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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The Listicle Tag

Ally tagged me to do this post, but it required a little thought before I could finish it. (Which is why it’s been about a month between the tag and the post.) Still, it’s a fun prompt, and seemed appropriate for me since I’m both a reader and a writer!


RULES:

  • Create your own listicle tag, using the prompt from the person who tagged you.
  • Tag the creator of the post (not-so-modern-girl!) so that she can read all your brilliant posts and see how the joy of listicles is being spread.
  • Nominate as many people as you want!
  • Set those 5 people the subject/prompt of their listicle post!

Prompt: Books you’d like to rewrite (any number of books!) (I’m going to do 4)

1. Daggerspell by Katherine Kerr

I loved the premise of this book, and at the time I hadn’t read anything else quite like it. However, once the book got going (probably about 1/2 to 2/3 of the way through the first book, not to mention the rest of the series) I feel that it lost its way and the author didn’t know how to finish it. Maybe she was trying too hard to make it a series. Maybe she had grand plans that didn’t connect to what I wanted from the story. In any case, I’ve been frustrated with this book ever since.

2. the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling, starting with book 4

I wouldn’t rewrite these, per se, but I would edit the heck out of them. These last four books are WAY TOO LONG. Yes, a lot happens and this makes sure nothing gets left out. I still feel that Rowling’s editors stopped asking for many changes except for typos at this point.

3. The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein

I’m not quite sure how I would do this one, but I want a do-over on this book. It’s a depressing look at love, and not a healthy relationship either. “The tree was happy”, my foot. So many people love this book that I want it to portray a healthy relationship. (For the record, I am not one of the people who love this book.)

4. The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis

I would make these less offensive. There are too many small things that could be changed to make the books more inclusive. Overall I still love the books, but I would rather they had fewer instances of gender- or race-based stereotypes and slurs.

For the tag part, I tag Jaime of Books & Waffles, Tez of Tez Says, and Sarah of Dragons & Zombies. (I just realized that I’m tagging two Aussies this time. Fun!) And since I’m writing this just in time for Christmas Eve, my prompt is:

4 (or more if you like) Characters you want to be visited by Scrooge’s Ghosts (aka the Ghost of Christmas Past, the Ghost of Christmas Present, and the Ghost of Christmas Future)

Please note, though, that this isn’t intended as a religious prompt at all. When Scrooge is visited by the ghosts, he re-evaluates his life and character, and changes for the better. What I’m looking for is other characters that you feel could benefit from this same kind of self-evaluation.

Happy holidays to you, no matter which ones (if any) you celebrate!

Zombie Apocalypse Book Tag

I saw this book tag on Dragons & Zombies, and while I wasn’t tagged it sounds like a fun pre-Hallowewen blog post. So I’m going to play anyway! Also, since I wasn’t officially tagged I’m not going to officially tag anyone. If you decide to play along anyway, though, let me know so I can see how your zombie-fighting team stacks up!

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ZOMBIE APOCALYPSE BOOK TAG

  • Choose 5 books!
  • Randomly set up your books in order.
  • Flip to a random page in the book and write the first two names you see.
  • Put the names in the categories listed below in the order you saw them.
  • Cry at how screwed you are…

Books I picked:

  1. Rosemary & Rue by Seanan McGuire, page #188-9, Evening Winterrose & Blind Michael
  2. Industrial Magic by Kelley Armstrong, page #35, Paige Winterborne & Lucas Cortez
  3. Tinker by Wen Spencer, page #304, Windwolf & Tinker
  4. Discount Armageddon by Seanan McGuire, page #101, James (do we ever find out his last name? I sure don’t remember it) & Dominic De Luca
  5. The Second Summoning by Tanya Huff, page #328, Dean McIsaac & Claire Hansen

The First Person to Die

Evening ~ appropriate, since she dies early on in the book…

The Person You Trip to Get Away From the Zombies

Blind Michael ~ this sounds bad, but trust me. It’s not. He’s… not a nice guy.

The Person That Trips YOU to Get Away From the Zombies

Paige ~ huh. Not really in her personality type, unless she thought she was justified.

The First Person to Turn into a Zombie

Lucas ~ aaawwww.  😦

The Idiot of the Team

Windwolf ~ um, no? Unless it’s set purely on Earth, in which case he’d be cut off from magic and potentially not able to adjust. But otherwise no.

The Brains of the Team

Tinker ~ this works. She is kinda a mad scientist. Awesome and really cool and not evil, but brainy fits really well.

The Medic

James ~ he’s a Chupacabra and a professional ballroom dancer. I don’t know if either of those fits with “medic”…

The Weapons Expert

Dominic ~ bwahahahaha, this is very accurate.

The Brawler

Dean ~ I think he’s the only normal human in this group. (The other humans are also trained in kicking ass, so…) That makes this a bit… odd.

