I warn you now, this tag is HUGE.
I don’t understand why the creator asked so many questions, but I answered them all anyway. It’s been a while since my last book tag, so I figured it was time. Hope some of my answers resonate with you!
I tagged myself after reading Donna’s tag. I say you tag yourself too. 🙂
The Rapid Fire Book Tag
eBooks or physical books?
You can’t build book pyramids with eBooks..Just saying.
Physical books hands down, always and forever. I had a 1-year eBook phase when I first bought my Kindle in 2012, so I only bought eBooks. It proved to be convenient because I was still in college. After I graduated the following year, I only wanted to buy print books because I had moved out of student dorms and student housing. One of the ways I wanted to prove (to myself) that I was well on my way to living on my own was by starting a personal home library, and only physical books gave me the sense of satisfaction I wanted.
Now, I appreciate both, of course! If a book is super cheap on Kindle, I will definitely be buying it! The only time I won’t is if the book is one I am highly anticipating or is one I must add to my personal library. I figure I buy 90% physical books and 10% eBooks now.
Paperback or hardback?
I’m newly addicted to buying hardbacks. Blame Bookstagram and book blogging! Before 2016, I didn’t give a damn about what format I got my physical books in. But once I discovered the wonderful and magical hobby of book photography, I realized that I preferred hardcovers because they are easier to photograph. It’s true! After you’ve read a paperback, taking a face-up picture of it is difficult because the cover pages folds up and I don’t like that. Not at all! Hardcovers, on the other hand, are nice and sturdy. They stand up neatly and their stiff cover pages don’t bend up. Hah! So hardbacks are superior, you see?
Online or in-store book shopping?
I honestly don’t know which one I do more, because I buy so many books from so many different places, but the one I prefer by a mile is in-store book shopping. My city has several excellent stores, both indie and chain stores. It’s so comforting to enter a bookstore and not exactly know what books I’ll be leaving with, and to stay for an hour or so with a cup of coffee while I read and check social media. Those are my favorite kinds of Sundays.
Pictured on the left is my local Barnes & Noble.
Trilogies or series?
I don’t really mind, to be honest! Perhaps I do prefer trilogies, though? But only because they end sooner and I don’t like when stories drag on forever. There are brilliant exceptions, of course, such as Harry Potter. But I don’t trust most authors to maintain the quality for more than three books. It’s best to keep it short and sweet!
Heroes or villains?
Imperfect heroes and anti-heroes are my favorite. I can respect a good villain as long as he is a complex and multifaceted human. But in my heart, I always want the hero to win and prefer hero-centered stories. I know that most stories center heroes, so it’s a silly thing to say. But in video games, for example, sometimes you are allowed a villain or “dark-side” option in the story line and I am naturally averse to the idea. I only want to do good by everyone and save worlds!
A book you want everyone to read?
What a brutal question. I’m going to narrow it down to 2016 releases and even then I’m having an internal struggle, but ultimately I must choose Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi because it’s a brilliant and ambitious novel that anyone can read and appreciate. It’s also incredibly important because learning about the history and legacy of slavery will always be a relevant issue and it is especially timely today.
Recommend an underrated book.
Many of the books I read and review are under-appreciated, so I’m going to recommend one of the recent anthologies I reviewed on the blog. Lez Talk: A Collection of Black Lesbian Short Fiction. I’ve read some fantastic anthologies recently and this one is bold, imaginative, and memorable.
The last book you finished?
The last book I technically finished is a novelette: The Terracotta Bride by Zen Cho. Loved it! Expect to see a mini-review in my next mini-reviews blog post. The most recent novel I finished is The Education of Margot Sanchez by Lilliam Rivera. The review is done and ready for publishing, but you won’t see it for a few more weeks.
Used books, yes or no?
Yes, of course! My preference is buying new books because my goal is to support authors by actually buying their books from stores or online. But I have recently started frequenting my city’s library bookstore and they have amazing deals, so I can’t pass them up. If I buy used books, that means someone already paid for them and I will tweet about these books and eventually talk about them on social media or my blog, so that counts for something!
Top three favorite genre?
Fantasy, Science Fiction, Literary Fiction.
I actually will read most genres, but these 3 have provided me with some of the best reading experiences. Some people like to conflate Fantasy and Sci-Fi, but they’re distinctly different and I appreciate and love them in different ways. Is Literary Fiction actually a genre? It sounds too broad. But I can never get enough adult literary fiction. This year had so many fantastic releases, so I am a happy bookworm.
Weirdest thing you used as a bookmark?
