lucas Davenport. I’ve always been curious on how their different dynamics would look like when they’re working on the same case rather than separately. Davenport is a Porsche driving, suit wearing, not afraid to get violent if needed cop versus the indie-shirt wearing, boat-toting, “forgets” his gun in the car, avoids death when he can, cowboy cop who looks like a surfer dude, Virgil Flowers. Finally, this year, I got to read Ocean Prey and I had a blast! I am eagerly awaiting book 32 of the Davenport series (#14 Virgil Flowers) later this year.
5. Least Favorite Book?
I had to think about this one. I’m an easy to please human who is happy so long as a book can make me feel something (and I feel a LOT…have you ever cried because the sky’s too pretty before? I have). Lee Child’s Jack Reacher (albeit I did start mid-series) was one of my first introductions to my, now favorite genre, mystery thrillers. So, when I borrowed the short story, Not a Drill, another Reacher book, I had some high hopes. It was…too short and kind of dull. If I had to choose a least favorite book, while I didn’t hate it, it comes close.
6. Love Triangles: Yes or No?
NO. It is, in fact, my least favorite trope of all time.
7. The Most Recent Book You Just Couldn’t Finish?
Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson. This one was a bummer because I was practically there to the finish line, having DNF’d around the 70% mark. I don’t know what happened. I just felt the same thing I felt with The Eye of The World where when I realized that I was forcing myself to read a SINGLE page a day, just to make progress, I knew it was over. I was really looking forward to it too, which added to the pain of having to drop it. Maybe…just maybe, I’ll eventually pick it back up. I wrote a short summary in my journal, so I could pick it back up at the 70% mark if I really needed to.
8. A Book You’re Currently Reading?
I’m reading two and one of them is #Rejected Goddesses by Natalie Watson and Nina Holmes.
9. The Last Book You Recommended to Someone?
I recommended a true crime trivia book to a few people, a little while back. It’s Uncle John’s True Crime: A Classic Collection of Crooks, Cops, and Capers by Bathroom Readers’ Institute, which I thought was a really funny book full of trivia and stories about history’s dumbest criminals and genius masterminds! I even read a few passages to my brother at the dining table because I knew he’d like some of the stories.
10. Oldest Book You’ve Read by Publication Date?
I had to go Goodreads diving for this one! I’m sure some of the assigned reads in English class, back in high school, could date way further (I mean, we’ve all been assigned at least ONE Shakespeare read right?) I decided to just stick with the ones I’ve recorded in GR. Of that list, two books tied for the oldest, both being published in 1989, Children of the River by Linda Crew and Rules of Prey by John Sandford.
11. Newest Book You’ve Read by Publication Date?
Unpublished and by date, that would be The Knave of Secrets by Alex Livingston. It comes out on June 7th, 2022. For books I’ve read, that’s been published, I believe Dreaming of Flight by Catherine Ryan Hyde may be my newest read.
12. Favorite Author?
John Sandford. I think I rave enough about this guy on my blog. If you took a peek at my “Book Reviews by Author” list, he’s also my most reviewed author on this blog 😂 I don’t know…I just love his writing, characters, and dialogues!
13. Buying Books or Borrowing Books?
I prefer to buy. I love my Libby app, but I like to own my books, especially if I love them. I will admit though, with Libby, I’ve been borrowing a lot more books nowadays.
14. A Book That You Dislike That Everyone Else Seems to Love?
I don’t think I ever managed to get to the books that everyone else seems to love (that growing TBR mountain, ya know?). I’ve never read The Hunger Games, Twilight, or Divergent back in high school. Even now, I simply haven’t tried the trending books yet. Every other book keeps catching my eye!
15. Bookmarks or Dog-Ears?
*GASSSSP* DOG-EAR??? I rather have to sit and memorize the page number than dog-ear my books. Bookmarks, of course! Not that I actually own bookmarks…anyone got a spare receipt?
16. A Book You can Always Reread?
Do series count? If they do, I’ll take the entire Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicles by CLAMP and call it a day. If I had to pick a series to read for the rest of my life, thus forcing myself to only reread this? It’d be Tsubasa. I told my brother the other day, “So far, none of the other anime/mange I’ve watched/read since Tsubasa has come close to being my favorite and was as magical” and I was already rereading it the other day.
If I had to choose a single book…I mean…I’ve only read A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett like ten times. Why not make it another hundred?
17. Can You Read While Hearing Music?
Only if there’s no lyrics involved. Lofi, piano and other instrumental, or even ambience background sounds, but nothing with words.
18. One or Multiple POVs?
I could do both, but prefer the ones with multiple POVs.
19. Do You Read A Book In One-Sitting or Over Multiple Days?
I have read books in a single sitting before (both no breaks and tiny breaks in between) and I hated it. It felt rushed and, even with small breaks in the middle, I get this eyes foggy, disorientated, where-am-I, feeling from reading too much for too many hours in a day. Now-a-days, I don’t have to worry about that. I’m too busy to manage more than a few chapters a day AND I’m a slow reader.
20. A Book You’ve Read Because of the Cover?
There was a giveaway, hosted by a blog tour group, for Dragon Mage by M.L. Spencer. I had participated because of its gorgeous cover (plus dragons!) and I’d won! It was a fantastic book and I went on to rave about it for days. Not to mention the massive book hangover it left me with, too!
That’s that! 20 questions! And now, I tag:
- Janette over at Wicked Witch’s Blog
- Kerri over at Kerri McBookNerd
- Jenny over at JenJen Reviews
- Ashlee over at Books Are 42
- Pam over at The Picky Bookworm
- John over at Tales From Absurdia
- and anyone else who wants to join!