Rapid-Fire Book Tag

Good afternoon, everybody! I hope you’re enjoying the weather today. I’m sitting and sulking because it’s going to be in the 90s by the end of the week and I am not about this heat. I want to take mom out to this new garden shop on Saturday for Mother’s Day, and I don’t want to melt in the process.

Anyway, welcome back to the Book Tag Thursday thing I’ve got going on. This week’s is the Rapid Fire Book Tag, which I found on Fantastic Books, and was created by Girl Reading. I promise you I’m not picking long tags for the word count they’ll give me towards my goal (although that is totally a perk), but because I’m pretty bored and want to get myself back into this whole blogging thing and forcing myself to write long things really helps. Here we go!

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E-Book or Physical Book?

I prefer physical books, although I do have a Kindle and an iPad. There’s just something so comforting about picking up a hefty book and settling in with a blanket and a cup of hot chocolate (or some juice and popcorn!), without having to worry about batteries or glare.

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Paperback or Hardback?

This is hard, because I’ve recently started buying more hardbacks. I find them to be absolutely beautiful, and sometimes you can get them really cheap through the clearance section or by buying new releases on Amazon. (Sometimes Amazon had better prices than my 30% discount did when I worked at the bookstore!)

I like paperbacks because I can put more of them in a space and they’re not quite as heavy, but nothing will beat the site of a bookshelf filled with hardback books.

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Online or In-Store Book Shopping?

I would prefer to do all of my shopping in store, but sometimes, Amazon just has the better prices. It’s unfortunate, though, that there aren’t more indie booksellers in my city, because I would prefer to buy from them than some big name chain like Barnes & Noble or Books-a-Million. I will admit that I sometimes see a book in the store and check the price on Amazon to see which will be cheaper, because I’m a broke young adult (I can’t say college student anymore – yikes!) and should be spending my money on something other than books…

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Trilogies or Series?

I prefer stand-alone books, honestly. I don’t want to have to worry about when the next one is coming out, or have to re-read the previous ones in order to remember what’s going on before I read the next one. If I had to choose, though, I’d probably go with Series. There are more books to immerse yourself in, and usually they’re able to hold themselves together. A lot of trilogies just seem really rushed to me.

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Heroes or Villains?

This is a difficult one. I prefer the villain in Illuminae, for example, because the “heroes” in that book were morons. I prefer the heroes in Harry Potter or Septimus Heap because of the way they’re written and how they grow throughout their respective series.

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A book you want everyone to read?

I feel like this is a question I answer in every single book tag, or every single Top 5 Tuesday. I want everyone to read The Book Thief, of course, because it’s simply mind-boggling (Markus Zusak has another book coming out in October, so go ahead and pre-order it today!). I want everyone to read The Lord of the Rings because it’s such a classic and deserves to be read by everyone. I would also like to throw out The Phantom Tollbooth because it’s such a beautifully written story that delivers a gentle helping of life lessons along the way.

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Recommend an underrated book?

I feel like the entire Magyk series by Angie Sage (also known as the Septimus Heap series) is underrated. You hear everybody talking about Harry Potter, but basically nobody knows about Septimus Heap. I’m here to tell you that this series is possibly even better than Harry’s series, and to top it off, it takes place in medieval-ish/Renaissance-ish times so it really stretches your imagination.

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The last book you finished?

That would have to be The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker, which I reviewed last Sunday. It took me a bit to finish it, because I was reading it only via audiobook on my drives to and from work, but it’s certainly broken into the list of “books I’ll recommend,” too.

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The Last Book You Bought?

The Legend of Luke, by Brian Jacques, the next book in the Redwall series that I’m working on collecting. Fun fact: it was the book that got me into reading the Redwall series. I read Mattimeo years and years ago, hated it, and then bought The Legend of Luke for a present for an ex, read it on a trip, gave it to him, and then decided just last year I wanted a set of my own. I’ve been working on collecting them ever since.

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Weirdest Thing You’ve Used as a Bookmark?

I don’t really do bookmarks, so I guess the weirdest thing I’ve used has probably been either another book (don’t judge me) or the receipt that shows I bought the book. *shrug*

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Used Books: Yes or No?

I used to be vehemently against buying used books, because I thought all of them were going to be in the same condition as I saw in library booksales, etc. Then I stumbled on a store called 2nd & Charles and was hooked, and then I found the Thriftbooks website. I still make sure to only buy really good or like new copies, because I’ve very particular about the condition of my books, but I can’t really be all that picky when I’m trying to save money. Buying used is a lifesaver for people who can’t afford to buy the newest hardcover at $24.99 apiece.

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Top Three Favourite Genres?

I would have to go with Fantasy being my top one, not only because there’s so much that can be done with it but also because my own novel is going to be fantasy.

The second genre would have to be science fiction (as is evidenced by one of my favorite books, The Android’s Dream), because it’s so interesting to read about the far reaches of space and think about how people had to come up with all of the aliens and the customs and how spaceships work, when we’re still sitting here with the space program stalled.

