The Rapid Fire Book Tag

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?


GIPHY Originals reaction audience nodding yep


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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45 thoughts on “The Rapid Fire Book Tag

  1. Your weird bookmarks are my everyday bookmarks. I usually don’t use a book as a bookmark, but I have in the past haha.

    “I only want to do good by everyone and save worlds! ” — if only everyone was like this. <3

  2. Bahaha! You have no idea how much issue I had getting to your comments section not sure what happened, probably a WP fluke for sure smh. This tag is one of THE longest tags but I actually had a BLAST completing it a cpl mths back. So let’s see if I can remember your answers since I’m on my mobile app lol. I LOVE a good hardcover for the same reasons, again no idea what I’ve gone through to get a paperback flap to stay down for my IG account. Gone as far as taping the inside…it doesn’t work lol. I have Homegoing on my TBR, it shall be read early 2017 that’s a promise! The Way Of Kings is the biggest book I own & it scares the ish outta me but I REALLY want to read cuz I KNOW I’m going to love it! We also love the same 3 genres & there def is a distinction btwn sci-fi & fantasy 👍🏼 I love character driven books but I agree now that I’ve thought about it…it is a silly question, a good plot is necessary. I’m seeing that 1st hand with my current read 😫😫😫 lol I enjoyed reading your answers 😃💕

    1. I’m sorry you had issues commenting! Did you get to my post from the WordPress reader? If that’s the case, then let me tell you know that because my blog is self-hosted, I don’t get the handy feature of people being able to comment from the Reader. You have to actually visit my blog. :/

      Yes, You really set a whole week (or two) aside to read Way of Kinds. That book is almost perfect. The sequel, Words of Radiance, is even better! Do yourself a favor and read the asap. 😀

      Thanks for reading, Lilly! I have only been visiting your blog for a few weeks, but I should have checked your archives to see if you’d already done this tag. haha. Glad you had fun doing it too. 🙂

      1. I believe I did go through the reader, that explains it lol good to know 😉 Always good when you learn something new, seems like there are some pitfalls to self-hosting. I’ve been weighing pros & cons for later on down the road. Way Of Kings may just be a book I re-purchase in Kindle format cuz my poor wrists can’t handle that massive tome 😂 ugh, I’m getting back in the mood to go pick it up now lol. Thank you for stopping by as well Naz 😃 no worries on the tag, it’s the thought that counts 😉

  3. haha “You can’t build book pyramids with eBooks..Just saying.”- couldn’t have said it better!!! ahh yes anti-heroes are my favourite too! Agree about fantasy and sci fi, but I’d swap out literary fiction for classics- there’s a subtle difference but the margin between the two can be huge (but that’s just me) Love your answers to this one!

    1. Classics and Literary Fiction are very similar, aren’t they? Sometime in the future, today’s literary fiction will be classics 50+ years from now! Or is the term “Classics” with a capital C defined as books written before a specific date? I can never remember. I’m a little confused because people use the term “modern classics” sometimes and call books written before 1950 “classics.”

      1. Haha yes- they are- but actually the thing about classics is you don’t actually know what will end up being considered one. Classics are actually a great mix of genre fiction and literary fiction- a lot of literary fiction never makes it to canon and a lot of genre fiction no one ever would have expected ends up being considered a classic (take things like Dracula or lord of the rings)- you’d be surprised how few of today’s literary fiction will actually make it. And I’m referring to books that end up being studied at uni more than before a specific time. Modern classics only stay “modern” for a short amount of time, so it’s not the best distinction

  4. Isn’t a trilogy a type of series? *crosses legs nonchalantly over arm of chair to indicate how much of a rebel I am*

    And, basically, ALL THE BOOKS! 😉

    I liked the Miss Peregrine’s film – partially because I was looking at the bilingual signs in the pub, and the landscape, and the old style of buildings that were oh-so-familiar, and… WALES ON SCREEN! It made me ridiculously happy XD

    1. Haha, I didn’t think about it that way, but yes trilogies are certainly series! You’ve got the mind of a rebel. :p

      Oh, right! That’s so cool that millions (presumably) of people got to see Wales on screen. Sounds like it was pretty exciting for you. 😀

  5. Based on the answers to your questions, we’re very similar readers! I love the first line of your answer to the first question! Last year I had a bunch of books piled on the floor where we usually put up out Christmas tree. Instead of trying to figure out where else to put them, I made a little book tree. It didn’t last, but it was fun to build. 🙂

    1. I’ve seen lots of pictures of Christmas trees made out of books. Now I feel inspired to try one for myself. I certainly have enough books to do it! But what if I then need one of the books within it? Hmmm, I have to make sure I use books I won’t need or won’t have to photograph for Bookstagram.

    1. To be honest, the reason I did this tag was because I needed something quick to post, so I wrote it up the night before! It was super fun though and I think it’ll spark some inspiration if you decided to do it. I’d love to read your answers. 😀

  6. “You can’t build book pyramids with eBooks..Just saying.”

    Hahaha very true! I’ve never thought about it that way lol

    “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.”

    I am the same. I love books that invoke strong emotions! Every once in a while I’ll read something “fluffy,” but I prefer the “heavier” books.

  7. So glad you tagged yourself 😀
    “You can’t build book pyramids with eBooks” I want to print this on tee shirts! My budget only allows me to buy ebooks these days, thanks to those fab amazon deals, but if I really loved a book, I ask it for my birthday or buy a paperback version later. I can’t wait to grow my physical library.
    But hardbacks don’t fit in handbags and they fall on your face when you read with the book over you!!! That hurts!
    I love listening to audiobooks when walking the dogs, except when cars try to kill us of course, but that’s another subject.

  8. Thanks for tagging me, Naz! You’re right– this is a HUGE tag, but it seems like so much fun. Thanks for sharing; I appreciate learning so much about you.
    I’m really impressed that you have so many bookmarks. I am constantly losing them. I think most of the time I end up leaving the bookmark in my library book when I return it! O_o I also completely get the Standalone want. I love series books, but as a blogger I find that’s more challenging to handle. Strange.

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