Rapid Fire Book Tag

Got some tea and a snack or two? Buckle up, because this Rapid Fire Book Tag is a long one! Thanks so much to Heather @ Book and Words for tagging me!!

Question 1 : E-Book or Physical Book?

Physical book!! I can’t even remember the last time I read an ebook.

Question 2 : Paperback or Hardback?

Paperback!! They’re easier to hold, lighter to carry, fit easily on bookshelves, and you don’t have to worry about pesky dust jackets.

Question 3 : Online or In-Store Book Shopping?

Online shopping for the cheaper prices, but in-store book shopping for the overall experiences and lovely bookish smells.

Question 4 : Trilogies or Series?

Hmm…. this is a tough one! I think I’ll go with series to avoid the second-book slump that a lot of trilogies tend to have. (Except for Lord of the Rings because I absolutely love The Two Towers!)

Question 5 : Heroes or Villains?

Heroes!! I’m a sucker for an underdog story, though I do enjoy books with anti-heroes. My favorite anti-hero to mention is Victor from Vicious by V.E. Schwab. He’s such a complex, interesting character to read about because you never know what he’s going to do next.

Question 6 : A book you want everyone to read?

If you branch out and read one book you wouldn’t normally read this summer, definitely read Sartoris by William Faulkner. This is possibly my favorite Faulkner book I’ve read so far, which surprised me because it isn’t one that’s usually discussed or read in English classes. It might not be as popular as The Sound and the Fury or As I Lay Dying, but in my opinion it is just as fascinating, poignant, well-written, and brilliant!

Question 7 : Recommend an underrated book?

If you’re a fan of historical fiction, look no further than Life After Life by Kate Atkinson. This story about a woman who relives parts of her life over and over again in different ways is sure to have you on the edge of your seat!

Question 8 : The last book you finished?

Just this morning I finished reading The Road by Cormac McCarthy. It was SO SAD, but I enjoyed it much more than I initially thought I would.

Question 9 :The Last Book(s) You Bought?

The Road by Cormac McCarthy.

Question 10 : Weirdest Thing You’ve Used as a Bookmark?

Usually I’m pretty good about using actual bookmarks, but occasionally I do use receipts, sticky notes, and even string (!!) as placeholders.

Question 11 : Used Books: Yes or No?

YES!! I love used books because a) they’re cheap and b) sometimes they have fun notes and annotations from previous owners in them. Also, who can resist than old book smell?

Question 12 : Top Three Favourite Genres?

Right now my top three favorite genres are classic literature, fantasy, and science fiction.

Question 13 : Borrow or Buy?

Buy!! (As long as my wallet is able.)

Question 14 : Characters or Plot?

Characters!! In general I tend to find character-driven novels a lot more interesting and captivating than novels mostly motivated by plot. Part of me thinks this is because it can be really difficult to write a plot without holes and with a satisfying ending. William Faulkner, Willa Cather, Virginia Woolf, and Melina Marchetta are some writers who write excellent character-driven novels. 

Question 15 : Long or Short Books?

Long books!! There’s nothing like the feeling of finally finishing a tome after hours upon hours dedicated to reading. It’s so satisfying!

Question 16 : Long or Short Chapters?

Short!! I tend to read books with short chapters so much more quickly than books with long chapters because it’s easy to say, “Oh, just one more quick chapter before I go to bed…”

Question 17 : Name The First Three Books You Think Of…

Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger, Where Things Come Back by John Corey Whaley, and The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky.

Question 18 : Books That Makes You Laugh or Cry?

Laugh!! I usually try to avoid sad books (and movies!) at all costs. Who wants to be sad when they can read something that will make their day brighter?

Question 19 : Our World or Fictional Worlds?

Oooh, this is tough! Though I love reading books about fictional worlds (Harry Potter, LOTR, etc.), lately I’ve been reading many more books set in our world. I think some of the most interesting and captivating stories mix the two. For instance, One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez takes place in our world but adds in magical elements from legends and myths that make it fantastical. 

Question 20 : Audiobooks: Yes or No?