My third favorite would probably be historical fiction. The Book Thief would fit in this category, along with my recently-read The Golem and the Jinni. I enjoy reading alternate histories, and I’ve actually got a book that I’ve read all but the last few chapters in that I really need to finish…whoops.

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Borrow or Buy?

No matter how many people tell me that I’d be better off just using the library (my mom works at one so I could just ask her to pick up anything I want), I have an unhealthy addiction to buying books and keeping them. I’m actually selling off books for the first time, well, ever, over the next month or so, so there’s that. I am running out of space to put all of my books, and it is very much unfortunate that I’m moving into a smaller apartment. Eventually I’ll have a house and can bring all of my books with me…but even then, I doubt my husband will be very pleased when all of our walls are filled with bookshelves…

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Characters or Plot?

Oh, characters by far. If you have a good plot but terrible characters, your reader isn’t going to care what happens to them. Whereas if you have some great characters but a mediocre plot, your reader will probably grow more attached to the characters but will still come after you with a vengeance on Twitter because you did them wrong.

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Long or Short Books?

When I was younger, I would’ve given you a scornful look if you even suggested that short books were a thing. I wanted them to be as long as possible, because I never wanted to leave the world of the written word. I finished The Deathly Hallows in a day, for example, with plenty of time to spare.

Now that I’m older, I don’t have as much free time for reading as I would like, so I tend to pick books that are rather medium in length, probably around 400 pages or so instead of the larger behemoths I used to read. It’s honestly a little depressing.

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Long or Short Chapters?

I’m just going to give the same answer as above. If the chapters are too short, I feel like nothing happened. However, if the chapter is too long, my mind starts to wander and I wonder when the end will arrive. This also helps because I try to finish a chapter before I close the book, and if I’m already 30 pages into the chapter and see that I have another 30+ to go…ugh.

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Name The First Three Books You Think Of…

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak, The Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkien, and Nightingale by Kristin Hannah.

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Books That Makes You Laugh or Cry?

I prefer books that make me laugh. One that is very good at this is Let’s Pretend This Never Happened by Jenny Lawson, along with its sequel, Furiously Happy, which honestly isn’t for everyone due to the subject matters it covers. I prefer to laugh, because I don’t want to be hit with another crying fit. I remember reading By the Shores of Silver Lake by Laura Ingalls Wilder when I was younger, and when Jack the Bulldog died, I went and blubbered in my mom’s arms for about an hour. I couldn’t believe they would do that! (I was seven, give me a break.)

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Our World or Fictional Worlds?

As long as the author does a good job of immersing their reader in their fictional world, I’ll take that over real-world stuff. However, if you can’t do it, just stick to our world.

My novel deals with a fictional world called Terra (yes, practically another word for Earth) and I have put so much work into making it live and breathe.

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Audiobooks: Yes or No?

I’m ambivalent about them. I’ve really only listened to them on long car rides, like when I was commuting 2.5 hours for a job a few summers ago, or when my daily commute was just over an hour when I lived in Montevallo. My commute is slowly getting shorter (and will be even shorter by the time I get to my apartment!), so I’ve been listening to podcasts while I wait for the audiobooks I want to appear on my Libby app.

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Do You Ever Judge a Book by its Cover?

If only you could see my camera roll. Whenever I go to the bookstore, I always take pictures of books that look interesting and I’ll either look them up later or put them on a wishlist to buy later. I’ve got so many pictures of books. It used to be a lot worse when I worked at the bookstore, honestly.

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Book to Movie or Book to TV Adaptations?

I’m going to say book-to-TV, because usually they’re given more time to make something better. Just compare A Series of Unfortunate Events: the movie was dreadful and made me want to cry (I was a HUGE ASOUE fan when I was in middle school – made a website and everything!). I haven’t watched the second season of the Netflix series, but everything I’ve seen so far (except for the casting of Aunt Josephine, because honestly, you can’t replace Meryl Streep, and that library was just a travesty) points to it being good.

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A Movie or TV-Show You Preferred to its Book?

Stardust. I’ve never been able to get into Neil Gaiman’s writing (probably a mortal sin in the book-blogging world, I know), but the movie, Stardust, is simply incredible. Plus, it has Robert DeNiro in a pink tutu! How can you possibly top that? It’s very Princess Bride-y, true, but it’s absolutely wonderful.

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Series or Standalone’s?

Haha, I answered this question up above. See that answer for a refresher.

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Well, I’ve gone and blown my word count goal out of the water today! Maybe next time I’ll find a slightly shorter book tag to peruse, or one that’s not quite so personal (and is more geared towards books, ya know)?

What do you think of my answers? Do you have anything to add or to refute? Let me know in the comments!

And as always, keep reading.

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Word Counts:

Blog: 11,519/10,000 || Thesis: 1,819/10,000

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