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Bookish: The 20 Questions Book Tag

Bookish

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.

Q1.1

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.

Q2.1

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:-

  1. 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
  2. Book two is where you get people hook, line and sinker with that cliffhanger
  3. Book three – you better be concluding that story. I want my full closure darn it! I’ve earned it with these tears!

Q3.1

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.

Q4.1

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 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.

Q5.1

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.

the almost moon

Q6.1

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.

Q7.1

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.

Boom boom.

Which is just like the noise my heart makes.

Ugh, these puns are awful. Are you still here? Why??

The Heart Goes Last

Q8.1

All shall be forgiven in time! I have moved on to ‘Alias Grace’ by Margaret Atwood and am enjoying it significantly more.

Q9.1

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.

magic

Q10.1

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.

Q11.1

The Cruel Prince by Holly Black (January 2018). It will be a favourable review.

the cruel prince

Q12.1

Ah you must be new here.

Neil Gaiman.

Q13.1

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.

Q14.1

‘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.

a court

Q15.1

Bookmarks. I can’t dog ear a book. I just can’t. My bookmark is a rather pathetic looking one dollar bill.

Q16.1

American Gods by Neil Gaiman. My goal is to try and work out who each of the gods are that Shadow meets.

american gods

Q17.1

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.

Q18.1

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.

Q19.1

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…

Q20.1

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.

ink 2

tag

Obviously you don’t have to take part but I tag the below!

Marina @ Books of Magic

Anna @ Dole Whip and Books

Sara @ The Bibliophagist

And of course anyone who fancies giving it a go!

17 thoughts on “Bookish: The 20 Questions Book Tag

  1. I also ave a rocky relationship with ACOTAR series. I liked the first book in the series and adored Mist and Fury but Wings and Ruin just didn’t cut it for me. I had to force myself to finish the book.

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    1. I think the overall consensus from a lot of people is that ACOTAR was good as an intro book, ACOMAF was great and the best in the bunch and ACOWAR just… just didn’t quite cut it. I also think ACOFAS hasn’t been particularly well received. In honesty I think a lot of that is due to the slow decline in quality of the writing which could be in part due to the writer rushing to meet deadlines and to write more than one novel a year. I could say some other stuff but I’m refraining 😛

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  2. Aaaaggh I love Peter Pan, and I luuurv The Bartimaeus Trilogy! I rarely hear the latter being discussed in the book community so I’m pretty ecstatic you mentioned it. 😀 And by gosh, I really disliked ACOTAR and Caraval so much; they were pure drama and fluff to me, respectively. Great tag! Loved all your answers here! 😀

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    1. The Bartimaeus Trilogy is an unsung gem and so I will go forth and spread the word about it loudly and often! I really didn’t like Caraval to the point where I feel like I’m almost mad at myself for reading it! But hey, if you don’t read it, you’ll never know. But god, it was awful.

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        1. The trilogy gets 5 stars for everything from me; the characters, the plot, the world-building, the writing. The humour was spot on throughout but yes there were some really tragic moments but I never felt that any of it was done to be shocking. Everything that *needed* to happen, happened. Years on and I’m still banging on about it!

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          1. Aggh I’m so happy you feel that way! I’m almost done with a review for this series, and you nailed everything I’m trying to say: this series doesn’t trying to be “extra” with its tragic or dramatic moments, and I looooved how matter-of-factly it ended. It’s really close to my heart too even now as an adult. 😀

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  3. Love these answers! 😀 And I didn’t even KNOW there was an Atwood book called “The Heart Goes Last”–I’m such a terrible Canadian. Alias Grace is my favourite of hers, though! Have you seen the miniseries yet? Sarah Gadon is just so perfect as Grace. ❤

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    1. Thank you! Yeah, I think it’s a relatively recent one but sadly I just couldn’t get into it 😦 Alias Grace is interesting, I wasn’t expecting it to be written the way it was with the additions of poetry and journal entries but it grew on me quite quickly. Grace is also an interesting character and where I’m at in the book I can’t quite make her out but I love that. Everyone seems to be projecting onto her in some form but she is who she is. Who exactly that is, I’m not sure of yet! I think I will be putting the miniseries on my ‘to watch’ list after I’ve finished the book because I’d like to see another take on it.

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  4. Love your answers and your puns haha! 😀 Oooh I hope you like Alias Grace, I should do a re-read since it’s been so many years since I’ve read it. And I love your favorite books, especially because all of those are ‘children’s books’, my favorite kind. 😀 Thanks for the tag! ❤ Btw, when you tag you have to link to a post, not the homepage, so the person gets notified, I read all your posts so I would've seen it anyway but someone might miss it. 🙂 Can't wait to do this one! 🙂

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