I don’t use weird bookmarks! I have at least two dozen bookmarks to choose from. Honestly, the weirdest things I’ve used to mark my place are: Post-It notes, my phone, and once a very small and slim book.
The ones you see in the picture are just a small sampling.
Borrow or buy?
Buy 99% of the time. I rarely go to the library, mostly because I have a library of my own with no shortage of books. My backlist of books is so huge it could last me a year, probably. If I need a new book I don’t have, I’ll just buy it. I like owning things, OK?
Characters or plot?
Um, both? That’s a silly question. I do prefer character-driven stories to ones that are all action and conflict. If I don’t have characters I care about, I’m not going to care about the plot at all. But I actually want both good characters and plot. That should go without saying. Next question..
Long or short book?
Short books for sure. If by short we mean 300 pages or less, then yes, short books all the way. I don’t always have the time to read massive tomes and like the feeling of productivity I get when I finish a 200 page novel. However, I am currently reading A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara and am loving it. My soul is not, though…Also, some of my favorite books are huge. So there are exceptions because I’m not a one-trick pony!
The books on the left are all 1000+ pages and I love them.
Long or short chapters?
Short chapters, please! Long chapters are something I don’t like in particular. Sometimes they can be done well, like in Homegoing, but I don’t appreciate when a chapter is more than 20 pages. Authors, please keep them short so I feel like a productive reader, OK? Thanks!
Name the first three books you think of.
Juliet Takes A Breath – by Gabby Rivera. It literally just popped into my head. It always does.
The Mothers – by Britt Bennett. I kind of cheated because I look over at my bookshelf and saw this one…Anyway, the review is coming in a few weeks!
Swing Time – by Zadie Smith. Also saw it on my bookshelf. Oops. I’ll be seeing Zadie Smith in January. I think she’ll be speaking and doing an interview. I’m so ready for it.
This recent Bookstagram picture has two of these books. Look at how pretty they are.
Books that make you laugh or cry?
I naturally gravitate toward books that make me cry. Usually, if a book makes me cry, it’s because I am truly invested and the story will likely stay with me. Funny books are great as well when I’m in the mood, but I actually don’t have very many funny books. Most of my books are novels and I guess novelists don’t like humor? Please recommend me some funny novels! Memoirs and nonfiction are OK, too.
Our world of fictional worlds?
I assume this question means fictional worlds that are very unlike our own world? For example, YA contemporaries and most Literary Fiction feature our world, so I find Fantasy worlds much more appealing and exciting. But they’re also super dangerous. I don’t want my life to be in peril constantly. So I’ll stay in our world, with the comforts and privileges I am fortunate to have.
Do you ever judge a book by its cover?
It’s kind of hard not to? I mean, I’ll still read books with unappealing covers and I certainly won’t judge the actual content of the book by the cover itself! At least I hope not. But if I am randomly browsing at a bookstore or if someone is talking about a book, I am less likely to be interested it in (at least initially) if the cover is ugly. #Judgeme
Audiobooks: yes or no?
No. Maybe? I’ve tried audiobooks, y’all, but I just can’t get into them unless it’s a memoir or something very light. And I have to be doing an activity like coloring (newly discovered) or going for a walk or run. My brain cannot focus when people are reading to me for very long. This flaw carries over to real life, unfortunately. I don’t like when people talk too much!
Book to movie or book to TV adaptation?
It depends on the book in question, but in general I prefer book to movie if it is done well and has good production values, acting, and well, just a good movie adaptation. It’s not so much to ask, is it?
A movie or TV adaptation you preferred to the book?
OK, people are going to hate me for this. But I actually preferred the movie version of Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children to the book. Neither are masterful examples of storytelling, but the movie was more exciting and engaging than the book. Both are riddled with plot holes…so once I overlooked that and how little sense some parts of the movie made, I was able to enjoy it! I don’t expect this to be a popular opinion, but I can take the heat.
Series or standalone?
As a blogger, standalone for sure. A lot of my reading is dedicated to my blog, so I don’t usually read series because they’re difficult to review and later entries in a series get less engagement due to people not having read previous books. As a regular reader, I don’t mind either way. The author has to sell me on the book with plot, writing, characters, and everything that makes books magical. Once I’m sold, I’ll be happy to read a standalone, a duology, or a series of 7 books!
*Takes a deep breath* Wow, that was a lot of questions. But it was fun!
I tag the people below and anyone else who wants to do it!
Akilah @ The Englishist
Lilly @ Lair Of Books
Ceillie @ Candid Ceillie
Brendon @ Reading and Gaming For Justice
Jackie @ Death by Tsundoku
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