I love being tagged in stuff. I love it because it gives me a chance to interact with some really awesome like-minded people and I love it because these tags really make me think about my own book reading habits. Challenge thyself, is what I say to… myself.
One of those awesome, like-minded people is Kathy at Pages Below the Vaulted Sky who has tagged me in this ’20 Questions Book Tag’ – her answers on her amazing blog are here. Go check it out. Go on.
So then, onto the questions. Some of these made my brain actually hurt.
Ah my friend. How long is a piece of string? If you love a series, truly love a series than can you ever have too many books? This sounds like one of those avoidance answers. Which it is. Crap.
If I’m honest I’ve given up on series because it felt like the story should have been concluded many books before it did. In those instances I wonder if its more that the author is riding the gravy train on something that they know will sell. I’m mentioning no names. In public.
It’s not so much a cliffhanger but I hate when books are open ended with no conclusion. I think cliffhangers work best in book two of a trilogy. I’ve noticed this is a common pattern:-
- Book one gets you biting but you need to wrap it up in case the book was not as successful as hoped and so you want to offer some closure
- Book two is where you get people hook, line and sinker with that cliffhanger
- Book three – you better be concluding that story. I want my full closure darn it! I’ve earned it with these tears!
Paperback. I rarely own a hardback and the ones I do own are special. Some hardbacks are because I was desperate to read the book and they only had it in hardback and I was too impatient to wait. I commute loads. Paperback is easier on the back.
Er. Um. Erm.
I don’t know. I just don’t know. Is this what Sophie’s Choice felt like?!
I don’t think I have a favourite but I have a deep and never-ending love for Peter Pan, Little Women, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, The Hunger Games, Harry Potter (any of them), The Handmaid’s Tale and The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.
I just wrote a pretty scathing review of Caraval so that’s up there. I also really didn’t like The Almost Moon by Alice Sebold who was the author of The Lovely Bones (amazing and painful). The Almost Moon was such a sad, poorly written disappointment.
Hmmm. It depends. If the love triangle serves an actual point (I sort of got where Suzanne Collins was going with the whole Peeta and Gale thing as that was more about Katniss’ stance on war) or if the love triangle doesn’t overshadow what is meaningful (kind of what Suzanne Collins’ editors made her do which was against the whole friggin’ point) then sure. Bring it on.
A love triangle for the sake of a love triangle? No thank you. I’m pretty pissy about the one that cropped up in The Mermaids Sister by Carrie Noble as it ruined the book.
Maggie, I’m so sorry. I just couldn’t finish ‘The Heart Goes Last’ by Margaret Atwood. Turns out it wasn’t for my heart.
Which is just like the noise my heart makes.
Ugh, these puns are awful. Are you still here? Why??
All shall be forgiven in time! I have moved on to ‘Alias Grace’ by Margaret Atwood and am enjoying it significantly more.
I am always recommending The Bartimaeus Trilogy by Jonathan Stroud but I also recommended The Secret of Magic by Deborah Johnson to my mother-in-law (to be) as it is both beautiful and sad.
Oh jeez. Do fairy tales count because they are pretty old? No? Ok.
I think A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens (1843). Phew, that’s dusting some archives.
The Cruel Prince by Holly Black (January 2018). It will be a favourable review.
Ah you must be new here.
I fully support libraries and my bank balance fully supports me fully supporting libraries however I don’t listen to my bank balance and so I buy all my books like the greedy little book hoarder that I am.
‘A Court of Wings and Ruin’ by Sarah J. Maas.
If I had a relationship status with this trilogy it would be down as ‘it’s complicated’ but I feel that is a discussion for another time.
Bookmarks. I can’t dog ear a book. I just can’t. My bookmark is a rather pathetic looking one dollar bill.
American Gods by Neil Gaiman. My goal is to try and work out who each of the gods are that Shadow meets.
Not at all. Oddly I can write while listening to music (but it has to suit the tone) and my partner can have the TV on in the background and I can read no problem but my brain can’t cope with music.
It really depends on the book and also on the skill of the author. I have found that if you get into the head of a character and their voice is compelling it is incredibly jarring to enter the head of another. Sometimes it’s also better to have the mystery of the other character’s thoughts because it’s a maze for the POV character to work out.
George R.R. Martin does the voice of different POV characters very well but some are far more interesting than others.
Again, it really depends on the book. Usually it takes days but at times I will kill it in one sitting. That’s usually if I’m on holiday or on a plane or if the book is just that amazing that I can’t stop myself. In fact, the last one happens more often than I think…
Ink by Alice Broadway. It’s the prettiest cover I’ve ever seen and its covered in shiny shiny gold foil.
Of course, I didn’t like it. Sigh.
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And of course anyone who fancies giving it a go!