Hello, everyone! This week’s tag comes from Books & Roads, which I found while I was browsing the book tag tag on the Reader attempting to figure out what to write!
READING ON THE BED OR THE COUCH?
I prefer to read on the couch, because the bed is for sleeping. I went through this whole retraining thing a few months ago, where I trained myself that the bed is for sleeping (or one specific other activity) only, and this is apparently one way to train yourself to keep you from tossing and turning and laying awake all night. If you treat your bed as only something you sleep in or tumble around on, you’ll sleep better!
MALE MAIN CHARACTER OR FEMALE MAIN CHARACTER?
Ooh, I feel like this is where everybody gets upset at me. I prefer male main characters, even though I myself am a female. I mean, even my novel has a male main character! Granted, there is a female secondary character, but it’s told from a first person point of view. I just find a lot of female main characters to be whiny. I don’t know why I’m so biased, but I am and I don’t like it.
SWEET SNACKS OR SALTY SNACKS WHEN YOU’RE READING?
I don’t eat when I’m reading, because I would be afraid of getting anything on the pages. (I’m that weirdo kid who keeps her books in pristine condition — no cracked spines here, please!) I guess if I had to choose, probably doggie chow, which is peanut butter and chocolate on top of chex mix, and it’s unhealthily addicting, because you just can’t get enough!
TRILOGIES OR QUARTETS?
Give me a trilogy! Sometimes quartets just go too long — I’m looking at you, Inheritance Cycle. You gave me hopes and then dashed them all. Replaying the end of Eldest and thinking we wouldn’t see you? I see you, Christopher Paolini. I see you.
Honestly, though, I’ve got so much time wrapped up in series that I’m really just reading stand-alone books now, because I no longer have the time…
FIRST PERSON POV OR THIRD PERSON POV?
I prefer first person, but if you’re doing third person right, it’s great. I loved The Expanse series, for example, because the authors were able to get the switching-POV-thing down. In the same way, I really liked Game of Thrones and other books with multiple characters.
I mainly write in first person, because I feel like I can connect with my readers better that way, but I also know that I’m using it as a weak out.
READING AT NIGHT OR IN THE MORNING?
Legit, who has time to read in the morning? I’m barely able to drag myself out of bed most days! (You try getting up at 5:30 every day! I didn’t get any summer break, either. I haven’t had summer break in years…)
Reading at night, I can get all cozy and snuggle up on the couch or next to Steven and read whatever I want to read, while he does whatever he wants to do, too, whether that be reading or playing video games.
LIBRARIES OR BOOKSTORES?
I have an unhealthy addiction to bookstores, and I spend way too much time and money there. My bookshelves are overflowing! But I can’t stop. Even if I don’t like the book, I have a hard time not putting it on that shelf…
However, a few years back I got my mom a job at our local library, and she loves it. She will continually bring me books back that she sees and thinks I’ll like, so I’m adding to my shelves that way, too. (These are donated books that would otherwise get sold, so don’t worry about me stealing & hoarding actual library books.)
BOOKS THAT MAKE YOU LAUGH OR CRY?
I prefer books that make me laugh. I hate books that make me cry. I’m emotionally fragile with some things and I just don’t want to spend my spare time sobbing over something. Ugh.
If you’re looking for a funny book, check out Let’s Pretend this Never Happened or Furiously Happy, both by Jenny Lawson. She has some heavy-hitting stuff in them, but you will be cackling as you read them, I promise.
BLACK BOOK COVERS OR WHITE BOOK COVERS?
I prefer black covers because then the metallic accents really, really pop! White covers I would also be terrified of getting dirty. I’ve picked up a few secondhand books that have white covers (whether they be with or without their dust jackets), and they’re just so filthy I can’t bring myself to put them on my shelf. I’ve even taken a Magic Eraser to dirty books before!!
CHARACTER DRIVEN OR PLOT DRIVEN
This is actually a really hard one.
On the one hand, if you’ve got a character-driven story, that means you’re sacrificing plot in order to connect well with the characters. However, it doesn’t matter how great your characters are, because if there’s nothing for your characters to do, your readers will get bored.
In the same way, if your plot is fantastically developed but your characters are just atrocious, people aren’t going to want to read it.
So what do you think? What would you have chosen? Let me know in the comments!
And as always, keep reading.