* On My Bookshelf *

The Twenty Questions Book Tag

Zuky at the Book Bum posted this book tag, and while she didn’t tag anyone I decided to do the tag anyway. It looked like fun! Spoiler for the ending: I’m not tagging anyone either, but if you want to play along, please let me know that you do!


1. HOW MANY BOOKS ARE TOO MANY BOOKS IN A BOOK SERIES?

Frankly this depends on how well they’re written and how tight the series arc is. For a book series with a highly developed series arc, a trilogy is best. For a series that is only loosely tied together (I’m thinking Kelley Armstrong’s Women of the Otherworld series here, which is set in the same world with some of the same characters in the books, but there are separate book plots in addition to a very loose series plot) there can be lots more books in a series. If the series plot starts to overtake the book plots, though (as with Kevin Hearne’s Iron Druid Chronicles) then it’s time to end the series.

2. HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT CLIFFHANGERS?

DO NOT WANT. Cliffhangers at the end of a book feel to me like the author couldn’t figure out how to end the book. They feel sloppy, not thrilling or exciting, and they make me mad instead of making me anticipate the next book in the series.

3. HARDCOPY OR PAPERBACK?

Yes. I like both, and have no real preference for either. I just like books.

4. FAVORITE BOOK?

Do I have to pick one? How about I pick three instead?

Indexing by Seanan McGuire
The Girl Who Drank The Moon by Kelly Barnhill
NPCs by Drew Hayes

5. YOUR LEAST FAVORITE BOOK?

Great Expectations by Charles Dickens. Hands down.

6. LOVE TRIANGLES, YES OR NO?

NO. 100% no. No way.

7. THE MOST RECENT BOOK YOU JUST COULDN’T FINISH?

Please Don’t Tell My Parents I’m a Supervillain by Richard Roberts. I really wanted to like this one, but couldn’t get past the angst. (I may later try this again in paper form. The audio version, though, I won’t be going back to.)

8. A BOOK YOU’RE CURRENTLY READING?

To Say Nothing of the Dog by Connie Willis

9. LAST BOOK YOU RECOMMENDED TO SOMEONE?

I think this was The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill. Awesome book. I’ve recommended it a lot since I read it, and gifted it twice.

10. THE OLDEST BOOK YOU’VE READ (PUBLICATION DATE)?

Probably The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer. That was published in 1476 and I don’t think I’ve read anything older.

11. THE NEWEST BOOK YOU’VE READ (PUBLICATION DATE)?

Beneath the Sugar Sky by Seanan McGuire, published 9 January 2018.

12. FAVORITE AUTHOR?

Currently? Seanan McGuire.

In the past, this has also been Kelley Armstrong, Tanya Huff, and Mercedes Lackey. (The first two of these I still like a lot. For Lackey, I still like her older work, but not her newer stuff.)

13. BUYING BOOKS OR BORROWING BOOKS?

Both! Partly this depends on whether or not I think I’ll be re-reading it.

14. A BOOK YOU DISLIKE THAT EVERYONE ELSE SEEMS TO LOVE?

Outlander by Diana Gabaldon. Everyone I hear talk about it talks about how romantic it is. I found it icky, not romantic. I also thought it was too long and not well-written. (It’s been a while since I read it, though, so I can’t give any more specific details than that.)

15. BOOKMARKS OR DOG-EARS?

O.O

BOOKMARKS. I used to work in a library. Dog-ears were the bane of our existence.

16. A BOOK YOU CAN ALWAYS RE-READ?

Again, I’m not going to pick just one here. Have three.

~ Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling
~ The Fire Rose by Mercedes Lackey
~ Sorcery and Cecelia: or the Enchanted Chocolate Pot by Patricia C. Wrede and Carolyn Stevermer.

17. CAN YOU READ WHILE HEARING MUSIC?

Sometimes, it depends on the music.

18. ONE POV OR MULTIPLE POV? (POV = POINTS OF VIEW)

Either way! However, if you’re using present tense, I prefer it to all be from the same narrator. If you’re writing in present tense and want multiple POVs, please write the non-main-character POVs in past tense. I don’t know why, but this is something that bugs me a lot.

19. DO YOU READ A BOOK IN ONE SITTING OR OVER MULTIPLE DAYS?

Usually multiple days. It’s rare that I have the time to finish a book in one sitting AND am reading a book that I want to finish in one sitting. Every once in a blue moon, though, I’ll finish a book all at once.

(This assumes full-length YA or adult novels, of course. Picture books or graphic novels and many middle-grade books I can finish in one sitting easily.)

20. ONE BOOK YOU READ BECAUSE OF THE COVER.

The Selection by Kiera Cass. At the time, it looked like something different and interesting. (I ended up disappointed in the book / series, and then found dozens of other similar covers, some of which were prettier (and others which were not).)


As I said at the top, I’m not tagging anyone. If you want to join me, though, please feel free to play along (and let me know so I can read your answers)!

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