Wow, it’s been a loooooong time since I did a book tag! Or any other kind of post on my blog actually, but shhh.
Thanks so much to Eva at Brilliantly Bookish for tagging me absolute light years ago! Go and find her here.
Ebooks or physical books?
Oh, absolutely physical books. There’s nothing quite as comforting as being able to hold and turn the pages of a real, physical book. Saying that, I love my Kindle and I think if e-readers and tablets get people into books, then that’s all that matters.
Books are no more threatened by a Kindle than stairs by elevators.
Paperback or hardback?
Paperbacks! This is a HEINOUS crime to admit to, but I have been known to bend covers back and break spines…
Hardback books are special, but in a decorative or collectible way for me. There’s something super comforting and familiar about paperback books and the way that you can slip them into any bag and thumb through them at any time. Curled up on the sofa, in the bath, on the train or a plane or a boat, in the park or on the beach or by a pool…I’d never intentionally damage a book, but lots of my paperbacks have been well-loved and they look that way, too!
Online or in-store book shopping?
In store, always! I only ever buy books online if I know exactly what I’m looking for. Book shops are all about the browse, the hush, the hunt, the discovery of something new or the reappearance of something familiar, but in a beautiful new guise. I’ve never been overly keen on shopping, but I could easily while away a few hours in my local Waterstones.
Trilogies or series?
I think it ultimately depends on the story. The Hunger Games, for example, is a perfect trilogy – there was nothing else to add to that story and nowhere else to take the characters that wouldn’t have insulted them. Saying that, I think The Mortal Instruments franchise could have ended ages ago but I’m still devouring everything Cassie Clare churns out! So…both?!
Heroes or villains?
Tough! I’ll always side with the hero because I’m a sucker for a happy ending and a neat resolution, but you can’t have a hero without a villain! After all, where would Harry have been without Lord Voldemort? I do have a soft spot for a villain (*cough* Darkling *cough*) though, especially if they have an intriguing back story.
A book you want everyone to read?
At the moment, I want everyone to read the Six of Crows duology by Leigh Bardugo! They completely took over my life when I was on holiday. They’re a totally different breed of fantasy and so different to the Grisha series. A great pick if you’re getting fed up with high fantasy and looking for something a bit left-field.
Recommend an underrated book
The Deviants by C.J. Skuse. The best YA thriller I’ve ever read, hands down.
What was the last book you finished?
I finished Tower of Dawn by Sarah J Maas this morning. I wasn’t expecting a whole lot, having not been a big fan of Chaol, but I bow down to SJM – her storytelling skills really are insane. There’s also much better rep in ToD, which is awesome.
Weirdest thing used as a bookmark?
I quite often find myself using the coasters in my living room as temporary bookmarks, which is stupid because I have a house full of amazing, actual bookmarks! Totally exposes how lazy I really am. *shrug*
Used books: yes or no?
Uh cheap or free books, yes! Charity shops and libraries are two of my very best friends.
Top three genres:
Borrow or buy?
Both! Switching books with friends or borrowing from a library is awesome, but sometimes there are some books that you just need in your own collection. Feel me?
Characters or plot?
Well you can’t have one without the other…
Long or short books?
Depends on my mood and the type of book. The last thing I want is a 200 page epic fantasy book, and I would probably get equally frustrated with a super long, 700 page contemporary YA romance.
Long or short chapters?
Either – depends on the type of book again, especially if the book is written with a dual perspective.
Books that make you laugh or books that make you cry?
I’d ideally like them all to do both!
Our world or fictional world?
Fictional. Hogwarts, Neverland, Velaris, The Hundred Acre Wood, Narnia…who would want to live here?
Audiobooks: yes or no?
For Harry Potter, yes. I haven’t yet found another audio book where the narrator hasn’t either annoyed or cringed the hell out of me.
Ever judge a book by its cover?
Guilty as charged! I’m a sucker for good cover and I’m sure I’ve passed over lots of great books because their covers are a bit rubbish. Any recommendations, chaps?
Book to movie or book to TV adaptation?
Book to movie. I can’t wait to see what they do with the book to TV adaptation of Throne of Glass, though, and Hulu’s adaptation of The Handmaid’s Tale was suitably epic.
Series or standalone?
Series. I am trash for fandoms.
Anyone and everyone who fancies a Sunday book tag session!