The Would You Rather Book Tag

I was browsing through my feed as usual, and came across another book tag I wanted to take a shot at. I found it on The Darlings Diary, who said she found it at NatsCloud, who says they found it on BookTube (but didn’t leave a link to that).

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Read only trilogies or stand alones?

I feel like I would prefer to read stand-alone books. There are so many of them out there, and new ones are added every day.

On the flip side, does this include books that originally aren’t planned as part of a trilogy but then become trilogies?

And does this include books that are not trilogies, but are quartets or larger? What about duologies? I NEED ANSWERS, PEOPLE!

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Read only female or male authors?

Ooh. You see, the feminist in me would like to say, “Only female authors, duh,” because I feel like otherwise my thesis advisor would smack me over the head with a copy of Audre Lorde’s Sister Outsider and say “STOP.”

Maybe I’m just projecting.

But this would be a very difficult choice. On the one hand, my favorite books of all time, The Lord of the Rings, The Book Thief, and The Phantom Tollbooth, were all written by male authors, so if I went with only reading female authors, I’d never be able to read those books again.

On the other hand, a lot of my friends are publishing books/attempting to publish books, and several professors of mine have published books (please buy Sycamore to support Bryn Chancellor!), so I would never be able to read their books.

Would I even be able to read my own, since I’m a female author?! (I hope by now I’ll have confused you enough that you won’t even notice I didn’t answer the question…)

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Shop at Waterstones or Amazon?

Well, considering I have no idea what Waterstones is, I’m going to substitute Waterstones with Barnes & Noble, my local bookstore, and leave Amazon as-is.

I would prefer to shop at Barnes & Noble, because then I can actually wander aisles and look at books and sniff them before I take them home, but I know that the prices at Amazon will always be what draws me in. Heck, even when I worked at a bookstore, I would buy books on Amazon, because sometimes they were even cheaper than the 30% employee discount I received!

Plus, Amazon has free two-day shipping and always has the book I want in stock.

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All books become movies or TV shows?

If I had to choose, I would pick a TV show. Why? You get more time to stay with the characters. Sure, you have to film it relatively quickly if you’re working with younger actors/characters, but I’m sure we have all seen atrocities committed in the name of “Soon to be a major motion picture!”

If every book had to have some sort of adaptation, I’d say TV show for sure. You could make each chapter an episode, depending on what happens in the chapter, or do about five chapters per episode, whichever is better. I mean, Game of Thrones kind of pulls it off, but they do leave out a lot of minor side characters that sometimes have a big thing to do with the plot later on.

A Series of Unfortunate Events also brings the right kind of stuff along, because they split each book into one episode, which is much better than the 1.5 hour movie they attempted back in the mid-2000s.

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Read 5 pages per day or 5 books per week?

I would prefer to read five books per week. I know it sounds like a lot, but this is what I used to do in high school. I’d go to the school library every day before school started, return my book from the previous day, and check out a new book. I did the same thing in middle school. I read a lot of books when I was younger.

Although honestly, now I’m just happy when I get to read five pages a week of a book that’s not required for school! I have so much reading to do as a graduate student that five pages a week of a book of my choice sounds like heaven.

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Be a professional reviewer or author?

I would love to be a professional author. That’s what I’m working my way towards, but we all know that dreams sometimes don’t work out. (Have you seen the depressing statistic that most self-published authors will only sell 250 copies of their books, and industry-published authors 2000 copies of their books?)

If the author route doesn’t work out, I’d like to become a professional reviewer. I know my reviews here aren’t your typical professional reviews, because I’m writing for other book bloggers and people who don’t like reading stuffy over-genrefied reviews. If I were to get a real job as a reviewer, my reviews would turn out very differently, I assure you.

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Only read your top 20 favorite books over and over or always read new ones that you haven’t read before

Is there anybody who would chose to only read the same 20 books over again? I know I’d want to read new books, because there will always be new books. And, eventually, somebody will probably write a retelling of your favorite story.

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Be a librarian or bookseller?

Here’s the fun part: I’ve actually been both! I worked in a library for three years and at a bookstore for two. I enjoyed both jobs, but I feel like being a librarian would be less stressful overall. With bookstores, if you’re part of a large chain, there are all the planograms and metrics you have to make and meet; there’s the problem with people returning books and screaming at you over the fact that they don’t have their receipt; there are people who steal things; and the list can go on and on.

Librarians…well, they have to write grants and organize events, but I could totally be on top of both of those things.

I would much rather be a librarian. Less stressful, and you still get to look and see all the new titles, plus you can buy all the books and put them in the library so others can enjoy them, too. And you get first pick at reading most anything new!

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Only read your favorite genre, or every genre except your favorite?

I would say only read my favorite genre. My favorite genres as of right now are fantasy and science fiction, and I would sacrifice sci-fi to go the fantasy route. (Mostly so I can keep rereading Lord of the Rings, you know?)

Plus, with the newer fantasy novels coming out, the actual genre is getting stretched further and further to accommodate new things that are being added to it. Things that I never would’ve considered fantasy ten years ago are being put into the fantasy category.

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Only read physical books or eBooks?

How is this even a question? I would love to only read physical books. There’s something soothing about the feel of a novel in your hands, the weight and smoothness of the paper, the smell of the pages as they rustle when you turn them… There’s nothing quite like a physical book.

Ebooks are great, too, but in short amounts. I have a Kindle, but I only use it for ARCs and when I’m going on long trips and can’t bring a bunch of physical books with me. (Seriously, I had a bag I used solely for books when we went on trips when I was younger, and my mom eventually bought me a Kindle so they didn’t have to devote an entire suitcase to my books.)

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Since I wasn’t tagged in this, I’m not going to tag anyone specific, either. Instead, I tag all Book bloggers reading this – please link back to me here and let me know if you did it because you saw my answers! I’d love to read yours!

And as always, keep reading.

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