Hey all! Sorry I’ve been a little sluggish with the posts lately; I’ve had some personal things going on. But what better way to try to get back into things than to post some of the memes/tags I’ve got piling up?! I’ve wanted to do this meme for a while because I like how personal it is, and I like that it gives y’all the opportunity to see me, not just the books read. Honestly, I have no idea who tagged me in this or who is responsible for making it… but I’m just gonna roll with it. Enjoy!
1. How many books is too many books in a series?
It honestly depends on the series. For example, I tend to stay away from most series with more than 3 or 4, because then it feels like everything is just getting dragged on and on and on… but then again, a lot of my favorite series don’t fit this rule (Harry Potter – 7, Throne of Glass – 8, Red Rising – 4+, The Mortal Instruments – 5, etc.). Basically, if it’s a fantasy book, I think you can get away with more for sure, but 3 – 4 is still a safer bet.
2. How do you feel about cliffhangers?
When they are cliffhangers in a book that has a sequel/follow-up/etc., I think they’re extremely effective at keeping the reader tied in. However, there are some stand-alones or ends of series that end with me having a lot more questions than answers, and that is so incredibly frustrating, especially when it’s a story I invested so much time/energy/emotion in.
3. Hardcopy or paperback?
Paperback, for sure! Although I like the protection hardbacks provide, a paperback is so much more comfortable in my hands, and a lot more likely to fit in my bag.
4. Favorite book?
My favorite stand alone book probably has to be The Alchemist. It was one of the first serious books I ever really read, and I remember the message getting to me even when I was young. It’s got gorgeous writing and scenery, and I recommend it to literally everyone – because I truly think fans of any and every genre can get something different from the story.
5. Least favorite book?
The only book, to this day, that I have not finished is As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner – so I suppose that would have to win the award for my least favorite book. I was forced to read it back in high school, and I remember just really struggling to enjoy or feel connected to any part of it, although I do like some of Faulkner’s other works.
6. Love triangles, yes or no?
NOOO!! I think this is, by far, the most overused literary device in the entire world – and it’s never done well, ever.
7. The most recent book you just couldn’t finish?
As mentioned above, the only book I’ve never not finished was As I Lay Dying, so I’ll instead feature what series I just don’t have the energy to finish, and that is: The Selection series by Kiera Cass. I made it through most of the books but the writing, dialogue, and characters were so inane that eventually I just ended up Googling the ending and calling it a day. Although I was curious about how it ended (although I predicted it from page one), the writing and everything else just wasn’t enough to keep me attached to the series.
8. A book you’re currently reading?
I’m always reading multiple books at once (I know – I have a problem), but currently, I’m reading:
– Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
– The Fiery Heart (Bloodlines #4) by Richelle Mead
– An Ember in the Ashes (An Ember in the Ashes #1) by Sabaa Tahir
9. Last book you recommended to someone?
I feel like the answer to this is always Red Rising by Pierce Brown (woops), but actually it was We Were Eight Years In Power by Ta-Nehisi Coates!
10. Oldest book you’ve read (publication date-wise)?
This is a guess, but I think the oldest book I’ve read is probably The Iliad/Odyssey by Homer – but I think that’s a pretty safe bet!
11. Newest book you’ve read (publication date-wise)?
That would probably have to be Furyborn (Empirium #1) by Claire Legrand, review coming soon.
12. Favorite author?
How about a top 5! J.K. Rowling, Pierce Brown, Stephen King, Tana French, and Leigh Bardugo probably take the cake because I truly love each and every one of their books.
13. Buying books or borrowing books?
BUYING! … Is that even a real question?
14. A book you dislike that everyone seems to love?
Once again, I mentioned As I Lay Dying, which is considered a classic but which I simply just don’t get. As for something a little more modern that everyone seemed to be talking about, I really did not enjoy The Girl on the Train (full review here).
15. Bookmarks or dog-ears?
Bookmarks! Although I am definitely guilty of dog-earing when I’m in a tight spot 😦
16. A book you can always reread?
I’m not much of a re-reader to be honest, but I can always pick up Harry Potter whenever and wherever. For a little bit less cheesy or typical answer, The Martian is also a favorite of mine.
17. Can you read while hearing music?
I don’t usually, or if I do, it’s usually classical or movie soundtracks without words to help me amp up the feeling. I can do it, it’s just not my preference.
18. One POV or multiple POVs?
I’m good with just one POV. Multiple POVs can be helpful, and if well done, then they are amazing – but in some books, it’s just too much back and forth for me to be able to pay attention to what’s going on.
19. Do you read a book in one sitting or over multiple days?
It really just depends. I usually never read in one sitting simply because I’m too busy unfortunately, but I usually finish all my books within a week or two of starting them depending on the length and how busy I am.
20. Whom do you tag?
Nobody specifically! Just anybody who wants to celebrate in this glorious meme with me!
Any opinions you particularly agree or disagree with? Let me know down in the comments! 🙂