It’s been a long while since I did one of these good ol’ question tags, and I’m pretty sure I did one very similar to this one when I first started but it’s probably over two years old now, I changed AND have gained quite the amount of followers since then, so even if some of these questions I’ve answered before it’s gonna feel like new.
The 20 Questions tag was created by buydebook on Goodreads and I was tagged by the lovely Sumedha @ The Wordy Habitat quite the while back (in March oops) but since I don’t get around to doing tags that much anymore, I’m only doing it now!
Book title = Goodreads page.
1- How many books is too many books in a book series?
I’m gonna have to agree with Sumedha, anything more than 5 and you’re guaranteed to lose my interest. I mean, in most cases, even 5 is too much but when it’s well done, it’s a good number to stop a series at. I know most people love trilogies and I do as well but quartets are my favourites, there’s just something satisfying about having four books in a series. Is it just me?
2- How do you feel about cliffhangers?
Listen, I’m an anxious human and I might lose sleep because of a cliffhanger if I end up finishing the book at night, but I’m trash for them. I love the high I get from not knowing what would happen, if my favourite characters are safe, if anything is real, it just keeps me engaged in the series and obsessively thinking about the book until I can get my hands on the sequel *cough* The City of Brass *cough* Mirage *cough*.
3- Hardcopy or paperback?
I know that most people pick paperback for the comfort and hardcopy for the aesthetic BUT I actually pick hardcopy for both. The only down side I find to hardbacks is that they’re more expensive so harder for me to acquire but I love the way they look on my shelves AND on pictures and I also find them easier to read, I mean, they are bulkier, but they’re also sturdier so they tend to hold whatever position I put them in to read a lot better, especially when I want to hold the book with one hand, whereas paperbacks just keep flopping around everywhere.
4- Favourite book
If you’d asked me this at the start of last year, I would’ve yelled at you, at the end of last year, I would’ve had ONE answer (The City of Brass) but at this point, I have two books and it’s IMPOSSIBLE for me to choose between them, and to be honest, just the fact that I am able to narrow it down to two books is an achievement, these books are: The City of Brass and The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo. The first is Adult fantasy and the second is Adult historical fiction and please PLEASE READ THEM!!!! They will absolutely destroy your feelings but you’ll thank me for it.
5- Least favourite book
It’s still the same as it has been for the past…two years (damn, time flies!) CAN YOU GUESS? In any case, it’s still the infamous messy highly offensive trashpile that is Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton. I still get mad every time I think about it. And if you want to know why just read my review Because the more I think about it the more pissed off I get and that’s not good for my blood pressure. Moving on.
6- Love Triangles, yes or no?
Meeh. I mean, I was a categoric NO person. But, I’ve slowly changed my mind to be right in the middle. I absolutely despise the classical overused love triangle where everything is predicable. What I’m absolutely trash for though is when all three people have feelings for each other, as in a REAL triangle and just not two lines connecting in the middle. Bonus point if it end in a polyamorous relationship.
7- The most recent book you just couldn’t finish
The Incendiaries by R. O. Kwon at the start of August. The story sounded intriguing, and it was intriguing enough when I started reading it but the writing style is SO dense and just nonsensical sometimes that I just couldn’t finish reading it. I know it might be some people’s cup of tea so Don’t write it off on my account but it just Was Not My Thing.
8- Book you’re currently reading
I just finished rereading The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo and I’m going to start Blanca y Roja by Anna-Marie McLemore and OH MY GOD I’M SO EXCITED I COULD PASS OUT! If you’ve been following me for a while you know she’s my favourite author, I’ve read all three of her previous books, loved all three of them and two (When the Moon Was Ours and Wild Beauty) are in my top 10 favourite books of all time. It’s a a Swan Lake, Snow white and Rose Red retelling and I’m ready to be destroyed by it.
9- Last book you recommended to someone
Mirage by Somaiya Daud is the book I’ve been screaming about since April and I got quite few people to preorder oops. It’s a Moroccan inspired YA fantasy/science fiction set in space with a few magical elements and listen y’all, IT’S ABSOLUTELY BRILLIANT. The writing is gorgeous, the worldbuilding and culture are so perfectly well done. Just. PLEASE READ IT (I just keep screaming this in this post, what’s wrong with me). You’d make this Moroccan girl very happy and give her a chance to read more books that represent her.
10- Oldest Book You’ve read?
As in ever? This year? I assume ever, and I don’t know, I read a crap ton of french classics in middle/high school and some of those are SUUUUPER OLD, and I have no idea what the oldest one is.
11- Newest book you’ve read?
If we’re talking book aside from arcs that are technically not published yet, It’ll have to be Seafire, it just came out last Tuesday (August 28th) and I finished reading it on its release date!
12- Favourite Author
Didn’t I just tell you? DIDN’T I? The queen of lyrical and Magical Realism writing herself Anna-Marie McLemore.
13- Buying books
As someone who didn’t start owning physical books until I turned 20, there’s something special and magical to me about owning my pretty little personal library I can pick books out of and grow over time, especially when it comes to acquiring my favourite books. I still read ebooks a lot more than physical books, but I read a lot more physical books this year than I did last. Oh and also. I have nowhere to borrow books from where I live.
14- A book you dislike that everyone else seems to love
Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire. That book was just a disappointement on all fronts. The characters fell flat, the story was boring, the ending anticlimactic and add to that that the ace representation left a lot to desire. According to some ace friends (since I’m not ace and can’t speak for it) it was very bare minimum and according to me (both sex-repulsed and aro) it lumps in aromanticism and sex-repulsion with the definition of Asexuality and I’m not here for it.
15- Bookmarks or dog earring?
I have nothing against dog earring, in fact, that what I did growing up but now I use almost bookmarks almost exclusively. I only dog ear when I forget to bring my bookmark and Don’t have anything useable at hand.
16- A book you can always reread.
In addition to my two favourite books above, I’m gonna say When the Moon was Ours and How to Make a Wish, these are also favourite books of mine and although I haven’t reread them yet, I see myself rereadin them many many times in the future.
17- Can you read while listening to music?
Yes I can but I’d rather not to. If I’m in a public place where I’m likely to get distracted by people talking and whatnot I put on music to cancel out the outside noise, if I’m home then no, I give my full attention to the book.
18- One POV or multiple POVs?
One for contemporary and historical, multiple for fantasy and science fiction. I Don’t know why but I think those genres work best that way.
19- Do you read a book in one sitting or over multiple days?
When I was a kid I read most of my books in one sitting, sometimes more than one book a day. Now with how busy my life is, and how many things I need/want to keep up with, it’s literally impossible for me to sit down and read for more than two hours (and that’s pushing it).
20- One book you read because of the cover
Emergency Contact by Mary H. K. Choi. I am OBSESSED with that shade of pink and just the general aesthetic of the book look so soft, intimate and cozy, I was compelled to get it, especially after seeing how many people loved it. And although I didn’t thoroughly dislike it, I still didn’t enjoy it as much as I hoped.
Don’t feel obligated to do it though ❤
- Elise @ The Bookish Actress
- Melanie @ Mel to the Any
- Jami @ Jamishelves
- Vicky @ Vicky who Reads
- Laura @ Green Tea & Paperbacks
That’s it until next time.
Hope you enjoyed, write to you soon.