Bookish talk · Personal thoughts

I’m gonna pop some tags…

You’ve probably seen some of these survey tags bouncing around other book blogs. Well, I’m going to take part in them today. Because we all like talking about ourselves, right?

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READING ON THE COUCH OR IN BED?

Couch. 🙂 I have a reading corner in a snug little room with a couch, my bookshelves, a lamp, and a side table for a nightly cup of tea.

MALE MAIN CHARACTER OR FEMALE MAIN CHARACTER?

Honestly, female main character. I feel like I can relate to them better and if I really love a book, I like wondering, “How would feel in this situation?” And it’s easier to see myself in the story when it’s a female narrator.

SWEET SNACKS OR SALTY SNACKS WHILE READING?

My whole mouth is full of sweet tooths. (Sweet teeths?) So yeah, sweet snacks are my jam. Especially chocolate.

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TRILOGIES OR QUARTETS?


Uhh… trilogies, I guess? I’m questioning that because I don’t think I’ve ever read a quartet before.

FIRST PERSON POV OR THIRD PERSON POV?

Third Person POV, generally. First person POV has to be done really well for me to enjoy it. First Person POV gets bogged down in summary and backstory too often. (By the way, the most effective First Person POV I’ve ever seen is in this book.)

BOOKS THAT MAKE YOU LAUGH OR BOOKS THAT MAKE YOU CRY?

It takes a lot for a book to make me cry. If I am so emotionally invested in a book that it brings tears to my eyes, I know it’s a good one. So I definitely choose books that make me cry.


READING AT NIGHT OR IN THE MORNING?

I am such a night owl, it’s annoying. I’m on zombie-mode until about 8:00 PM, when all of a sudden I have double the energy than I’ve had all day. So I generally stay up late reading. Maybe I should be embarrassed to admit that, but there you go.

LIBRARIES OR BOOKSTORES?

I love bookstores and buying books, but libraries make my wallet happy. Let me choose both, please?

BLACK BOOK COVERS OR WHITE BOOK COVERS?

Uhh, I don’t have an opinion? White covers are usually really pretty and clean, though. This is a really pretty one I read recently.

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CHARACTER-DRIVEN OR PLOT-DRIVEN STORIES?

Character-driven. Every book needs a decent plot, but if the characters are strong enough, I love it either way. I’m an emotional reader. If I’m emotionally invested in the characters, I’m hooked.

 

I found this post idea from Tanya at Girl Plus Books. Original post by Ayunda at Tea & Paperbacks.

Buy new or buy used?

We all know used books are cheaper, but I very rarely go to used bookstores. Amazon, Sam’s Club, and Barnes & Noble are my usual book-buying places.

Eat while you read or read while you eat?

Eat while I read. 🙂 I usually sit with my toddler while I eat meals so there isn’t a spare moment for me to read at the same time.

Re-read old favorites or pre-order upcoming possibilities?

I reread more than I preorder. Which is to say, both rarely happen. I have serious Rereading Guilt because my TBR is so long. And I usually wait awhile after a book comes out to read it… because my TBR is so long.

Read every single word or skim at times?

I only skim if I’m getting really tired of a book, but I’ve sunk enough time into it that I’m not going to give it up now…

Happy endings or tragic?

This is a trick question for me. I prefer realistic endings. If a happy ending hasn’t been earned, I always wish it were tragic.

Audiobooks or ebooks?

Definitely no audio books because I can’t focus on them. I prefer physical books because I like smelling them and feeling them and… this is getting creepy. Anyway. I’ll take an ebook if I can’t have the physical one.

Multiple books at once, or one at a time?

Definitely one at a time. I can’t be emotionally invested in a story if I read more than one at once, unfortunately.

Mostly one genre, or a little bit of everything?

A little bit of everything. I prefer certain genres, but my TBR is a smorgasbord of every genre out there, basically.

Lifelong obsession or later (re)discovery?

This question’s meaning is kind of ambiguous. We’ll just pretend it’s about reading in general…

Lifelong obsession! I read so many books as a kid and graduated with an English degree once I went to college. So yes, books have been an important part of my entire life.

Classics–yay or nay?

Yay! Some are better than others, but I definitely love a lot of them.

Read aloud to others or be read to?

Oh goodness, neither. I have a hard time focusing when I’m being read to (like I mentioned in the former audio books question), but I am rarely able to focus even when I’m reading out loud.

It’s the weirdest thing: I can read out loud and my mind will wander and it’s like I can’t even hear the words I’m saying, but my brain is still reading and my mouth is still moving. So yeah. Neither.

Cover on or naked?

Definitely naked. I HATE getting a hardcover book’s jacket messed up. When I start a hardcover book, I take off the jacket, put it in a special drawer, and put the jacket back on once I’ve finished the book. And then the book looks good as new!

Dog-ear or bookmark?

Bookmark. 🙂 It hurts my heart a little bit to dog-ear a book. Also, check out my bookmark collection. It’s been growing and it’s beautiful.

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Movie covers or originals?

Originals. The movie covers “date” the book to me. I also don’t like seeing real people on covers. It drives me a little bonkers.

 

Post idea originally at Feed Your Fiction Addiction! Questions originally from Wendy over at Falconer’s Library.

 

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This post is also posted to the 2017 Book Blog Discussion Challenge, hosted by Feed Your Fiction Addiction and It Starts at Midnight!

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10 thoughts on “I’m gonna pop some tags…

  1. Totally agree on first person POV; I’m currently reading a book in first person and there’s just something…not right. It’s too choppy, not enough description, too many thoughts and feelings. Blah. Third person is the perfect mix of everything

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  2. I’VE GOT TWENTY DOLLAS IN MY POCKET

    moving on!!! yesss I’m glad I’m not the only one who unashamedly snacks on everything while reading. I have a major sweet tooth, but sometimes I’m in a salty sort of mood. Just like my personality. :’)

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  3. I just love seeing everyone’s answers to the This or That tag. Does that make me curious or just nosy? LOL The Bronze Horseman destroyed me so badly that I’ve yet to continue the trilogy. The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah is another that did me in. WW II historical fiction is apparently my soft spot.

    Love all the gorgeous bookmarks! ♥

    Tanya @ Girl Plus Books

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    1. So I have a slightly strange opinion of The Bronze Horseman series. I LOVE the first one. Like, I’ve read it multiple times and I feel it’s one of the best books I’ve ever read. It’s amazing to me. I read the next two, thinking I’d love it just the same. And… I didn’t. 😥 I was really sad about it, trust me. I honestly think the book would have been stronger as a standalone. To me, it felt like the author didn’t want to let go of the characters when it might have been time?? Other readers would DEFINITELY disagree with me, but that’s my opinion!

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