Who doesn’t love a good game of Twenty Questions? Fortunately, the 20 Questions Book Tag is a lot more interesting than just “yes” or “no” answers. Thanks so much to Ash and Lo @ Windowsill Books for tagging me!
It definitely depends on the series itself, but I think around four books is generally a good rule of thumb. For instance, I think the Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater works really well as four books, but more than that would make the series feel like it was dragging on forever. When I was younger I used to love reading really long series, but lately I’ve been appreciating the closure of a good standalone.
2. HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT CLIFFHANGERS?
I love cliffhangers in the middle of series or at the end of chapters when you know that your questions will soon be answered; however, I dislike them at the end of series or books when there are countless important questions left unsolved.
3. HARDBACK OR PAPERBACK?
100 percent paperback! I hate how expensive, heavy, and awkward to read hardcover books can be. When given the choice, I will always choose paperback.
Ah yes, the most impossible question. Usually my answer to this horrid inquiry is The Two Towers by J.R.R. Tolkien because it holds such a nostalgic place in my heart. It’s one that I never get tired of rereading!
5. LEAST FAVORITE BOOK?
Another really difficult question! It takes a lot for me to really hate a book, but I think I’m going to have to go with Dairy Queen by Catherine Gilbert Murdock. I started reading it several years ago and disliked it so much that I couldn’t even finish it!
6. LOVE TRIANGLES, YES OR NO?
NO. NO. NO.
7. THE MOST RECENT BOOK YOU JUST COULDN’T FINISH?
Last term I tried listening to the audio book of Bloodlines by Richelle Mead because one of my friends read this series when she was younger and said she was obsessed with it back then. The protagonist was so annoying that I literally could not bring myself to listen to the last few hours of it.
Grimm Tales: For Young and Old by Philip Pullman. I started reading this while traveling during my spring break and haven’t found the time to finish it now that term has started up again in Oxford. Maybe I’ll finally finish it on my eight-hour flight home? So far I’m really enjoying it!
9. LAST BOOK YOU RECOMMENDED TO SOMEONE?
Lately I’ve been telling so many people to read anything and everything by Zadie Smith and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. I feel like these two writers are on a lot of TBR lists out there, but are not often prioritized. They’re such brilliant writers!
10. OLDEST BOOK YOU’VE READ? *PUBLICATION DATE*
According to Goodreads, the oldest book I’ve read is the Epic of Gilgamesh.
It’s hard to tell on Goodreads what the most recently published book I’ve read is, so I’m just going to throw Turtles All the Way Down by John Green out there since it was just published on October 10, 2017.
12. FAVORITE AUTHOR?
Since I have many favorite authors and I tend to be quite indecisive in general, here are a bunch of authors that I love: John Green, J.R.R. Tolkien, Roald Dahl, William Faulkner, Willa Cather, E.L. Konigsburg, Frederick Douglass….the list goes on and on!
13. BUYING BOOKS OR BORROWING BOOKS?
I try to borrow books from libraries and fellow bookworms as much as possible because it’s less wasteful and definitely cheaper; however, there’s nothing quite like a great bookshop haul!
I was so excited to read An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir because so many people highly recommended it; however, I think the hype monster made my expectations a bit too high and I ended up being rather disappointed with it.
15. BOOKMARKS OR DOG-EARS?
Definitely bookmarks! Not only are they fun to collect, but they’re so much more easy to use than constantly having to fold down pages.
16. A BOOK YOU CAN ALWAYS REREAD?
Any Lord of the Rings book, Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta, The Outcasts of 19 Schuyler Place by E.L. Konigsburg… I just LOVE rereading books in general!!
17. CAN YOU READ WHILE HEARING MUSIC?
Yes! The only thing that really distracts me from reading is when I can distinctly hear a single conversation nearby.
18. ONE POV OR MULTIPLE POV’S?
It really depends on the novel, but generally I think books with multiple perspectives or story lines are really interesting.
19. DO YOU READ A BOOK IN ONE SITTING OR OVER MULTIPLE DAYS?
Once again, it depends on the book. Usually I end up reading books for fun over the course of multiple days and books for school in one sitting (so much required reading, so little time!).
20. A BOOK YOU’VE READ BECAUSE OF THE COVER?
SO. MANY. I haven’t gotten around to reading it yet, but some recent cover-buys for me were a few of the Penguin Modern editions that recently came out. They’re just so pretty!
What are your answers to these questions? What do you think of mine? Let me know in the comments section below!