I thought I would do a post so you can get to know me a little bit today, so here it is, the Rapid Fire Book Tag. This tag was created by GirlReading on YouTube, so all credit for the creativity and questions go to her!
1. E-book or Physical Book?
Physical book! There is no doubt about this for me, I love how books feel in your hands and I also find I focus much more on what I’m reading when looking at paper instead of a screen. Also I am a book collector as well as a reader, so the physical book is something I really adore.
2. Paperback or Hardback?
I really love paperbacks, especially American editions when they are really floppy, but I will admit that I do choose the hardback if I prefer the cover, or if I’m just too impatient to wait for the paperback to be released. Also, sometimes if they release a new edition, both might be the right answer!
3. Online or In-Store Book Shopping?
Definitely in-store. Nothing beats being surrounded by hundreds upon hundreds of books in a quiet calm place with lots of fellow book lovers! Also I love that in a book store you can go in looking for something particular and stumble across so many things you’ve never heard of, though this can be a little dangerous for my wallet sometimes!
4. Trilogies or Series?
I have certainly read more trilogies than I have series but I think my preference really depends on the story being told. Some stories fit very nicely into three books, some may need less and some may need a lot more! As long as the story comes to a satisfying ending and nothing is left unresolved then it doesn’t matter how many books it took to get there. I do tend to think though that Dystopian books work well as trilogies whereas Urban Fantasy/High Fantasy often work better as longer series.
5. Heroes or Villains?
I think heroes. Though really I will always root for the anti-hero, the person who isn’t what you would consider conventionally ‘good’ but then ends up saving the day. Although sometimes a bit stereotypical, I love reading these characters.
6. A book you want everyone to read?
‘It’s Kind of a Funny Story’ by Ned Vizzini. If you haven’t read this book please do, it is such a gorgeous story and also very accurate about issues it covers and the author wrote it from his own experiences, overall creating possibly the best book I’ve ever read.
7. Recommend an underrated book?
Solitaire – Alice Oseman
This is the only book I’ve read by Alice Oseman but I thought it was a really interesting read and can’t wait to read her other book Radio Silence.
8. Last book you finished?
The Dream Thieves – Maggie Steifvater
9. Weirdest thing you’ve used as a bookmark?
I will use anything as a bookmark, if I stop reading suddenly I just grab the nearest thing to me! Also I tend to use postcards and tickets that I collect whenever I am out and about. But the weirdest thing I’ve ever used is probably my friend’s hand! The story here: I had to rush to check my cooking and we were both sitting on the sofa, so when I got up I put her hand in my book, because of course losing the page is a life or death situation!
10. Used books: Yes or No?
YES! The vast majority of the books I own are from Charity Shops, and as a student it is the only way I can realistically fund my book buying habit. I am quite picky about the condition of the books I buy, I try to get books without cracked spines that are relatively well maintained, but sometimes this isn’t the case. The only time I buy new books is if I need a specific edition to match the rest of a series or if it is a new release that I have been anticipating and therefore want to read as soon as it is released.
11. Top three favourite genres?
Dystopian, Urban Fantasy and Contemporary
12. Borrow or Buy?
Mainly buy. When I was younger I used to borrow books from the library a lot more but over the years I’ve even ended up buying copies of most of these! I am a book collector, so owning the books has as much value to me as reading the books, and so I will continue to buy them.
13. Character or Plot?
Either. As long as a book is strong in one of these elements I will not be able to put it down, but I don’t mind which one! They both have great aspects and I enjoy both equally.
14. Long or Short Books?
I think my favourite length of book is around 300-400 pages, and I’m not sure if that qualifies as long or short!
15. Name the first three books you think of?
The Raven Boys – Maggie Stiefvater
Fangirl – Rainbow Rowell
They Both Die at the End – Adam Silvera
16. Books that make you laugh or cry?
Cry. Although I definitely think it is necessary for these books to have some comic relief so that there is something to contrast the sad parts against, and I think this contrast is what makes sad books hit me so hard.
17. Our world or fictional?
Our world, but maybe not quite how we know it! I think this is why I love Dystopian and Urban Fantasy books so much, because it takes place in a world we seem familiar with, but also with slight changes that make it even more interesting!
18. Audiobooks: Yes or No?
No, I find I cannot focus enough when listening to an audiobook. My mind wanders and I miss what was being said so I never get the full impact of the book.
19. Do you ever judge a book by its cover?
Without a doubt, yes I do! If I love a book cover I will often be more inclined to pick it up and read the blurb to see whether it is something that will interest me than if it has a cover I am not drawn to. I do believe that covers are designed to represent the book, so frequently if you like the cover, it is likely that the content of the book will appeal to you as well. Also, in all honesty, what is better than a gorgeous book? Nothing! So book covers are very important.
20. Book to movie or book to TV?
Book to TV. A TV series has so much more time to develop ideas for the book and so normally less is left out! However, the problem with a TV series versus a movie is that there is always the possibility of it being cancelled halfway through, whereas a movie will always be a finished product.
21. A movie/TV show you prefered to the book?
I think one example of this is The Spectacular Now. I loved both the book and the movie but I think in the end I loved the visual aspect of the movie and so that just beats the book. I do think this is influenced by the fact I saw the movie first though.
22. Series or Standalone?
This definitely depends on the genre! Contemporary, definitely standalone, they just seem to read better this way. Urban fantasy/Dystopian, definitely series, there is so much more that needs to be developed in these series generally I think a series suits them better.
Well, that’s it! That was so much fun to write and I really hope you enjoy reading it, and feel like you know me slightly better now!
– Maddie Browse