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20 Questions Book Tag

Hey, everyone! I thought it would be fun to do another bookish blog tag, and this one comes from The Book Nut, who got it from another, who got it from another -you know, like a relay. So, does that makes these more like blog replays than tag . . .?

1. How many books are too many books in a series?

There was a time when I would have said there’s never enough, but I have LEARNED. I think it was about the time I read D.J. MacHale’s PENDRAGON series, which is like, ten volumes. I ate those books up at first, but by the middle of the series I was getting bored. I persevered to the end, and loved the story, but I got to the point that it Just. Kept. Going. And I was about ready to put it down. Right now, I’m thinking more than four or five is my limit. Four makes me itchy, and I haven’t read a series of novels bigger than that since Mercedes Lackey’s DRAGON JOUSTERS.

Unless you count manga (which for me fit into a different category from ye olde novel). I’m on volume 32 of ATTACK ON TITAN.

But yes, I am ready for that to get around to finishing, too.

2. How do you feel about cliffhangers?

I love them. I hate them. It’s a complicated relationship. Done well there’s hardly anything better. Done poorly . . . well, a bad cliff hang is deadly.

3. Hardback or paperback?

Weeeeeeeel . . . I’m discovering the true allure of hardbacks. They always seemed so fancy and out of my league, but precious. Some books I must have in hardback, definitely, but there are others that suit me just fine in paperback, particularly the smaller/thinner ones. As long as the sets match. That didn’t used to be a problem, but it is now.?

4. Favorite book?

High fantasy! Heroic adventure! Snarky characters and witty dialogue! Bittersweet endings!

5. Least favorite book?

Horror! Romance! Drama! These are spices, not the main ingredient, as far as I am concerned.

6. Love triangles, yes or no?

Nope. No squares, circles, trapezoids, or rhombuses, either.

7. The most recent book you just couldn’t finish?

Oh. I gotta think about that one. It waaaaaas . . . SEA OF RUST by C. Robert Cargill. Beautiful cover. Interesting premise. Disappointing execution and way too much crass language. The robots were too human, and I just couldn’t get into it.

8. A book you’re currently reading?

ARABIAN NIGHTS forever, baby. I’m in-between books at the moment and haven’t cracked open a new one yet.

9. Last book you recommended to someone?

Ooooh . . . I think it was OATH OF THE OUTCAST by C.M. Banschbach, though inadvertently.

10. Oldest book you’ve read?

The Bible, yo.

11. Newest book you’ve read?

I’m pretty sure that’s FINDING GOD IN ANIME: A DEVOTIONAL FOR OTAKUS. Fascinating.

12. Favorite Author?

Can we make that plural? I’m going to make that plural.

Stephen R. Lawhead, Megan Whalen Turner, Wayne Thomas Batson, Andrew Peterson, Cressida Cowell . . . Different authors for different reasons for different stories.

13. Buying books or borrowing books?

Once upon a time I was a strict book borrower. I didn’t want to spend the money on a book I didn’t know I was going to love, so I would get it from the library and then decide if I wanted to buy it. Except if it was a thrift store or garage sale find.

Then I kept finding books the library didn’t have (thanks a lot, Goodreads?) and in recent years I’ve lost a lot of my discipline in that regard. I buy a lot of books. I may have developed a taste for brand-new books.

But I also value the library and borrow books, too, when they’re available.


14. A book you dislike that everyone else seems to love?

I can’t actually remember the last time I read a book that was widely popular. Those aren’t books I usually go for. But I guess maybe PRIDE AND PREDJUDICE?? I probably wasn’t quite ready for that one when the book club I was in picked it out. Then again, maybe I was being obstinate, because I liked SENSE AND SENSIBILITY, and they’re basically the same. I’m much better at liking the books I pick out over the ones I’m told to read. Fifth grade reading groups taught me so.

15. Bookmarks or dog-ears?

Bookmarks. The only acceptable dog-earring is in magazines/catalogues.

16. A book you can always reread?

Well, since I already said the Bible . . . HOWL’S MOVING CASTLE.

Knew I had to slip that one in here somewhere, didn’t you? Y’all know me so well.

17. Can you read while listening to music?

Depends on the music. If there’re lyrics, forget about it.

18. One POV or multiple POVs?

Depends on the story. I really can’t say one way or the other.

19. Do you read a book in one sitting or over multiple days?

Again, depends on the story. The first time I read THE DOOR WITHIN, I was up til 2am to finish in one fell swoop, cover to cover. ARABIAN NIGHTS is taking me years.

20. Who do you tag

Pfft. All y’all. You’re it! Shoot me a comment with your answers to any of these prompts, then we can get to know each other a little better!

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