Yes!! I love how much you can get done while listening to audio books– exercising, doing laundry, washing dishes, knitting, etc. My favorite audio books are ones narrated by the authors who wrote the books themselves, such as Neil Gaiman.

Question 21 : Do You Ever Judge a Book by its Cover?

Yes, though I certainly won’t hold an ugly cover against a book if the content inside is amazing ❤

Question 22 : Book to Movie or Book to TV Adaptations?

Book to movie adaptations! I’m the worst with staying up to date with TV series, so I would much rather watch a single movie and be in the know already.

Question 23 : A Movie or TV-Show You Preferred to its Book?

The Shining by Stephen King. I watched the movie before reading the book and was so disappointed to find that some of my favorite scenes aren’t even in the novel!

Question 24 : Series or Standalone’s?

Stand-alones!! I love reading classic literature, and most of the books in this genre are standalone.

Thanks again to Heather for tagging me!!

What are your answers to these questions? What do you think of mine? Let me know in the comments section below!

Yours,

HOLLY

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15 thoughts on “Rapid Fire Book Tag

  1. I really like audiobooks. The Beauty Queens one is read by Libba Bray and it’s just wonderful. It sounds like I need to read Life After Life and Sartoris. I love making and having bookmarks so usually I use those and I also read a lot of ebooks because convenient and plentiful

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  2. I think that I was one of the few people who wasn’t a fan of Life After Life. Maybe my expectations going into it were too high, since a lot of people raved about it. I saw a lot to admire in it, but I couldn’t embrace it.

    I actually liked that the book The Shining was so different from the film. Really it seemed like the film took the overall premise of the book (alcoholic takes his wife & son to an isolated hotel to be winter caretaker and is driven crazy by supernatural forces in the hotel) and did something totally different with it. Usually when you watch a film once you’ve read the book (or read a book after seeing the film), you know more or less what to expect. It was sort of exciting to realize that wasn’t the case here; that I still didn’t know what would happen next!

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  3. OH yes, I’m with you on character-driven books, these kind of books are my favorites. I also love these kind of books like Marquez’s one where magical elements are mixed with reality, I find it soooo fascinating 🙂
    Lovely answers! 🙂

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  4. Hi! Love your answers 🙂
    I am also a big audiobook fan! There’s no limit to how much you can do while listening to an audiobook. It’s perfect for long car rides and when I spend the whole cleaning. It really depends on the narrator though. There are some audiobooks that I couldn’t get into because of the narrator 🙂
    I also love character-driven books, and light-hearted stories. I love books that make me cry but I prefer that the ending is happy 🙂

    Cheers,
    Sophie

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  5. Those are some tough questions! I would have difficulties choosing on several occasions. Great answers.

    Don’t you love a sad book once in a while? I tend to enjoy having my heart ripped out. Happy endings are great of course, but bittersweet endings can be very satisfying as well.

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  6. Character driven books are the best!!
    I’m with you, I prefer online shopping because it’s so much cheaper, but sometimes I’ll go to the bookstore just to browse, even though I rarely buy anything. I love the smell so much xD.
    Great post!!

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  7. I loved these questions! I definitely agree, going to the bookstore is such a wonderful experience, and I often go into my local Waterstones just be surrounded by the books and take in the amazing smell, it makes me feel calm and happy to be around so much literature!
    I also agree with the fact that character driven stories are so much better than plot driven ones! I hate reading a book with a really interesting and well developed storyline, but flat characters, and I find this happens a lot in crime thrillers! The author is usually so focused on creating an interesting case with a shocking whodunnit twist, but the characters then tend to be underdeveloped. Authors need to find a good balance between plot and character, especially in situations like these.
    I’ also a big fan of short chapters! I fly through a book when the chapters are shorter, because I get what I call ‘just one more chapter disease’ in which I think it will be okay if I just read one more short chapter before bed, and cycle continues until the book is finished… 😅 great post!! ☺️

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  8. What a fun post. I agreed with most of your answers… although, I am 100% a series girl. I am never quite satisfied after a standalone and I always want more. It’s nice finishing the first in a series knowing you don’t have to say goodbye to those characters just yet.

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