Wednesday, March 6, 2019

The 20 Questions Book Tag!

Thanks so much to H.S. Kylian of The Writerly Worm for tagging me!

Q1: How many books is too many in a series?
I think that it really depends on the series itself and the pace of the plot.  I've read series of 24 books and I've read trilogies, so personally, it just depends on how well the books themselves are written!
Q2: How do you feel about cliffhangers?  
I love them and I hate them...I love crafting them, and I love the theorizing that cliffhangers plunge audiences into, but at the same time, I hate waiting to get answers for the cliffhangers...
Q3: Hardback or paperback?
I like both equally!  I usually indiscriminately buy whatever's cheapest (and yes, I've actually found some hardbacks that are cheaper than their paperback counterparts.  That's how I ended up with the entire Hunger Games trilogy in hardback!)
Q4: Favorite book?
*Wails* Why would this even be a question?!?  I'm going with favorite series.  And that answer's still going to be in the multiples.

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Credit: Giphy / The Big Bang Theory

  • Anne series by L.M. Montgomery
  • Sunbonnet series by Barbara Van Tuyl
  • Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
  • Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
  • The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
  • Old childhood favorite: The Phantom Stallion by Terri Farley
  • Blue Justice series by Lynette Eason 
Q5: Least favorite book?
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte or Walden II by B.F. Skinner.  The latter was for my senior year of high school; the former for sometime in elementary and I vividly recall hating both, especially Jane Eyre.  Perhaps I'd enjoy it now that I'm older, but I can't bring myself to touch them!
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Credit: How To Train Your Dragon (2010)//Gifer 

Q6: Love triangles, yes or no?  
Again, it depends on the book!  It all depends on whether the characters are well-written and have good dynamics -- for example, if you could see the main protagonist going with either love interest.  I really enjoyed the love triangle in The Hunger Games, for example.  Actually, I'll be analyzing that for a paper in my senior seminar class this week!
Q7: The most recent book you couldn't finish?
The Secrets of Paper and Ink by Lindsay Harrel.  I got it as a galley from NetGalley and got several chapters in, but I found that I wasn't attached to the characters.  It seemed like it had a lot of potential and I was really sucked into the plot, but the characters seemed to be detached or guarded from the reader, which is something I can't stand when I'm reading.  I cancelled my review with NetGalley for it because I couldn't finish and, likewise, couldn't justify rating it because I hadn't read the whole thing.
Q8: A book you're currently reading?
The Corinthian by Georgette Heyer (for my senior seminar essay) and The Theft of America's Soul by Phil Robertson.  Both are fantastic!
Q9: Last book you recommended to someone?
Walk to Beautiful: The Power of Love and a Homeless Kid by Jimmy Wayne.  (And I'll go ahead and recommend it to all of you right now too.  It was intense and fantastic
Q10: Oldest book you've read (by publication date)?
The Bible (publication...who knows?)
Q11: Newest book you've read (by publication date)?Live Without You by Sarah Grace Grzy (2019)
Q12: Favorite author?
Another question that cannot possibly be answered with singularity, eh?  Well, in no particular order...

  • J.R.R. Tolkien
  • C.S. Lewis
  • L.M. Montgomery
  • Angela R. Watts
  • Kellyn Roth 
  • Lynette Eason
  • Suzanne Collins
  • George Lucas 
  • Janice Thompson
  • Can I count all of the lovely writers I know who are fantastic, but haven't published their books yet??  

Q13: Buying books or borrowing them?
BUYING THEM.  I live in constant fear of something happening to borrowed books.  I take care of my books like they're my babies, but some individuals who are around them don't like to do so.  My cats decided to shred the front pages of a textbook I have for school, for example.
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Credit: Tangled (2010) / Gfycat

Q14: A book you dislike, but everyone else seems to love?
Fawkes by Nadine Brandes.  As with Harrel's book, it had an intriguing plot, I just couldn't get attached to the characters.
Q15: Bookmarks or dog-ears?
Bookmarks.  What kind of beastly being dog-ears their books?  (I kid; no offense to those who identify in the dog-ear society.)
Q16: A book you always reread?
Again, this is gonna be a list.  I have a set of books that I reread at least once per year, and they are...

  • Anne series by L.M. Montgomery
  • Lord of The Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
  • The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
Q17: Can you read while listening to music?
No.  I can read while listening to almost any sound that the world has, but music bothers me if I'm reading something that I want to read.  If it's something for school, then I need music to keep focused.  I'm a strange critter like that, I suppose, since that makes absolutely no sense now that I think about it....
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Credit: Thor: The Dark World (2013) / Gifer

Q18: One POV or multiple POVs?
Both!  As long as POV changes are clearly pointed out, I don't mind getting multiple POVs!
Q19: Do you read a book in one sitting or over multiple days?
It depends on the book.  Some of them I devour and others seem like they drag, and the genre or content matter doesn't seem to matter.  Why I Believe by Chip Ingram is one that I read in one day, and meanwhile, The Butterfly and the Violin by Kristy Cambron is one that I'm still drudging months later...
Q20: Who do you tag? 
Angela R. Watts of The Peculiar Messenger and Kellyn Roth of Reveries -- and anyone who wants to do this!!


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