The Leader

Claire ~ well, she is generally considered bossy. At least by her younger sister. And the books she’s in have good endings, so I guess she’s good at it?

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That’s my team. I just might have a shot. (I did stack the deck, though, picking books with paranormal elements in them. But poor Lucas. One would have thought he’d survive better with all he’s been through already.)

If you decided to play along, what do you think about your chances? Will you survive the zombie apocalypse?

Misc Monday ~ in which we play Desert Island Discs Tag

Jay at This Is My Truth Now tagged me last week to play in a blog tag. (He’s got some great book reviews, and if you’re interested in reviews you should check them out. He also posts non-review stuff too, but the reviews are what first got me visiting his blog.) This one is the Desert Island Discs Blog Tag. It sounded like fun, so here goes!

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The Rules:

  • Link back to BookBum’s original post, so she can see all your answers! (Remember to do this via pingback, she won’t get a notification if not!)
  • Thank the person who tagged you… show some love!
  • Come up with your answers
  • Then tag others to keep the tag going!

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The Premise:

You are cast away onto a remote desert island:

  • You can bring 5 albums – what are they?
  • You can bring one book – which is it? You are provided with a Bible/ other religious text if you want it, as well as the Complete Works of Shakespeare. No series!
  • You can have one luxury item (it has to be inanimate and can’t help you escape the island) – what is it?

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Well… let’s see. I kinda think it might be stretching it to call some box sets “albums” even though you have to buy the whole thing at once. But when something like Weird Al’s “Squeeze Box” includes all 14 of his regular albums (and even more) or the Musical History of Disneyland has 6 discs with over 7.5 hours of run time, I think that’s stretching the definition a little. So we’ll say an album can include 2 discs, because that’s a lot more common. We’ll stop at 2, though.

  1. First album on my list right now would be the Moana soundtrack. I would need a combination of vocal and instrumental music to stay sane while stranded, and this album has both. It also might inspire me to try my hand at sailing… which could either be a good thing or a bad thing.
  2. The second album would be the Eurovision 2015 album. For those who don’t know, Eurovision is kinda like what you would get if the Olympics was for music. Or maybe if you made something like a European version of “American Idol” happen over the course of a few hours instead of a few months. It’s flashy, it’s energetic, it’s fun – and the 2015 songs were, in my opinion, the overall best batch in the past few years. Seriously, though, if you don’t know about Eurovision, go to YouTube and check it out. (This is a good place to start, or this or this or this. Or for Australia’s first Eurovision entry (yes, I know; it’s complicated) go here.)
  3. For my third album I really wish I hadn’t said only albums of 1-2 discs. I would love to include my Complete Beethoven Symphonies album set here (5 discs). Instead I’ll assume there’s a Best of Beethoven on 2 discs which includes the 5th, 6th, and 9th symphonies.
  4. My fourth album would need to be The Beatles’ “One”. Because it’s got most of their best songs on it, and I need another vocal album to balance out the Beethoven.
  5. And for my fifth album, let’s go with Weird Al’s “Mandatory Fun”. Mostly because talking about the 15 disc Squeeze Box got me thinking about Weird Al, but also because this is my favorite of his albums and his music has at least a bit of crazy in it. Stuck on a desert island I’m bound to go at least a little crazy, so the music I listen to might as well reflect that.

The book is harder. Jay had the great idea of bringing a blank book so that he could write in it, but I’m afraid that if I picked that now I’d just be copying him instead of being clever myself. I also am not going to do the “how to survive on a desert island” kind of book, because that would be too sensible and this kind of game isn’t supposed to make sense.

Instead, let’s say I’d bring Dragonflight, Anne McCaffrey’s first Pern novel. I won’t say it’s my favorite book in the world – I don’t think I have one. My tastes change too much based on my mood. But this is one of my favorite books, and it’s one that I could (and have) read over and over again.

And the luxury item… again, I’m making some assumptions here. I’m assuming, for example, that a means of playing the music albums I brought is provided for. (Otherwise the obvious luxury item would be a CD player with speakers and a massive pile of batteries.)

Which means, my luxury item would be knitting. Hopefully with sufficient yarn to last until I’d get rescued, and patterns to knit. But in a pinch I could just re-knit the same yarn over and over until it died, and I also know how to spin yarn so I could find some plant (or animal?) fibers on this island and make more yarn if necessary. But knitting helps keep me sane, and if I was along on a desert island, staying sane would become super important.

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And now I’m supposed to tag people! I’m not going to do that, though. Instead, if you’re reading this and think it sounds fun, then consider yourself tagged. I enjoyed playing along, and I hope you do too!

(You can also leave your choices in the comments, if you prefer. Go ahead. Be a rebel.)